Deer Creek Challenge Adds Routes, Options
Cyclists ride hard, give back during most challenging single-day century ride in the country
Denver, CO — The Deer Creek Challenge has claimed the title of toughest
century ride in the United States, and for good reason: Chalk it up to an
incredible 12,751 feet of elevation gain. In its third year, it expects to host 1500 drawn to the intense challenge and stunning terrain.
New at the Challenge:
The event’s cache for its difficulty and stunning hill climbs draw climbers of all stripes, with 33-, 62-, and 100-mile options and a new 89-mile option, omitting a second journey on the most challenging 10 miles of the course to draw cyclists who have less time to train.
“The new 89-mile course includes every bit of the century course but leaves off a repeat trip up City View – the steepest part of the ride with climbs that exceed 20% grades. 89-mile participants still earn the sweeping decent down High Grade, views of Mount Evans near Evergreen and other classic Colorado scenery,” says event organizer Pat Downing.
Grueling, but Gorgeous and Well Supported:
All four courses cover some of the most popular cycling routes and scenic
foothills terrain in the Denver area, ending with a return to the base of Deer Creek Canyon. The routes are favorites of pros in training because of their scenery, variety, and technical climbs. The event-day difference is up to eleven robust support stations averaging just 10 miles apart, as well as limited automobile traffic on a course that we unpermitted until 2010. See photos.
Riding for a Cause:
- Ride participants give back to the local community by raising money for the Mountain Resource Center through online pledges. The Deer Creek Challenge donates food and supplies from the event to the Center’s food pantry.
- To date, the Deer Creek Challenge contributed over $15,000 in cash and food donations to the Mountain Resource Center, and the event has set a goal of $10,000 in 2012.
About the Deer Creek Challenge
The Deer Creek Challenge is a cycling tour that originates in the foothills of metro Denver and climbs through some of Colorado’s most challenging and scenic cycling terrain. Deer Creek Canyon’s natural beauty and metro-Denver location make the area a popular destination for Colorado’s hardy cyclists. This organized ride will provide safety and complete support for participants to test their stamina at the end of the cycling season. Registration prices are $110 for the 100-mile course, $95 for the 89-mile course, and $85 for the 62-mile and 33-mile courses. Prices increase June 1st. Register at deercreekchallenge.com.