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Southcentral - Colorado Springs

Air Force Academy Loop

Type: Road Ride
Start elevation: 6,467 ft.
End: 7,306 ft.
Elevation gain and loss: +/- 780 ft.
Distance: 12.6 mile loop

The United State Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs not only offers a stellar education for our Air force men and women, it happens to be home of a great road riding experience. Access is easy from I-25, just north of Colorado Springs itself. There are two approaches, one from the north and one from the south. This description starts from the south gate. Upon entering the Academy grounds, you must show identification, a driver's license will do. The guards are polite but you need to enter before 5:00 pm to ride into the evening and remain onsite. Once you pass the secured area, ride this route clockwise on Pine Drive. One of the first things you will notice is there is hardly any traffic. Second, the shoulders are very wide and nearly debris free. This will give you an opportunity to take in the sights. The climbing is nearly unnoticeable as the road turns and the tarmac glides under your tires. Just past mile 4, stay left where Academy Drive will appear on the right. As mile 5 passes, you will go right by the campus itself. If you have the time, check out the Chapel, this is truly a must see. From the steps of the Chapel, the dorms and parade grounds are in clear view. Take a minute or two to thank some of our fellow airmen for their service if you get a chance. Once you're back on your bike, continue in the counter clockwise direction on Academy Drive. Here the road starts a nice descent with sweeping views of the Academy, eastern plains, and Colorado Springs itself. The road then becomes North Gate Blvd. near mile eight. Get ready for a right turn onto Stadium Blvd. where you will see a B-52 on stilts. A sight worthy of seeing, this plane has quite a history. The next 3 miles or so are fast and smooth, again with ample shoulder room and light traffic. If one lap is not enough, take a few more and enjoy this loop. An interesting bit of cycling trivia is that part of this loop was used in 1986 for the UCI World Championships Road Race. After you have completed this ride, check out Colorado Springs for some food and beverage. The family fun page will help you out.

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