In Durango, Memorial Day weekend is all about the Durango train, whitewater rafting, bicycle races and the start of summer fun on the ski slopes.
Alright, kids. It’s that time of year. School is almost out, Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner, and you know what that means: Well, yes, family vacation — which we’ll get to in a soon-to-come blog post — but we meant the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The annual race found its inspiration in brothers Tom Mayer and Jim Mayer. Jim was a brakeman on the Durango & Rio Grande Railway and his little… Read More
Memorial Day weekend in Durango means one thing: the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, the premier cycling event in the Rocky Mountains. The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic officially got its start in 1972 when a group of 36 riders decided to celebrate the Durango train’s first spring run and re-create a century-old tradition. However, the bike race really began in the 1880s when — legend has it — Tom Mayer and his older brother Jim… Read More
For some, Memorial Day weekend means kicking back in the back yard with hot dogs and cool beers. But in Durango, Memorial Day weekend means clipping in for the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, the premier cycling event in the West — and also hot dogs and cool beers. The race’s roots are firmly planted in sibling rivalry, according to Iron Horse lore: The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic was the brain child of Tom Mayer… Read More
The votes are in, and readers of USA Today and 10Best have landed Durango, Colorado, in the Top 10 for the Best U.S. Cycling Town! Just to be clear, that’s Top 10 out of the entire NATION, which is pretty much the best ever. Oh, and did we mention that Durango is No. 8 out of 10, meaning we beat out Bend, Oregon, and Sacramento, California? Not that we’re rubbing it in — just… Read More
Cyclists have a long-running love affair with Durango — heck, with all of Southwest Colorado — and the Durango Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour is the perfect time to wallow in that love. (And we do mean love. Have you read about how the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic got its start? ) Registration is still open for the Sept. 28 Fall Blaze Bicycle Tour, which is hosted by Fort Lewis College. Riders have… Read More