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The 35th annual Ride the Rockies features the stunning roads of southwest Colorado

Six days breathtaking riding starting and finishing in Durango this June 13 – 19, 2020

The 35th annual Ride the Rockies features the stunning roads of southwest Colorado, with this year’s start and finish situated in Durango, one of the Centennial State’s most popular outdoor recreation and tourism destinations.

The 35th annual Ride the Rockies features the stunning roads of southwest Colorado

And for the third year in a row, the Ride the Rockies route is a loop, simplifying logistics while taking riders on a breathtaking adventure around one of the most scenic areas in all of Colorado.

Such is the popularity, every year up to 2,000 riders take part from across all 50 states and internationally.

2020 Ride the Rockies Route

Including Durango, host communities along this 6-day, 418-mile clockwise tour include Cortez, Norwood, and Ouray County. Along the way are challenging uphill encounters with Lizard Head Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, and Coal Bank Pass, which together account for the bulk of the route’s 28,484 feet of climbing.

Prologue (Optional) - Saturday, June 13,

Durango to Pagosa Springs
62 or 79 miles/3,470’ or 4,750’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Southern Ute Reservation, Navajo Reservoir, Chimney Rock National Monument

Day 1 - Sunday, June 14

Durango Loop
73 Miles/3,634’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Animas River, Southern Ute Reservation, La Plata Mountains
Day 1 of 2 Day Loop and 1 Day Loop Option

Day 2 - Monday, June 15

Durango to Cortez
69 Miles/3,610’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Lake Nighthorse, Cheery Creek Loop, Mesa Verde
Day 2 of the 2 Day Ride

Day 3 - Tuesday, June 16

Cortez to Norwood
101 Miles/6,448’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Lizard Head Pass, San Miguel River, Norwood Hill

Day 4 - Wednesday, June 17

Norwood to Ridgway
40 miles/2,990’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: San Miguel River, Dallas Divide, San Juan Mountains

Day 5 - Thursday, June 18

Ridgway Loop
50 Miles/4,196’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Ridgway State Park, Uncompahgre Plateau, San Juan Mountains

Day 6 - Friday, June 19

Ridgway to Durango
85 Miles/7,606’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Ouray, Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, Coal Bank Pass

Such is the popularity, every year up to 2,000 riders take part from across all 50 states and internationally.

Participants can choose to ride one day, two day and the full week long route.

Participants can also choose the 11th Annual VIP Prologue Experience

June 12-13 to immerse themselves in the western heritage of Colorado, benefirt from exquisite meals and lodging with well-known guest speakers from the cycling community.

Registration options include camping space for 1 or 2 nights, both indoors and outdoors, Showers, Shuttle services, Entertainment in host communities, Aid stations, Bike techs, Sag vehicles, Medical support, Commemorative Items, T-shirt, Water bottle

Buff, Lapel Pin, Tour Map Book and a Mobile App dedicated to this year’s ride.

Additional registration options include secure parking, support vehicle passes and full custom 2020 Primal Wear Ride the Rockies Cycling Kit.

If you register by March 4, 2020 you are guaranteed your jersey size at the Tour!

Space is Limited, Registration is Open!

Due to the popularity of the ride, early entry is advised to secure a place before it sells out in advance.

For detailed information, please visit: https://www.ridetherockies.com.

Benefiting the Denver Post Community Foundation

Ride the Rockies, Denver Post Community Foundation Grant Program allows RTR to provide a $5,000 grant to a deserving nonprofit in each Ride the Rockies host community. The Grant Program funds nonprofit organizations that provide services for low-income children and youth through community programs that support recreation and/ or youth education.

Since the program began in 2001, over $585,000 has been granted to towns throughout the state.