Venus de Miles
Venus de Miles is Colorado’s original and largest all women’s bike ride
Venus de Miles is organized by and fully benefits Greenhouse Scholars, an education nonprofit that cultivates extraordinary leaders to change low-income families and communities. Ride with us in the name of sisterhood and change.
2021 Route Highlights
Our courses will take riders through Boulder County as well as southern Larimer County. Large portions of the courses overlap with one another to utilize our rest stop resources and to give riders a chance to say hi to each other and encourage each other on course regardless of your chosen course length.
The 100 mile course will feature an elevation gain of nearly 3,400 feet and takes riders north to Loveland up near Boedecker Lake. After a south bound trip through Berthoud and rural southern Larimer County, riders meet back up with the 66 mile course near McIntosh Lake in Longmont. From there, riders head south through Niwot, east into Erie and the back south west to Baseline Reservoir before heading north once more. You will connect with the 33 mile route west of Longmont, then head back to Lyons via Hygiene and a short stretch of US 36. We recommend you average at least 14 mph to ride this course and still have time to enjoy our rest stops and finish festival.
The 66 mile course is a beautiful route near some of Boulder County’s most picturesque bodies of water. Riders head east to Longmont and McIntosh Lake, south into Niwot and east into Erie before heading south west towards Baseline Reservoir. A straight shot north on 63rd through Gunbarrel brings you to Clover Basin Reservoir on Nelson Rd, then up through Hygiene, west past Foothills Reservoir on Hygiene Rd and then back to Lyons via a short stretch of US 36. We recommend you average at least 12 mph to ride this course and still have time to enjoy our rest stops and finish festival.
The 33 mile course gains 1,040 feet of elevation, but starts with a nice long descent towards Longmont via US 66 east. Riders go around McIntosh Lake in Longmont and south towards Niwot, before splitting from the other two courses for a short cut over to 63rd via Monarch Road. Once on 63rd it meets up with the other courses to head north into Hygiene, west on Hygiene Rd past Foothills Reservoir and then back into Lyons via US 36. We recommend you average at least 8 mph to ride this course and still have time to enjoy our rest stops and finish festival.
Start and finish
Beautiful in any season, Lyons is located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains just 37 miles northwest of Denver. It is recognized for its natural beauty, friendly community, and one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants. We are excited to host our 14th annual ride in Lyons, and appreciative of the warm embrace that Venus de Miles and Greenhouse Scholars have already received from this idyllic community.
199 2nd Avenue
Lyons, CO 80540
Schedule (tentative — will finalize summer 2021)
6:00 AM – Check in and day-of registration open
7:00 AM – 100-Mile Ride start
7:45 AM – 66-Mile Ride start
8:30 AM – 33-Mile Ride start
10:30 AM – Festival begins
3:00 PM – Course sweeps begin
4:00 PM – Finish festival ends
Ready to ride but don’t know where to start? Click here to download a training plan to get you on course by August 28th! These training plans were custom designed for Venus de Miles by long-time supporter, rider, and Sisterhood Squad member Kay Covington. Dr. Covington is a retired Professor of Exercise Physiology. She is an avid cyclist, who loves to help athletes plan and attain their goals.
Greenhouse Scholars cultivates extraordinary leaders to change low-income families and communities. These college students have overcome unimaginable challenges in their young lives such as homelessness, violence, loss, and more. Greenhouse Scholars provides support through four years of college and beyond with a holistic Whole Person Program. Resources include one-on-one mentoring, an extensive professional network, internships, peer support, and grants for additional opportunities such as research or service projects, study abroad, etc.