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Colorado Mountain Tour with Jan Ullrich

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Exclusive bike tour with Jan Ullrich - Colorado Mountain Tour Sep 5-15, 2016

This year’s 11-day tour focuses on the inspiring landscapes and mountain town culture of the Colorado Rockies. The tours starts in glamorous Aspen, one of the top 10 mountain resorts on the planet and slowly takes you South towards the rim of the mighty Rocky Mountains and Colorado Springs. There are three nights on this tour in which guests layover at hotels in Aspen and Crested Butte in Colorado and Taos in New Mexico. Tour-de-France winner Jan Ullrich joins this amazing tour, that takes care of every small detail, has you stay in luxury resorts, inns and authentic mountain cabin and that offers you the comfort and the security of a support vehicle, that you will never see, unless you need it. A maximum of 4 riders per guide makes sure that we can respond to individual ability and fitness levels of each rider.

We also offer an exit opportunity after 6 days on this tour for all of you who are limited timewise.

Facts

Travel Date: September 5-15, 2016 (11 days) or September 5-11, 2016 (6 days)

Arrival Airport/Town: Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado

Departure Airport/Town: Denver International Airport (DEN), Denver, Colorado (11 days) Durango Airport (DRO), Durango, Colorado (6 days)

Total mileage: 450-675 miles/720-1080km (11 days) 240-350 miles/380-560km (6 days)

Included:

  • Bike Guides and support vehicle
  • exclusive awaywiththechamps-package (for details see equipment)
  • Drinks/energy drinks /energy bars during the tour
  • Emergency Mechanic Service
  • Exclusive company by Jan Ullrich (at a maximum group size of just 10 riders)
  • Shuttleservice ab/von Grand Junction Airport (GJT)

Tour price without flights: till 8 participants 7.130 € (based on 2 people sharing a room - 11 days) 6.090 € (based on 2 people sharing a room - 6 days)

 

9 participants or more 6.990 € (based on 2 people sharing a room - 11 days) 5.890 € (based on 2 people sharing a room - 6 days)

 

Services not included:

  • Airfaire
  • additional night(s)
  • Meals unless explicitly mentioned above
  • All alcoholic beverages
  • Massages
  • single supplement of 1.100 € (11 days) and 890€ (6 days)

Requirements: You should be a slightly above average trained cyclist in order to enjoy this tour.

 

But remember: You can always make use of the “bump” whenever you feel you don´t want to push yourself further to the limit our support vehicle will pick you up and drop you wherever you choose.

EQUIPMENT

 

The perfect look for an extraordinary journey ... in cooperation with our exclusive partners we can offer you an high-end package. The package is included.

Please note: The products may differ slightly from those pictured.

Your package:

  • Jersey & Bib-Shorts from RAPHA
  • 2 x bottles from CAMELBAK
  • exclusive Jan Ullrich Retro Cap
  • your personalized nameplate

Day 0

Guests arrive in Denver by driving or by flying to the Denver International Airport (DEN). For your convenience we decided for a conveniently located meeting hotel close to the airport, the Courtyard Marriott Denver Airport.

Day 1

After a morning transfer from the Courtyard Marriott Denver Airport meeting hotel into the mountains the riding starts with a relaxing loop ride to the picturesque Maroon Bells. The road to the “Bells” is closed to vehicle traffic. Tonight’s lodging is at the Limelight Hotel, Aspen.

Tonight’s lodging is at the Limelight Hotel, Aspen.

Distance: 25 miles / 40 kilometers Profile: +2200 feet / + 670 meters

Höhenprofil - Tag 1

Day 2

On Day 2 options abound. Guests can either go on a ride up 25-35-miles (40-55km) in the Snowmass area or up the lower slopes of Independence Pass. You should make time to explore Aspen’s shops, spas and food culture.

Day 3

From Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. Ride to Crested Butte, Colorado via two 12,000-foot passes: Independence and Cottonwood Passes for a two night’s stay in the Elk Mountain Lodge. Day 3’s ride to Crested Butte features above treeline views across the roof of Colorado. This is the Queen Stage of the USA Pro Challenge bike race held each August in Colorado.

Please note: One does not have to ride the entire stage. Feel free to use “the bump”! Distances and profiles mentioned below give you an idea of an average and maximum stage length.

Distance: 40 miles/66 kilometers – 110 miles/175km Profile: +4600 feet / + 1402 meters - +5800 feet / + 1767 meters

Profile - Day 3 Profil - Day 3

Day 4

Layover in Crested Butte, Colorado. A layover day in the wildflower capital of Colorado, Crested Butte! Make this a day for fly-fishing, mountain climbing, a spa day, mountain biking, white water rafting or a swim in a mountain lake.

