Beaver Creek Test Track :: this 13-mile route departs from the basecamp at the Westin Riverfront in Avon, From there, the BBC Test Track climbs through Bachelor Gulch to Beaver Creek Village before descending and descending back to basecamp. Stop at The Dusty Boot Aid Station in Beaver Creek Village for a snack. Flash your Brevet BC wristband and receive any salad or sandwich for just $10.
Westin to Minturn :: this 14-mile out and back route (28 miles round trip) departs the Westin then turns south before heading to the charming town of Minturn where multiple dining options await. Tackle this loop on Saturday and treat yourself the the Minturn Farmer's Market. If your legs are up for it, continue south from Minturn for a gentle climb with stunning view to the historic town of Red Cliff.
The Wolcott Waltz :: This a gentle, rolling 22-mile out-n-back (44 miles round trip) from event HQ to Wolcott is a mostly flat route and among the tamest of the Brevets. Hungry? Visit e-Town in Edwards where you'll receive 15% off your entire bill when you flash your BBC wristband.
Vail Pass Summit :: Ride the legend. Among the most iconic routes in Colorado and featuring unparalleled views, the 50-mile Vail Pass Summit Route follows the bike path along I70. Riders summit the pass at 25 miles, then freewheel for almost the entirety of the second half of the ride. Select this route on Sunday to enjoy Vail's sprawling farmer's market and art fair. Stop at Yeti's Grind Coffee Shop in Vail for free cold brew coffee, mini cinnamon rolls and a wide variety of bars. Step inside for an $8 burrito or panini and brewed coffee (including cold brew), a $4 espresso & pastry of your choice, or any sandwich or salad on the menu for just $10 (plus tax and gratuity).
Minturn/Shrine Pass/Vail Pass Loop :: This 51-mile loop climbs steadily for the first 25 miles visiting the historic towns of Minturn, Gilman and RedCliff before summiting Vail Pass from the southwest. Hang on for a thrilling descent down the rac path back down to Vail before making your way back to the Westin. Select this route on Saturday and enjoy the Minturn Farmer's Market or Sunday to partake in Vail's Farmer's Market and Art Fair. The Shrine Pass climb is mostly dirt and riders should expect to encounter sporadic snowpack (it's hike-able). A 38c tire and 'cross setup are advisable along with MTB shoes. The route may be ridden in either direction and riders may expect an aid station at the top of Vail Pass with water and food. Multiple dining options are also available in Minturn and a generously stocked aid station awaits at Yeti's Grind Coffee Shop in Vail.
Town of Eagle / Frost Creek Out-n-Back :: No community in Colorado has earned more praise for their commitment to cycling and trails than Eagle. Take a spin through this idyllic western slope town on this 58-mile out and back adventure - you might just be surprised at what you can't see from the interstate. From Eagle, head east on Brush Creek Road's gentle climb to visit Frost Creek Country Club. Dine at the clubhouse, or stop at Eagle's Dusty Boot or Yeti's Grind for a deliciously stocked aid stations or $10 sandwiches or salads.
Muddy Pass Loop :: Featuring the weekend's largest percentage of dirt roads, the 54-mile Muddy Pass Loop has some mud remaining from a banner snow year making this route a true Colorado adventure. 38c tires and MTB shoes/pedals are recommended. This is a 3-bottle ride with tire/tube repair supplies strongly recommended.
Eagle Ranch - Cottonwood Pass - Glenwood Loop :: this 78-mile mixed asphalt and gravel loop isn't for the semi-curious. Bring a water bottle (or 3) and enough bike know-how to navigate this serious rider's loop. Stop at The Dusty Boot or Yeti's Grind in Eagle on the way out and back to stock up on calories and gird your loins.
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Colorado River Ride :: This iconic 102-mile loop leaves from the Westin, heading through Eagle and Dotsero via Wolcott before turning north to follow the Colorado River for a mixed gravel and asphalt adventure. The ride is among Colorado's best and perfectly suitable for standard road bikes. Follow the Colorado River back down to Gypsum before returning to Avon. Stop at The Dusty Boot or Yeti's Grind aid stations in Eagle to replenish lost calories.
Kerkove's Secret Gravel Stash - do NOT bring a road bike. And think seriously before bringing a 'cross bike with anything less than 35c tires for Uncle Jeff's painful little sweet. Ergonomic saddles recommended for this tough billy goat of a ride, but the most magnificent views of all await those bold enough to dare the 113-mile test of 2-wheeled self-flaggelation.
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