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5 Rides to Start Training for Now

Register for one of these fully supported Colorado road rides before the looming deadlines, and jump-start your training regimen now.

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If exercising more is one of your New Year’s resolutions, stay motivated by signing up for a bike ride that will challenge you later in the year. These paved options cater to a range of fitness levels and training schedules. While it may seem like these dates are a long way off, remember: It’s never too soon to start training.


Triple C Bike Ride

What: Your choice of three flat, early-season rides of 43, 62, or 101 miles, which begin and end in Broomfield.

When: May 16

How: Register online; $75

Tip: Sign up for a longer distance, since there will be several opportunities en route to shorten your ride if necessary.

Ride the Rockies

What: Colorado’s classic week-long, fully supported tour through some of the state’s most spectacular scenery. This year’s trek crosses through the Colorado National Monument and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

When: June 14 to 20

How: Admission of online applications, which are accepted until 5 p.m. on March 1, is done by lottery; $495

Tip: Ride the Rockies’ routes average 60 to 70 miles per day, so consistent and serious training is key.

Stonewall Century Ride

What: An out-and-back, 102-mile-long ride with 7,500 feet of elevation gain along southeastern Colorado’s Highway of Legends.

When: July 18

How: Register online or by mail. The early bird price of $60 ends April 30.

Tip: This route does not have a mass start, but it’s best to start early to avoid any afternoon buildup.

Colorado Cyclist Copper Triangle

What: Beginning and ending at Copper Mountain Resort, this 78-mile loop ascends Fremont, Tennessee, and Vail Passes for a total elevation gain of 6,000 feet.

When: August 1, 2015

How: Online registration is available through July 28, or by mail through June 27. The early bird price of $125 ends on March 31.

Tip: Train at elevation as much as possible the month before this ride.

Axel Project Bicycle Classic

What: Your choice of a 48- or 80-mile ride over Dallas Divide (and back) in the scenic San Juan Mountains.

When: September 5

How: Register online through September 2. The early bird price of $130 ends on April 28.

Tip: To prep for Dallas Divide, practice regularly on local climbs like Golden’s Lookout Mountain.

(Prefer to keep your feet on solid ground? Check out these five runs to start training for now)

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