ShinDig Trail Work Day
Salida, monthly on the second Saturday, salidamountaintrails.org/events
Salida Mountain Trails repairs and creates new trails in the area. The group provides tools, guidance and an after-work barbecue. All you need to bring are hats, work gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, water and anything else you need for several hours of work.
Mountain Bike Rides
Leadville, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., cloudcitywheelers.com
Meet at the Cycles of Life bike shop in downtown Leadville for evening rides. All skill levels are welcome.
FIBArk Cruiser Crit
Salida, May TBD, fibark.net
In this popular race in downtown Salida, cruiser-style bikes ride through closed streets and alleys in a fund-raiser for the FIBArk Whitewater Festival held each June. Costumes are encouraged, and a parade lap and a kids’ race precede the adult race.
Rule the Roost Bike Race
Buena Vista, May 24, ckspaddlefest.com
The inaugural PaddleFest Rule the Roost Bike Race is a fun yet challenging bike race through 31.1 miles of the Buena Vista Trail System, including portions of the River Park Trails, Whipple Trails, the Broken Boyfriend, the Midland Grade, and incorporates the newest trails, the Fist Full Of Dollars and the Django Loops. The race has a moderate amount of elevation gain.
Buena Vista Bike Fest
Buena Vista to Leadville, June 6, bvbf.org
The 100-mile “century route” takes a scenic road tour north from Buena Vista to Leadville and back, with plenty of rest stops and the last 40 miles all downhill. Riders can choose shorter routes of 35, 50 and 62 miles. A post-ride party with live music and refreshments follows in McPhelemy Park in Buena Vista.
Salida Big Friggin Loop
Salida, June 6, coloradoes.wordpress.com
Single-track, high elevation, backcountry self-supported endurance epic. Ride the base loop or the long loop. The long loop passes through the ghost town of Futurity (with brief hike-a-bike). There will be a time deduction for the first 20 long loop riders to pass through Futurity who are able to find a special Futurity Chip. Instructions about where to look for the chips when in Futurity will be given during the riders’ meeting. Both loops begin and end in Salida.
Ride the Rockies
Grand Junction to Westcliffe, June 13-20, ridetherockies.com
In its 30th year, RTR will visit two natural wonders in the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa, ascend Cottonwood and Hardscrabble Pass, travel over the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. and traverse the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Day 5 includes the 13-mile dirt ascent of Cottonwood Pass into Buena Vista, to Mount Princeton Hot Springs and into Salida. Day 6 begins in Salida and ends in Cañon City. Highlights of the day include the infamous “Wall,” Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.
FIBArk Mountain Bike Races
Part of “America’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival,” FIBArk mountain bike races are run on the Salida Mountain Trails system. Beginner race, sport race, expert race, single speed and the kids’ race are included. All races take place on the Arkansas Hills Trail System; course length and difficulty depends on race category. Each begins in downtown Salida at the F Street Bridge.
Colorado Classic Double Century Ride
Buena Vista, July 11, coloradotriplecrown.blogspot.com
This is part of the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club 2015 Colorado Triple Crown Series. The ride captures the essence of road cycling in Colorado with high-altitude climbs, mountain descents and long sections of dirt and gravel roads. Registration is limited to the first 50 preregistered riders. Registration closes July 9. Distance is 243 miles, climbing 16,000-plus feet with a time limit of 20 hours. RMCC membership is required to participate in this event.
Silver Rush 50 MTB
Leadville, July 11, leadvilleraceseries.com
This challenging race is the Leadville 100 cut in half with the easy parts taken out. It takes racers through the historic mining district on the east side of Leadville passing many historic gold and silver mines. The 50-mile out-and-back course is loaded with tough, technical descents.
Silver King and Silver Queen
Leadville, July 11-12, leadvilleraceseries.com
Two days of exhilarating challenges in both the July 11 Silver Rush 50 Mountain Bike Race and the July 12 Silver Rush 50 Run. Earn the titles with the fastest combined time.
Tri-It-High Triathlon and Du-It-High Duathlon
Leadville, July 18-19, lakecountyco.com/recreation/triathlon
Options for various ability levels and breathtaking views highlight these popular summer events. The traditional Sprint Triathlon on July 19 consists of a 500-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. An Olympic option for the triathlon is available.
The duathlon is a 5-kilometer run, a 20-kilometer bike and a 5-kilometer run. A separate youth triathlon will take place July 18. Swim events are at the Lake County Swimming Pool, and biking and running are staged in wooded areas surrounding Leadville.
Leadville, July 18-20, couragetours.com
This 3-day event, which starts and ends at Copper Mountain, raises funds for Children’s Hospital Colorado. The first day’s base route travels from Copper to Climax Mine/Fremont through Leadville to Ski Cooper/Tennessee Pass to Camp Hale to Minturn to Bottom of Vail to Top of Vail (Black Lakes) back to Copper at a distance of 80 miles.
