RTR Daily Update – Sunday, June 12

Anne LawrieBlog

RTR Digital Daily 

DAY 1: Saturday, June 12 

Welcome. Thanks for being here. We are so excited for an amazing week. The Rockies look more spectacular than ever. You will be seeing some of Colorado’s most spectacular scenery. Each day we will send out the RTR Digital Daily with highlights on the route, updates on aid stations, food, a copy of the most up to date Ride with GPS file and other information. 

Day 1: Copper Mountain to Glenwood Springs:

Overview: This course is spectacular with amazing views from Fremont pass. Be sure to take the 10th Mountain Division history on Tennessee Pass and the famed bridge before heading up your last big climb of Battle Mountain. It’s a pretty fast downhill into Minturn—watch your speed through town. This is a rules of the road ride, so please abide by traffic signals. Just past Minturn is our official lunch stop or feel free to dine in town. 

It may look downhill from there all the way to Glenwood Springs and technically it is. But there are most likely going to be some headwinds and it will feel like a false flat. Be prepared, don’t think the ride is downhill from the top of Battle Mountain. HYDRATE!!! It’s gonna be hot. 

Glenwood Canyon—this is an extremely rare opportunity for a bike tour to pass through the canyon. It is truly one of the greatest bike paths in the world as far as scenery. But be careful looking around! It’s a bit of narrow path. RIDE SINGLE FILE, there will probably be a fair number of people riding the opposite direction and there are some blind corners. 

Once in Glenwood you will be directed to the Pedestrian bridge. WALK your bike across the bridge and you will take an elevator of can go down stairs to the expo—we will have a ticket waiting for you for a free beer at one of the local saloons! 

Start times. Road opens at 5:30, official lead start by Police at 6:15. Last start time 7am—luggage truck leaves. Roads close at 6:30 p.m.. 


Aid stations: Five aid stations: Fremont Pass, Ski Cooper, Minturn Upper Little Beach park, Wolcott and Dotsero. In addition to tons of packaged snacks, we have fruit and lots of top quality nutrition from HAMMER. Bars, Gels, and Heed Hydration. 

Food: In Minturn we have our long time friends from JKF Catering grilling some good Mexican, pancakes and other food. They prefer cash but can take Venmo. 


Mechanics: We have two stationed mechanics who will be on the camping area in the morning, at the lunch and at the end. We also have a roving mechanic in our SAG Fleet. 


SAGS: All Nonessential vehicles please take 70 street to Glenwood Springs and meet your team and riders in Glenwood Springs.


Please remember to stay hydrated and stop at the aid stations along the route. We are expecting a very hot day!

Have a great ride!
Your Ride the Rockies Crew