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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.

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