Posted by: Jennifer Sage | July 23, 2008

If you can’t ride in the Alpes, how about the Rockies?

I don’t usually do these kind of last minute things, especially a bicycle tour, but as I’m watching the Tour de France, and talking to people about how they’d love to go ride in the Alpes or other places in France or Italy but the dollar is just too weak, I thought, why not put together an awesome tour in the Colorado Rockies?? Twenty years of organizing tours in France and Italy, why not do it in my own backyard, a place where people come from all over the world to experience?

So I did! I live in one of the most beautiful places in the country, near Vail, Colorado, with incredible mountains to ride. And we’re not far from other great places in Colorado. If you haven’t been here, and especially if you haven’t ridden your bike here, it’s one of those places you must see before you die! Locals have a saying that people come here for the skiing in winter, but stay for the summers.

This amazing tour (if I do say so myself! I would love to go on it, and I get to ride these rides anytime I want!) is 5 nights/6 days from Vail to Aspen, in luxury hotels, fully supported, with many of the routes on bike paths (including some newly finished ones this year). We begin with two nights in enchanting Beaver Creek, with forays into Vail where Vail Pass and a few other climbs are options. 

Vail Village

Vail Village

The next day ride to the spa town of Glenwood Springs via the spectacularly beautiful Glenwood Canyon with sheer rock walls along the rushing Colorado River. Spend one night at the historic Hotel Colorado, where you can soak in the thermal pools or indulge in a massage.  Next, ride into Aspen, completely off the main roads, with options to ride into Snowmass. We’ll stay at another historic hotel, the famous Hotel Jerome right in downtown Aspen!  The following day has several beautiful climbs with views of 14,000 peaks, including the Maroon Bells. Then we shuttle back to Beaver Creek for a gastronomic dinner at our elegant inn!

Independence Pass in Aspen

Independence Pass in Aspen

The great thing about this tour is that we can handle a wide range of abilities, from athletic beginners to advanced cyclists seeking a challenge. There are enough options to make everyone happy, some are flat, some are uphill. So if your spouse or partner doesn’t have the desire for steeps grades that you do, this is the tour for you!

I can’t think of a better way to spend a week in early September, can you?  For more information, check out the Viva Travels website where you can download the itinerary, or email me.

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