The Spanish Peaks & Colorado Cols Epic
Spanish Peaks & Colorado Cols Epic
Get wild on this audacious two week adventure is the “best of the best” from our Spanish Peaks & Great Sand Dunes tour and our Colorado Cols tour. It weaves its way through the majestic peaks of Colorado’s most mighty 14ers.
- May 17 – 29
- June 14 to-26
- July 19 – 31
- August 2 – 14
- August 23 – September 4
Note: Ride the full 2 weeks, or choose just week-1 or week-2.
- Duration: 13-Days Cycling with 1 Layover Day, or choose week-1 or week-2
- Ride Type: Road
- Difficulty: Advanced / Expert
- Average Daily Mileage: 40 – 154
- Price from: Full 13-day tour: $5395; Week 1: $2790; Week 2: $2850.
A typical day on tour: From outside Durango, pedal into the high San Juan Mountains past peaks that are the steepest and highest range in the state with more land mass above 10,000′ then anywhere south of Alaska.
The route following the San Juan Skyway north presents three major cols: Coal Bank Pass (10,640’), Molas Pass (10,915’), and finally, Red Mountain Pass (11,018’). The road was resurfaced in 2011 and as a result is in fantastic shape. After conquering the San Juan Skyway, cyclists finish the tour at the Ouray Hot Springs Pools where one can soak and relax after a hard day’s effort. (71-miles with approximately 7,700′ of climbing.)
The final day of our 2-week Spanish Peaks/Colorado Cols Epic tour is 46-miles with approximately 9,200′ of climbing.
“Pike’s Peak or Bust” was a common refrain from gold seekers headed west in the 1800’s. It may also be your refrain as you attempt to climb 7,000′ over 18 miles and 162 turns up to 14,110-feet. 10-miles of this climb are at an average grade of 10% grade…and also over 10,000′ in elevation. Pike’s Peak is considered perhaps the most arduous climb in North America.
This is a big climb: there will be suffering, doubt and elation. Cyclists will have all day to reach the top. Our support vehicle is available for a bump to shorten this day. Cyclists do not have to ride the entire climb, but the views from the top are certainly worth the effort!
DAY 0 – Arrival in Colorado Springs
DAY 1 – Florissant to Canon City
DAY 2 – Florence to Colorado City
DAY 3 – Trinidad to La Veta
DAY 4 – La Veta to Great Sand Dunes National Park
DAY 5 – Moffat to Gunnison
DAY 6 – Gunnison to Creede – The Cannibal Classic!
DAY 7 – Creede to Pagosa Springs or Durango
DAY 8 – Layover Day in Durango
DAY 9 – Durango, CO to Ouray, CO
DAY 10 – Ouray, CO to Gateway, CO
DAY 11 – Gateway, CO to Paonia, CO
DAY 12 – Paonia, CO to Aspen, CO
DAY 13 – Aspen, CO to Buena Vista, CO
DAY 14 – “Pike’s Peak or Bust!”
- Colorado Springs – home to USA Cycling
- 13 mile descent through the Huckleberry Hills
- BBQ at Obie’s Fillin’ Station
- The Highway of the Legends Scenic Byway
- Chucura Pass
- Great Sand Dunes National Park
- Highway 114
- Slumgullion Pass
- Rio Grande Watershed – largest wilderness area in Colorado
- Historic downtown Durango
- Coal Bank Pass – Molas Pass – Red Mountain Pass – McClure Pass – Independence Pass
- Ouray Hot Springs
- Gateway Canyons Resort
- Spanish Peaks
- Rio Grand Trail – 23 carfree miles
- Pikes Peak
The Two-Week Epic: 13-nights of lodging, all meals (except for 3 dinners, 3 breakfasts & 1 lunch), energy food, liquid refreshments, a special cycling gift, 1 bottle, forest service fees, shuttles & mechanical support.
Week #1 Spanish Peaks: 7-nights of lodging (Sunday through Saturday), all meals except for 1 dinner & 1 breakfast, guide service, energy food, liquid refreshments, a special cycling gift, bottles, forest service fees, shuttles & mechanical support.
Week #2 Colorado Cols: 6-nights of exceptional lodging such as Gateway Canyons Resort (Sunday through Friday), all meals except for 1 dinner & 1 breakfast, guide service, energy food, liquid refreshments, a special cycling gift, bottles, forest service fees, shuttles & mechanical support.
Spanish Peaks was quite a humbling adventure. That said, it was a fascinating conquest and I am sure that your operation’s attentiveness was key to our overall successful travel over the RIDICULOUSLY LONG AND HIGH mountains of Colorado! I look forward to the next, adventure.
It is about a week we are back home from a fantastic trip to Colorado. We had the best time ever and I am pretty sure I want to come back to North America to ride my bike again. We were lucky to have a great weather day by day, the itinerary was perfectly set up, we enjoyed all kind of landscapes, we had a nice bunch of cyclists and there was always a warm and friendly atmosphere in the group and with the guides. We took home a huge number of beautiful pictures but those most memorable are written deeply into our memories. This trip exceeded my best expectations and my thanks go to all of you organizers.