Crew Opportunities

Andrea ParrottBlog, Crew

Weeklong Opportunities One of the best ways to be involved with Ride The Rockies without actually riding it is to be a part of our Crew! RTR travels with a core Crew who help make this bike tour a success. The RTR Crew is a unique group; some of our most dedicated Crew members started only a few years ago, ... Read More

A message from RTR interim ride director Bill Plock

Anne LawrieLifestyle

Dear Ride The Rockies Riders: The other day my 18-year-old daughter asked me why I have been going to the mountains so much? Why am I on my phone so much? Why are you staying up so late typing notes? She of course knew that I got a new job as interim ride director for Ride The Rockies at the … Read More

2022 Ride the Rockies Route Announced

Anne LawrieUncategorized

2022 Route Overview The 36th annual Ride the Rockies is a challenging point-to-point affair featuring two 100-plus-mile days, four trips above 11,000 feet, five Continental Divide crossings, and an historic first time spin through Glenwood Canyon along the banks of the Colorado River. The 2022 event, which runs June 11-17, starts at Copper Mountain and ends along Colorado’s Front Range … Read More

Day 6 Dispatch: Ridgway to Durango

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

Cooked. Spent. Exhilarated. Relieved. Satisfied. And yes, sometimes frustrated. All these emotions sum up the experience that was the 2021 Ride the Rockies, which wrapped up Friday with an exceptionally challenging 83-mile ride from Ridgway back to where it all started in Durango. In between was a massive day of climbing in the high mountains of Southwest Colorado, including ascents … Read More

Day 5 Dispatch: Ridgway Loop

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

Things that made Ride the Rockies Day 5 Ridgway Loop one to remember: Layover day in Ridgway so you didn’t have to pack your bag Ripping tailwind that made the 15-mile northward spin on US550 a breeze Magnesium chloride-treated dirt roads that meant no dust and a buttery smooth ride Views of the Uncompahgre Plateau and San Juan Mountains that … Read More

Day 4 Dispatch: Norwood to Ridgway

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

Best recipe for a great day on the bike following a brutally tough century ride? Start with a little extra sleep, add a relatively easy route, and season with sunny skies, stunning scenery, and a ripping descent to the finish line. That was the marquee menu item Wednesday at the 2021 Ride the Rockies, which served up Day 4’s spin … Read More

The Norwood Crusher Delivers

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

Typically, cycling century rides are stand alone affairs. One day. One hundred miles. Done. Go home. But not at the 2021 Ride the Rockies. Following a pair of testing but (relatively) shorter days to kick things off in Southwest Colorado, Day 3 sent the RTR peloton on a 100-mile vision quest from Cortez to Norwood. Yes… there was a century … Read More

Day 2 -Ventured west to Cortez Monday, traveling 69 miles and climbing approximately 3,600 feet

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

Day 2 Ride The Rockies

After a great opening day in and around Durango, the 2021 Ride the Rockies ventured west to Cortez Monday, traveling 69 miles and climbing approximately 3,600 feet. But instead of the traditional humdrum, straight shot route along US160, the 2,000-plus riders taking on this year’s tour got to spend extended time on the (scenic) road less traveled. The ride’s first … Read More

2021 Ride the Rockies: Day 1: Durango Loop

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner 2021

We did it. All of us. After enduring the strangest (and arguably most challenging) year of our lifetimes, we’re back doing what we love — riding our bikes in beautiful places. After a one-year, pandemic induced hiatus, the 2021 Ride the Rockies returned Sunday with more than 2,000 cyclists taking on an ever-rolling loop that started and finished in Durango. … Read More