Saturday, May 24, 2014
You can race against the bicyclists to Silverton onboard the morning IHBC Train and ride back with them in the afternoon. Enjoy onboard drink specials as you race to Silverton without even building a bead of sweat on your brow!
This train will depart from the Durango depot at 7:15AM.
At the intersection of Main Avenue and Camino del Rio, the train will stop to board celebrities and then, with two long whistles from the locomotive, the race of bicycles vs. iron horse begins.
Only 80 round trip seats will be sold to the public. The remaining 200 seats will be for celebrities and for the returning bicyclists who won't be riding their two wheels back over the 52 miles of the San Juan Skyway!
Standard Class Fares in Coach or open Gondola:
Adult (age 12+): $85*
Child (age -11): $51*
*subject to 7% Historic Preservation Fee
Bus return is available for an additional $17 per person.
The bus will leave Silverton at noon or as soon as the bicyclist masses have passed and Colorado State Patrol reopens Highway 550. Expect 1 1/2 hour return time.
How the Iron Horse was Conceived
The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic was the brain child of Tom Mayer and his older brother Jim. Jim worked as a brakeman on the D & R G W railroad which had run the steam powered locomotive between Durango and Silverton since the 1880's. Tom was a young bicycle enthusiast who grew up alongside the tracks to Silverton. Tom challenged Jim to a race to Silverton. As the train came by the house, the steam whistle screamed and Tom climbed on his trusty steel framed 10-speed and pedaled up over the rim of the old volcano and descended into the caldera to the mining town of Silverton. The train takes a shorter and easier route but with limited speed, so it is truly a race between man and machine. When Tom became strong enough to win, the bragging rights were his, and the whole town knew it.
Read the rest of the story on the IHBC Website.