Spoketober Returns to Durango for 2nd Annual Cycling Celebration


The month-long initiative celebrates Durango’s diverse cycling community that goes far beyond the elite athletes the town is known for

DURANGO, Colorado (September 27, 2023) — Visit Durango is bringing back Spoketober for its second consecutive year of celebrating Durango’s tight-knit and passionate cycling community.  The month-long calendar of events highlights the dedication and sweat equity its residents have committed to making Durango one of the top cycling destinations in the nation, featuring over 300 miles of singletrack trails and being home to numerous Olympians. The community cycling event will take place throughout Durango and La Plata County, Colo. for the entire month of October 2023.

Image courtesy Spoketober

After a successful inaugural edition in 2022, this year Spoketober aims to solidify its position as an annual cycling event that attracts locals and holds national sway, akin to Crankworx Whistler or the Sea Otter Classic. The initiative bolsters Durango’s cycling legacy and celebrates its diversity beyond the elite athletes the town is known for. Spoketober features a wide variety of inclusive cycling-centric events for all levels and disciplines, organized by local organizations, cycling teams, and retailers.

Cycling the Animas River Trail during fall
Cycling the Animas River Trail during fall. Image courtesy Spoketober

Spoketober is designed to be inclusive of all members of the cycling community and will include events such as a community group ride, a bicycle recycle and upcycle event, a costume bike parade with DEVO, a jump clinic and contest, and a chainless race on the BMX track. Additional activities to participate in throughout the month include various concerts, contests, clinics, and cycling celebrations. There will be prize giveaways, free stickers, and free posters at every Spoketober event. Local artist and cycling enthusiast Jon Bailey created the 2023 Spoketober collectible poster.

Group bike ride during Spoketober
Group bike ride during Spoketober. Image courtesy Spoketober

“We are amazed and elated by the local support Spoketober received since its launch in 2022,” says Rachel Welsh, PR and Communications Manager for Visit Durango. “This 2nd annual celebration is already proving to be bigger than the last, with many local organizations stepping up with new events and passionate support. Durango is one of the best places to be on a bike and the fall colors just add to the cycling magic.”

Mountain biking on the Rim Trail during fall. Image courtesy Spoketober

Spoketober 2023 Schedule of Events

  • 4 – Anthony D’Amato performs at the Durango Hot Springs
  • Oct 5 – Bike-In Movie Night featuring The Nightmare Before Christmas outside at the Durango Community Recreation Center
  • 6-7 – iAM Music Festival Block Party
  • 7 – Durango Fire Presents: Street Smarts, an educational event with a focus on being a safe driver, cyclist, and pedestrian
  • 7 – Team Segment 28 and FLC Cycling Present: Durango Fall Blaze
  • 8 – Spoketober Jump Clinic & Contest at Chapman Hill with Influencers Lain Van Ogle and Sean Kingsbury
  • 12 – Segment 28 Zia Social No Drop Group Ride from Zia to the Starwars Trails
  • 13-14 – Share the Love Cycle upcycle and recycle event at Buckley Park
  • 14 – Solar Eclipse Viewing at the Durango Public Library
  • 14 – Bike Prom Group Ride and Party at the Powerhouse Museum
  • 15 – Spoketober Group Ride from FLC to Buckley Park
  • 15 – Cycling Culture Celebration at Buckley Park (after the group ride)
  • 18 – Bicycle Karaoke at 8th Ave Tavern
  • 20 – Durango Slaydies Female Empowerment Group Ride
  • 21 – Chainless Bike Race at the Durango BMX Track at Cundiff Park
  • 23 – Adaptive Sports Association Community Ride
  • 26 – Durango DEVO Halloween Costume Bike Parade & Party at the Powerhouse Museum
  • 26 – Holy Cow Group Ride to Ska Brewing HQ
  • 28 – EsoTerra Cidery Slowest Bike Race & Cycling Celebration
  • 29 – Holy Cow Advanced Group Ride

* There are still several pending events and promotions for Spoketober 2023 to be announced soon.

Image courtesy Spoketober

Participating organizations include Durango Trails, the Adaptive Sports Association, Fort Lewis College Cycling Team, Team Segment 28, Bike Durango, Durango DEVO, Durango Hot Springs, iAM Music Festival, Animas City Theater, City of Durango, Durango Fire Protection District, Silver Stallion Bicycle & Coffee Works, Durango Public Library, 8th Ave Tavern, Durango Slaydies, Durango BMX, EsoTerra Cidery, VNTR Birds, and Holy Cow Racing.

Be sure to follow Spoketober @SpoketoberDurango and use the #SpoketoberDurango hashtag to keep up to date with the latest events and giveaways.

To learn more and see the full schedule visit: SpoketoberDurango.com. Spoketober promotions will be listed on the Durango Deals page, and stay tuned to the Sweepstakes page for a chance to win a trip to Durango.

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