• Lookout Mountain, Historical Climb for Over 100 years

    Submitted by Bill Plock on April 26th, 2021

    Since the popular cycling ap Strava became a thing, Lookout Mountain in Golden has been climbed by approximately 25,000 cyclists 248,000 times—which is tiny fraction of the actual times it has been scaled since it was completed in 1914.

    In 1908 the letter “M” representing the School of Mines was painted on Lookout Mountain, about 4,000 years after native Americans left numerous campsites in the area and six years before the Lariat Loop Trail road was completed. In 1911 William “Cement Bill” Williams had a vision to build a scenic road to attract tourist to Golden and with many investors including Adolph Coors and Charles Boettcher (as Boettcher mansion at the top) it was finished in 1914. In 1915 the American Automobile Associated named it the top scenic road in America. Before the road existed tourists could take a funicular to the top and visit a real estate office selling parcels of land. That office is located where TV towers now reside. (You can still see the scar of the funicular and if you look across the valley, there was another funicular that ascended South Table Mountain to serve a casino and dance hall on top of Castle Rock before the KKK took it over in the 1920’s.) Read more

    • RACE ANECDOTES: CLINICS ARE NOT JUST FOR BEGINNERS

      Submitted by Bill Plock on May 31st, 2019

      You may see big improvements by attending a clinic when you’re first starting out racing, but how have you recently refined your skills?  Read more

      • Ride up Lookout everyday May 20-24, Shimano swag and donuts at Big Ring Cycles

        Submitted by Bill Plock on May 8th, 2019

        A fun week of riding, sponsored by Shimano and Big Ring Cycles (Shimano swag for all) where you start your day off with coffee, donuts and a great ride up Lookout Mountain! Starting at Big Ring Cycles in downtown Golden,Read More

        • A Supported ride Denver’s City Park to Winter Park

          Submitted by 303cycling on June 22nd, 2018

          This event started in 2011 with one man’s idea to ride from his home near Denver’s City Park to his newly purchased townhome in Winter Park. The unorganized inaugural year involved only 8 riders and a good friend willing to follow with his wife’s minivan. See what it has become. Read more

          • Lookout Mountain Hill Climb

            Submitted by 303cycling on March 15th, 2018

            Golden   Photos by Brent Murphy: Lookout Mountain Hill Climb photos – Event details here

            • Look out for Lookout Speed Bumps!

              Submitted by 303cycling on September 6th, 2017

              Seems there’s some controversy over the 4 speed bumps at the bottom of Lookout. I had a chance to check them out. I love them. They will reduce the speed in a dangerous section that has historically been rage-filled. I shouldn’t be riding 40 mph through this residential area any more than a motorist.  Read more

              • Golden’s Gran Fondo Bike Race – Review by Lisa Ingarfield

                Submitted by 303cycling on August 29th, 2017

                It was a perfect blue bird day and the energy was high at the start of the race/ride as cyclists gathered under the “Welcome to Golden” arch in downtown Golden. After some safety announcements, a reminder that we are ambassadors for the cycling world, and a review of the course, we were off. And almost immediately several cyclists broke the safety recommendation of not cycling on the wrong side of the road as we wove our way through Golden and up to Lookout Mountain. The in-town section was well staffed by volunteers and police, with even a few spectators cheering us on as we travelled up 19th Street. Read more

                • Golden Gran Fondo – Lookout Mountain is Back!!

                  Submitted by 303cycling on August 9th, 2017

                  Conquer one of the toughest gran fondo courses in the USA! The Golden Gran Fondo has earned a reputation as one of the hardest one-day bike races in the country, and for good reason.  Read more

                  • Lookout Mountain Bike Ride and Hill Climb Race

                    Submitted by 303cycling on April 6th, 2013

                    Lookout Mtn. in Golden, CO is not only a local’s favorite, but it’s one of those rides that people seek out when visiting from out of state (as is evident by tourists in jeans throwing up all over themselves in the summer, using a rental bike with a bottle of Fierce Grape Gatorade stuck in the water-bottle cage (bless their hearts). Kidding. I’ve only seen 2 tourists actually throwing up. And they were definitely from sea-level. Lookout was also part of the final stage of the inaugural US Pro Challenge in the summer of 2011, further boosting its National popularity. Read more

                    • 2013 – Lookout Mountain Hill Climb

                      Submitted by David on March 11th, 2013

                      Photos – Bo Bickerstaff Results – http://www.coloradocycling.org/results/road#year=2013&eventId=1297&resul… Lookout Mountain Date: Saturday, August 3, 2013