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Biking Vacation Colorado Springs: Epic Cycling in America’s West​

Activity Level: Moderate/Advanced  |  Daily Mileage: 20 – 52 mi  |  Daily Biking: 2 – 6 hr

Enjoy 4 nights at the historic Broadmoor Resort

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Colorado Springs / Warm-up ride / Welcome reception and dinner

Upon arrival, VBT includes your transfer from the Colorado Springs Airport (COS) to the Broadmoor Resort. The shuttle is operated by the Broadmoor and reservations are required for guaranteed service. The travel time is approximately 20 minutes. Once your flight plans are finalized, please notify the Broadmoor's Transportation Department to arrange your shuttle reservations by calling (719) 362-3276. If you are bringing your own bicycle to the tour, bike boxes are allowed on this shuttle. Upon arrival at the Colorado Springs Airport, please check in at the Broadmoor Welcome Desk conveniently located in baggage claim.

If you are flying into Denver (DEN), you are responsible for your own transfer to the hotel. Colorado Springs Shuttle LLC (www.coloradoshuttle.com) offers both shared-ride shuttles and private shuttles. The travel time is approximately 1.5 hours in duration. If you are bringing your own bicycle to the tour, bike boxes may not be allowed on this shuttle. Please check with the shuttle operator when you make your reservation.

Remember that if you plan to bring your own bike to the tour, the best way to get it there would be to ship it directly to and from the resort. More information will be available in the VBT Handbook that you will receive two weeks after booking the tour. 

For guests driving to the tour, parking is available at the Broadmoor. VBT guests on this program are entitled to free garage parking at the Broadmoor. Ensure that you advise reception that your car is in the garage.

Our tour begins at the Broadmoor. Upon checking in, ask at the reception desk for your welcome package, which is full of information you might find useful on tour.

After settling in, meet your Trip Leaders at 3:30 pm for a safety and bike-fitting session, followed by a warm-up ride. 

We ride out directly from the resort, heading toward Cheyenne Mountain, a spectacular backdrop to the hotel's 3,000 acres. We ease into Colorado Springs riding with a circuit that offers opportunities to hop off the bike for a break along the way. Remember, it's a good idea to take it slow and allow your body to acclimate to the elevation if you are coming from lower elevations. Our route passes the Will Roger's Shrine of the Sun, and the spectacular Seven Falls with its one-mile canyon. The Starsmore Discovery Center offers an introduction to the wilderness, wildlife, rock formations and waterfalls of Cheyenne Canyon. Take your time so that you can stop to visit these points of interest along the route.

Tonight, learn more about your fellow travelers during a wine and cheese reception. We'll then have dinner together at the Mountain Clubhouse overlooking the resort and Colorado Springs.

Day 2 - Garden of the Gods / Old Colorado City / United States Olympic Complex

This morning's long option begins at our resort and makes its way to Manitou Springs. Our shorter option begins at Manitou Springs. From here, each option continues east to the Garden of the Gods. Charles Elliot Parkins purchased 480 acres of the current Garden of the Gods Park for a summer home that he never built. After his death in 1907, the land was given to the City of Colorado, with the stipulation that the park should belong to the city and should be open to the public for free. Now a registered National Natural Landmark, the park offers the opportunity to ride among towering sandstone rock formations.

Passing by Balanced Rock, an iconic park attraction, we'll cycle routes through the park, going at our own pace and covering as much, or as little, distance as we please. One-way roads and paved bike lanes make riding within the park a joy and the dramatic and colorful landscape makes this one of the area's most memorable locations to bike.

Our leaders set up a picnic lunch for us near the Trading Post, where facilities are available for breaks.

Ride options end in Old Colorado City where you have free time to discover the historic district of Colorado Springs on your own. Make sure you try the treats at Colorado City Creamery. Grab a cone and stroll the colorful neighborhood.

Before returning to the hotel, we tour the United States Olympic Complex and get an insider's look at what's involved in training for the Olympics.

