What a great way to spend a Sunday in early June – with more than 7500 other cyclists, riding through the beautiful Colorado hills near Castle Rock at the Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival.
Cyclists of all ages and abilities unite for a great day in the saddle, followed by the Party at the Rock post-ride picnic and cycling expo.The Subaru Elephant Rock Cycling Festival, which is one of the largest cycling events in Colorado.
A course for everyone
- With an 8-mile family course, 34-, 62- and 100-mile road rides, and a 25-mile off-road course, there’s something for everyone.
- 8-mile family course. For beginners and families, the Elephant Rock 8-mile family course includes interesting terrain and awesome views of the Rockies.
- 25-mile off-road course. The Elephant Rock 25-mile fat tire course winds through hills, high plains and canyons around Castle Rock on a combination of dirt roads, paved roads and bike paths.
- 34-mile road ride. A challenging 1/3 century course, the Elephant Rock 34-mile road course has a total elevation gain of 2,147 ft and tours through rolling hills with views of Pikes Peak.
- 62-mile road ride. The Elephant Rock Metric Century course traverses the high plains between Denver and Colorado Springs, with a total elevation gain of 3,336 ft.
- 100-mile road course. The Elephant Rock Century course adds a challenging 38-mile loop through the Black Forest to the 62-mile course, for a total elevation gain of 5,944 ft.
Safety and support
- Riders must be 14 years of age or older for the 62- and 100-mile courses and tagalong bike trailers and burley style trailers are not permitted on the 100 & 62 mile courses.
- Aid-stations are positioned every 10-18 miles with fresh fruit, snacks, water and porta-potties.
- Sag wagons with water and road assistance roam the courses to help riders experiencing mechanical trouble or those who become too fatigued to finish. However, cyclists should be prepared to handle their own flats and minor repairs.
- Elephant Rock is always one of the best “law enforcement-supported” rides thanks to the Colorado State Patrol, The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department, the El Paso County Sheriffs Department, and the Castle Rock Police Department.
Party at the eRock
The post-ride Elephant Rock party includes a vendor Expo, lunch and prizes.
This year we joined Team Zimbabwe, riding with 53 others to help improve the lives of thousands of children in the Murewa region of Zimbabwe.
A portion of Team Zimbabwe riders’ registration fee and additional donations are contributed to the Zimbabwe Mission Partnership.
The Zimbabwe Mission Partnership assists in providing resources to deliver daily meals, clean water, clothing, medical care, education assistance and other much-needed support for nearly 1,000 orphans and the surrounding community.
Through the efforts of supporters, government school fees are being paid to allow them to attend school, and a medical clinic is providing care to children with various illnesses, including HIV.
A great organization helping those who need it most – and a great day of cycling!