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RCC Summit Boulder

29th September - 2nd October 2017

Anyone who has seen images of twisting Front Range highways or arduous Rocky Mountain climbs knows that Boulder may very well be designed for cyclists. This breathtaking setting and rich cycling culture make Colorado a natural destination for the Rapha Cycling Club. The RCC Summit Boulder promises a mix of well-paved flats, graded gravel, unrelenting climbs and soul-stirring descents, all in one of the most scenic cities the United States has to offer.

Local guides will lead rides through the old mining camps of Gold Hill, and along the famed Peak to Peak Highway, all supported by follow cars to provide mechanical assistance and ride fuel. Finish your day with some cold Colorado brews while enjoying the company of Summit VIPs, and fellow RCC members as you watch the sun tuck behind the Rockies.

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Please note: you will need to login to your RCC account to view prices and book.Unfortunately, your place on the RCC Summit is non refundable and non transferable to an alternative Summit or a Rapha Travel trip.

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This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

Who is the RCC Summit designed for?

RCC Summits cater to all riding abilities. Whether you’re looking to challenge your legs on some of the local iconic climbs, or are more interested in enjoying the scenery on shorter, flatter rides, our daily rides menu offers something for everyone. A cautionary note about Boulder’s elevation should be sounded here - the city sits at 5,500ft, and even the fittest riders can be affected by the thin mountain air. Consider arriving a day or two before the Summit to begin acclimatizing to the elevation, and be sure to stay hydrated and well-rested before and during the Summit. Our signature ride support includes expert ride guides on the bike as well as support vehicles with ride nutrition, water and spares. The rides have coffee and lunch stops and the pace is set to suit the bunch - not the fastest rider. The Summits are the perfect opportunity to gather with your fellow clubmates from chapters across the globe. With workshops, wine tasting and fine dining, the Summits are your chance to ride, race and rest in a beautiful setting, at the same time as getting closer to Rapha and the sport of cycling.

Where will it be and what to expect?

The RCC Summit Boulder promises to be a complete immersion in Colorado cycling culture. Spend four days cycling through the state described as “the playground for the whole republic.” You’ll be riding on the classic stretches of road that left you drooling during American Flyers. Our RCC guides and support vehicles will accompany you and your clubmates through beautiful high-country, offering views of the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains. Attend events with influencers and VIPs before enjoying quality cuisine and drinks under the starry Colorado sky. Read about the additional program before and after the Summit here.

The Hotel Boulderado has been a downtown Boulder landmark since it opened on New Year’s Day, 1909. It was named for the words “Boulder” and “Colorado” so no guest would forget where they had stayed. Today, the hotel is on the National Register of Historical Places and is a City of Boulder landmark.

VIP Guests at the Summit

  • Allen Lim and Biju Thomas are the authors of The Feed Zone and the creative minds behind Skratch Labs. The duo will be catering our Saturday recovery meal and chatting about the benefits of using wholesome ingredients for performance nutrition.
  • The Barchecks of Mosaic Cycles don’t just make bike frames, they aspire to craft something unique to the cyclist, a bicycle that embraces the rider’s aspirations. While touring their workshop, the folks at Mosaic will give us a unique look at their fabrication process and design philosophies.

All Summits include

  • Expert planning and guiding support from guides and vehicles
  • All meals excluding alcohol
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard
Double occupancy is a room with two Queen beds. If you don’t have someone to room with, we will match you with someone. Single occupancy is a room with a King-size bed

Day Distance Climbing
Before the Summit Additional program
Arrival day - Fly into Denver airport Warm up Ride To Mosaic Cycles
Day 1 Mountains of Climbing, Hills of Gold 63 Mi 5254 FT
Day 2 From peak to shining peak 80 Mi 7192 FT
Day 2 - Alternative Take a left at the canyon 32 Mi 2719 FT
Departure day Cross Inspired Ride w/ Meredith Miller
After the Summit Additional program

