MOUNTAINS TO THE DESERT BIKE RIDE
This year’s event will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017, just in time for brilliant fall colors and ideal riding temperatures.
Cyclists depart main street in Telluride at 7 AM, past towering 14,000-foot peaks and continue their descent parallel to the San Miguel River. A short climb at mile 28 leaves riders at the summit of Norwood Hill, overlooking miles of ranches, farmlands and the La Sal Mountains.
Riders who prefer a shorter, 70-mile ride, start in Norwood an hour later than Telluride. From Norwood, the ride continues through Naturita, Nucla and Uravan and winds further along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway past the Hanging Flume. Riders will pass millions of years of history, geology and ancient lands.
The route subsequently meanders along the Dolores River at the base of thousand-foot red sandstone walls into the sleepy town of Gateway, CO. Most participants choose to end their 100 or 70-mile ride here, but another 15-mile hill climb is available for those pushing their limits. Eight aid stations along the route provide snacks, water and a generous dose of support for riders.
The finish party is a festive atmosphere where cyclists reminisce on their favorite sections, struggle points and relief of making it 100 magnificent miles. The Paradox Bluegrass Band, another beneficiary of JFK, plays original tunes, La Cocina de Luz serves up a flawless feast and a silent auction for the records books concludes arguably best road bike ride in the Southwest.
132 Mile Traditional Summit Ride: Top Man/Top Woman
104 Mile Telluride to Gateway Ride: Top Man/Top Woman