Denver–Colorado Springs Classic

Denver, Colorado 80295

Denver–Colorado Springs Classic

Denver–Colorado Springs Classic Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is an ambitious ride linking downtown Denver with downtown Colorado Springs. Almost half the mileage of this point-to-point adventure is on fully separated bicycle paths. Terrain: Rolling hills on Perry Park Road. The so-called New Santa Fe Trail is primarily flat, with some very sharp little dips and turns as it crosses Air Force Academy land.

Traffic and hazards: The biggest hazard of this ride is the U.S. Highway 85 portion. The highway has a ton of traffic, and it’s somewhat narrow, without any significant shoulder in stretches south of the Louviers crossroads."

Denver–Colorado Springs Classic Trip Reports

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Sante Fe Road South??? Are you insane? You'd be better off heading South on I-25, which allows cyclists on the 20 foot median b/w Lincoln Ave and Castle Rock... if you can stomach hundreds of cars weaving around at the 75 mph speed limit b/w Lincoln and Castle Rock. Get off at the Meadows Parkway in Castle Rock heading West, turn South on Coachline Road, Turn West on Wolfensberger and then rejoin the mapped route at Highway 105. This route adds an awesome hill climb up the I-25 corridor with a wicked descent into Castle Rock, as well as a great descent off the backside of Wolfensberger Rd.

If you are going to attempt the no median, heavily trafficked, 60 mph, Santa Fe between 470 and Castle Rock with all of the SUV driving, cell phone talking, impatient drivers, then you had better leave very early and have balls of steel.

Note: As of 2006, they have resurfaced and widened Santa Fe for about 1/4 of the stretch b/w 470 and Castle Rock. I imagine they will eventually fix this cylcist death trap... but who knows when?

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Best spring through fall
Chatfield State Park
Local Contacts
Delorme: Colorado Atlas & Gazetteer
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