Fun Guide: Bike rides

By: Nathan Van Dyne
May 16, 2014 Updated: May 18, 2014 at 5:33 pm
photo - Old Town Bike Shop Thursday March 13, 2014.  Photo by Jeff Kearney
Old Town Bike Shop Thursday March 13, 2014. Photo by Jeff Kearney 

- Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction, Cyclists will feel this route in their lungs and their legs. Rim Rock Drive is steep with 2,300 feet of elevation gain over a 33-mile loop. Bikes must be equipped with lights.



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- Cottonwood Pass, Buena Vista, While this climb ranks among the state's finer routes, it's the descent that sets it apart. From a launching point above 12,000 feet, the descent is all about speed with many straightaways.

- Hoosier Pass, Breckenridge:, Stunning vistas, steep grades, sharp turns and smooth highway - this ride has it all. But it also has traffic, and plenty of it. The highlight is the final 4 miles to the summit.

- Pikes Peak Highway, Cascade, This one is steep, challenging and one-of-a-kind. You'll need $12 to get through the tollgate. Don't forget a few extra bucks to buy doughnuts at the summit house.

- Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park, This is a classic mountain ride through Rocky Mountain National Park. The road is smooth. The climbing is difficult. And the vistas are stunning.

Nathan Van Dyne, The Gazette

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