Downhill Colorado Rockies Bicycle Tour 2019

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2019
 

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  • Each day ride from a higher elevation then you end, riding a downhill grade. 
  • Unpack only one time! We stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery (including the one pictured above that was taken with a camera phone) breathe in the fresh air, experience the low humidity and take delight in the laid back feeling of the Rocky Mountains.
  • Many participants have said it was one of their best bicycle tour they have ever joined in the United States.      
  • The other fascinating part of riding in the Rockies is the majority of each day ride is on dedicated paved bike paths that are free of obstructions to allow you to enjoy the scenery while biking.
  • Ride next to rivers and streams as you both view and hear nature all around you and give you a definite sense of place.
  • Visit up-close and experience the many famous cities you have read or heard mentioned from friends and neighbors, including Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper, Eagle, Frisco, Glenwood Springs and Vail.
  • Finally, you may want to spend one afternoon rejuvenating in Glenwood Hot Springs in the calming mineral waters of the world's largest hot springs pool.
Day 1, Saturday; August 24, 2019
 
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Check in at the starting hotel throughout the day. Check out the area or on your bike, getting assimilated to the fresh air and the overwhelming scenery. If you enjoy shopping, take time to visit the various shops in downtown. Or come early and spend time soaking in the natural hotsprings, duplicating the enjoyment and restorative powers of water that people have experienced for thousands of years. Or spend the morning taking a short hike to Hanging Lake, a national natural wonder. Or take a white water rafting trip through Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River. After you have become assimilated with the beauty of Coloradom meet around 5:00pm to enjoy the welcome meeting followed by dinner with the group.
 
Lodging (for the entire bicycle tour):
 
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Hampton Inn
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry, hair dryer and Internet)
Stay at the same hotel for the entire bicycle tour. Just unpack one time!
 
Dinner:
 
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The Pullman
(Bold yet Rustic)
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
 
Small Salad - simple greens, hazelnuts, blue cheese granny smith apples, cider viegar
or Soup du Jour
 
Entrée choices:
  • Grilled Angus Flat Iron - cumin roasted baby carrots, black bean puree, salsa verde rancheros
  • Roasted Natural Chicken - garlic & tomato collard greens, crispy butter ball potatoes 
  • Pullman Grass Fed Burger - bacon, white cheddar, house mayo, sesame bun
  • Grilled Ruby Trout - cauliflower & red potato hash, cauliflower puree, brown butter vinaigrette
  • Autumn Vegetable Cianfotta - parmesan broth, basil pesto, grilled bread
Day 2, Sunday; August 25, 2019
 
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Ride your bike from Vail back to Glenwood Springs on the Rio Grande Trail a dedicated bike paths with a few low traveled roads. Enjoy the slightly downhill route for the entire ride. (Descending is always better than ascending.) Start riding at the trail head in Aspen or explore the city of Aspen, named after the abundant Aspen trees in the area, that was founded as a counter-culture city in the 1970s, but now is a thriving area with The Wall Street Journal noting that it is the most expensive town in the United States; and a recent search on Zillow showing the cheapest stand-alone house listed at $1,459,637! Enjoy viewing the scenery that is different from the rest of the Rockies with grass and tree lined hills on either side of the open fields and prairies that make-up the valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Peruse the various towns, attractions and stops on the way back to Glenwood Springs. After arriving in Glenwood Springs explore the downtown area or make your way to the World's Largest Hotspring Pool.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 42 miles, taking the van trip to Aspen and riding back to the hotel in Glenwood Springs. [Route is slightly downhill and 98% on dedicated paved bicycle paths.]
 
 
Day 3, Monday; August 26, 2019
 
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Bicycle from Vail Pass riding east on the dedicated bike path down to and then on the Ten Mile Creek Bike Trail, bicycling alongside the babbling river with its rocky streambeds, plunge pools and beaver ponds. If you look closely you may be able to see the wild rainbow, brown and brook trout. Take a small bridge over Ten Mile Creek just outside Copper Mountain and stop at the combination coffee, donut, pizza and convenience store (we can vouch for the doughnuts which are very good!). Continue on the dedicated bike paths all the way to Breckenridge to enjoy the unique and historical downtown areas with buildings and architecture that have stood the test of time, standing for over 100 years. Enjoy the scenery and vistas across the lake. Arrive in Breckenridge and enjoy the various shops or stopping to have a bite to eat at one of the 110 restaurants in the city or continue riding around the northeast side of the Dillon Reservoir and through and around the town of Frisco on bike paths.
 

Bicycling route: 22 miles, taking the van to Vail Pass and riding to Breckenridge; or 38 miles, taking the van to Vail Pass, riding to Breckenridge and then riding to Silverthorne. After bicycling take the van back to the hotel. [Route from Vail Pass to Copper, during the first three miles, requires limited pedaling dues to the downhill grade, then slightly downhill from Copper for about 10 miles and then mostly flat with some limited hills on the way to Breckenridge and Silverthorne. The route is completely on paved bike paths.]

