What is Ride The Rockies?
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 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. Daily treks can be as short as 45 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 65-75 miles.
While the Tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of each host community remain the same. Benefits include publicity, positive economic impact, fundraising opportunities and a grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Cyclists in 2014 spent an average of $250,000 in a 24-hour period in each town and many planned to return at a later date as tourists. Host communities provide alternative lodging, inexpensive community meals and entertainment.
Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace.
Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. All funds raised are returned directly to Colorado nonprofits.
The 2016 Ride The Rockies will showcase the communities of Carbondale, Aspen, Copper Mountain, first-time host Grand Lake, Estes Park and Fort Collins. Beginning in the heart of the Roaring Fork River Valley and concluding on the scenic Front Range, cyclists will cover 403 miles and ascend nearly 30,000 vertical feet. Keeping to tradition, the course will feature some of Colorado’s most scenic and breathtaking views and travel some of the state’s most iconic roadways. Highlights include Independence Pass, Fremont Pass, Tennessee Pass, Vail Pass, Ute Pass and Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.