Bicycle Colorado

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.

 

Suffice to say, these winding roads are rich in cycling history and a must-ride for any freewheel lover. There is no better way to experience this natural wonder than Tour of the Moon! Now in its seventh year, registration for the Icon Eyecare Tour of the Moon is open and, better yet, Bicycle Colorado is one of two beneficiaries.

Registration is capped at 2,000 and historically sells out so we encourage you to sign-up now.

And just when you were thinking this couldn’t get any better, you can now boost your Tour of the Moon weekend with their inaugural VIP Experience! Rub elbows with cycling celebrities Ron Kiefel, Chris Carmichael, Bobby Julich and Bob Shaver and learn about their different and special ties to the Monument, all while enjoying a private packet pick-up and rooftop reception at the historic Avalon Theater, a showing of American Flyers, lodging discounts, extra schwag, a private dinner at Taco Party and more! This is a maiden voyage you won’t want to miss.

Learn more about this iconic ride and its offerings by visiting www.tourofthemoon.com.

Tour of the Moon is a proud Event Member of Bicycle Colorado. We thank them for their generous support of bicycle advocacy!

You can see all of our Event Members by visiting our Events Calendar.  

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Bicycle Colorado is a 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Denver. We use advocacy, education and passion to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states in the nation. We encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. With the support of our members and numerous partnerships across the public and private sector, we’ve made significant strides in improving bicycling since 1992.

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