If you go ...


Colorado bike trip
Sept. 9-23, 2006
Lynne & Rick
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  • We based our route on the San Juans Alpiner tour offered by Timberline Adventures. We booked our own lodging and carried all our gear in panniers on our bikes, so we spent much less money than the amount charged for a commercial tour. We did not camp. A rider named Ted Campbell who went on the Timberline tour in June 2004 posted this photo journal.
  • Some cyclists do the loop in the opposite direction. Some even do it in one day! (They call it the Death Ride -- 230 miles, with 24,180 feet of climbing.)
  • We live near sea level, and we spent several days hiking elsewhere in Colorado's Rocky Mountains before the bike trip, getting acclimated to high altitude.
  • The books "Cycling Colorado's Mountain Passes" by Kurt Magsamen and "Road Biking Colorado" by Michael Seeberg contain road maps, elevation profiles and other useful information.
  • New Mexico Touring Society has a web page with elevation profiles and other info on cycling in the San Juan Mountains.
  • Almost any road map will do, as the highways are numbered and there aren't many paved side roads.
  • We shipped our bikes via UPS to our motel in Durango.
  • Adventure Cycling Association is a great resource for bicycle travel of all kinds. The organization's online Cyclists' Yellow Pages has these listings for Colorado.

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