Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

  • East 2nd Street & 30th Street , Durango , CO 81301
  • Dates: May 30, 2021 - May 30, 2021
  • Recurrence: Recurring every May 30th
  • Address: East 2nd Street & 30th Street , Durango , CO 81301
  • Time: 7:30 AM

May 29th and 30th, 2021

We hope you have weathered the past year as best possible. It has certainly been a challenging period on many fronts. Here at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, we are navigating the path forward with the 49th annual event and how we can safely have riders back on the road (or trail) on Memorial Day weekend May 29th and 30th 2021.We will have a scaled-back version of the McDonald Citizen’s Tour and Coca-Cola Road race with regards to participant numbers compared to years past. How many participants are yet to be determined as the COVID regulations continue to change and fluctuate. Our hope is that by April 15 we will have better guidance for an overall number and can open registration.


2020 registrants will have priority for the 2021 event, but we may not be able to accommodate all that were registered in 2020 for the Road Race/Tour/KOM/QOM. We are developing a lottery process to select 2020 registrants who want to ride in 2021. If a 2020 registrant declines a spot in the 2021 event, we will move to the next person on the lottery list until we have satisfied as many as possible given the numbers we are allowed to have. For those who do not get selected or choose not to attend the 2021 event, they will receive priority for the 2022 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic which will be our 50th Anniversary. The discount we promised for the 2021 event based on the 2020 cancellation will be applied in all cases. Please be aware there is not an automatic rollover from 2020 to 2021. if you are selected for the 2021 event, you will have to complete the registration process.

At the time of registration, you will receive refund policy information if indeed we cancel or scale back the event as we get closer due to COVID challenges or other unforeseen circumstances. Please look for and read those details before you proceed with registration.

Quarter Horse Tour, MTB Race, and La Strada La Plata Gravel Ride
The Quarter Horse Tour to Purgatory, Morehart Murphy Subaru MTB race, and La Strada La Plata gravel ride will also be on the menu. Given the much smaller number of participants in these events, we should be able to accommodate all riders who were registered in 2020. We will satisfy all 2020 registrants first and then if there is additional space we will open it to new registrants. Again, there is not an automatic rollover from 2020 to 2021 and you will have to complete the registration process when it becomes available, all discounts will apply. 

For those planning to participate in the mountain bike race please be aware we will be moving the course away from the Downtown Durango area of years past and likely be using trails in the Horse Gulch trail system. We are working out those course details currently.

Virtual Iron Horse Race - New Offering!
We will be offering a virtual Iron Horse Bicycle Classic route and race via RGT/Echelon Racing League on May 29th. We are excited about this addition to our event and will have more information over the course of the spring.