Date: Jun 05, 2022
Location: Castle Rock, CO
Region: Colorado - Rocky Mountains
Directions: Get Directions
June 5 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm$75
Outside Events Cycling Series proudly presents the 34th and final Elephant Rock Cycling Festival where four courses are offered starting and ending at Douglas County Fairgrounds in Castle Rock, Colorado. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, the date of this ride, June 5th, coincides with The Colorado Bike Expo where cyclists will enjoy demos, food, drink, and live music.
The longest course of Elephant Rock, Ride the Rock, covers 100-miles through Franktown and Black Forest. There are no passes but the rolling hills keep riders engaged with a 6200 feet elevation gain. The next course option is 6o miles between Denver and Colorado Springs. The route offers great views of the Front Range as cyclists gain 3800 feet in elevation. The shortest individual ride is 45-mile road through horse country. There are rolling hills that take riders 3000 feet in elevation gain but it is recommended for riders who have not done significant training and simply looking to enjoy an early summer season ride. These 3 course options include aid stations every 15-20 miles with additional water, food, and supplies. Sag wagons will assist with mechanical problems or cyclists struggling to finish the course. Note that riders need to handle their own flat tires or minor repairs.
In 2022, there is a Family Fun Ride that covers 12 miles and an elevation gain of 300 feet. All ages allowed, 18 years old and under ride for free. The Castle Rock Police Department rides with the cyclists for the first mile parade-style. Cyclists of all courses meet at end to join the celebration. All participants of Elephant Rock receive a commemorative t-shirt, refreshments throughout the ride, sponsor gifts, chance to win prizes, and post-ride grab and go lunch with variety of options including Gluten Free selections. There will be a cap on each individual race, to be determined, so plan to register early.
Castle Rock has grown significantly since the first Elephant Rock ride in 1987. It is a growing bedroom community that has several options for lodging, restaurants, and entertainment. For accommodation details, see Outside Events dedicated page for travel and lodging. There are a variety of restaurants close to the start and finish line at Douglas County Fairgrounds. Great Divide Brewery Roadhouse is native to Colorado. Indian cuisine offered at Zaika Indian. And casual Italian served at Pino’s Italian Kitchen & Bar.