Day 2 base route goes from Copper to Frisco to Dillon to Keystone to Swan Mountain to Frisco and back to Copper at a distance of 42 miles
Day 3 base route is 31 miles long and goes from Copper to Breckenridge and back to Copper. All three days feature optional routes.
Salida 3-Day Classic
Salida, July 17-19, salidaclassic.com
This three-event road race, formerly the Salida Omnium, attracts elite and amateur racers from throughout the region. An omnium is a road race with a unique awards system in which points earned, rather than cumulative time, determine the winner. The race includes three stages: a time trial, road race and a spectator-friendly criterium in downtown Salida.
Leadville Stage Race
Leadville, July 24-26, leadvilleraceseries.com
Open to individuals and teams, this involves racing the Leadville Trail 100 MTB course, but over a three-day period. Stage 1 is 42 miles, stage 2 is 16 miles and Stage 3 is 42 miles. The faastest riders have a chance to earn spots in the LT100.
Copper Mountain and Leadville, Aug. 1, coppertriangle.com
One of Colorado’s classic alpine road rides, this noncompetitive tour is a spectacular 78-mile loop with an elevation gain of almost 6,000 feet, starting and finishing in Copper Mountain. It crosses Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass and Vail Pass in one day and passes through Leadville. This ride benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation in support of Parkinson’s research.
Leadville Trail 100
Leadville, Aug. 15, leadvilletrail100.com
One of the most famous ultra-distance mountain bike races in the world, the 50-mile out-and-back course offers grueling high-altitude terrain for competitors and spectacular Arkansas valley scenery. Registration for the event closed in February, but many opportunities will be available for spectators to take in the excitement.
USA Pro Challenge
Aug, 17-23, usaprocyclingchallenge.com
The USA ProChallenge returns to the mountains again this year with routes including a Stage 4 run from Aspen to Breckenridge.
Vapor Trail 125
Salida, Sept. 12-13, vaportrail125.com
This grueling endurance race is touted as “It’s hard, it’s majestic, it’s all night and much of the next day.” Riders begin at 10 p.m. and continue through the next day, crossing the Continental Divide multiple times for a total of 125 miles and 20,000 feet of climbing through some of the most remote and rugged terrain of any mountain bike race in the world.
Salida Bike Festival
Salida, Sept. 17-20, salidabikefest.com
This 4-day festival in Salida celebrates bicycles of all kinds. Free group rides, bike films, bike from work mixer, a chainless race, pump track competition, a bike parade and free live music in Riverside Park plus much more.
Salida, Sept. 18, salidabikefest.com
Bike and rider transportation to the start line provided. No chain means no pedaling, so it’s all about coasting and keeping your speed. Shenanigans and costumes are encouraged. This event is for ages 10 and older; minors must have a parent or guardian present to sign a waiver. Anyone showing up in a costume will receive a 20-foot head start.
Banana Belt Mountain Bike Race
Salida, Sept. 19, bananabeltloop.com
This single-loop, approximately 26-mile cross-country course, at elevations ranging from 7,000 feet to 9,000 feet, involves a dirt road climb alongside Bear Creek and 6 miles of single-track on the Rainbow Trail before returning to town.
The race will begin at the F Street Bridge in downtown Salida.
Salida, Sept. 20, monarchcrestcrank.com
The 17th annual Crank, a fundraiser for the Chaffee County Alliance Against Domestic Abuse, begins at the top of Monarch Pass after riders have been shuttled from downtown Salida to the top of the pass to ride the Monarch Crest Trail. Cyclists can choose to ride down the challenging Silver Creek single-track or an easier route down Marshall Pass. The ride will officially end at the Shirley Site Trailhead where shuttle buses will return cyclists to downtown Salida for a party in Riverside Park. Entry fee includes the ride, guide and shuttle.
Monarch Crest Enduro
Salida, Oct. 2-4, chocolatebunnyproductions.com
The Monarch Crest Enduro is a backcountry enduro in five stages with 14,000 feet of timed descending. All five stages start above 10,200 feet, with Stage 3 starting at 12,600 feet. Shuttles will take racers from Salida to each stage.
Winter Mountain Bike Race Series
Leadville area, winter 2016, cloudcitywheelers.com
Presented by the Cloud City Wheelers in Leadville, these four races occur throughout the winter in and around Leadville. Using groomed Nordic ski and snowmobile trails, these races are one way to keep riding and racing during the off-season. Three of the races are even held at night.
A typical course is 12 miles with a mix of conditions. Cost is $20 per race.
Winter Bike at Copper Mountain, Jan. 23; Tennessee Pass Night Jam, Feb. 6; Mineral Belt Mayhem, March 5; East Side Epic, April 16.