Join us for the 13th Annual VIP Prologue Experience

The ride before the ride – the prelude to fun – the appetizer to adventure! This VIP weekend event will be the kickoff to our fun-filled week of cycling though the scenic Colorado mountains. This year’s prologue experience benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation For Parkinson’s- and Davis will join us on the ride!

The 2023 Prologue starts at our host venue just north of downtown Ft. Collins and heads north on county roads dotted with small lakes. Through the first 20 miles, riders will gradually climb 800’ until they reach Highway 287. The next 10 miles will drop most of the gained elevation until the route meets the small town of Bellview. Before the ride climbs up to Horsetooth Reservoir, enjoy a perfect rest stop at Howling Cow Cafe, where sandwiches and drinks will be provided. Then you’ll be in for two punchy climbs that rise past scenic Horsetooth Reservoir. We’ll have another breath-taking place to relax and fuel up at Horsetooth, with incredible views of the front range and reservoir. Then roll down the last 8 miles through the town of Fort Collins and back to the host venue. It’s a perfect way to warm up and get a taste of what the Ride The Rockies has in store for you this year!

Registration Details

Full Prologue Experience: $1,500


  • 2 Night stay (Friday and Saturday)
  • Exclusive Swag Bag
    • Embroidered polo, Exclusive Prologue Kit, Backpack, Socks, a Hat
  • Friday
    • Private happy hour @ New Belgium
    • Craft Beer
    • Meet and Greet with Ride The Rockies Crew
    • Special Guests
    • Appetizers
    • +1 Guest
  • Saturday
    • Catered Breakfast
    • Prologue Ride
    • Rest stop at Howling Cow Cafe
    • Rest stop at Horsetooth Reservoir
    • Lunch in Fort Collins
    • Dinner at Lincoln Center with Special Guest from the Davis Phinney Foundation!
    • Additional Saturday Dinner Guest: $150
  • Sunday
    • Continental hotel breakfast
    • Join us for the week long Ride The Rockies route!
Register Here!

Full Prologue Experience Includes:

Hotel Accommodations

2 Night stay at the Fort Collins Marriott. No need to book it’s included in registration!

Check in: Friday, June 9th, 2023

Check out: Sunday, June 11th, 2023

350 E Horsetooth Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525

Fort Collins Marriott –

Catering Partners

We are also thrilled to announce our catering partners Biju and Lick Skillet. Biju Thomas is a well-known entrepreneur, chef, and cyclist. He’s written cook books, owned restaurants and has been a premier food service provider for outdoor recreation, adventure and endurance events nation-wide. Lick Skillet, local to Fort Collins, is a boutique catering company that specializes in custom menus for events and delivers a custom experience for guests. We are very excited for our prologue riders to enjoy these delicious meals and talented chefs throughout their ride experience.

Special Guests

Joining us on this year’s Prologue Experience is Todd Gogluski, an ex-pro racer and former cycling TV commentator for NBA Universal Sports and Versus. Todd has rode for the U.S National Team all over the world and a variety of pro team including The U.S Postal Team! He will be our MC for both the cocktail party at New Belgium Friday Night and the VIP dinner at the Lincoln Center Saturday. It’s an honor to have him as he’ll share his humor and knowledge with us throughout the weekend.

Friday: June 9th

We encourage all Prologue VIPs to join us for our Prologue Kickoff and to bring a guest. This VIP cocktail party at New Belgium Brewery will take place from 6-8pm and will include catering by Lick Skillet. There will be an open bar with cocktails, wine and of course a variety of New Belgium’s legendary beers on draft paired with amazing appetizers. You’ll also able to enjoy the iconic brewery and also chat with our iconic ride director – Sabra Nagel – as well as other Ride The Rockies Organizers. You won’t want to miss this incredible way to kick off the Prologue Experience!

When: Friday June 9th, 2023 from 6pm-8pm

Who: You, a guest, and The Ride the Rockies Team!

Where: 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524

Saturday: June 10th

We will regroup for breakfast at New Belgium to start the day, catered by Ride The Rockies favorite Biju. In addition, we are thrilled to announce that Davis Phinney will be joining us on this exclusive ride experience! After your fueled up and ready to embark on the 46-mile ride packed with incredible stops and features you will head north of Fort Collins on a gradual 800’ foot climb. Enjoy the open road paired with the scenic views of rolling hills, rocky cliffs, and an incredible mountain back drop. Following your climb, you will descend ten miles into Bellvue where you’ll be greeted to the first rest stop.

Prologue riders will enjoy a rest at The Howling Cow Café, with light fare so you’re refreshed but not weighed down for the rest of your ride. Sandwiches and drinks will be provided and The Howling Cow Café will be open for anyone in need of a delicious beverage.

But wait the climbing is not over! Next, you’ll power up the steep grade to Horsetooth Reservoir in a punchy set of climbs over this beautiful body of water. We’ll have a rest stop in-between these tough climbs with a 360 view of the Reservoir and the vast front range. There will be plenty of room to rest, grab a seat at the park benches, have a photo shoot with your team/friends before the last section of this ride.

Once you’ve enjoyed your rest stop stay you will make one last uphill push to the top of Horsetooth before dropping into the town of Fort Collins. This fun and fast descent will be a rewarding one paired with a great view of Fort Collins! From here your will navigate through the town and back to our host.

Lunch after the route back at our host venue will be provided by the one and only Biju. Enjoy great food and chat with other teams and prologue riders before getting ready for the Prologue dinner!

Starting at 6pm at the Lincoln Center we’ll have a fully catered dinner and drinks in this wonderful indoor/outdoor private space. Here we’ll have a guest speaker from the Davis Phinney Foundation share some words before the dinner concludes at 9pm.

Sunday: June 11th

To complete the 2023 Prologue experience, enjoy a complimentary meal at the hotel. Have one last chat with your Prologue teammates about how fun the experience was and what is still yet to come!

Kick off your 2023 Ride The Rockies Experience in style as a Prologue VIP!

We can't wait to have you join us for another unforgettable prologue experience!

Register Here!