OVERVIEW OF DENVER
Located on the banks of the South Platte River close to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Denver was founded in 1858 by a small group of prospectors that made a region-changing discovery at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Gold. Here, there are 300 days of sunshine, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, and natural beauty combine for the world’s most spectacular playground. A young, active city at the base of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, Denver’s stunning architecture, award-winning dining and unparalleled views are all here, year-round. Denver is the “Mile-High City” because its official elevation is 5,280 feet above sea level – one mile high, defined by the elevation of the spot of a benchmark on the steps of the State Capitol building.
Denver is a bucket-list destination for bicyclists around the world. In fact, an estimated 700,000 visitors ride a bike during their Colorado vacations. Whether you’re a road cyclist, a mountain biker, or love to ride paths with your family. The riding in Denver is incredible, especially outside city limits which include; Deer Creek Canyon, Golden Gate Canyon Loop, and Lookout Mountain Ride. Coast towards the Rocky Mountains and find Bear Creek Canyon for a mountain bike mecca and some of the most dramatic canyon climbs of any U.S. city. But if the rough terrain isn’t your idea of a bike ride, the city features trails along the South Platte riverfront, through the Botanical Gardens, and into the downtown shopping area.
If you want to go for a quick spin but don’t have a bike, grab a B-cycle from one of 84 stations throughout the city. These short-term rentals are designed for quick trips, although you can keep a B-cycle longer for an extra fee. Bikes can be returned at any station, so they’re ideal if you want to hop a one-way ride. If you’ve got your own, well, all the better!
In approximately 1869 the first bicycle, a velocipede, showed up in Denver and was reportedly scaring horses in the streets. It became a huge recreation pastime for men (ladies could not, and were not encouraged to mount the large bike). A woman was not supposed to show her legs; the fashion didn’t allow it. In the 1890’s and into the 1900’s Denver became the only town in the country where more bikes existed than people. More recently, Denver was host to the former Coors Classic (1980-1988) and current Ride the Rockies, and welcomes the final stage of the USA Pro Cycling Challenge.