The Norwood Crusher Delivers

Posted on June 16, 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 ride baked into the middle of this year’s 6-day, 418-mile event. After an early Tuesday
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 44 miles traced what local Durango cyclists call the Cheery Creek Loop, which kicked off
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. In between was a 74-mile counter-clockwise ride with roughly 3,600 feet of elevation gain. And
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Done. Dusted. The 2019 Ride the Rockies is in the books. And what a ride it was. Great job to all 1750 who participated in the 34th running of this one-of-a-kind tour. Just like the rest of the week, Saturday’s weather was all but perfect, making the mostly flat 31-mile pedal from Gunnison to Mount Crested Butte a breeze. Well…except for that final climb up to the Crested Butte Mountain Resort
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]McClure Pass has to be the best day of RTR so far and I am blessed to be given the opportunity to write about it today. From the profile it seemed the climb would begin right out of Carbondale, but after getting on the bike path with friends new and old to start the ride, it seemed to be an easy beginning to Day 5. I rode with my Air Force