For our 2019 calendar we are straying from our European roots to explore further afield, with other tours in the Americas also coming soon. The Aspen & Vale Colorado Escape gives our riders a chance to explore the Rockies, a true paradise for mountain-lovers. With La Fuga come enjoy a hearty Colorado welcome and North America's most spectacular mountainscapes. Please contact our experienced team if you have any questions or would like to express interest.
This tour includes 5 full days of cycling and 4 nights of accommodation in the LimeLight Hotel in Aspen. Staying in one hotel means you can maximise your time in the saddle and enjoying the sites in this vibrant mountain resort in the evenings. To see what incredible rides await you on this exciting tour, see our itinerary tab with full details of each day’s route.
FEATURED TOWNS & DESTINATIONS
Part rich man’s playground, part ski bum’s paradise, the Rocky Mountain enclave has multiple layers. Summer, a season not to be missed in Aspen. "I came for the winter, and stayed for the summer," is a phrase you'll hear often around town. Summer temperatures hover in the 20s to 27s, but the star-studded nights drop down to 15. Aspen has just about everything an adventure junkie would need!
Sitting at the foot of four rocky peaks, this little mountain town has a big personality. World class restaurants and an unexpectedly inspiring culture. It’s a bit hippy, a bit posh and, of course, remarkably beautiful. Combine this cute town with world-class cycling and you have a great epicentre that welcomes riders from all corners of the globe.
Vail, Colorado, is a small town at the base of Vail Mountain, home of the massive Vail Ski Resort. Set within White River National Forest, the town is a gateway for winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding. It’s also a summertime destination for golfing, hiking and cultural festivals. Gore Creek, popular for fly fishing, runs directly through the town centre.
Rustic architecture and mountain scenery offer a striking background for the town’s annual film, classical music and dance festivals, which attract internationally acclaimed artists. Trendy restaurants dot the town’s pedestrian- and bike-friendly streets, along with art galleries, health spas and high-end boutiques. The mountain’s Eagle Bahn Gondola and Gondola One cable cars are open year-round, offering sightseeing trips as well as transportation to rock-climbing and zip-lining trails. Notable nearby ski resorts include Beaver Creek, Copper Mountain and Breckenridge.
Check out our other unique cycling tours, including the Japan Raid and the relaunch of our Norway Raid.
- Excellent accommodation in Aspen
- All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel/restaurant
- On the road lunches freshly prepared daily
- Experienced guiding team and dedicated support vehicle on each ride day
- La Fuga welcome pack
- GPX files and route maps for each day of riding
What's Not Included?
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Day 1 – Sunday 4th August – Aspen- Maroon Bells
Distance: 35km // Elev. Gain 575m –
In order for us to acclimatize to Aspen’s elevation, our first shakedown spin sees us riding from town along the moderate climb up Maroon Creek Road. This out-and-back ride begins at 2450m in Aspen and climbs moderately for nearly 16km through the Aspens up to the mountain lake. The road is closed to vehicles for most of the season and provides incredible riding in both directions. Once we reach the top of the climb, we come around the bend and are rewarded with one of North America’s best views: the 450m Maroon Bells peaks. Enjoy the descent back into town!
Day 2 – Monday 5th August – Basalt Loop sprinkled with some gravel!
Distance 117km // Elev. Gain 1800m –
Lance Armstrong has made Aspen his home for a number of years, this is one of his favourite loops down valley from Aspen and includes some of the iconic dirt roads that Colorado is known for. We head out of Aspen along Owl Creek, rolling towards the ski village of Snowmass. Opened in 1967 Snowmass’s design was inspired by the ski villages in the Swiss Alps, and this is where the gravel begins. Wildcat road takes us to our highest point of the day, summiting out on gravel at 2600m where we can take in the incredible valley views of the Roaring Fork Valley. This smooth 8km gravel sector drops us out onto Snowmass Creek road, a paved road which sees us descending downward into the town of Basalt, known for world-class mountain biking and Gold Medal trout fishing. After a coffee stop, we continue up the eastern flank of the Roaring Fork Valley heading back towards Aspen via the iconic Woody Creek Tavern for a quick stop. Woody Creek was the residence of noted author Hunter S. Thompson for most of his life. From here we tackle the Medicine Bow climb before finishing of in Aspen along McLain Flats road, featured a number of times in the U.S. Pro professional road race.
Day 3 – Tuesday 6th August – Aspen to Vail
Distance: 152km // Elev. Gain 2255m –
Today we tackle Independence Pass, one of the most challenging and scenic climbs in Colorado. “Indy’ Pass is the 4th highest paved road in the state and sees us passing through the Elk Mountains with views of the Collegiate Peaks in the distance. From Aspen, we climb 1300m with a max grade of 7% for 30km to the summit. From the 3800 m summit, our descent form the top is nothing short of incredible. A staple of a climb in the US Pro Challenge race, Independence Pass ranks up there with one of the finest climbs in North America. After our nearly 40km descent we turn north towards the mountain town of Leadville, known for its iconic mountain bike race, the Leadville 100. We grab lunch & a coffee in town before continuing along the 10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway, an incredibly scenic route traversing the continental divide north of Leadville and summiting of Tennessee Pass at 3100m, one of the main mountain passes in the Rocky Mountains. We descend through the village of Minturn before we finish of the day on the I-70 bike path all the way into the Village of Vail.
Day 4 – Wednesday 7 August – Vail, Copper Triangle loop
Distance: 129km // Elev. Gain 2032m –
The iconic Copper Triangle route is one of Colorado’s classic Alpine road rides. This historic 128km route has us cresting three of Colorado’s mountain passes- Vail Pass (elevation 3250m), Freemont Pass (elevation 3450m) and Tennessee Pass (elevation 3200m). The ride is littered with historic mining towns, three ski villages and incredible scenery, it’s a remarkable day in the saddle.
Day 5 – Thursday 8 August – Vail to Glenwood Springs
Distance 102km // Elev Gain: 384m –
Jagged cliffs line the Colorado River between Vail and Glenwood Canyon along the classic 1-70 route. We of course don’t ride on the busy highway, but take the less travelled route and side roads through Eagle before entering the narrow gorge before Glenwood Springs. Keep an eye out for the wildlife, big horn sheep, elk and even moose! We finish off our ride into Glenwood Springs via the Canyon bike path, a remarkable 25km one-way bike path along the scenic Glenwood Canyon river corridor. We will finish our day at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs where you can soothe your weary legs in the scenic hot springs perched above the mighty Colorado River.
Post soak, we will transfer 1-hour back to Aspen, where you can either fly out that afternoon, or spend another night in Aspen (hotel not included in your package for this night).
AirportsWe suggest flying into Aspen/Pitkin County airport (ASE), it is very well connected, with direct flights from all major cities worldwide.
The Limelight is a modern mountain hotel, which has been a fixture in Aspen since the 1950s. It boasts an upbeat lobby lounge with roaring fireplace and live music Thursday – Monday. Facing Wagner Park, the location cannot be beaten as it’s just a few minutes from the pedestrian mall.
The spacious rooms boast luxurious beds, sleek wood furniture, and modern lighting. The lobby has a bright, casual feel with brown leather sofas contrasted with lime-green ottomans and coral-upholstered club chairs. The Limelight Lounge serves light fare such as soups and salads, as well as pizzas topped with ingredients like fennel, sausage, and onion.
Aspen has a reputation as a luxury resort, and the Limelight’s rooms match this high standard. Think high ceilings, big windows, contemporary decor, granite and marble finishes, king beds, oversized closets and plush bedding. It’s the perfect place to relax after a hard day in the saddle!