New comers to Colorado can learn some of the predominate cycling routes through the Denver metro area on one of the four fully-supported courses offered at the 2017 Denver Century Ride. The 2017 NEW route lengths are: 25-, 50-, 85- and 100- miles. Now in its eight year, the Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride has been recognized as one of the best cycling events in the region and features a tour of the recommended cycling roadways that connect the city. Whether looking for the best route to work or down to the brewery, cyclists can discover Denver on this turn by turn urban excursion of the city and surrounding area.
Cycling novices, enthusiasts and experts alike can explore connective cycling streets, roadways and paths throughout the Denver Metro area and experience the fun and freedom of life on two wheels. The 25- mile and 50- mile routes steer cyclists through old elegant Denver neighborhoods. Many of the shaded lanes on these courses are lined with historic brick homes and spacious parks such as Cheeseman Park with its Neoclassical Pavilion that capitalizes on views of the Rocky Mountains to the west. While both these short courses encircle the heart of Denver, the 50- mile route also loops around the Cherry Creek Dam and allows cyclists the unique opportunity to ride across the Dam road which will be closed to motorized vehicles during the Denver Century Ride.
The full 100- mile Century ride rolls through Downtown Denver, in front of Coors Field and LoDo, before heading west through horse property and the stunning mountain views, and curving mountain roads through the elevated climb through Genesee Park. The 85- mile course mirrors the Century course with the exception of the gradual, yet steep, climb up Genesee Park. Both routes wind through old town Morrison and the Red Rocks Park area then head east to the Cherry Creek Reservoir.
All cyclists conclude the day at the Rockin’ Post Ride Street Party that features cold drinks at the double decker bar, live DJ, a variety of food options and Ride Expo all located at the Shops at Northfield Stapleton (8340 Northfield Blvd., Denver, CO). Registration for all courses includes: access to fully-stocked aid stations (placed every 10-20 miles along routes stocked with water, sports drinks, food and restrooms), meal and drink tickets for the Post Ride Street Party, Denver B-cycle Flex Pass, access to Ride with GPS mobile navigation app (which provides turn by turn instructions) and rider goody bag.
The Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride benefits bicycle advocacy in Colorado by donating $10 of every long-distance registration to three non-profit organizations: Bicycle Colorado, BikeDenver and Bike Jeffco who all work to enhance cycling in Colorado.
For detailed route descriptions for the 100 Mile, 85 Mile, 50 Mile and 25 Mile routes, complete event information, updates and to register for this fully supported ride visit DenverCenturyRide.com.
According to IrishTimes.com article (http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/world-s-first-bicycle-ride-took-place-200-years-ago-1.3112354), 200 years ago, on June 12th 1817, a German inventor by the name of Baron Karl von Drais, had a spin around Mannheim, Germany on his ‘dandyhorse’ which was a “wooden frame, with two wheels and an upholstered arm rest.”
The 8th annual Coldwell Banker Denver Century Ride is presented by Stapleton. Associate Sponsors of this year’s ride are 5280 Magazine, 99.5 The Mountain, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Colorado’s Own Channel 2, Michelob Ultra, Out Front Magazine, Pep Pod, Primal Wear, and Yellow Scene Magazine. Eldorado Natural Spring Water, Frame de Art, Johnson Storage & Moving, Rudy Project and The Shops at Northfield Stapleton are Supporting Sponsors.
For more information contact:
Jeannie McFarland Johnson
Vice President, Communications