The Colorado Classic
The pros are back, and Colorado Springs is the chosen launching pad for the new four-stage race. Some of the world’s best cyclists—men and women—will wheel to the starting line to compete in criterium circuits through the Springs, Breckenridge and Denver. To see a professional cyclist at top speed is to see the perfect melding of man—or woman—and machine. To witness the cat-and-mouse chase at the front of the peloton is to experience the primal thrill of the capture. And to join the accompanying three-day party and music festival is just plain fun. Catch the likes of Wilco, Death Cab for Cutie and more in Denver’s RiNo Art District.
Aug. 10-13, veloramacolorado.com
Mavic Haute Route Rockies
Designed for amateur racers capable of riding the tough routes, this seven-day stage race begins in Boulder, surges up and over Colorado’s Rocky Mountain rooftop with stops in Winter Park, Avon, Snowmass and Crested Butte, and finishes in the Springs with a 44-mile circuit to and from Garden of the Gods. Host sponsor Mavic will provide the same mechanical support that it does for the pro peloton in big events.
June 24-30, hauteroute.org
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Cycling Hill Climb and World Championship
You know you’ve finished when the road meets the sky at 14,115 feet on the summit of Pikes Peak. All riders are welcome to tackle the 12.42-mile paved route and 4,725 feet of elevation gain. The event also serves as USA Cycling’s Hill Climb National Championship.
Aug. 12, coloradospringssports.org
The challenging but fun gravel grinder leads riders for 100K—that’s 63 miles—from Criterium Bike Shop through Garden of the Gods, up Rampart Range Road, through the gorgeous foothills above the Springs and back through Monument. Organizers call it brutally fun, and you’ll know why covering 5,4000 feet of climbing. Ride hard; drink some beer; hang with the locals.
Aug. 26, rampartrager.com
Roll Bicycle Art Festival
The unique combination of cycling and the visual arts will inspire you to throw a leg over your bike saddle, or perhaps pick up a paint brush.
June 9-10, rollbikeart.com
Fat Tire Tour de Fat
The 18-year-old touring party built around New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire Amber Ale comes to town. Along with musical headliner Wilderado, expect a touring ensemble of artists, circus performers and general mayhemists centered around beer, bikes and bemusement.
Aug. 26, newbelgium.com
Great Bicycle Carnival
Five short group family rides converge on the PopCycle Bridge spanning Monument Creek for frozen refreshment before rolling into Monument Valley Park for picnics, games and general fun. Think of it as the family matinee before the Tour de Fat. “Kids are double-fisting Popsicles, and their tongues are turning purple,” says Daniel Byrd, executive director of organizer Kids on Bikes. Join Kids on Bikes every summer Sunday afternoon for a PopCycle Ride to the bridge along the Pikes Peak Greenway.
Aug. 26, kidsonbikes.net
Dress like your favorite superhero. Hit the road at 10:30 p.m. for a fun night ride—and fundraiser for the Trails and Open Space Coalition. Cruise the streets of Colorado Springs with about 1,200 cycling friends.
June 17, trailsandopenspaces.org
Meet at McCabe’s Tavern to join UpaDowna for a friendly, no-rider-left-behind cruise along the Pikes Peak Greenway. No bike? No problem. Borrow one from the loaner fleet.
Wednesday evenings, upadowna.org