In the area of annual Colorado bike tours, BABRAC2014 is a noteworthy newcomer. Summer 2014 is your chance to be among the first to know about it. Some fast facts: BABRAC stands for Beer And Bike Ride Across Colorado. If a strange-sounding acronym for a fun-centric cross-state bike ride sounds familiar, it is. BABRAC is inspired by Iowa’s famous annual RAGBRAI.
The do-it-while-you’re-young message here is spot on: un-tied-down early adulthood is a unique opportunity for travel and adventures. But this list doesn’t really align with my own 20s travels. Have I missed out on the essentials? Or have I just sought out something else?
For twenty-somethings like me who are looking for travel that digs a little deeper, lasts a little longer, and may be a little more enriching to yourself and to the people/places you encounter along the way, I came up with my own list.
T – 14 days until I take on the biggest physical challenge in my life so far. I’ll be riding across the state of Colorado from Fort Collins to Durango in eight days along with a group of six others. We’re organizing BABRAC – Beer and Bicycle Ride Across Colorado – and we’re hoping to make this a yearly thing.
Q. How many miles a day, on average, will you cover?
A: Average 59 miles a day, for a total of 470 miles covered. Total elevation gain will be 17,470 feet
On the darkest and coldest days of the year, I’m often tempted to just hunker down and hibernate. Luckily I live in a place that comes to life in the winter. Every weekend, there’s a mass exodus from Denver into the snow sport havens of the Rockies. For those who stick around, there’s a surprising amount of good cold-weather fun to be found here in the city. Here’s my list of worthwhile winter wonders in Denver: