I've been living in Golden for 4 years and have scouted out most if not all the fun routes and climbs you need to be a local to know and find. I raced in Europe for 3 years but never quiet made the jump to Pro. I current work for Castelli and ride as much as possible.
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I have a few. :-)
Dino Ridge - a quick climb that take you past dinosaur fossils and then leads you right into Red Rock State Park
Red Rocks - a few miles of twisty ups and downs. You can ride right to the top of the amphitheater where some of the most well known artist in the world have played. Also has an amazing view of Denver.
Lookout Mountain - probably the single most ridden climb in Colorado. It's where all the locals test their fitness and where Phil Gaimon filmed an episode of "worst retirement ever"
Golden Gate Canyon - a 22 mile or so climb up to Peak to Peak Highway where you can connect all the way to Nederland/Boulder/Estes park. The road itself has many off shoot adventures both paved and gravel.
Morrison/Bear Creek Canyon/Evergreen - gentle climb for the old west town of Morrison to Evergreen with a cool little coffee shop. Plenty of off shoot from the canyon and just past Evergreen
Mount Evans - 31 miles of road up to 14,000ft. Well worth every pedal stroke to get to the top.
I've been riding and racing bikes for 18 years. I ended up in corn field in my first ever race and had to keep coming back for more. I've explored many parts of the US and Europe by bike and I swear there is no better way to see a place then on two wheels.