2011 Ride Events Calendar
~ Moab Skinny Tire Festival
Routes through the famous landscapes of Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. This ride benefits cancer survivorship organizations.
Registration info: skinnytireevents.com
March 30 through April 20
~ Grand Junction Criterium Series
The 2011 Grand Junction Criterium Series begins March 30 and continues every Wednesday evening through April 20. The USA Cylcing-sanctioned event takes place at 5:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Orthopedic Associates, 627 25 1/2 Road. A criterium is a timed race with a group start. It will take place on a 2/3-mile loop. At the end of 35 or 45 minutes (depending on race group), the riders will be signaled that two laps remain. The leader after the two laps is the winner. The race features A and B groups and will award both male and female winners in each race category. The cost is $25 for online preregistration, or $30 for on-site registration. On site registration begins at 4 p.m.
Registration info: http://www.livetrainrace.com
April 28 - May 1
~ Fruita Fat Tire Festival
Now in its 16th year, the Fruita Fat Tire Festival draws mountain bikers from around the globe. Live music, rides, product demos, a beer tent, a Clunker Crit bike race pancake breakfast and more. The 16th annual New Belgium Brewing Company Fruita Fat Tire Festival is presented by US Bank and supported by Shimano and the City of Fruita.
Registration info: fruitamountainbike.com
May 1 ~ The Rose Hill Rally
Riders have a choice of routes: 100 kilometers (62 miles) or 50 kilometers (31 miles). (See more about this event in this year’s Ride magazine). St. Mary’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center and Callahan Edfast Mortuary and Crematory are sponsors of this ride which benefits Rose Hill Hospitality House, an accommodation for St. Mary’s out-of-town patients and their families.
~ 7th annual 18 Hours of Fruita
One of the most loved endurance events in the West. Course is a 6-plus mile loop. Race starts at midnight Friday night. Event takes place at Highline Lake State Park near Fruita. Registration is open until May 2 but closes when race has reached cap of 100 teams.
Registration info: http://www.emgcolorado.com/race_18hours.htm
~ Kokopelli Tour de Bloom
The Tour de Bloom is COPMOBA’s biggest annual fundraiser. The four day and three night fully supported ride from Grand Junction to Moab is limited to 28 riders and fills quickly. Contact the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association, (970) 241-3728, for price and availability. Last year’s ride was $570 per rider with all proceeds going toward trail building and maintenance.
May 14 ~ Moonshadows in Moab
A fully supported 44-mile out-and-back ride by the light of the full moon. As you gain 2,700 feet in climbing elevation the full moon rises over the La Sal Mountains casting a silvery glow throughout the vastness of Canyonlands. Proceeds benefit cancer survivor programs.
Registration info: skinnytireevents.com
May 15 ~ Mission To Ride
This is a non-competitive bicycling tour for riders of all abilities. Road and mountain routes are offered. The Century Ride and 40-mile road routes feature the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Montrose Medical Mission (a free medical clinic).
Registration info: missiontoride.com
~ Palisade Classic Bike Festival
Party on the Plaza in Palisade. Mountain bike races and a “Fruit & Wine Trail” road tour, plus live music, art shows, restaurant specials and local wine.
Registration info: http://www.palisadecoc.org
~ Aspen Cycling Festival, featuring Ride for the Pass and Aspen Criterium
Ride for the Pass is a charity bike race/recreational ride to benefit the Independence Pass Foundation. The May 21 ride follows the traditional route from the Winter Gate, 4 miles east of Aspen to the Independence Ghost Town. On May 22, the Aspen Cycling Criterium — a fast-paced, energy packed bicycle race is held in the heart of downtown Aspen — runs heats of athletes at speeds of 28 mph and higher around a .9 mile track with sharp curves on road bikes.
Registration info: http://www.aspenrecreation.com/events/
~ Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango
Racing the coal-fired steam train from Durango to Silverton for 39 years has made this truly one of America’s “classic” bicycle races. This stretch of the San Juan Skyway has grueling climbs and spine tingling descents that test the legs, lungs and stamina of every rider. A full weekend of events, including road races, live music and a bike swap.
Registration info: http://www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com.
May 29 ~ Original Growler, Gunnison
Registration is already sold out for both the 64-mile and 32-mile competitions. Go to http://www.gunnisontrails.com for spectator information or participating in the Gunnison Growler Mountain Bike Series during the spring, summer and fall.
