Quality time together on this low stress, high energy event through Colorado’s ski country promises an abundance of fun, great cycling, and opportunities for bonding between you and your child. We’ll enjoy the mountain terrain of central Colorado, pedaling mostly on paved, car-free pathways that provide non-stop views of the spectacular Rockies in the summery, snow-free surroundings of ski areas such as Breckenridge and Vail. Your gear will be carried for you and your meals catered — and the daily distances will be shorter than on many of our tours, allowing you and your family time for lingering in small towns, alongside rushing streams, or on a mountain pass.
Beyond the great cycling and good eating, you can enjoy such activities as a mountain gondola ride, river rafting, and alpine hikes. Appropriately, we’ll cap the trip with a long descent along the Colorado River to Glenwood Springs followed by a relaxing soak in the world’s largest hot-spring pool. Come join us — and bring along a companion — for an unhurried bicycle-travel experience. Perfect for beginners or veteran cyclists who want to relax.
Please note: In order to participate in our Family Fun tours, adults must be accompanied by a child and children must be accompanied by an adult.
The number of participants on a tour may be adjusted in response to demand and facility availability. Adventure Cycling reserves the right to make route and accommodation modifications without notification and to make alterations and substitutions to the itinerary as needed to improve the quality of the tour or to accommodate the comfort and well-being of our guests.
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|Start Date:||Aug 01, 2015||End Date:||Aug 06, 2015|
|Start Location:||Silverthorne, CO||End Location:||Silverthorne, CO|
|Total Days:||6||Riding Days:||4|
|Average Daily Mileage:||34.8||Surface:||Bike Trail/Paved|
|Airport:||Denver International (DEN)|
|Tour Leader:||Bob Westgate||Caterer:||A Chefs Touch (Gene)|
|Meals:||Catered meals||Accommodations:||Camping, Motel Options|
|Level of Support:||Family Events||Cost:||Adult $749.00
Registration and Kick-Off Meeting, Silverthorne, CO. Enjoy an optional 19-mile ride to Keystone and back. This ride follows an out-and-back route along the shores of Lake Dillon to Keystone Resort Village on a paved bike path with an elevation gain of only a few hundred feet. Highlights include the Marina on Lake Dillon and the base area at the ski resort. We'll meet at Silverthorne Recreation at 3:30 to get you registered. You'll receive your route map, T-shirt, safety triangle, and have your bike checked over before our kick-off meeting and dinner together. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting. Enjoy the Silverthorne Recreation Center with lap swimming, a water fun area, and a soccer field.
Silverthorne to Breckenridge, and back, 34 miles. We'll gather for breakfast at 7:00 am and get ready for a great ride on the very popular Breckenridge Bike Path, away from traffic and completely paved. The elevation gain on the way to Breckenridge is approximately 600 feet over twelve miles, less than 1% grade, though you will encounter a few “rollers” along the way. Fun activities for kids and families include the Kingdom Park and the Breckenridge Rec Center.
Silverthorne to Edwards, 47 miles. Today, we'll ride up the famous Vail Pass bike path to the summit at 10,666 feet. Leaving Silverthorne, we'll wind through aspen groves to the base of Copper Mountain Resort. From the resort, it’s approximately four-and-a-half miles to the summit with a relatively gentle 4% grade. Once we reach the top of this scenic pass, enjoy the thrilling 3,200-foot descent down the bike path into the Vail Valley — a wonderful reward for the dues we paid on the climb up! We’ll establish a new Vail Valley base camp in the town of Edwards.
Edwards to Gypsum, 28 miles. Today, we'll leave the hustle and bustle and take a short ride to the relaxed town of Gypsum. Today's ride generally runs downhill on a secondary road following the river as the valley opens up. Tonight, we'll camp on the lawn next to the Gypsum Rec Center. Native Americans used to call the area near town the "hole in the sky" because storms seemed to avoid it. Let’s hope the same holds true for us!
Gypsum, 0 miles. Today, take a much-deserved break to play at the Gypsum Rec Center and explore the town of Gypsum.
Gypsum to Glenwood Springs, 33 miles. Today’s ride has a fabulous end-of-the-ride reward, the wonderful, world-famous Glenwood Springs Pool, the world’s largest outdoor hot springs pool! We'll leave Gypsum and ride west on a frontage road that follows the Eagle River until it meets the Colorado River at Dotsero. Then, at the mouth of Glenwood Canyon, we’ll connect with a fantastic bike path, which winds its way along the edge of the Colorado River and will lead us the rest of the way to the hot springs and many other fun diversions. After a dip in the pool, we’ll board a shuttle for the return trip back to our starting point in Silverthorne.
"Great participants, great staff, great scenery, plus great family = a great time!"
2012 Tour Participant
"I probably enjoyed best climbing Vail Pass with my 15 year old son, Miguel, who did not train for the ride at all, but excitedly prompted me each day, "C’mon Dad, let’s get going." He and I made it to the top, and later he said he’d be open to another bike tour if I bought him a road bike."
2013 Tour Participant
"The trip was amazing. The group size was perfect. By the end of the trip, we knew almost everybody. Even after the trip, we got together and had a meal before we headed hom. It was well organized and structured. Looking forward to our next trip with Adventure Cycling!"
2012 Tour Participant
"My son asked me at the end of the trip "when is the next trip going to be?" That sums it up for me."
2012 Tour Participant