Day 5

The Cannibal Classic. Crested Butte to Creede is a local’s favorite known as the Cannibal Classic and is a test of endurance for Crested Butte’s hard body locals. The rides starts in Crested Butte, Colorado’s majestic Elk Mountains and starts with a gradual 40-mile (64km) descent, after which riders are tested by a 45-mile (70km) section with multiple ups and downs that could drain the strength from their legs. Those of you, who still fell up for it, take on one of the steepest paved mountain passes in Colorado, Slumgullion Pass at an elevation of 11,530 feet. This monster is a 7-mile climb that ascends nearly 3,000 feet. At the top, you’ll descend 4 miles and then climb another 4 miles at a mere 4% grade to Spring Creek Pass and the Continental Divide. From Spring Creek, it’s just about a 30-mile descent to lodging at Antlers Rio Grande Lodge near Creede, Colorado.

Please note: One DOES NOT HAVE TO RIDE this entire stage. Feel free to use ‘the bump’!

Distance: 70 miles / 113 kilometers - 130 miles / 209 kilometers Profile: +5400 feet / + 1646 meters - +8500 feet / + 2591 meters

Profil: Day 5

Day 6

Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. From our lodging at Antlers Rio Grande Lodge today we ride south over Wolf Creek Pass. Riding south from Creede, cyclists are pedaling across the remote headwaters of Rio Grande watershed. The largest wilderness area in Colorado, the Weimuniche Wilderness, borders this lush region. After climbing the impressive Wolf Creek Pass (10,863 ft.), cyclists will have climbed over the Continental Divide for the second time in two days. Next thrill to a 4,000 ft. descent from Wolf Creek to Pagosa Springs, Colorado along the headwaters of the San Juan River. Tonight we’ll enjoy a much-needed and deserved soak in towns hot springs at the renowned Springs Resort & Spa.

For those of you who have signed up for the 6 day tour: We will arrange for transportation to nearby Durango airport.

Distance: 64 miles / 103 kilometers Profile: +3400 feet / + 1036 meters

Profile: Day 6

Day 7

Chama, New Mexico to Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Day 7’s ride delivers yet another beautiful ride from Colorado into New Mexico over the mountainous continental divide to the exclusive Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs. Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. Surrounding the springs are the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of history.

Distance: 50 miles / 80 kilometers - 93 miles / 150 kilometers Profile: +3400 feet / + 1036 meters - +4900 feet / + 1494 meters

Profil: Day 7 Profil: Day 7

Day 8

Ojo Caliente to Taos, New Mexico. After a relaxed morning at Ojo we’ll ride from the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs to Taos, New Mexico and stay at the El Monte Segrado. Along the way we’ll cross the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Tonight dine at El Monte Sagrado’s award-winning De la Tierra Restaurant. Taos is an artist’s destination of international acclaim and home to the Taos Pueblo Indians.

Distance: 41 miles / 66 kilometers Profile: +2000 feet / + 610 meters

Day 9

Rest Day in Taos, New Mexico .Spend the day exploring Taos’ art district, visit Taos Pueblo (the oldest inhabited building in North America) or simply do nothing. This is your day!

Day 10

Enchanted Circle Loop. Ride the fabulous Enchanted Circle Loop and back to the El Monte Segrado.

Distance: 85 miles / 137 kilometers Profile: +5800 feet / + 1768 meters

Profile: Day 10

Day 11

“Pike’s Peak or Bust!”. On the tour’s final day awayfromitall offers what is consider perhaps the most arduous climb in North America, Pike’s Peak. In the morning we will shuttle you to Colorado Springs. “Pike’s Peak or Bust” was a common refrain from gold seekers heading west in the 1800’s. This may be your refrain as you attempt to climb 7,000-feet in 162 turns over 18-miles to 14,110-feet. There are 10-miles of this climb with a 10% grade that are above 10,000-feet in elevation. This is a big climb! Cyclists can take a bump or attempt to reach the top on their own.

NOTE: The support vehicle is available for a bump to shorten this day. Cyclists do not have to ride the entire climb, but the views from the top are worth the effort! After Pike’s Peak stay a final night at the Cliff House.

Distance: 37 miles / 60 kilometers Profile: +6700 feet / + 2042 meters

Day 12

Return to Denver. In the morning we’ll transfer back to Denver to end the tour.

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