Tour of the Moon

The 9th Annual Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Its legacy continues as one of the premier road cycling events in the Rocky Mountains.  Tour of the Moon is produced by Roll Massif, a collection of 9 signature road, gravel and trail sportives.  This event is extremely popular.  The National Park Service caps participation at 2,200 and the event sells out every year.

The route starts and finishes at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction. The ride begins with a spectacular trek through the Colorado National Monument. After exiting the Monument, riders may elect to tackle a metric century through the beautiful farm country and surrounding areas of Fruita or opt for the classic 41-mile loop back to Grand Junction.

The Tour of the Moon is one of the most important fundraising events that benefits Bicycle Colorado and One RiverFront.

Stick around after your ride for the Harvest Moon Celebration, complete with an expo, lunch, live entertainment and beer garden. Check out the latest cycling gear, accessories and nutrition products. You’ll find great bargains on apparel, equipment and more. Inform your friends and family that the expo is also open during the ride itself, so while you are on the course, they can enjoy the exhibits.

Golden Gran Fondo

The Golden Gran Fondo is a signature Gran Fondo National Series event with a start/finish in historic Golden Colorado, a short distance from both Denver and Boulder, and a gateway to the spectacular Rocky Mountain region.  This event features more elevation gain per mile than any other GFNS event, all at elevation spanning 5,600-11,000 feet . Typical for the Rocky Mountains, individual climbs are 30+ minutes long, with substantial descents. This is one of 4 events in 2021 to have the elevated Super Gran route.

GFNS has been producing premier one day events since 2012 and currently hosts 8 national events including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo Championship.  What’s unique about GFNS events is that they offer a mix of personal challenge and serious competition on roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery.  Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course.  There is not start to finish as in traditional racing formats, but rather timed sections count towards a rider’s competition time.

The Golden Gran Fondo traces some of the same roads used in the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Coors Classic, one of the largest professional stage races during the 1980’s when cycling really started to gain popularity in the US.   Golden and some of the course route were also featured in the movie American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in Golden).  The route feature 3 ride options: Gran Route – 91 miles and +10,860 ft climbing; Media Route — 63 miles and +6,750 ft climbing; 18 miles and +2,000 ft climbing.   This course is sure to test your climbing prowess while treating you to some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes anywhere!

As the route features attest, this is an extremely challenging event both in terms of elevation gain, but also in terms of riding at elevation.  GFNS strongly recommends bringing the easiest gearing you have and event if super strong want a minimum of a 27 on the rear with a compact crank.  It is also recommended using high volume road tires as there are two gravel road sections on the long course (just 1 on the medio route).

Typical for a GFNS, the ride is very well supported in terms of feed stations and SAG support.  The route is well marked and marshaled, supported by law enforcement, safety motos, and mechanic/sag vehicles.   After a long day in the saddle you can also look forward to the post ride party and shady beer garden in Pack Square Park.

Triple Bypass Gran Fondo

The Triple Bypass Grand Fondo is a signature Colorado cycling event in operation since 1988.  It was founded by a group of avid cyclists who thought it would be fun and challenging to ride from Evergreen to Vail, Colorado, and has turned into a premier bucket list event.  Fast forward and the event is now produced by Team Evergreen cycling, the oldest and largest cycling club in Colorado.  Team Evergreen produces several other signature events in the region include the Mt. Evans Hill Climb and the Beti Bike Bash.  All proceeds from the Triple Bypass are given back to local and national non-profits.  In total, over $3M has been donated to groups ranging from High School Cycling to Bicycle Colorado.

The Triple Bypass is also Gran Fondo National Series partner event. GFNS has been producing premier one day events since 2012 and currently hosts 8 national events including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo Championship.  What’s unique about GFNS events is that they offer a mix of personal challenge and serious competition on roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery.  Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course.  There is not start to finish as in traditional racing formats, but rather timed sections count towards a rider’s competition time.

This year’s Triple Bypass route is a climber’s dream.  There are two routes to choose from.  The Triple route spans 107 miles and three passes:  Juniper (15.4 miles — 3,444 ft Elevation gain); Loveland (3.8 Miles — 1,165 feet Elevation gain); and Vail (4.1 Miles — 764 feet Elevation gain).   The Double spans 65 miles and starts in Georgetown covering Loveland and Vail passes.  Total elevation gain for the Triple and Double is +10,644 feet and +6,292 feet respectively.

The majority of the route is on closed roads or bike paths and escorted by Colorado State Patrol.  The route includes 4 aid stations with great food and drink.  Swag includes a complimentary jersey, full ride support, finish meal and beer, and timing.  As this is a point to point race you’ll need to manage logistics, however Vail as your ride destination offers an amazing opportunity to relax and stay the night after a long day in the saddle.

