Ready to saddle up, clip in and join the masses on some of the fall's best rides? Read on.
Banana Belt | Saturday, September 15
Part of Salida Bike Fest, this 26-mile cross-country course involves a dirt road climb and six miles of single track on the Rainbow Trail before returning to Salida. Races start from 11 am; food will follow at Riverside Park. salidabikefest.com /bananabelt
Mountain to Desert | Saturday, September 22
The single fundraising event for the Just For Kids Foundation, this course will take riders from the beautiful mountains of Telluride to the incredible desert landscape of Gateway. Choose from 72, 101, 104 or 132 miles. Raise $500 or more by race day and get your race entry credited back to you. justforkidsfoundation.org
12 hours of Penitente | Saturday October 13
Now in its fourth year, this endurance ride challenges riders to complete as many circuits of the 17-mile course in Penitente Canyon near
Del Norte as they can in 12 Hours. Entertainment, food and drinks make it a perfect all-day event for riders and their families. Proceeds benefit local youth cycling and outdoor recreation initiatives in the San Luis Valley. 12 hoursofpenitence.com