Participate: Ride the iconic route from Aspen to Independence Pass well ahead of the pros and post-up Euro style to watch racers summit before taking the high-speed plunge into Aspen.
Eat: For breakfast: Jour de Fete; lunch: Ajax Tavern; dinner: L’Hosteria; drinks: Silver Queen
Sleep: If you’re down with the hostel vibe, the St. Moritz Lodge has rooms starting from $52 per night. Mountain Chalet Aspen is another affordable option right around the $100 per night range. The Sky Hotel offers a hip base from $200 per night.
Must-do: Hike the Ute Trail, mountain bike Hunter Creek Loop or Government Trail, cliff jump Punchbowl, road ride to the Maroon Bells.
Shop stop: Find bikes, gear and ride beta at Ajax Bike and Sport.