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Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Durango BikingThe Iron Horse Bicycle Classic started as a contest between two brothers, Tom and Jim Mayer. Jim, Tom’s older brother, was a train engineer on the iron horse. Everyday when the train which Jim was conducting passed their home, Tom would jump on his 10 speed bike and pedal 50 miles over the two mountain passes in an effort to beat this brother. As the train pulled into the Silverton station one day in 1971, Jim’s young brother was waiting his arrival – sweating and smiling. The following year, Tom and friend, Ed Zink along with 36 cyclists joined the contest which today is called the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

Today the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is a huge name in biking! Each year the race grows and always sells out months in advance. The race often sells out as early as December, meaning there are lots of bikers looking forward to Memorial day weekend in Durango! If you're not already registered we hope you can make it out to Durango to cheer on all the hard work these bikers have put into this year's Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Check out the Iron Horse training schedule. This year we're looking for an Iron Horse participant to share their training story and race weekend experience on the Durango.com blog! If you are interested, please let us know!


Visitors enjoy Durango, Colorado as a wonderful vacation destination. The Huffington Post wrote an article on the top 10 places around the world for the adventure and adrenaline junkie. Among these places were skydiving in New Zealand, paragliding in Turkey, and ziplining in our very own Durango, Colorado!

No matter what you choose to do while visiting Durango, you will find the atmosphere to be warm, friendly and authentic. Durango.com is your guide to the city and the adventures that await you. Today over 2000 cyclists enter this race which is one of the largest bikes races held in the United States. The 47-mile, 5,550 feet climb is scheduled each year for Memorial Day weekend. For more in-depth information and registration, visit http://www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com

From the world's best single track mountain biking and road biking to down hill riding, and fat tire fun, Durango, Colorado has over 2,000 miles of trails and hundreds of miles of road for your riding pleasure. There are plenty of things to do and outdoor adventures in this outdoorsy town, and every season has its highlights! From a spring mountain bike ride or hike through the beautiful San Juans to biking the Iron Horse Classic Memorial Day weekend spring is a beautiful time to enjoy the great outdoors of Durango.  The summertime activities switch to fly fishing the Animas and rafting the Piedra, you could even do a little rock climbing while you’re here.

What: Durango Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

When: Memorial Day Weekend, May 24 - 26, 2014

Where: College Ave and Camino Del Rio in Durango, Colorado

 


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Durango Honored for Cycling Culture - Accolades from USA Today’s 10 Best travel blog.

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5 Training Tips for Iron Horse Riders - The biggest bicycling event in Southwest Colorado is getting closer.

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Registration Opens Soon - Registration for the May 2014 event officially opens on December 3, 2013.

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Riders Pedal to Pitch In – Many riders in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic are pitching in to pedal for charity.

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Coming Soon: Iron Horse Bicycle Classic – Breathtaking terrain and a little bit of brotherly competition.

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Tour Durango: Adrenaline Package – Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Durango for the adrenaline rush of this one-of-a-kind vacation.

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Volunteers Needed for DEVO Bike Swap
  - Also, see the DEVO kids in action at DMR Ski Bike Festival Februay 16 - 17, 2013.

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Everyone is Booking Durango Memorial Day Weekend 2013
  - Now is the best time to secure your lodging for 2013 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge Downtown Street Closures
  - Please take note of a few street closures downtown.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge - Citizen Event
- an opportunity for recreational and competitive cyclists to challenge themselves on the course.

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Durango is one of the USA's Most Bicycle Friendly Communities - gold status in the rankings.

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Durango Vacation Homes - Try experiencing Southwest Colorado by staying in a fabulous Durango, Colorado vacation home.

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2012 USA Pro Cycling Official Route Announced - The race will start in Durango! The Durango to Telluride leg will be the opening day race!

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Guest Blogger - Post regularly about your training and about race weekend! Share your insider perspective.

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Vacation Package - Book your Memorial Day at this small town destination centered around world class cycling.

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Outdoor Enthusiasts Welcome - Itching to get outdoors? Plan your Durango, Colorado vacation with our suggested outdoor enthusiast itinerary

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Tips for Vacationing at High Altitude - Get your body accustomed to the high altitude. Durango, Colorado is 6,512 feet above sea level.

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