The roots of Warriors Cycling began in 1989 at a ranch near the old mining town of Gold Hill in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado, with a race called the April Fools Spring Fling. The Arapahoe Warriors Cycling Club was born in 1994, and with that a fundraising race at Keystone was created called the Snake River Mountain Challenge. This grew over it’s 9 year history into a 4-discipline event and became the Finals for the Mountain States Cup State Championship Series. A focus on endurance racing began in earnest with the Rocky Mountain Endurance Series in 2006
The founder fell in love with his first Stumpjumper in 1983 and began racing in 1986 at the firehouse in Sunshine Canyon. A 7-time Montezuma’s Revenge competitor and 3-time La Ruta de los Conquistadores finisher; he also competed in the first UCI MTB World Championships in Durango in 1990. Thane’s passion for cycling and people is infectious and you can find him wearing a variety of different hats at any given race, whether competing himself or encouraging a 7 year old in the Warriors Kids Race.
After nineteen years of promoting races, we have discovered the one thing necessary for a successful event – satisfied racers! We strive to provide a rewarding experience for beginners to pros with the opportunity to challenge themselves on exciting courses in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere.
We believe that each venue has a unique vibe that begins with the course and is the sum of all the little things that make up a rewarding day of racing whether it be the quality of the clothing or the snacks in the athlete gift bag. Through thoughtful attention to all the parts of a racer’s experience, we hope to build upon our community of athletes, sponsors, and land managers.