Over the last few years I have expanded the variety of sports I incorporate into my training year round. Cycling, specifically road cycling, being the newest. There are tons of classic trails and rides in and around Denver metro. I stumbled on a short local trail list from strava featuring some of the connecting trails. Since the article also included gpx routes, I decided to add a few to my shortlist.
First I started with shorter local rides and then worked up in mileage and gain. One of the shortest long routes was the Sheridan loop so my partner and I decided to give it a try.
The Denver Sheridan Loop cycling route circles around the tip of Englewood skirting across Sheridan and then back south through Denver. The ride is a combination of paved trail, riding around parks south of Denver, some road sections mostly by way of bike lanes with a couple street sections to cross. Overall the traffic/road exposure isn’t bad, but choose your timing carefully.
We enjoyed a beautiful bluebird day riding at a leisurely pace making content and soaking in the views along the way. There were tons of parks and art along the train track sections of the route and that was fun to experience along the ride.
Once we got close to the main trail that would connect us back to the south trail we decided to take a detour to visit one of our favorite breweries, Little Machine Brewery. We enjoyed a couple freshly pints before hopping, pun intended, back on the saddles and making our way down the Cherry Creek trail toward Wash Park.
Overall a very enjoyable route with few street sections and low traffic, assuming you go during a low-traffic period of the day.