The beautiful century route goes North to Leadville, along the scenic rolling hills of Turquoise Lake Road, around the Mineral Belt Trail passing aspen groves and conifer forests, meandering through the historic Leadville Mining District, and back to Buena Vista in the shadows of Colorado’s highest mountain peaks. Nearly all of the climbing is completed over the first 60 miles of the ride, with the last 40 miles essentially downhill to flat! Riders also have options to take shorter routes including a 35 miler, a 50 miler, and a “metric century” (62 miles) while still enjoying the Collegiate Peaks’ magnificent scenery.
This year we have exciting news! We are adding a new route, called the spa route. This route will go south from Buena Vista and will pass by the Mt. Princeton Resort in Nathrop, CO. While details are still being worked out, there will be special offerings from Mt. Princetom as well as a rest stop at the restort itself. The route is 22 miles.
BVBF is sponsored by the Buena Vista Rotary Club. The Buena Vista Rotary Club is dedicated to continuing the tradition of past BVBF rides as being one of Colorado's finest events. We have been told by our riders that our rest stops are the best of any ride they have ever done. Our routes are well covered with SAG vehicles. For your safety the Colorado State Patrol will be patrolling route and the Chaffee County Search & Rescue will be providing EMT support.
BVBF 2016 Post Ride Celebration Highlights:
- Music in the park
- Eddyline Brewery of Buena Vista
- Bristol Brewery of Colorado Springs
BVBF Apparel Orders: 19th annual BVBF Event Jerseys can be ordered individually or with registration at Eventbrite. The final design has not yet been received from our vendor, Primal Wear, but will be added to the event site when it is ready.
All registrants will receive a 19th annual BV Bike Fest T-shirt.
When will registration open for BVBF?
Registration opens at 7:00 am. MST on January 1, 2017. All BVBF registrations will be online at Eventbrite.com.
Can I mail in a registration?
There will be no mail in registrations. All registrations will be online at Eventbrite.com.
Can I register at the event?
Is there a cap on rider registrations?
Yes, the ride is capped at 900 riders. SO REGISTER EARLY!
How will I know when the cap has been reached?
A message will be posted on this site's home page and the registration link will be removed from this site.
Where and when can I pick up my packet?
Packet pick up will at McPhelemy Park on Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
How can I get a jersey?
Jerseys can be purchased with your registration or purchased separately on Eventbrite.com. The initial jersey order has been placed with Primal Custom Wear. If you purchased a jersey prior to April 8, 2017 your jersey will be available at packet pickup. If you order a jersey after April 8, 2017, it will be shipped to your billing address 7-8 weeks after the event. Please note that the jersey price increases after April 8, 2017 to cover the additional cost of shipping to your home.
Can I get a refund if I am unable to ride?
There are no refunds for this event. If the event sells out and you can be replaced from our waitlist, then we will refund your registration through Eventbrite.
What happens if it rains?
This is a rain or shine event, there are no rain dates. Come prepared!
Where does the ride start?
There is no mass start. You may start where and when you want, but please note rest stop opening and closing times which will be noted on the Rider Information Sheet provided in the ride packet. Parking will be at the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association and the United Congregational Church. Signs will be provided to direct you to parking.
Do I have to wear the wrist band and attach a number to my bike?
Yes, your wrist band and helmet number give you access to aid stations, food, drink and SAG support. It also gives you access to the post ride party, meal and drinks after the event.
Will there be enough food at the rest stops or do I need to bring my own?
The rest stops are approximately 20 miles apart and will be fully stocked including a variety of fruit, bagels, muffins, bars, water and an energy drink. There will be a light lunch on the longer course.
What is the total elevation gain on the Century Route?
It is approximately 5780 feet recorded by a Garmin Edge 705.
What type of clothing should I bring?
Expect it to be warm and sunny in the lower elevations, but be prepared for a possible afternoon shower which could include snow or sleet so it is wise to carry a rain jacket and/or leg and arm warmers. Expect sun – so wear sunscreen! This is Colorado and we have little control over what Ma Nature feels like throwing you.
What if I have a breakdown on the road?
All rest stops will have mechanical support and there will be SAG support along the route. They will get to you as soon as possible, but come prepared to at least be able to fix a flat. Those with serious mechanical difficulties will be transported to a rest stop.
What about safety considerations while riding?
There will be a Colorado State trooper dedicated to this event for the routes north of Buena Vista as well as support from the Lake County and Chaffee County sherriff's office. Chaffee County Searh and Rescue-North will provide first aid and expert first responder support, including transport to an appropriate medical facility if needed. As always, riders should ride single file and on the shoulder to minimize interactions with passing vehicles.