 
Lodging (for the entire bicycle tour):
 
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Hampton Inn
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry, hair dryer and Internet)
 
Dinner:
 
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Brava Trattoria
-Glenwood's Newest Stop for Modern Italian Cuisine-
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
 
Romaine Salad - Crispy Pancetta, Tomatoes, Italian Creamy Dressing
 
Entrée choices:
  • Bolognese - Egg Pappardelle, veal and Italian Sausage Ragu
  • Brasati Rocotta Gnocchi - Braised Lamb Leg, Arugala, Natural Jus
  • Penne Caprese - Penne, Tomatoes, Basil Pesto
  • Chicken Saltimbocca - Proscuitto, Garlic Spinach, Salsa Rosa
  • Pizza-Truffle Formaggio - Mozarella, Parmesan, Ricotta and Truffle Oil
Day 4, Tuesday; August 27, 2019
 
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Today we bicycle heading west from Vail Pass to experience the beauty and magnificence of the Rockies looking over Vail Pass with beautiful mountain in every direction. Descend into the unique town of Vail, ride through the Premier International Mountain Resort Community or take the time to experience the two main shopping and restaurant areas in Lionshead and Vail Village. Leave the town of Vail and join the bike path that follows Gore Creek and then continue riding adjacent to the Eagle River on a combination of bike paths and low traffic roads all the way to Eagle, while bicycling through prairies and open fields with beautiful mountains all around you. Upon arriving in Eagle you may want to experience the dry sauna or steam room in addition to the large indoor pool.  Eat lunch in "old downtown" Eagle with its laid back feel and wide-open little traveled streets. Return to Glenwood Springs and venture out for a meal from the numerous iconic, hole-in-the-wall, trendy, destination and independent restaurants.
 
Bicycling route:  0 miles, staying at the hotel; 45 miles, taking the van to Vail Pass then bicycling 45 miles or about 30 miles of pedaling (the first 10 miles is steep enough that there is very little pedaling; then about 9 miles of flat riding through Vail, followed by about another 5 miles of very little pedaling as the downhill incline again allows for little pedaling, then the final 21 miles continues on a slight downhill grade. [Route is primarily downhill on paved bicycle paths.]
 
Breakfast:
Provided by hotel
 
Lodging (for the entire bicycle tour):
 
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Hampton Inn
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry, hair dryer and Internet)
 
Dinner:
On your own.
 
Day 5, Wednesday; August 28, 2019
 
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Enjoy a day to explore Glenwood Springs, including spending the day at the world's largest hot springs; experience whitewater river rafting on the Colorado River; taking a short hike from the hotel to see Doc Holliday's Colorado Grave; riding and hiking to Hanging Lake; or having a bite to eat at one of the 70 restaurants that Glenwood Springs has to offer. Use the transportation hub that is located just a block from the hotel or ride your bike or walk to downtown, which is less than a mile away, utilizing the dedicated pedestrian/bike bridge. The other good news for 2019 is the main bridge construction project for vehicles is completed, so there is very little car traffic near our hotel.
 
Breakfast:
Provided by hotel
 
Lodging (for the entire bicycle tour):
 
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Hampton Inn
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry, hair dryer and Internet)
 
Dinner:
On your own
 
Day 6, Thursday; August 29, 2019
 
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Join the flat bike path from Eagle, riding near the Eagle River and enjoying the views of the plains and hills until reaching a series of slightly downhill bike paths and finally joining the last path taking a small tunnel to the dedicated bike path that follows the Colorado River. As you know, the Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the United States traversing seven states and creating the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead. View the whitewater rapids and fast flowing river while riding only a few feet away on dedicated bike paths, bridges and overpasses, allowing some of the most beautiful river views anywhere in the world. Ride into Glenwood Springs and pass the Hot Springs.
 
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 32 miles riding from Eagle to the hotel in Glenwood Springs after taking the van to Eagle. [Route is slightly downhill and primarily on paved bike paths.]
 
Lodging (for the entire bicycle tour):
 
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Hampton Inn
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
(Indoor pool, whirlpool, fitness center, coin laundry, hair dryer and Internet)
 
Dinner:
With the group
 
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Juicy Lucy's Steakhouse
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Seventh Street Salad - Strawberries, gorgonzola, and toasted walnuts on mountain greens with honey-poppyseed vinaigrette
 
Entrée choices:
  • Salmon fillet - fresh salmon grilled iwth lemon and fresh herbs
  • Thick Center Pork Chop - cider glaze and baked apples
  • Colorado Sirloin Steak - with mushroom gravy
  • Herb Roasted Boulder Chicken - all natural one-half chicken with honey herb glaze
Day 7, Friday; August 30, 2019
 
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Say goodbye to Colorado and start your journey home!
 

Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
 
Riding difficulty:
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. We have designed the routes utilizing bike paths wherever possible with the vast majority of the trip utilizing bike paths, but there are some roads that connect the bike paths. Though we are in the mountains the routes were designed to have a slight decent each day with only one climb on the trip.  Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All routes are on paved bike paths and roads. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast.
 
Arriving by automobile:
Drive to Hampton Inn, 401 West First Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, parking your car at the hotel for free for the duration of the trip.
 
Arriving by Plane:
You can fly directly into the Denver International Airport (DIA) and take Colorado Mountain Express shuttle http://www.coloradomountainexpress.com/ or rent a car and leave it at the starting hotel for the duration of the trip. Also, you can fly directly into Aspen Airport (ASE) or Eagle Airport (EGE).
 
Deposit:
$200 due to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.  
 
What's included:
  • Hotel lodging
  • Ride packets including maps & cue sheets (directions)
  • Fully sagged including ride leaders, luggage transport, van transportation and rider assistance.
  • Breakfast with the group each morning
  • Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
  • Fun and Enjoyment
Bicycles:
  • Most participants bring their own bicycles.
  • To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. Your bike can be sent to the starting hotel: Hampton Inn, 401 West First Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
  • If you fly Alaska Air then bicycles can be carried on for $25 each way as of 2018; please see Alaskaair.com for full details.
  • To rent a bike please contact Sunlight Ski & Bike Shop https://sunlightmtn.com/ski-bike-shop/summer/bike-rentals-shuttles 
Weather in the last week of August in the Downhill Colorado riding area: 
  • Average High 69°F

 

Contact Information:

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1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, Ste 103-514
Athens, GA 30605
Phone: 706-363-0341 or 800-490-2173 or email your question to our short Contact Form
 
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