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.
|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:||Unpaved Bike Path|
|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/Kick-Off Meeting. Silverthorne, CO, 0 miles. Optional 19-mile ride to Keystone and back. The ride follows an out-and-back route along the shores of Lake Dillon to Keystone Resort Village. It is entirely on paved bike path and has an elevation gain of 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, lap swimming, water fun area, and soccer field.
Silverthorne to Breckenridge and back, 34 miles. This ride features the very popular Breckenridge Bike Path, which is away from traffic and completely paved. The elevation gain on the way to Breckenridge is approximately 600’ over 12 miles, less than 1% grade, though you will encounter a few “rollers” along the way. We'll gather for breakfast at 7:00 am and get ready for a great ride. 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 the Copper Mountain Resort. From Copper Mountain, it’s approximately four-and-a-half miles to the summit. With a relatively gentle 4% grade, the path is very scenic. Once we reach the top, we'll have a 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 is generally 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 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, which is 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 lots of other fun diversions. After a dip in the pool we will board a shuttle for the return trip back to our starting point in Silverthorne.
"I loved the small scale of this ride, the beautiful scenery, the short-ish rides that allow you to stop and look around. The staff was fabulous, personable, and encouraging. They seemed to be everywhere all the time! So much fun to have all the young energy."
2012 Tour Participant
"Our whole family had a fantastic 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
"Loved the riding and the scenery, but the social connections developed and the family fun aspect were really the most enjoyable and memorable."
2012 Tour Participant