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Colorado: Northern Front Range

 

Northern Front Range Tour

Length: 7 Days, 8 Nights

Level: Challenging

Distance:  288 to 475 miles

Elevation: +31176 feet / -28650 feet

Northwestern Colorado has exceptional wildlife habitats, hot springs, a pristine national park, diverse landscapes and the roads are less traveled than some of the other areas in Colorado, providing open roads for bicycles.   This route will start from historic Golden and travel to the Fraser Valley, home of the moguls of Winter Park/Mary Jane.  The route will continue to Grand Lake, known as the “Western Gateway” to the Rocky Mountain National Park.   The charming lakeside setting of Grand Lake makes folks feel at home. Enjoy the quaint cabins and summer homes that line the shores of the state’s largest natural lake, stroll down the historic boardwalk.   Day 3 will circumvent the Rocky Mountain National Park and head towards Walden, CO.  The area is home to several ghost mining towns including Tellar City, Pearl and Coalmont, and is also known as the Moose Capital of Colorado.   Walden is that start of the Cache la Poudre-North Park Scenic Byway heading towards Fort Collins.   Following the wild and scenic Poudre River, the terrain will alternate between the tumultuous chaos of the canyon and the serenity of open pastures and alpine meadows.  Fort Collins is one of the many college towns in Colorado hosting Colorado State University and is also has the reputation of being one of Colorado’s top craft-brewery hubs.  From Fort Collins we will travel to the Estes Park, the East Gateway to the National Park.  The final day will take us along the Peak to Peak Highway to Boulder, home to many professional cyclists.

Day 1  Golden, CO

  • Arrival Day
  • Build Bikes
  • Short Ride – 20 miles
  • Overnight:  The Golden Hotel
  • Group Dinner

Day 2 Golden, CO to Winter Park, CO

  • Level:  Challenging
  • Group 1  – 61 miles/2 Major Climbs
    • Golden to Genessee (Lookout Mtn Frontage Road) – 5.6 miles – Total Gain: 1,376′
    • Berthoud Pass -26.7 miles – Total Gain: 3,077′ –  Total Descent: 2,162′
  • Group 2 –
    • Transfer to Idaho Springs  – 35 miles/1 Major Climb
    • Berthoud Pass -26.7 miles – Total Gain: 3,077′ –  Total Descent: 2,162′
  • Overnight:  Vasquez Creek Inn
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 3:  Winter Park, CO to Grand Lake, CO

  • Level: Easy
  • 35 Miles
  • Relatively flat, great views
  • Overnight:  Rapid Lodge
  • Dinner:  On your own

Day 4 Grand Lake, CO to Walden CO

  • Level: Moderate
  • Option 1  70 Miles
  • Option 2:  Transfer to Granby – 55 Miles
  • Overnight:  North Park Inn & Suites
  • Dinner: Group Dinner

Day 5:  Walden, CO to Fort Collins, CO

  • Level:  Moderate (distance but no major climbs)
  • 101 Miles
  • Overnight: The Armstrong Hotel
  • Dinner: On your own

Day 6:  Fort Collins, CO to Estes Park, CO

Day 7:  Estes Park, CO to Boulder, CO

  • Level: Challenging
  • 60 Miles
  • Overnight:  Foot of the Mountain Motel
  • Dinner:  Group Dinner prepared by Cannondale Professional Cycling Team Chef Barbara Grealish

Tour Dates:
July 11 – 17, 2016

Fee: $3,195 (Single Supplement $750)

Includes:

  • 7 days/6 nights
  • Full van support
  • Professional Ride Leaders
  • Primal Wear CST Jersey
  • 5 Breakfasts, all lunches & 3 dinners
  • Hydration & nutrition along the route
  • All airport transfers in Denver
  • Option & additional:
    • Bike rental

Does not include:

  • Transportation to and from the tour including airfare, or train travel
  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Alcohol during meals
  • Ride Leader gratuity

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