Eat, drink, and ride like a local on these new Colorado bike-cations.
Riders on Western Spirit’s guided trip from Telluride to Durango
—Courtesy of Western Cycling Adventures
When planning your summer biking tour, you don’t have to choose between a well-run (but often impersonal) big outfit and a small, independent guide who embeds you with the natives—then forgets your luggage. These operators provide provincial and professional expertise so you can forget you’re a tourist (as long as you keep that Hawaiian shirt in your panniers).
Every morning of this five-day, mileage-junky jaunt begins at the swanky St Julien Hotel & Spa, from which you’ll tackle classic rides such as 16.8-mile Lefthand Canyon. However, Cognoscenti’s guides—including ex-pro cyclists like Nederland’s Timmy Duggan, a national champion, and U23 Criterium national champion Craig Lewis—also promise routes so secret they won’t even allow us to publish them. Off the bike, you can choose to tour the shop of custom-frame-builder Mosaic Cycling (see “Gear Up” at right) and maybe even learn about nutrition from Skratch Labs founder Allen Lim, all at no extra cost. cognoscenti.cc 
Telluride to Durango
Outfitter: Western Spirit
Western Spirit Cycling Adventures has 25 years of experience in the Centennial State. Thus, it knows precisely which stretches of the Colorado Trail yield beautiful fields of Indian paintbrush and bucolic waterfalls. Sure, the nightly lodging on the five-day, 100-mile mountain biking trek consists of tents, but with a truck transporting your gear, guides dishing up everything from chilaquiles to veggie lasagna, and camp set up under soaring Hermosa Peak, this style of roughing it isn’t too, well, rough. westernspirit.com 
Outfitter: Viceroy Snowmass Cycling Experience
Price: Starts at $2,500
This three-day offering—new for summer 2016—injects a little pampering into the best road rides in the Roaring Fork Valley. During a climb to the Maroon Bells, guide Will Frischkorn will entertain you with stories from his 10-year pro career. Now the proprietor of Boulder’s Cured cheese shop, Frischkorn will cater a picnic lunch at Ashcroft, a ghost town atop the Castle Creek Valley, before you return to the Viceroy Snowmass Hotel and Resort for a massage. Other days mean other indulgences, such as a spin down to the Sustainable Settings farm in Carbondale, where Viceroy executive chef Will Nolan will whip up a feast with whatever’s fresh. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com 
—Courtesy of Kevin Scott Batchelor; Viceroy Snowmass