Touring the Southwest: What Do Grand Junction, Telluride and Cortez Have in Common?

Dale Campbell

Beginning in Grand Junction (the big city of the Western Slope), the ride progresses to Cedaredge, where valleys meet small town hospitality.  Ouray is the next stop on the tour, with hot springs and views that some say come second only to Switzerland.  Continuing further south, the Durango days are anticipated to be full of enjoyment as the tour enables riders to take a day off and experience to free spirited atmosphere of this funky college town.  Cortez, next on the ride route, will bring the tour to a place for meditation and history as riders experience the home of the Anasazi Indians up close and personal.  Telluride's Mountain Village, next on the ride route, is one of the most luxurious places in all of Colorado with its peaceful space and awesome views...the riders will feel like they're on top of the world.   Finally, the sanctuary of Gateway will feel like a vacation on top of a vacation with its beautiful accommodations and serene landscapes.  Hotel accommodations are provided all along the way. 

For anyone familiar with that part of Colorado, you can imagine what kind of scenery will be encountered along the way.  Think of cool mountain air descend some of the most beautiful mountain passes found anywhere, winding roads that meander up through huge stands of Aspens and Blue Spruce, high mountain peaks and lush green valleys below, and clear mountain streams that accent pedaling through this portion of Colorado.  If you’re interested, there are multiple options for participating in the ride:
▪ OPTION 1 - Full week - $450.00
▪ OPTION 2 - Day 1 only, Grand Junction to Cedaredge, Sunday July 21st.  Includes SAG and aid station support, catered dinner in Cedaredge and transportation back to Grand Junction - $149.99
▪ OPTION 3 - Day 3 only, Ouray to Durango, Tuesday July 23rd.  Includes SAG and aid station support, welcome reception in Durango and transportation back to Ouray - $149.99
▪ OPTION 4 - Day 7 only, Telluride to Gateway, Saturday July 27th.  Includes SAG and aid station support, BBQ dinner at Gateway Resort and transportation back to Telluride - $169.99

Check out the website at for more details.  If you have specific questions, Molly Peck, the Social Media Manager for the ride, can help.  Molly can be contacted at (970) 626-9913 or  
The Bent Fork Chronicles - Volume 6, Issue 3, 1 June 2013

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