Later this afternoon you may choose to play at one of the resorts three golf courses (one club rental per stay is included for VBT guests on this tour). Or perhaps the world-class spa is calling to you. After your free afternoon, one of the Broadmoor's 18 restaurants and café's will make for the perfect spot for dinner on your own.

Day 3 - United States Air Force Academy / The Cadet Chapel / South Cheyenne Canyon

Over 18,000 acres make up the campus of the U.S. Air Force Academy. This is the youngest of the five United States service academies, the first graduation taking place in 1959. In 2004 the Cadet Area's buildings were declared a National Historic Landmark.
 
This morning, we'll shuttle north of the city center to the academy. There we'll ride the wide-open avenues and the ring road that offers views of the Rampart Range of the Rocky Mountains.

We will tour the iconic Cadet Chapel and hear more about the academy during our time here. After an included lunch, we'll shuttle back to the Broadmoor.

This afternoon's riding option begins at our resort. We'll be cycling North Cheyenne Canyon via Gold Camp Road or North Cheyenne Creek Road.  As we ride, we'll come upon South Cheyenne Canyon, where you may choose to walk into Seven Falls—a one mile deep canyon, only 41 feet wide at its narrowest.

In the late afternoon we will be treated to a tour of our historic hotel. The Broadmoor Resort first opened its doors in 1918 and has been an important part of Colorado Springs history since. 

Your Trip Leaders are available this evening to shuttle you into town if you would like to try a local restaurant for dinner on your own.

Day 4 - Manitou Springs / Pike's Peak / Manitou Incline / Farewell dinner

Our base today is nearby Manitou Springs. Whether you choose to ride down the peak, up the peak or both, today is sure to be “epic” in its impact! 

With the summit at 14,110 feet above sea level, riding Pike’s Peak is the definition of exhilaration! Options today include boarding the Pike’s Peak Cog Railway for a scenic lift through the Pike's Peak National Forest to the summit and then back down (9 miles each way, with a round trip journey taking just over three hours). Or you may elect to board the railway to the summit and then hop on your bike for the ride down on the Pike's Peak Highway (about 19 miles down to Cascade). Or, take the ultimate challenge, riding both up and down on Pike's Peak Highway from Cascade. The Highway gains about 7,000 vertical feet in elevation on its 19-mile climb from Cascade to the Summit.

Ride options and ride support options are weather and authority dependent. No matter which option you choose, we will work to ensure that you find a satisfying day in the Manitou-Pike’s Peak area today.

For those wishing to keep their feet on the ground, the Manitou Incline is an extreme trail for an advanced hike. Once the site of a tourist cable car, the rails were removed and the ties of the former line now form a series of stairs, which is one of the most popular hiking spots around. Climbing more than 2,000 feet in less than a mile, the incline guarantees a rewarding workout. 

There is free time to find lunch and enjoy the quaint Manitou Springs before returning by shuttle to the Broadmoor.

Tonight we have a memorable farewell dinner with our Trip Leaders and fellow VBT Travelers. 

Day 5 - Mount Cutler hike / Depart for home

For early risers, we recommend a hike, just around the corner from our resort. The trail to the top of Mount Cutler is a relatively short (1.5 miles each way) Class I hike. About half way to the top, Seven Falls can be seen in South Cheyenne Canyon. The summit rewards with spectacular views of the Colorado Springs' skyline and the surrounding Front Range Mountains.

Relax over breakfast at the resort before saying goodbye to your Trip Leaders and fellow travelers.

VBT includes your transfer from the Broadmoor to the Colorado Springs Airport (COS). The shuttle is operated by the Broadmoor and reservations are required for guaranteed service. The travel time is approximately 20 minutes. Once your flight plans are finalized, please notify the Broadmoor's Transportation Department to arrange your shuttle reservations by calling (719) 362-3276.

If you are flying out of Denver (DEN), you are responsible for your own transfer from the hotel. Colorado Springs Shuttle LLC (www.coloradoshuttle.com) offers both shared-ride shuttles and private shuttles. The travel time is approximately 1.5 hours in duration.

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