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.
GOLDEN GRAN FONDO
Event Open to All – June 23, 2019
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.
COLORADO CLASSIC STAGE 3
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019
The Colorado Classic® presented by VF Corporation (Aug 22-25, 2019) is the only women’s standalone pro road race in the Western hemisphere. Nearly 100 of the world’s best racers from 16 teams will compete in the four-stage race over challenging iconic Colorado mountain and urban terrain, starting in Steamboat Springs, moving to Avon, then Golden and finishing in Denver. The race has earned the prestigious 2.1 classification by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and is on USA Cycling’s Pro Road Tour.
More than a race, the Colorado Classic is a movement empowering women of all ages and abilities to transform their lives and the world through sports. The race is advancing women’s pro cycling with harder, longer routes; unprecedented financial support; and daily live TV streaming coverage that puts women’s racing on a global stage.
The race will be surrounded with a Health and Lifestyle Expo, Speaker Series and citizen rides.
The 4th annual Golden Giddyup will be held on Sunday, September 15th, 2019 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.
Everything on Giddyup Race Day begins and ends at Lions Park, in the heart of Golden. The Giddyup Get Down Expo is a celebration of trail work, stewardship, riding bikes, and the community that it takes to make it all happen. This family-friendly event will include a kid's bike course, a climbing wall, face painting, bike decorating, bouncy houses and ice cream! There will be over 40 vendors and adults can enjoy live music from local legends, RapidGrass and friends. There will be libations from New Terrain Brewing and LAWS Whiskey, food trucks, rodeo clowns and shenanigans galore. 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.