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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.

Durango has some type of summer festival or fair almost every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

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