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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&RGW Railroad, which had run the steam-powered locomotive between Durango and Silverton, Colorado, 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, 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.
During Iron Horse, you will have the chance to “race” the famous steam locomotive. Spots will sell out, so get yours today!
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The Iron Horse Bicycle Classic started as a bet between two brothers, one a brakeman on the D&RGW railroad (which had run the steam powered locomotive between Durango and Silverton since the 1880s), the other a cycling enthusiast. The train takes a shorter and easier route, but with limited speed it is the ultimate man versus machine matchup.