~ Highline Hustle Sprint Triathlon
A 500-meter swim in Highline Lake, a 16-mile bike road race, and a 3-mile trail run.
Registration info: http://www.gjcity.org or 254- 3893.
June 11-17 ~ Ride The Rockies
An annual non-competitive bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists on a six-day, 412-mile ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. This summer, the tour will begin in Crested Butte and end in Georgetown. Proceeds benefit Denver Post Community Foundation. Lottery selection.
Registration info: http://ridetherockies.com/
~ 17th Bicycle Tour of Colorado
An annual seven-day, fully supported bicycle tour in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Loop includes Estes Park, Granby, Steamboat Springs, Glenwood Springs, Frisco and start/finish in Central City. Limited to 1,500 cyclists.
Registration info: www.bicycletourcolorado.com.
~ 31st Annual Fat Tire Bike Week, Crested Butte
Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are the proud hosts of the world’s oldest mountain bike festival. Voted Best Festival in a Bike magazine reader poll, participants can take part in the Fat Tire 40 mountain bike race, Mountain States Cup Wildflower Rush races, the infamous Chainless Race, Bridges of the Butte townie tour, clinics and more. For information, contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at (800) 545-4505 or visit http://www.ftbw.com.
July 16 ~ Grin and Barrett, Montrose
There are four ride distances: 33, 50, 75 and the Black Canyon Butt-kicker century ride (100 miles). Registration for the 33, 50 and 75-mile rides is $50. Registration for the century ride is $60. Proceeds benefit the Caring Friends Fund at Montrose Memorial Hospital and the San Juan Cancer Center.
Aug. 6 ~ Copper Triangle
The famous Copper Triangle has long been considered one of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides. Graced with breathtaking scenery, gorgeous roads and three challenging climbs (Freemont Pass, Tennessee Pass and Vail Pass), the Copper Triangle exemplifies cycling in the Colorado Rockies. Amply stocked aid/rest stations will be positioned throughout the course. Upon returning from your ride, participants will be greeted by the “Alpine Celebration.”
Registration info: http//coppertriangle.com
Aug. 21 ~ Aspen/Snowmass Ride For the Cure
A fundraiser first, a bike ride second. Route begins at Snowmass Village and travels through Aspen, Woody Creek and Old Snowmass. Each rider commits to raising $500. 10, 30, 50 and 100-mile routes.
Registration info: http://www.komenaspen.org.
Aug. 20-21 ~ 8th Annual 24 Hours in the Sage
Gunnison’s Hartman Rocks Multi-Use Recreation Area is the backdrop for a 24-hour relay bike race where individual entrants and teams ride a 13-mile loop continuously from noon Saturday to noon Sunday. The person/team in each category with the most laps wins. A 12-hour race that starts at midnight and finishes at noon also is offered. Additional highlights for the weekend include live entertainment, the World Townie Championships and more.
Aug. 28 ~ The 23rd Annual Tour of the Valley
See more about this event in this year’s Ride magazine.
Sept. 17 ~ 18th Annual Tour de Vineyards
A 25-mile bicycle tour through the wine country and orchards of the Palisade area. Cost is $40. Registration is available only through Event Marketing Group. A separate ticket is required to attend the Festival in the Park during the Colorado Mountain Winefest.
Registration info: http://www.emgcolorado.com or call (303) 635-2815.
Sept. 24-25 ~ Fall Tilt, Telluride Mountain Village
This 12-hour endurance downhill mountain bike race begins Saturday at 8 a.m. Lights may be needed as darkness falls.
Registration info: http://www.falltiltintelluride.com/
Sept. 25-30 ~ Vines and Vistas Tour
This is a six-day, fully supported tour of Colorado’s American Viticultural Areas on the Western Slope, including a climb of Grand Mesa that links the two. Throw in visits to Colorado National Monument and a ride along the Colorado River bike trail through Glenwood Canyon.
Registration info: http://www.timbertours.com
Oct. 8-9 ~ 24 Hours of Moab
In 16 years, this race has become one of the single greatest mountain bike races in the history of the sport. For one short weekend, a mountain bike city grows up out of the desert graze-lands as Granny Gear Productions hosts more than 4,000 racers, support crews and spectators in a stunningly beautiful, completely remote venue.
Registration info: (304) 259-5533, grannygear.com.