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Memorial Day Madness, Durango Style


Iron Horse Bicycle Classic
Cyclists work to beat the train in Durango’s Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

For about 2,500 people, Memorial Day weekend revolves around one thing: beating the train. Racing in Durango’s 44th annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic on Saturday, May 23, means you essentially have one goal—to traverse the 50 miles (along with 5,600 feet of climbing and two mountain passes) from Durango, Colorado, to Silverton more quickly than the historic narrow-gauge train that makes the same journey in about three and a half hours.

The event is so popular that it’s become the focal point of a bustling holiday weekend in Durango. Race registration for the ride to Silverton is full, but is still available through charitable sponsors. Visit to learn more.

And you don’t have to be a cyclist to get in on the fun—spectating is practically a sport here, too.

The Friday night Fat Tire Crit allows you to watch pros speed through the city streets, while Sunday’s Sprite Kids Race gives the youngsters a chance to cruise (and excited parents a chance to cheer). Pro tip: On Sunday, grab a seat at Steamworks Brewing Co. and watch as the pros literally ride through the bar.

Even if you want nothing to do with a bicycle, having the roads closed and the bars open makes for a pretty solid start to summer.

For more ideas on where to stay, what to eat and where to go in Durango, click here.

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