We are approaching one of our favorite Durango events. In just a week and a half, true athletes will test their endurance in the annual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Since 1972, cyclists have ridden from Durango to Silverton in attempt to beat the train. The race occurs on Memorial Day weekend.
We marvel at the intensity required to complete this race. It is 50 miles, over Coal Bank and Molas passes, and 5,500 feet in elevation are gained. Sometimes the weather presents challenges, especially over the mountain passes. This is no small feat!
The race originated when Tom Mayer challenged his brother Jim (a train brakeman) to a race between the train and his bike ride. Riders still aspire to beat the train to Silverton.
This event brings such energy to Durango. It is a blast to be downtown at the start of the race, or at the finish line in Silverton to welcome the riders and celebrate their hard work.
In addition to the main race between Durango and Silverton, several other events occur throughout the weekend. There is a kids race, a race between Purgatory and Silverton, and a race from Durango to Purgatory. Other races occur throughout the weekend, as well.
The Iron Horse also contributes a portion of entry fees to the Mercy Health Foundation and other community programs in the region.
We are looking forward to the Iron Horse and cheering on all of the riders who will participate!
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