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The Denver Post Ride The Rockies

June 13 - June 18 2021
Durango, Colorado, USA

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.

Along with easy access to some of Colorado’s best road and mountain bike riding, Durango offers visitors a plethora of recreation and leisure opportunities. Ride the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, raft the rollicking whitewater of the Animas River, or simply enjoy delicious food and drink at one of the town’s many great restaurants and bars. Durango has it all.

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. Besides Durango, other 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.

In 1986, The Denver Post created the premier Ride The Rockies (RTR) Colorado Bicycle Tour. Over 1,500 riders came from around the country to participate in the six day, cross-state tour. The Tour was an immediate success, and The Post has produced the ride every June since. Participants each year represent all fifty states and several foreign countries.

In 1987, the registration limit was raised to 2,000 cyclists, and in 1989 a lottery registration system was implemented to keep pace with the event’s ever increasing popularity.

In 2011, The Denver Post Community Foundation was established as a separate 501(c)(3) organization and serves to broaden the reach of the Posts’ philanthropic giving. At that time, Ride The Rockies became a Signature Event of The Denver Post Community Foundation and helps support nonprofit agencies that work to improve the lives of Coloradans in the towns hosting Ride The Rockies.

Because Ride The Rockies chooses different routes every year, the outreach and ability to support many nonprofits throughout Colorado is grand. To date, Tour routes have traveled through the following communities: Alamosa, Aspen, Avon, Boulder, Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Cañon City, Carbondale, Castle Rock, Chama, Colorado Springs, Copper Mountain, Cortez, Craig, Crested Butte, Delta, Denver, Durango, Edwards, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Frisco, Georgetown, Glenwood Springs, Grand Lake, Golden, Granby, Grand Junction, Greeley, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Idaho Springs, Leadville, Manitou Springs, Montrose, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Ridgway, Rifle, Salida, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Trinidad, Vail, Walsenburg, Westcliffe and Winter Park.

The 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. Today, The Denver Post and The Denver Post Community Foundation remain dedicated and continue to serve communities throughout Colorado with Signature Events such as Ride The Rockies and its sister bike tour, Pedal The Plains. By continuing its rich legacy of giving, and through the support of many, these programs are able to improve and enrich the lives of so many in need in our community.

The Denver Post Ride The Rockies

 
Tour Summary: 60, 84, 100 miles
Entry Limit: 2000
Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (MST)
 
Start Times / Itinerary
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
Route opens: 8:00am
Route closes: 1:30pm
 
Day 1 - Sunday, June 14
Durango Loop
73 Miles/3,634’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Animas River, Southern Ute Reservation, La Plata Mountains
Route opens: 7:00am – 9:00am
Route closes: 4:00pm
(Day 1 of 2 Day Loop and 1 Day Loop Options)
 
Day 2 - Monday, June 15
Durango to Cortez
69 Miles/3,610’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Lake Nighthorse, Cheery Creek Loop, Mesa Verde
Route opens: 6:00am – 8:00am
Route closes: 4:00pm
(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
Route opens: 6:00am – 8:00am
Route closes: 6:00pm
 
Day 4 - Wednesday, June 17
Norwood to Ridgway
40 miles/2,990’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: San Miguel River, Dallas Divide, San Juan Mountains
Route opens: 7:00am – 10:00am
Route closes: 3:00pm
 
Day 5 - Thursday, June 18
Ridgway Loop
50 Miles/4,196’ Approximate Elevation Gain
Highlights: Ridgway State Park, Uncompahgre Plateau, San Juan Mountains
Route opens: 7:00am – 10:00am
Route closes: 3:00pm
 
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
Route opens: 6:00am – 8:00am
Route closes: 3:00pm

 

Costs

$575 - Full Week

$95 - One Day

$225 - Two Day

What's Included?

TR Full Tour Registration Fee:
$575  Until May 1, 2020
$600 May 2 – June 13, 2020
Includes:

Camping space – Outdoors or indoors
Showers
Transportation of one bag from HQ to HQ for the entire week (up to 70 lbs.)
Shuttle services
Entertainment in host communities
Aid stations
Bike techs
Sag vehicles
Medical support
Commemorative Items
Primal Wear Jersey
Water bottle
Buff
Lapel Pin
Tour Map Book
Mobile App
RTR 2 Day Tour Option Registration Fee:
$225 Until June 13, 2020
Two Day Loop:  June 14-15, 2020
Includes:

Camping space for 2 – 3 Days – Outdoors or indoors
Showers
Transportation of one bag from HQ to HQ for the entire week (up to 70 lbs.)
Parking in the finishing town and shuttle to start town
Shuttle services
Entertainment in host communities
Aid stations
Bike techs
Sag vehicles
Medical support
Commemorative Items
Primal Wear Jersey
Buff
Lapel Pin
Tour Map Book
Mobile App
RTR One Day Loop Registration Fee:
$95  Until June 13 2020
One Day Loops on Sunday, June 14th & Thursday, June 18th
Includes:

Camping space for 1 or 2 nights- Outdoors or indoors
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
Mobile App

Packet Pickups

June 4, 2020 - Denver Post, 5990 Washington St, Denver

June 13, 2020 - La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, CO   1pm - 7pm

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Registration/Entry On the Day
Pre-Packet Pickups
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
Route Card
First Aid
Emergency Contact No
SAG Wagon
Marshalls
Controlled Intersections
Neutral Support Vehicles
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
 
Features
Finishing Medals
Photos
Downloadable GPS files
Post Ride Shower
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
 
Event Size
2,000 – 4,999
 
Start Address: La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave, Durango, CO 81301
 
 
 
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