Located just right outside of Breckenridge, Lake Dillon offers cyclists riding around the lake an expansive view of its crystal clear water along with along with a majestic view of majestic snow-capped mountains in the background. The ride around this lake takes cyclists from Breckenridge and passes through the towns of Frisco and Dillon to make a complete loop around Lake Dillon (Dillon Reservoir). The route then proceeds up towards Swan Mountain Road, which is notoriously known for its use in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge, and then back towards Breckenridge. The Lake Dillon Loop is also a featured ride on our Breckenridge and Vail Self-guided bike tour. Be sure to check the tour out if you are looking for a full bike tour experience in the Summit County area.
Distance: 31 miles (1600′ of climbing)
For more specific details you can visit: Summit Biking: Lake Dillon
The Copper Triangle is a truly classic Summit County ride, best know for its beautiful scenery during the mid-late September months when the aspen trees are at the peak of their fall color. The ride begins at the Copper Mountain Resort and heads south on highway 91, passing the Climax Molybdenum mine and Fremont Pass towards Leadville. After a nice descent into Leadville, riders then turn onto Highway 24, where they pass the remains of the famed training camp of the 10th Mountain Division during WWII. Before a nice descent into Minturn, riders first climb the breathtaking Tennessee Pass and Battle Mountain (famously named after a battle between the Utes and Arapahos during the mid-1800’s). Following the descent, a bike path then starts just north of I-70 for a smooth ride through Vail Pass to lead you back to Copper Mountain Resort.
Distance: 79 miles (5,900′ of climbing)
For more information, you can visit: Summit Biking: Copper Triangle
The Independence Pass ride starts in Twin Lakes and ascends the summit of Independence Pass at 12,095 feet. Being the fourth highest paved road in Colorado, the pass consists of 13 miles through rolling valleys, followed by a steep 4-mile switchback ascent towards the summit of Independence Pass. Expect some possible snow on the ground in even the mid-late summer months! When the professional riders train in Aspen, this ride is certainly a favorite training hot spot for them considering it’s been featured annually in the US Pro Challenge and, it’s a featured option on our Colorado Rocky Mountain Adventure Self-guided Bike tour!
Distance: 35 miles round trip (3,100′ of climbing)
For more detailed information you can visit: Summit Biking: Independence Pass