While traveling the Front Range of the Rockies our editors had the opportunity to hook up with the Rocky Mountain Cycling Club for one of their regularly scheduled group rides into the local mountains. This ride report covers their “Golden” route which can be considered an intermediate tandem road ride. The loop style course had two options:
Both are manageable on the tandem and if you are heading out for this type of ride just do the long course anyways.
Starting in Golden Colorado ride south out of town toward the Dinosaur Park and Red Rock Amphitheater. Climbing along the amphitheater the route eventually drops down to Highway 74.
7 miles west on highway 74 the short route turn-off up Kerr Gulch is on the right. Long route stay straight into Evergreen.
Following Upper Bear Gulch Road the route winds through amazing mountain homes with scenic views of alpine lakes and forest covered peaks.
The course turns back east on Stagecoach Rd to intersect back with Highway 74. Follow 74 left to Interstate 70. Ride the shoulder of Interstate 70 for 2 miles and exit at Interstate 40 cut-off (this is a country road).
The real fun begins here as you climb the backside of Lookout mountain to begin the descent back into Golden and the conclusion of the ride.
With majestic views of downtown Denver and Golden from the mountain edge enjoy the drop back into the valley.
The route is heavily trafficked by cyclists and there are many rest stops along the way.