Golden has a rich cycling history including the US Pro Challenge, Coors Classic and the movie American Flyers, but more importantly it’s a place you actually want to visit – bring your family or friends for the weekend. Enjoy your ride in a fun, safe and rider-friendly environment while your pals grab a cup of coffee, check out local shops and tour some breweries.
COLORADO CLASSIC STAGE 3
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, 2018
Racers make their way to Denver’s RiNo Art District, Aug. 18, for a stage that starts and finishes in Velorama. The men launch at 10:30 a.m. for the 100-mile (161.9k) Queen’s Stage that includes 8,133 feet of climbing. The route takes racers west past Coors Field on 29th and 32nd avenues to Golden, over Lookout Mountain for a KOM, through iconic Red Rocks Park and on to Evergreen, where they hit the highpoint KOM at Cragmont Drive, and a final KOM through Indian Hills before making their way over Dinosaur Ridge for a furious sprint from Wheat Ridge High School to the finish at Velorama. Starting at 12:30 p.m., the women race an exciting timed criterium (50 minutes plus five laps) around the activity-filled Velorama Festival.
Spend the day in Golden! Start by watching the race from 19th Street or Lookout Mountain Road, then grab lunch at one of our many restaurants with an outdoor patio!
Please note: Lookout mountain road up to the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave will be closed on Friday, Aug. 17 from 7 am to 1 pm and on Saturday, Aug. 18 from 6 am to noon.
GOLDEN GRAN FONDO
Event Open to All – August 26, 2018
4 Timed Sections
3 Distances: 20, 63, 91 Miles
The Golden Gran Fondo will take racers on a historic circuit through the Rocky Mountains. Beginning in downtown Golden, the start of the event traces the route of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge. The course then continues it’s tracing of historical bicycle racing with a long climb towards the continental divide and some of the same roads used in the Coors Classic and featured in the movie American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in Golden). Upon reaching the scenic Peak to Peak Highway, racers will be treated to high alpine vistas, lung busting ascents, a taste of hard pack dirt road, and a total of 12,000 feet of climbing before returning to downtown Golden where riders can replenish their exhausted bodies. This course is sure to test your climbing prowess while treating you to some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes anywhere! Check out the maps for the routes.
The 3rd annual Golden Giddyup will be held on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 in Golden. This all-day mountain bike festival is both a great day in the saddle and a way to commemorate the 1,305 volunteer hours spent rebuilding parks and trails. The stages will take place on Apex, Chimney Gulch, and North Table Mountain. The Giddyup features an enduro-style format, with timed descents and climbs.
This family friendly event will include a kid's bike course, a mini-fatbike Rodeo, food trucks, a Rapidgrass concert and the very special Giddyup Session Ale from New Terrain Brewery and Declaration Brewery all at Lions Park. Plus, central Golden is home to the best family-friendly spots. So ride the Giddyup, hit the water slide, shop around and still have time to grab dinner before the evening’s festivities start.
Street closures may be subject to change on race day at the discretion of the Golden Police Department or the Colorado State Patrol.