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Anyone following cycling the last few years knows that riding bikes on gravel roads is having its moment. The mix of scenery, safety and challenge have all conspired to make
Anyone following cycling the last few years knows that riding bikes on gravel roads is having its moment. The mix of scenery, safety and challenge have all conspired to make the road less traveled more desirable. Get off the paved path and you’ll encounter fewer cars and more solitude and serenity. That’s the inspiration behind the first annual RTR Getaway Gold Rush Gravel Tour, a three-day self to semi-supported ride that circumnavigates Colorado’s famed Gold Belt region, an area rich in old west mining history and replete with stunning scenery — and amazing gravel roads.
Starting in Woodland Park, this testing route traces a 222.3-mile or 155.10 mile counterclockwise loop that passes through Cripple Creek, Cañon City, Victor, and Colorado Springs. There are two route options: a more relaxed, easy going option or a more challenging option both in distance and elevation. Pick what works for you. Notable highlights include Shelf Road, Red Rock Park, Temple Canyon, Phantom Canyon Road, Victor Pass, and Gold Camp Road. But most impressive of all is that the Gold Rush Gravel challenge route is 55% off-pavement (122.6 miles total) and features a leg-leg burning 21,747 feet of climbing. Remember there are more relaxed options on Day 1 and 3, which significantly reduce total mileage and climbing. It is a getaway – do what is most enjoyable for you!
Relaxed Gravel Route: 155.10 Miles/14,810′ Approximate Elevation Gain
Challenge Gravel Route: 222.3 Miles/21,747′ Approximate Elevation Gain
- Thursday, July 8, 2021 – Packet Pick-up: Woodland Park
- Friday, July 9, 2021 – Cañon City
- Saturday, July 10, 2021 – Colorado Springs
- Sunday, July 11, 2021 – Woodland Park
9 (Friday) 6:00 am - 11 (Sunday) 4:00 pm
Denver Post Community Foundation[email protected] 5990 Washington St Denver CO 80216