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.

The route map is in three segments. NOTE: the shoulder becomes narrow after Granite, so please use caution. Route Map

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.

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 Village of Twin Lakes. This is turn around point unless you want to stretch your legs with some extra climbing.
  • Return back on CO 82 to Balltown and turn right on US 24 (south) to BV.
Metric Century – Buena Vista to Malta
  • Start time: 7:30-8:00 am
  • Elevation gain: 2600'
  • Ride North on US 24 to the Timberline Tours rest stop.
  • Continue north on US 24 to the Malta rest stop.
  • Return to BV on US 24.
Century – Buena Vista to Leadville
  • Start time: group start at 7:00 am
  • 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.
  • West (left) on Turquoise Lake Rd.
  • East (left) onto the North Portal Rd.
  • Right on Grand West Rd and follow route markings to Ice Palace Park for Lunch.
  • Harrison Ave North.
  • Right on 12th Ave and cross US 24.
  • Left onto Mineral Belt Bike Way.
  • Follow Bikeway Signs to remain on the Mineral Belt.
  • Left onto CR4 / McWethy St.
  • Veer left on CR 5.
  • Right on CR 5A.
  • Malta Rest Stop.
  • Return to BV on US 24

Century Route Profile