Tour of the Moon provides Colorado riding experience unlike any other
Colorado is home to many classic road rides, several of which involve difficult mountain passes, breath taking scenery and extreme altitude. But there is not a single ride as uniquely Colorado as the Colorado National Monument. Due to it’s endless vistas of red rock canyons and monoliths, pinyon-juniper forests, wildflowers and symphonies of canyon wrens, the Monument is in a league of its own.
For eight glorious years, between 1980 and 1988, the Monument was the location of the “Tour of the Moon,” one of the most famous stages of the Coors International Bicycle Classic. During its heyday, the Coors Classic was the largest men’s and women’s pro-am race in the world, attracting the top teams and top riders.
In 1981 and 1985, cycling legend Greg LeMond won the Coors Classic. Other famous participants include speed-skating legends Eric and Beth Heiden, the latter of whom won the women’s division in 1980. The 1984 film American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner, was inspired by the Tour of the Moon and was filmed on site in Mesa County.
Kevin Costner starred in the 1984 hit American Flyers.