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Before the Summit

Additional program

Wednesday 27th

RCC Denver ride & dinner at Biju’s Little Curry Shop – Join clubmates in Denver for an afternoon ride, followed by dinner at the Little Curry Shop of Biju Thomas, co-founder of Skratch Labs.*

Thursday 28th

Brewery Tour – Colorado has a thriving craft beer scene, with small-scale manufacturers creating interesting and inventive brews. Join us for a tour of some of our favourite breweries.*

Herman Miller Design Ride – Join design brand Herman Miller’s guided tour of Boulder’s architecture and design history, passing by unique shipping-container homes, wood cabins, and much more.*

Sunset Photography Ride – Ride to Boulder's picturesque locations and lookout points with a local photographer, and gain some tips on how to improve your technique.*

Summit Shopping Social – Join us for a pre-Summit social at Rapha Boulder, and pick up any last minute clothes and accessories.*

Friday 29th

Breakfast at Boxcar – Start your day with a breakfast with Rapha Boulder’s neighbours, Boxcar.*

*Cost is not included in the Summit price.

Arrival day - Fly into Denver airport

Warm up Ride To Mosaic Cycles

Get your first taste of that fresh, Rocky Mountain air as you warm up your legs for the days to come. We will trace the foothills of the Flatirons before we drop in at Mosaic Cycles for a tour.

Day 1

Mountains of Climbing, Hills of Gold

Ascend straight into the vertical terrain that Colorado is known for. You and your clubmates will climb up Flagstaff Rd to the Sunrise Amphitheater before climbing through Fourmile Canyon to the western town of Gold Hill. A roller coaster descent will drop the group into the north side of Boulder for a farm-to-table style lunch in Hygiene, CO. You will finish your ride with a recovery meal at the clubhouse created by Skratch Labs founders Allen Lim and Biju Thomas.

Alternative

Those looking for a challenge without hours and hours in the saddle will ascend the iconic Flagstaff hill climb to the outdoor Sunrise Amphitheater to take in the beauty above Boulder from an elevation of 6934 feet. A descent down the switchbacks and a foray across the compulsory (and flatter) dirt roads will take you to the north side of Boulder for a farm-to-table style lunch in Hygiene, CO. You will finish your ride with a recovery meal at the clubhouse created by Skratch Labs founders Allen Lim and Biju Thomas.

Distance

63 Mi

Climbing

5254 FT

Major Climbs

Four Mile Canyon, Gold Hill

Day 2

From peak to shining peak

A challenging ride through the spine of Boulder’s mountains on the Peak to Peak Highway. Climb steep grades and soar down steep switchbacks as you learn why the pros come to Boulder. We will ride into the quiet town of Nederland and make a pitstop for lunch before descending back into town for an afternoon siesta at Sanitas Brewery.

Distance

80 Mi

Climbing

7192 FT

Major Climbs

S St Vrain, Peak to Peak

Day 2 - Alternative

Take a left at the canyon

Those looking to enjoy the scenery of Boulder without a furious burn in their thighs will enjoy our alternative route through Lefthand Canyon. From there, we will drop back into town for an afternoon siesta at Sanitas Brewery.

Distance

32 Mi

Climbing

2719 FT

Major Climbs

Lefthand Canyon, James Canyon, Lee Hill

Departure day

Cross Inspired Ride w/ Meredith Miller

Meredith Miller, RCC Boulder Chapter Coordinator, raced at the highest level for 20 years, with her last two years focused exclusively on cyclocross. Meredith went to the CX World Championships seven times, and won CrossVegas in 2014. This ride will show off Boulder’s gravel and dirt for a proper Groad ride.

After the Summit

Additional program

Monday 2nd

Soigneur Recovery Service – Start your post-Summit recovery with a cycling-specific massage at the hotel. Additional charges apply.*

Request a call back

This trip departs in less than 30 days. To enquire about a last minute booking please contact us.

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