2011 / 7 days / 463 miles

2011 / 7 days / 463 miles

The 17th Annual 2011 ride takes the BTC into previously unexplored territory as well as some familiar places. After several years of construction we will be back in Rocky Mountain National Park. This 7 day trip will take you and your bicycle through high alpine tundra, pine forests, and past alpine lakes. Our world famous aid stations will be back with music, fruit, sports drink, and water of course.

June 19 Sunday DAY 1 Central City to Estes Park, 57 miles

A new beginning for the BTC in Central City. A quaint old mining town turned gambling destination in Colorado. We venture along the Peak to Peak highway to Estes Park. No mountain passes today but lots of up and down. Don't underestimate the difficulty of this day as you adjust to the altitude. "Only" 57 miles to ease you into the week, keep your body hydrated and your heart rate down.

June 20 Monday DAY 2 Estes Park to Granby, 65 miles

Make sure your wristband is on today and your camera is ready. Just out of camp we enter Rocky Mountain National Park (entry fee included in your BTC registration) and wind a short way across the valley floor. Then we go up, up, and up some more on the highest continuous motorway in the US topping out at 12,183'. The views on the way up are spectacular. Sightings of Elk, Moose, and other wildlife are common. The descent is not too steep but very twisty. Keep your speed in check and enjoy the coast down. On the way down you'll cross over the Continental Divide at Milner Pass, Elevation 10,759'. Before camp you will pass Shadow Mountain Lake, Lake Granby, and Grand Lake (Colorado's largest natural lake).

June 21 Tuesday DAY 3 Granby to Steamboat Springs, 80 miles

A slightly different way to Steamboat than the BTC has gone in the past. Follow the Fraser River down to Kremmling, then north, staying on US40 to cross the Continental Divide at 8,772' Muddy Pass. Your stay in the eastern watershed is brief as 9,426' Rabbit Ears Pass brings you back west just 3 miles farther up. Descend from the pass to town and relax before tomorrows big day.

June 22 Wednesday DAY 4 Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs 6,728', 104 miles

Some new terrain for the Tour on our longest day of 2011. Some gentle climbing, a good descent, and some little ups and downs complete the BTCs annual century day. We'll be taking some highways and a byway that includes 17 miles on mag-chlor treated earth (better than gravel and smoother than some of the pavement we'll ride). Don't worry about the distance as tomorrow you don't have to ride at all.

June 23 Thursday DAY 5 ??? miles

Day off your bike in Glenwood Springs. A day off your bike, but with so much to do in this town it is hardly a day off. Hike to Doc Holiday's grave, ride the Tram to the Adventure Park and Caverns, raft the mighty Colorado River, rent a kayak for a few hours, ride the free bus around town, visit the Glenwood Hot Springs, relax in the Yampah Spa and Vapor Caves, or just lie in the grass watching the birds and clouds float by. Check out our special Day off Deal Page for great things to do at great prices.

June 24 Friday DAY 6 Glenwood Springs to Frisco 8,153', 92 miles

After your day off the bike you are treated to a ride up scenic Glenwood Canyon. A spectacular view of the canyon from the bike path along the Colorado River. Exiting the east end of the Canyon continue west until you get to Frisco. Along the way spot the world class ski resorts of Beaver Creek, Vail, and Copper Mountain. That little hill between Vail and Copper Mountain is 10.662' Vail Pass, enjoy the descent to Frisco. From town it is a short uphill to camp.

June 25 Saturday DAY 7 Frisco to Central City, 65 miles

Wake up with an easy cruise around Lake Dillon and begin your last ascent of the Continental Divide for this tour. When you pass Keystone Resort you start the real climb up to Loveland Pass. The climb starts to get serious at the Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, but only for a few miles. If the climb doesn't take your breath away, the views from the 11,990' pass certainly will. Descend carefully down to Loveland Ski Area, then down some more past the Georgetown Loop Railroad. Continue down to Idaho Springs. Then down a little bit farther to get back to the Peak to Peak Highway. A little climb up to Central City and your week of cycling is complete. When you get to town be sure to collect contact information from all your new friends before heading to your next adventure.

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