Buena Vista Bike Fest - Routes

All Routes Start & Finish at McPhelemy Park


The beautiful century loop route follows the Arkansas River north to Leadville, along the scenic rolling hills of Turquoise Lake Road, around the Mineral Belt Trail passing aspen groves and conifer forests, meandering through the historic Leadville Mining District, and back to Buena Vista in the shadows of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks. Nearly all of the climbing is completed over the first 60 miles of the ride, with the last 40 miles essentially downhill to flat! Riders also have the option to take shorter out-and-back routes including a 35 miler, a 50 miler, and a “metric century” (62 miles) while still enjoying the Collegiate Peaks’ magnificent scenery.

NOTE: the shoulder becomes narrow after Granite (first rest stop), so please use caution. 

35 Miler - Buena Vista to Granite
  • Start time: 8:30 - 9:00 am
    • Don't start too early; the BVBF Party doesn't start until noon.
  • Elevation gain: 1450'
  • Ride North on US 24 to the Timberline Tours rest stop.
  • Return to BV on US 24.
  • Elevation map: 35 Mile Profile

Half Century - Buena Vista to Twin Lakes
  • Start time: 8:00-8:30 am
    • Don't start too early; the BVBF Party doesn't start until noon.
  • Elevation gain: 2550'
  • Ride North on US 24 to the Timberline Tours rest stop.
  • Ride west on CO 82 to the Twin Lakes Inn. This is turn around point.
  • Return back on CO 82 to Balltown and turn right on US 24 (south) to BV.
  • Elevation map: Half Century Profile
Metric Century – Buena Vista past Twin Lakes
  • Start time: 7:30-8:00 am
  • Elevation gain: ~3500'
  • Ride North on US 24 to the Timberline Tours rest stop.
  • Ride west on CO 82 to the Twin Lakes Inn rest stop. 
  • Continue on for 6 miles to the turn around point at Echo Canyon trailhead. 
  • Return back on CO 82 to Balltown and turn right on US 24 (south) to BV.
  • Elevation map: Metric Profile
Century (with optional 80-mile short cut) – Buena Vista to Leadville
  • Start time: optional group start at 7:00 am
    • You can start later on your own, but be sure to allow enough time to complete the ride before the post party ends.
  • Elevation gain: 4800'
  • Ride North on US 24 to the Timberline Tours rest stop.
  • Continue north on US 24 to the Malta rest stop.
  • North (right) on CR 5 past Mt Massive golf course.
  • For the century
    • Turn west (left) on CR 4.
    • Continue onto CR 99/Turquoise Lake Rd. Ride around the lake. 
    • East (left) onto Mountain View Dr.
    • South (right) onto Mt Elbert Dr.
    • East (left) onto W 12th St.
    • South (right) onto Harrison Ave
  • For the 80-mile shortcut
    • Turn east (right) onto CR 4
    • After the road bend right, turn left onto Mineral Belt Trail 
    • Turn east (right) onto Harrison Ave
    • Now you rejoin the Century route
  • Follow route markings to Ice Palace Park (corner Harrison and 10th)
  • LUNCH
  • Retrace the route, turn left on Harrison Ave.
  • Turn left almost immediately onto the Mineral Belt Trail (retracing 80-mile route)
    • NOTE: normally the route turns right onto Mineral Belt, but this year there's too much snow on the bike path
  • Turn right onto CR4/McWethy Dr. CR 4 then veers to the left.
  • Veer left onto CR 5.
  • Right on CR 5A (just past Mt Massive golf course)
  • Continue onto CR300.
  • Malta Rest Stop.
  • Return south on US 24 
  • Turn right (west) on CO 82 to Twin Lakes 
    • NOTE: normally the route continues to BV; riding to Twin Lakes will recover miles lost due to skipping Mineral Belt
  • Turn around at Twin Lakes
  • Turn right (south) on US 24, return to BV
  • Elevation map - not adjusted for 2019 route changes: Century Route Profile