473 miles, 28,265' elev. gain, 6 passes & 3 mountains
Day 1, 89 miles - 1,315ft of Ride the Rockies starts at the capital of recreational cycling, Boulder Colorado! From there the riders will climb Boulder canyon, through Black Hawk and Central City and final testing their strength on the 6 switch backs of Berthod pass to their final descent into Winter Park.
Day 2, 94 miles - 8,772 ft Exhausted riders should get a bit of a breather on this day if Mother Nature gives them a break. The ride will flow north towards Steamboat Springs and riders will ride over Rabbit Ears pass but some might not even notice it except for the fun descent into Steamboat.
Day 3 (rest day with optional fun ride Take the day off or join others for a fun 53 mile ride that will return them to Steamboat.
Day 4, 82 miles Leaving rested from Steamboat riders return south-ish to Avon. Today's routes will give a different view of Colorado and a few rollers that will slowly wear you down. Good day for a massage if you skipped the rest day.
Day 5, 75 miles 3 pass topping out at 11,318ft. Make sure your camera's batteries are charged because this day is going to be WOW. While a very challenging route, if the weather holds and you start early the beauty of the day will carry you through to the finish town of Breckenridge.
Day 6, 80miles 3 passes topping out at 11,992ft. You're almost done but not without a fight. Getting to your finishing destination of Golden will take you over Loveland pass and this one will take your breath away, no really the air is pretty thin up there even for those use to the altitude. Enjoy the ride down into Golden and while you are tired keep your head up and be safe because this descent will be fast!
Want to do this year's tour? Apply online at ridethterockies.com; applications must be filed between before March 2.
The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June. Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases the state’s spectacular scenery. The 29th Ride The Rockies bicycle tour will take place June 7-13th and the 2014 route will be announced on Saturday, February 1st. Following this announcement, a lottery registration will begin online and remain open for three weeks. Applicants will be notified of their status in late February and all are encouraged to apply!
Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation; all funds raised are returned directly to Colorado nonprofits. http://www.ridetherockies.com
June 7 — Boulder – Registration
June 8 — Boulder to Winter Park | 89 miles | Berthoud Pass – 11,315 ft.
June 9 — Winter Park to Steamboat Springs | 94 miles | Muddy Pass – 8,772 ft. & Rabbit Ears – 9,426 ft.
June 10 — Steamboat Springs Loop | 53 miles | Twenty-Mile Rd.
June 11 — Steamboat Springs to Avon | 82 miles | State Bridge
June 12 — Avon to Breckenridge | 75 miles | Battle Mtn. – 9,231 ft., Tennessee Pass – 10, 424 ft. & Fremont Pass – 11,318 ft.
June 13 — Breckenridge to Golden | 80 miles | Swan Mtn. – 9,520 ft., Loveland Pass – 11,992 ft. & Lookout Mtn. – 7,374 ft.
Kris Thompson - Founder of 303Cycling by day and software engineer by day too. Find me at Google+