Estes Park Bike Tours
New Venture Cycling downhill guided bicycle tours are a fantastic way to see, learn, and experience Rocky Mountain National Park. Our guides will share what is beautiful and exciting from flora and fauna to the peaks that surround you as you cruise down the road, soaking it all in!
Our tours are MOSTLY all downhill in nature, but we are in the mountains, so pedaling a little uphill or on a flat road is encountered here and there. Our guides will point out the uphill sections to you as we drive up to the starting points in the van. If at any point pedaling becomes too difficult, walking the bike is a viable option. The important thing is to absorb the peace and beauty of our national park.
RATING SYSTEM OF BIKE TOURS
EASY - Downhill all the way, no uphill or long flat sections.
EASY TO MODERATE - Downhill majority of the way, will encounter flat sections and a short uphill section or two.
MODERATE - Downhill mostly. Will definitely encounter flat sections and a little longer of an uphill section.
MODERATE TO HARD - Downhill, flat, and long uphill sections, but not steep. A little of everything on these.
HARD - Lungbusting uphill all the way without stopping. There is nothing on our agenda that will be this rating.
These guidelines are general and should be applied to an average rider. In the end, it is up to you to decide whether you are up for the ride.
RULES OF THE ROAD
Colorado has some of the most specific laws regarding where a bicyclist should ride, and just as importantly, where a bicyclist should not be obligated to ride, in the nation. The general rule is that:
If the right-hand lane then available for traffic is wide enough to be safely shared with overtaking vehicles, a bicyclist shall ride far enough to the right as judged safe by the bicyclist to facilitate the movement of such overtaking vehicles unless other conditions make it unsafe to do so. A bicyclist may use a lane other than the right-hand lane when:
- Preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private roadway or driveway;
- Overtaking a slower vehicle; or
- Taking reasonably necessary precautions to avoid hazards or road conditions.
A bicyclist shall not be expected or required to:
- Ride over or through hazards at the edge of a roadway, including but not limited to fixed or moving objects, parked or moving vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards, or narrow lanes; or
- Ride without a reasonable safety margin on the right-hand side of the roadway.