85 Mile Route At A Glance:
Distance: 88.4 Miles
Elevation: +3,906/ -3,907 ft
Max. Grade: 9.5%
Avg. Grade: 0.0%
Start/Finish: The Shops at Northfield – 8354 E 49th Ave #1740, Denver, CO 80238
Time: The departure window for all 85 Mile Riders will from 6:30am-7:00am
Is This Route For You?
With less miles, this will not be as demanding as the 100 mile route. We recommend this route if you want to learn how to circumnavigate the Greater Denver Metro Area. This route takes you with the 100 mile cyclists, but bypasses the climb.
Click the 85 Mile Interactive Map below for turn by turn directions!
2023 All Routes Map
Route Description & Highlights:
Like the 100 Mile route, the 85 Mile route is designed to help cyclists discover how easy it is to get out to the mountains by bike with the Downtown Denver skyline in full view and relish in the proximity of city and country. It highlights some of Denver’s bicycle commuter routes and casual riding areas, but this route joyfully eliminates the challenge of the climb UP Lookout Mountain as not everyone has the need to climb like a mountain goat. Below is a photo tour of a few things you may see on the route:
Official Wave Start & Cutoff Times:
6:30am – 7:00am: All 85 Mile cyclists start
**All cyclists riding the 85 MUST be through Aid Station #1 by 8:1510am. Any cyclists remaining at Aid Station #1 after 9:30am will be directed to ride the 25 mile route. This is for rider safety; after 9:30am there will be no Denver Police Department support along the longer routes.
If a rider does not make the 50 mile split at W Florida Ave. and S Pierce St. by 9:45AM (mile 19.6) they will be directed to Continue straight on S Pierce St. and continue on the 50 mile route.
4:00pm – The 85 mile course closes