The Wheel Deal

After a brief high-country dalliance last year with the Leadville 100, the Rocky Mountain Bicycle Festival returns to Denver this weekend in time to catch a draft with the Denver Century Ride. Ride options range from 5 to 22 miles for the Community Fun Ride on Saturday at 10 a.m. (registration is $10) to the 62-mile Metric Century and 100-mile Century routes on Sunday at 6:15 a.m ($75), all starting at Invesco Field at Mile High and heading for points west. The longest of the routes will take cyclists up Lookout Mountain and through Red Rocks Park for a reminder of why there are so many hardcore cyclists who call Denver home, but event organizers say they’re also hoping to appeal to riders of all ages and ability levels.

“Above all, we hope this festival brings out the kid in you and rejuvenates the sense of freedom you experience when you ride your bike,” says ride co-founder Todd Moir. “We also want to showcase the healthy, active outdoor lifestyle we Coloradoans enjoy.” Back at the stadium, family-friendly activities include a Kids’ Corner with a special kids’ course and ride lessons, plus kids’ bicycle parades each day at noon. The festival, which also features sports clinics, bike maintenance workshops, gear demos and vendors of all things cycling, goes from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; admission and parking at Invesco Field are free.

For more information and to register, go to
June 11-12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2011

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Colin Bane
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