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The Colorado Rockies

Ride Details

Dates: June 4-11, 2020

Distance: 418 miles |28,484 ft

Cost: $2495-$2895

Rider Level: Active to Advanced

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The Colorado Rockies 

This early season ride is perfect to give you a jump start on the cycling season with Mesa Verde and Colorado National Monument Parks as added attractions.

What a great route in Southwest Colorado and the western slopes. The 2020 route is designed to start in Ridgway and finish in Grand Junction. We will start our first day of riding in Ridgway with modest riding in and around the Umcompahgre Plateau. What a great warm up to 3 scenic and challenging passes to get you over the Million Dollar Highway from Ouray to Silverton and on to Durango the following day. Out of Durango, we will skirt way south in the Centenial State to to the LaPlata Mountains and Bayfield before an additional evening in Durango. Mesa Verde National Park is next on our route. With a few hours of layover, you should definitely take in the history and remains of the cliff dwellings. The National Park guides do a wonderful job of their escorted tours. Its is a climb back out of Mesa Verde, so if you are short on time, simply hop a ride  in the van back to the highway. The next two days will take us along the Dolores River and the Dallas Divide before we then transport to Grand Junction for our riding addicts to enjoy a seventh morning in Colorado National Monument. Catch a flight out of Grand Junction or a lift to our next tour starting in Glenwood Springs.

Cycle of Life Adventures provides the same riding challenges as many of the Colorado group rides but with a small group of 7-12. Every night we stay in the best area hotels and eat dinner out as a group at the finer restaurants in town. Our 15 passenger support vehicle and at least 2 guides, with one being a mechanic. We will be on the road with riders during the duration of each daily ride. And, at any time you may catch a lift in the van. No worries, no rider is ever left behind!

Tour Details:

Dates:  June 4-11, 2020 (Thur-Thur) Price: $2895  Six day only option is $2495 (CO Monument not included) Single room Supplement: $525 Bike Rental: $195 wk

Travel Logistics: Assembly Point: Grand Junction Airport or our starting hotel in Ridgeway. Schedule your airline service to Grand Junction Airport for pick up at noon on June 4 and airport dropoff for 4 pm on June 10. Option II- a 2 pm dropoff on June 11, if you ride the CO Monument. Van shuttle service arranged to our starting point and from ending point to the Grand Junction Airport van shuttle to and from Grand Junction

Pretour Day- airport pick up, orientation dinner and cocktails (June 4- 5pm)

Day 1- Ridgway - Umcompahgre Plateau- Ridgway State park - Ridgway (49.5 miles, 4196' elevation gain)

Day 2- Ridgway - Red Mountain Pass - Molas Pass - Coal Bank Pass - Ouray - Silverton - Durango (84.9 miles, 7606 elevation gain)

Day 3- Durango - Animas River - Southern Ute Reservation - LaPlata Mountains - Ignacio - Bayfield - Durango (73.1 miles, 3634' elevation gain)

Day 4- Durango - Optional Ride and tour in Mesa Verda National Park - Cortez (68.9 miles, 3610' elevation gain)

Day 5- Cortez- Dolores River Route - gravel bypass Telluride - Norwood (100.7 miles, 6448' elevation gain)

Day 6  Norwood - Dallas Divide - Ridgway , Shuttle to Grand Junction (40.1 miles, 2990' elevation gain)

Day 7- Optional Day for Colorado National Monument (38.5 miles, 3033' of elevation gain)

 

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We would encourage you to join us on this trip as a one week event or you can add it to our other Colorado trips, CO National Monument, Aspen High Country  and Colorado Fundo to make it an EPIC Colorado Adventure