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The entire family can enjoy a day of cycling. If you choose a local path in the city or want some high country trail, you will be ready. So pack up the kids, fold up the trailer and get ready to tag-a-long....read more.
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The weather in Colorado can change in no time at all: snow one day and sunshine the next. Yes even in the middle of summer and especially at altitude...read more.
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Find out all the happenings in the road and mountain bike world in Colorado. Visit our News & Events page to see what's going on.
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Our website was established in 2008 and we are looking forward to providing outstanding information about cycling in Colorado. Our specialty is in the area of Mountain and Road biking. We also strive to include options for family rides or for any non-riders of the family (while mom, dad, sister or brother may be enjoying their favorite road or trail). This ensures that families can recreate together in the surrounding region. Feel free to contact us at: thom@switchbackcycling.com
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Early September brings new meaning to the term Gold Rush in Colorado. When the Aspens turn from green to gold you know winter is close behind. Riding in the high country of Colorado will give you rich rewards. As you pedal through amber canopies of leaves and crisp autumn days, the Colorado high country is like no place else. By now you have peaked in riding skills and ability and you are ready to continue on with serious riding. Whether on the road or singletrack, this time of year brings changes and changes fast. Snow in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon, or anything in between. So dress warm, have layers to add or subtract and get ready to roll out. Check out our featured ride, Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass
» Switchback Cycling Blog
Our Tire Talk blog is also the place for our readers to blog about ride conditions they have encountered. This will be your opportunity to contribute to the cycling community throughout the state.
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Colorado Weather

The weather in Colorado can change in no time at all: snow one day and sunshine the next. Yes even in the middle of summer and especially at altitude. Colorado also has a very high rate of lighting strikes and is ranked 10th in the nation. The temperature changes at altitude, with approximately 4-5 degrees Fahrenheit for every 1000 ft in elevation. So what may start out as a warm, 70 degree ride at 7,000 ft, with a climb up to 11,000 ft or above, will provide a decrease in temperature of nearly 20 degrees. Factor in wind chill along with the ever changing weather and you may find yourself unprepared, cold and miserable. There is a saying in the recreational community out here if you're going to climb: Summit by noon. These are "Words to live by”. It is very important to apply sunscreen, wear the proper clothing and layer it accordingly. Storms can roll in at a moments notice, without warning, no matter what the forecast. Have a plan and plenty of water and food. Wait out the storm if necessary. Another popular saying is: "If you don't like the weather wait ten minutes." It will change. Scattered and isolated storms when they happen are just that.

Now with the weather advice out of the way, you should know that Colorado is home to 300 days of glorious sunshine from border to border and peak to plain. Colorado is the one state you will find no finer, more accessible road or mountain biking.

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