It’s hard to find any prior year participants with something bad to say about this event.  Previous riders love the high alpine scenery and mostly car free riding.  Any event spanning 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing is a difficult event, but one important consideration for anyone considering the event for the first time is Rocky Mountain elevation.  The event start in Evergreen is 7,000 feet and peeks at nearly 12,000 feet over Loveland pass.  If you don’t live at altitude, it is recommended you allow enough time before the event to acclimatize.

Mt Evans Hill Climb

The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in North America on July 24, 2021. It began in 1962 as the Mt. Evans Hill Climb and was renamed in 1981 to honor 5-time race winner Bob Cook who died of cancer at the age of 23.  The event is produced by Team Evergreen Cycling and in partnership with the Gran Fondo National Series.

The race starts at an altitude of 7,540 feet and climbs to 14,130 feet, 130 feet below the Mount Evans’ summit. Due to the altitude, the event requires special preparation. Unless you’ve had 5-7 days to acclimate to high altitude, a common technique is to arrive and complete the event within 24 hours. Also, you need to be prepared for inclement weather. Even in the middle of summer it can be cold at 14,000 feet, not mention wind, rain, or snow potential.

Over the years, the race has attracted significant professional riders. Riders come from all over the United States and the race commonly attracts riders from France, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia compete. The age range of the participants is from nine to eighty-five years. The race is also supported by volunteers from the Colorado cycling community who help marshal, drive support, officiate and work the picnic. The event includes categories for all levels of racing and encourages riders of all abilities. Between six hundred and a thousand riders compete each year in a number of categories. You can read more about the history of the event at Wikipedia.

Even though the event is not a traditional gran fondo, Mt. Evans is a Gran Fondo National Series partner event. The series was established in 2012 and is comprised of eight European-style ride/races staged in the United States and six partner events. Traditional GFNS events offer courses covering 30, 60 and 100-mile journeys through some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in endurance sports. Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific segments of the course, while casual cyclists can ride at their own pace. Participants can ride as individuals or on teams. GFNS awards special prizes to the top riders in every age and gender category. Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections.

Course Description

This epic climb takes place on the highest paved road in the United States. It’s a 7,000′ of climb from an elevation of 7,500′ all the way up to 14,100 feet. The start line is at The Old Middle School, 320 Chicago Creek Road in Idaho Springs. The finish is twenty-eight miles away at the summit. Juniors finish at Echo Lake which is eleven miles up the mountain.

Notes

There will be an aid station at Echo Lake with water, hydration mix and gels.  Water, hydration mix and gels will also be available at the summit. Be prepared to ride down to your car.

REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY, JULY 21st at NOON OR WHEN THE OVERALL FIELD LIMIT OF TWELVE HUNDRED RACERS TO THE SUMMIT IS REACHED. REGISTER BEFORE MAY FIFTEENTH TO SAVE TEN DOLLARS  OFF OF THE FULL PRICE

Learn more at https://www.bicyclerace.com.

Audi Power of Four Trail Run

The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance event utilizing the challenging and unique terrain of the four peaks of The Aspen Snowmass Mountains – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. The great thing about Aspen is that you most always find the local ski bums give the pros in town a run for their money. Designed for both the elite and recreational athlete, it is safe to say the competition is fierce. The event offers a 50K Ultra (August 1) and a 25k race (August 2) The 50k beginning at the base of Aspen Mountain and ending at Snowmass Base Village includes a combination of single track and fire roads with epic views throughout. With elevation climbs of just over 12,000 feet and starting at 8,000 feet, not to mention the four peaks, this is an event that is as mentally challenging as the physical but with views and camaraderie worth the pain.

Silverton Mountain Tours

Get ready for a unique lift-served ski adventure! Guided skiing and snowboarding at Silverton Mountain is similar to heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing, but really unlike anything else in the country. You will be accessing up to 1,819 acres of backcountry type terrain via chairlift, without the big crowds signature to other ski areas. There are no groomed runs and no cut trails, just loads of nature’s finest black diamond skiing in the U.S.A. During an average guided skiing day, you can expect to get in anywhere from 3-6 runs (roughly 10,000+ vertical) of some of the best terrain in the world. While we cannot guarantee top to bottom powder skiing, the snow quality is typically very good.

Each guided skiing group of approximately eight people can expect to hike anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour for each run, although you can also drop straight from the lift. Hiking 15 minutes to an hour allows access to large open bowls and steep, tight chutes. During heavy snowfall, most riding is done in the trees. After each run you will return to the lift by shuttle or foot. Walking for 10 minutes to return to the lift is possible.

In addition to strong skiing ability, Silverton requires and fitness and comfort hiking at elevation (9000+ Feet). Please be aware that if you are significantly holding up the rest of your group hiking or skiing, we may try to move you to a slower paced group. If it is determined your fatigue or skill level becomes a safety hazard to yourself or others, you may be asked by your guide to sit out the rest of the day without refund. If you are unhappy with your group please inform your guide.

