3 Great Rides Around Boulder County

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Photo Credit: Steve Mokan

Road Ride

U.S. 36/Lyons/Apple Valley Road

This mostly flat 31-mile out-and-back ride is recommended by Cyclists 4 Community, which hosts fundraiser events like the Boulder Bike & Brew Fest, along with the weekly Wednesday Morning Velo ride. c4community.org 

From Amante coffee shop in North Boulder on Broadway, go north then left on U.S. 36. Ride 11 miles to intersection with State Highway 66. Go left and ride through Lyons. Turn right at the stoplight and go 1/3 mile toward Estes Park on U.S. 36. Turn left onto Apple Valley Road and ride it all the way to the bridge where it rejoins U.S. 36. Return the same way.

 

Mountain Bike Ride

Betasso Preserve

Boulder Mountainbike Alliance recommends this 7.4-mile ride for all levels. BMA is a local non-profit working to improve the trail experience for everyone in Boulder County through social rides and events, advocacy and trail building. bouldermountainike.org

The Betasso trailhead and parking is off Sugarloaf Road. Trails are closed to bikes on Wednesdays and Saturdays; mountain bikers must also ride in the direction indicated by signs. The Canyon Loop surface is dry and hard-packed for most of the way, with fun whoop-de-dos and a nice section that winds through forest. Ride the Benjamin Loop just off Canyon Loop for an additional 4 miles.

Bike Path Ride

B360 Loop

The kick-off to every Walk and Bike Month in Boulder, the 20-mile B360 ride is a top pick from local advocacy group Community Cycles, which promotes cycling through events, clinics, used bike sales, the Earn-a- Bike program and more. communitycycles.org

A great place to start and finish the ride is at Valmont Bike Park off the Goose Creek bike path. The route travels along many of Boulder’s bike paths, as well as through quiet neighborhood streets in North Boulder. Best way to pedal is clockwise. Download a map at http://bit.ly/1JAxaPL.