Cycling Options Abound In Colorado For USA Pro Challenge Spectators

Jul 30, 2013, 15:35 ET from Colorado Tourism Office

DENVER, July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The USA Pro Cycling Challenge, starting August 19 and ending August 25, 2013, offers more than spectating for visitors, as each stage boasts a variety of biking options. Below is a sampling of cruiser, mountain and road biking routes in each Pro Challenge host city. For additional information, visit the Colorado Tourism Office at and


  • Rio Grande Trail is a popular eight-mile cruising route that follows the river, where bikers can view waterfalls and rapids.
  • Valhalla thrills seasoned riders with its challenging vertical drop, jumps, rainbows and more.
  • The 11-mile trek to the iconic Maroon Bells is best for intermediate to advanced cyclists.


  • Visitors can cruise through town via bike lanes and enjoy a picnic along the Picnic Loop.
  • The French Gulch offers a glimpse into Breckenridge's mining past via short loops that accommodate every skill level.
  • Swan Mountain Road's intermediate ride, and part of the Pro Challenge, takes bikers high above Lake Dillon.

Steamboat Springs:

  • The Yampa River Core Trail is a seven-mile cruise through town passing lush parks.
  • Bikers can head up Bluffs Loop topping out at the quarry on this moderate ride.
  • Coal Mine Loop is a 53-mile tour towards Stagecoach Reservoir. Pro Challenge riders will take this route as they leave on the Queen Stage.

Beaver Creek:


  • Vail Recreation Path is ideal for cruisers, stretching 15 miles and surrounding 350,000 acres of national forest.
  • Grand Traverse is an intermediate, five-mile trail that starts out easy and becomes increasingly difficult as it wraps around Sun Down Bowl.
  • Vail Pass is a challenging 38-mile route, mirroring the Pro Challenge stage.


  • Loveland Recreation Trail is a network of paved paths leading to parks, lakes and downtown.
  • Pole Hill Road is three miles of climbs averaging an eight percent grade. The descent back is full of fast corners and straightaways.
  • Carter Lake Road hugs the eastern shore of Carter Lake, with challenging climbs on the north and south approach.

Fort Collins:

  • Poudre River Trail is 21 miles of paved pathway passing historical signs on this ultimate cruiser experience.
  • Horsetooth Mountain Park offers 29 miles of mountain biking on a variety of trails, perfect for all ages and skill levels.
  • Reservoir Road's steep climbs put avid cyclists to the test and will prove decisive in Stage 6.


  • Greenway Trail, a perfect cruising path, follows the South Platte River for 30 miles, passing many landmarks and historic signs.
  • Bear Creek Bike Trail is a 20-mile route leading to the iconic Red Rocks.
  • Cherry Creek Bike Path passes Cherry Creek Shopping District and Cherry Creek State Recreation Area on this 40-mile ride.

Roland Alonzi,

SOURCE Colorado Tourism Office