THE DIRTY ROADS

Featuring a Curated Collection of Colorado’s

Finest Dirt & Gravel Road Rides!

The Colorado Collection

(A work in progress…)

Ride Posts

Circle the Zirkel

The Circle the Zirkel tour is a Northwest Colorado classic encompassing a complete circumnavigation of the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness area. Utilizing the Routt/Medicine Bow National Forest as well as the backroads of Routt and Jackson Counties the Circle the Zirkel tour is...

Gravel Riding Around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley

When I ride in the Roaring Fork Valley some part of my mind wanders to Hunter S. Thompson tapping away, gritted teeth around a cigarette holder, crucifying Nixon for the violent, lying, paranoid state he’s creating. Enough current history though, because when I ride here the beauty and the effort pulls me out of my head pretty fast.

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The Colorado Route

Colorado Route: The North and the South

Each portion includes the same wide open backcountry splendor broken up with bursts of civilization and as much of Colorado’s best gravel road riding as we could splice together.

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #3

The kind of hunger that you can build up after a couple of days of bike touring is the stuff of legends. I like to joke that I have to count my fingers after I eat in case I need to hack one back up and have it re-attached.

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #2

Marshall Pass is part of the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and when I saw other cyclist I realized that I hadn’t seen another cyclist since Silt and was all sorts of excited but they had obviously seen a lot of other cyclist and just kept rolling along. I like...

The Colorado Route: Trip Report #1

While I have ridden the majority of the Colorado Route before in bits and pieces over the years dating back to my first ever bike tour in 1992, I had never attempted to ride the whole route in one go before until this year. Riding the route all at once has given me a...

The Colorado Route

The Colorado Route is Colorado’s premier dirty road cycling tour. Coming in at just over one thousand miles the Colorado Route delivers a grand variety of terrain from the populated flatlands of the Front Range to the spectacularly wide open expanses of the high...

THE COLORADO ROUTE

Total Distance:  1033 mile
Total Climbing:  82,763 ft.
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