Sunday, June 10
Breckenridge to Edwards
77.0 miles/4,429’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass
This year’s tour will start (and finish) in Breckenridge, a favorite for Coloradoans and Out-of-Staters alike. Rich in history with over 250 buildings on the National Historic Register, Breckenridge is vibrant with activities through-out the year. The route from Breckenridge to Edwards travels over Fremont and Tennesee Pass. Fremont Pass, although one of the highest passes in the state has a reputation for being a gentle pass with only one switch back . Continuing on past Leadville the route heads over Tennessee Pass. The final 17 miles descend through Minturn, a town of locals bordered by Vail and Beaver Creek.
Fremont Pass: Fremont Pass’s broad summit is the site of the Climax molybdenum mine. The road is surprisingly straight on both sides of the pass with only a few turns near the summit. The ride is moderate, and the steep sections are not too sustained on the southern side. The northern side is cooler and green with beautiful views just as you begin to gain speed.
Tennessee Pass: This pass is unusual because most of the elevation is gained far away from the pass. The steepest portion of the north side is going up the Battle Mountain summit, although there is still plenty of elevation to gain, there is plenty of mileage too.
Monday, June 11
Edwards to Steamboat Springs
79.6 Miles/5,005’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Historic town of State Bridge, Finger Rock
Day two travels along the Eagle River to Wolcott. In Wolcott, At Wolcott, you turn up Highway 131 for the most challenging climb of the day. It is a 9 mile, 1,400’ climb to the top of the gap. The route descends into historic State Bridge and connects with the Colorado River for about 5 miles before climbing again. After the 2nd climb, the route descends into Routt County for a beautiful and scenic ride. Riders will pass Finger Rock, a unique geological formation along the route.
Tuesday, June 12
48.4 Miles/3,317’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Rolling hills, short steep climbs
Day 3 is a well known loop from the 2015 USA Pro Challenge. This route will showcase the quiet roads of Routt County with some straights, twists, and a few climbs. There will be cows, sheep and a historic mine. The 48 mile loop will be open to 1 day riders as well as those registered for the full week.
Wednesday, June 13
Steamboat Springs to Grand Lake
93.8 Miles/6,202’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Rabbit Ears Pass, Hot Sulphur Springs, Grand Lake
This will be the longest day of the tour with a climb over Rabbit Ears Pass. Rabbit Ears is not your average mountain pass. Instead of climbing to a high point and quickly descending, Rabbit Ears Pass climbs to around 10,000 feet and stays there for several miles. Following Rabbit Ears Pass you will head to Grand County and ranch country. Grand County is known as the Mountain Bike Capital of Colorado but the road riding is pleasant and beautiful. After passing through the cattle town of Kremmeling, you will start heading to Grand Lake, the largest lake in Colorado. The views of the mountains and the lake are absolutely breath taking. It is worth every pedal stroke.
Rabbits Ear Pass: This pass provides an excellent road with a variety of difficulties and terrain. The summit plateau starts at the West Summit and Rabbit Ears Pass is about 8 miles long (and prone to northern and westerly winds). The high point on the road is 9,500 feet , a few feet higher than the actual pass.
Thursday, June 14
Grand Lake to Winter Park
32.1.Miles/1,745’ Elevation Gain – regular tour
28.9 Miles/2,725’ Elevation Gain – Berthoud Pass – Optional climb to the top of Pass
It’s the shortest day of the week at 32 miles unless riders decide to take the option to ride to the top of Berthoud Pass and back down. For many that missed this opportunity in 2014 due to the sudden snow storm this will be a great opportunity to reclaim Berthoud Pass. The Host Community of Winter Park will be ready to host all the riders with some fantastic music at Hideaway Park.
Optional ‘Berthoud Pass ‘
Friday, June 15
Winter Park to Breckenridge
87 Miles/5,187’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Ute Pass, Dillon Dam
On the sixth and final day, RTR cyclists will head back on Rte 40 to Parshall where they will turn onto Rte 3/Ute Pass. Ute Pass is simply one of the most incredible and scenic rides in Colorado. At the top of the past there is the most impressive views of Eagles Nest Wilderness! On the descent, the views of the Gore Range are unrivaled. Along the ride, you may be able to spot Prairie Mountain and Ute Peak. The road will connect to Rte 9 and continue towards Silverthorne and Dillon. Cyclists will travel over the Dillon Dam along the Dillon Reservoir before the final ride into Breckenridge for the Finish Ceremonies.