Day 3 Blog

Posted on June 14, 2019
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Today was Stage 3, Buena Vista to Snowmass Village, called “The Queen Stage” since our route took us up and over Independence Pass, the highest point on this year’s tour at just a tick over twelve thousand feet. I could spend several pages trying to describe the beautiful (stunning!) views and thrilling descent, but instead my mind jumps first to these thoughts: The first time I was in this region of

Stage 6 Wrap: Hotchkiss to Gunnison

Posted on June 14, 2019
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Friday at Ride the Rockies was about as good as a day of road cycling gets. Great weather. Quiet country roads. Stunning scenery. Challenging climbs. Swoopy fast descents. And a Mach 6 tailwind for the final third that helped push even the weariest riders to the finish at Gunnison’s Jorgensen Park where cold Eddyline beer awaited. You really couldn’t ask for much more. The 79-mile ride kicked off at the Delta

Stage 5 Wrap: Carbondale to Hotchkiss

Posted on June 13, 2019
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]It was another day of perfect weather and superb scenery, as the 2019 Ride the Rockies headed south from Carbondale to Hotchkiss along the West Elk Loop, one of Colorado’s 26 scenic and historic byways. On paper, stage 5’s 65-mile trek wasn’t overly difficult, with just one significant ascent, only 3300 feet of total climbing, and lots of high speed descending. But for the first time this year heat was a

Stage 4 Wrap: Snowmass to Carbondale

Posted on June 12, 2019
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]More than any single stage, arguably the hardest part of completing an event such as Ride the Rockies is recovering from one day to the next. Sure it’s tough pedaling over Monarch or Independence Pass. But stack those types of efforts on top of each other and the challenge gets exponentially harder. The human body (especially older ones) simply don’t snap back to 100% without adequate rest. But by their nature,
[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]Apparently Aeolus is angry. Greek mythology’s Keeper of the Winds unleashed his full fury on the Ride the Rockies peloton Tuesday, making the already testing 73-mile trek from Buena Vista to Snowmass significantly more difficult. Indeed, a stiff headwind greeted the event’s 1750 riders as soon as they turned out of downtown Buena Vista and onto U.S. Highway 24 northbound. And with just a few exceptions, it never let up during