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Tour de Wyoming

Tour de Wyoming 2017

July 16 – 21, 2017

The 4X4 Ride:
4 Mountain Passes and more than 400 Miles in 6 days

      Join us in celebrating 21 years of the Tour de Wyoming as we tackle a tough route that goes over four mountain passes and covers 423 miles.

     We kick off our ride in Cheyenne, the state capitol. From there, we head north across the great plains and spend our first night in Wheatland.  Next day we head west into Sybille Canyon where we also go over Morton Pass before turning north to spend the night in the small community of Rock River.  Next we follow the Old Lincoln Highway, passing through the town of Medicine Bow before turning south into the Upper Platte River Valley to spend the night in Saratoga.  The next day we don’t pack up but, instead, just head south to the town of Encampment and then go up into the Sierra Madre Mountains.  Our out-and-back route for the day turns around at Battle Pass.  We return to Saratoga for the night.  Next day we head into the Medicine Bow Mountains and cross over Snowy Range Pass before dropping into the Laramie Basin and across the prairie to Laramie.  The final day, we return to Cheyenne, first topping out at the Summit and then following the Happy Jack Road.  We return to Cheyenne one day before the start of the famous Cheyenne Frontier Days.

Overnight towns are still being confirmed so route changes are possible.

Day-by-Day Details are Below

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Day 1: Cheyenne to Wheatland (73 miles)

We exit Cheyenne via some bike paths before taking the Old Yellowstone Highway north. As we follow frontage road along Interstate 25, we have about 12 miles where we’ll be on the interstate. Then we exit and continue along frontage road to the welcoming community of Wheatland. Note that elevation profile on map shows a 80 mile day but it is 72.3 miles.

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Day 2: Wheatland to Rock River (80 miles)

We head out of Wheatland and turn west to head through the lovely Sybille Canyon. We’ll tackle our first mountain pass, going over Morton Pass at an elevation of 7,175 feet. Once through the canyon, we turn north and pass over the North Platte River and then on to the small community of Rock River.  We are working on having a motel option in Laramie with bus transport (an added fee) to Laramie and back the next morning. The rest of us will stay at the Rock River High School.

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Day 3: Rock River to Saratoga (76 miles)

We continue north out of Rock River and follow the Old Lincoln Highway, passing through the town of Medicine Bow. We turn south and head into the Upper North Platte Valley to spend the night in the lovely town of Saratoga.  They even have free hot springs to soak tired muscles.

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Day 4: Saratoga to Battle Pass and return to Saratoga (62 miles)

We don’t pack up this day but, instead, do an out-and-back route that goes through the town of Encampment and then up to Battle Pass (9,911 feet). The official route ends at the pass but, of course, riders are free to continue on if they just love climbing.  There is also the option of just staying put and relaxing in Saratoga.

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Day 5: Saratoga to Laramie (83 Miles)

We head south out of Saratoga and then turn east and head for the Medicine Bow Mountains. We wind our way up to the summit of Snowy Range Pass, elevation 10,876 feet. Then we descent and pass through the town of Centennial before passing across the Laramie Basin to Laramie.

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Day 6: Laramie to Cheyenne (49 miles)

On our final day we start with a climb.  For the first section we’ll be on Interstate 80 and exit onto the Happy Jack Road where we’ll pass by Sherman Summit (elevation 8,878) for our fourth and final mountain pass.  We’ll pass through the Medicine Bow National Forest before descending into Cheyenne to end where we began.

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