Breckenridge is a biker’s mecca. Whether you’re on a road bike or mountain bike, here’s a two-day itinerary of the best trails, rides and spots to refuel.
Head to the Blue Moose to get fueled up for your first full day of adventure. Try the whole wheat pancakes with real maple syrup or go classic with eggs Benedict. If you like, stop by the Welcome Center to obtain information on biking routes, rentals and everything Breckenridge has to offer. Don’t forget to pick up a trail map, which includes routes for all abilities.
Pick up your rental from one of several quality bike shops in downtown Breckenridge. Choose from road, path cruisers or full-suspension options and start pedaling to check out Breck’s rich history.
Road and Cruiser: Explore the museums, mines and Victorian homes in downtown Breckenridge. Thanks to lanes and shared roads, Breck is easy to navigate by bike. The town’s ongoing commitment to cycling resulted in the designation of Breckenridge as silver level “Bicycle Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. Advanced roadies can continue the ride with a trip up a nearby mountain pass or along the recreation path.
Mountain: Head to French Gulch for exploration along the X10U8 loop (#8 on the Welcome Center map), which passes the Reiling Dredge. This well-preserved dredge is one of many historic remnants that can be seen while biking Breck’s backcountry. A trailhead near the dredge makes it easy for beginners to access this historic site. Advanced mountain bikers can easily extend the ride on trails that lead further into the Breck backcountry.
Eat a casual lunch at Giampietro Pasta and Pizzeria. With a morning of riding under your belt, you just might be able to finish one of their renowned calzones that are typically large enough for two.
* See our review of Giampietro‘s.
Wash up, then relax on one of the many restaurant patios throughout town. Consider The Crown for ice cream and outstanding views.
Ready for more action? Breckenridge is home to a variety of cycling events, from an evening mountain bike race series and high-level events (such as the Breck Epic and Firecracker 50) to weekly cruiser rides. Volunteer for a race, demo high-end bikes or join the parties after one of the bike events. Visit GoBreck.com for a complete list of events and in-town activities.
Whether you eat early or head to dinner later after getting sidetracked with the abundance of town fun, try Modis for a hip fusion meal and an unmatched cocktail menu.
Stop by Amazing Grace for fresh-baked muffins and fair-trade coffee. This natural foods café is housed in a quirky historic building and prides itself on serving up natural, wholesome meals for breakfast and lunch. The owner is none other than local extreme athlete and endurance mountain biker Monique Merrill. Riders that wish to experience all or most of Stage 5 should grab a breakfast burrito and homemade cookie to go – both pack well and make for a perfect lunch on big rides.
Join a local cyclist to experience all or a short piece of the Stage 5 route from Steamboat to downtown Breckenridge. Riders can take in stunning views of the Tenmile Range, experience the challenge of cresting Swan Mountain Road and feel the thrill of a swift descent toward Breck. Once within town limits, riders can imagine the rush of a sprint finish on the historic downtown streets. If you didn’t pack a lunch, ride over to Fatty’s to hang with the locals and fill up with classic sandwiches on the patio. Those still in bike wear will fit right in.
Wash up, relax and get ready to let someone else do the work. Hop on board a pedicab for a tour of town’s vibrant “Made in Breck” food and beverage scene. The three-hour tour includes a flight at the Breckenridge Brewery, one of Colorado’s (and the nation’s) oldest microbreweries; wine and cheese at D’Vine Wine; craft spirits at the Breckenridge Distillery, the world’s highest at 9,600 feet; and appetizers with a martini at the Blue River Bistro. Families can choose from historic and intro pedicab tours, or go for a “green” ride to the closest hamburger (Downstairs at Eric’s!).
Cruise down Main Street and explore some of the town’s 300+ unique shops and boutiques. For dinner, you’ll have your choice of some 70 independently-operated restaurants. Consider Relish for fine Colorado-inspired cuisine, Le Petit Paris for traditional French fare or Mountain Flying Fish for incredible sushi. After all that riding, make sure to treat yourself with dessert!
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