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.
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
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
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
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.