Festival Atmosphere Planned for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic 2023 | Sports Destination Management

Festival Atmosphere Planned for Iron Horse Bicycle Classic 2023

Dec 09, 2022

Registration for the 51st annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic will open on Friday, December 16. The annual celebration of cycling in Durango, Colorado, will take place next year over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28, 2023.

In addition to the Durango-Silverton road race and ride, the Iron Horse offers mountain bike and gravel races as well as a festive cycling-centric community atmosphere. Last year, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event, the Coca-Cola Road Race and McDonald’s Citizen Tour events sold out. Riders interested in 2023 races are encouraged to register early.

In 2023, there will be a festival atmosphere at Durango Mesa Park on Sunday for the mountain bike and gravel races – with music, food & drink, spectating options, and family activities. The top gravel finishers will race to the line at around the same time as the elite mountain bike races start. The mountain bike course will feature new trails being built in the area in spring as a part of the bike park being planned at the 1,850-acre property just East of downtown Durango.

“We’re excited to build on last year’s 50th anniversary momentum to put on another incredible cycling weekend in Durango,” said Ian Burnett, IHBC Race Director. “The Iron Horse is a world-class bike weekend that cyclists in Colorado and beyond won’t want to miss.”

The backbone of the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic is the Durango-Silverton route, where riders ‘race the train’ over two mountain passes for a total of 50 miles and 5,700 feet of elevation gain. Back in Durango, off-road riders will be challenged by the Subaru Mountain Bike Race and the La Strada La Plata Gravel Ride, both starting at Durango Mesa Park.

The Mountain Bike Specialists King & Queen of the Mountain is an omnium competition featuring the professional road race and mountain bike races.


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