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 – August 27, 2017
4 Timed Sections
3 Distances: 20, 57, 84 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 second annual Golden Giddyup will be held on Sunday, September 10th, 2017 in Golden. This all-day mountain bike event is both a great day in the saddle and a way to commemorate the 600 hours of trail work Giddyup organizers, partners, and riders have put into Jeffco Open Space trails and parks throughout the past year. The plan is to hold this event on Apex, Chimney Gulch, and North Table Mountain. The Giddyup features an enduro-style format, with timed descents and climbs.
This family friendly event has hikes for the non-riders, strider cups for the wee-riders, and food and drink for every taste. 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 a beer and dinner before the evening’s festivities start.
Downtown will be busy! If you live close, walking or biking is recommended. If you are coming from outside of Golden, consider taking the light rail to the Jefferson County Government stop and riding your bike to downtown. Parking garages in downtown will be open to the public, but get there early, as access to them will be limited.
Street closures may be subject to change on race day at the discretion of the Golden Police Department or the Colorado State Patrol.