Pedal Pavement on Breckenridge's Best Road Bike Routes

Explore the best paved rides in the mountains and valley near Breckenridge, CO.

Greg Heil

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Description

In the summertime, Breckenridge is best-known for its endless network of singletrack trails for mountain biking and hiking. However, Breck's location along some of the best highways in the High Rockies means you can find superb pavement to pedal as well!

This collection of road biking routes runs the range from moderate to severe. The loop around Lake Dillon Reservoir is mostly separated from traffic on dedicated bike paths, and the modest amount of climbing combined with stunning views makes it a favorite of beginner road bikers. For a quick out-and-back with some moderate climbing, do a quick pedal to the top of nearby Hoosier Pass. For more climbing, but while being completely protected from traffic on a dedicated bike path, set your sights on the top of Vail Pass.

And finally, the most renowned route in this guidebook is the classic Copper Triangle loop. While this epic 82-mile loop is mapped as starting and ending at Copper Mountain, if you combine the bike path section of the Vail Pass ride mentioned above, you can tackle this entire route from downtown Breckenridge without ever getting in a car!

Adventures

The Copper Triangle

One of the most renowned road rides in Colorado, crossing three major passes.

Hoosier Pass

A quick out-and-back from Breckenridge to the Continental Divide.