Your day starts at Silverton Mountain base area promptly at 8:20am for check-in, a safety talk, and riding. Be sure to arrive at 8:15 if you are renting gear. Groups are formed at the start of each day, so there is no need to inform ahead of time who you’d like to ski with. Groups are created according to self-assessed skill levels (fast, medium, slower) and by grouping of friends.

Arriving early will not get you on the mountain sooner, however, if you arrive late you might miss the first run and may end up with little choice in terms of grouping. You will be able to connect with a group for the following run. If your group arrives late, we will try to keep you together, but we may have to split the group up. If you have reserved a private guide, this does not apply.

Guided Only Season— December- March; Thursdays-Sundays (plus Monday, Presidents’ Day)

Guided Only Skiing— $184. See pricing  page more more info.

Silverton Mountain Tours

Get ready for a unique lift-served ski adventure! Guided skiing and snowboarding at Silverton Mountain is similar to heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing, but really unlike anything else in the country. You will be accessing up to 1,819 acres of backcountry type terrain via chairlift, without the big crowds signature to other ski areas. There are no groomed runs and no cut trails, just loads of nature’s finest black diamond skiing in the U.S.A. During an average guided skiing day, you can expect to get in anywhere from 3-6 runs (roughly 10,000+ vertical) of some of the best terrain in the world. While we cannot guarantee top to bottom powder skiing, the snow quality is typically very good.

Each guided skiing group of approximately eight people can expect to hike anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour for each run, although you can also drop straight from the lift. Hiking 15 minutes to an hour allows access to large open bowls and steep, tight chutes. During heavy snowfall, most riding is done in the trees. After each run you will return to the lift by shuttle or foot. Walking for 10 minutes to return to the lift is possible.

In addition to strong skiing ability, Silverton requires and fitness and comfort hiking at elevation (9000+ Feet). Please be aware that if you are significantly holding up the rest of your group hiking or skiing, we may try to move you to a slower paced group. If it is determined your fatigue or skill level becomes a safety hazard to yourself or others, you may be asked by your guide to sit out the rest of the day without refund. If you are unhappy with your group please inform your guide.

Your day starts at Silverton Mountain base area promptly at 8:20am for check-in, a safety talk, and riding. Be sure to arrive at 8:15 if you are renting gear. Groups are formed at the start of each day, so there is no need to inform ahead of time who you’d like to ski with. Groups are created according to self-assessed skill levels (fast, medium, slower) and by grouping of friends.

Arriving early will not get you on the mountain sooner, however, if you arrive late you might miss the first run and may end up with little choice in terms of grouping. You will be able to connect with a group for the following run. If your group arrives late, we will try to keep you together, but we may have to split the group up. If you have reserved a private guide, this does not apply.

Guided Only Season— December – March; Thursdays-Sundays (plus Monday, Presidents’ Day)

Guided Only Skiing— $184. See our pricing page more more info.

Stages Cycling Leadville 100 MTB

This is it, the races of all races.  One hundred miles across the high-altitude , extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies, this event was created for the most determined athletes.  Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breadth — while the views try to take it away.

Registration is lottery based and you can register as an individual or as a group.  Group members need to register individually, but be sure to signify being part of a group.  This will mean that either your entire group will be successful in the lottery, or not, assuring that no one will be left out.

If you are unsuccessful in the lottery process and still wish to participate in the LT100 MTB, you have the option to race one of our qualifier events to earn your spot in. Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, based on the total number of registered riders at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cutoff time.

Qualifier events include:

Audi Snowmass 50 (formerly Power of Four MTB)

The Audi Snowmass 50 replaces the event previously knows as the Power of Four MTB.  The ride/race showcases the best singletrack in the Aspen/Snowmass region with a 25 mile loop ascending 5000’ feet.   Solo competitors have the option of 1 or 2 laps or you can split duties with a partner in the 50 Team event.  The Power of Four started as a race going up and down the four local ski mountains Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass which represented an extremely difficult challenge to say the least.  Organizers came up with the new route to provide an event more accessible to riders with a broader range of skill and fitness levels.  Don’t be fooled though, this is still a challenging and difficult event that attracts many of the best athletes in the Roaring Fork Valley.  The route starts on Fanny Hill, just above Snowmass Village and basically circumnavigates the Snowmass Valley.  The route is almost entirely single-track and hits some of the famous trails of the region including Rim, Tom Blake, Government and more.  If you aren’t within easy reach of Aspen/Snowmass or familiar with the area this is an ideal event to plan a longer stay or vacation around.  Although the Mountain Biking is world class, the road and gravel riding is just as good, not to mention every other mountain sport you can imagine.