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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.