Denver Post Community Foundation
5990 Washington St Denver CO 80216
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Unfortunately in June 2020 we were not able to celebrate the 35th Annual Ride The Rockies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hard
Unfortunately in June 2020 we were not able to celebrate the 35th Annual Ride The Rockies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was hard but definitely the right choice and we hope everyone remains safe and well. We are looking forward to hosting more than 2000 riders from around the world to explore the Colorado Rocky Mountains by bicycle in 2021. It is a wonderful route and we know how much everyone was looking forward to it.
Registration for the 2021 Ride The Rockies is open so sign up now.
In 1986, 1,500 cyclists pedaled off on a 300-plus mile citizen’s tour that crossed three mountain passes and became an annual tradition called Ride The Rockies. The tour that Outside Magazine called a “celebration of fitness” now celebrates its 35th year as a beloved Colorado institution sponsored by the Denver Post Community Foundation. Ride The Rockies embraces not only cyclists but the towns, sponsors, volunteers and Colorado residents who enjoy following the annual multi-day event.
While the Tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of each host community remain the same. Benefits include publicity, positive economic impact, fundraising opportunities and a grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by The Denver Post Community Foundation. Cyclists in 2019 spent an average of $250,000 in a 24-hour period in each town and many planned to return at a later date as tourists. Host communities provide alternative lodging, inexpensive community meals and entertainment.
Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace.
Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. All funds raised are returned directly to Colorado nonprofits.
june 13 (Sunday) - 18 (Friday)
Colorado Rocky Mountains
Anyone following cycling the last few years knows that riding bikes on gravel roads is having its moment. The mix of scenery, safety and challenge have all conspired to make
Anyone following cycling the last few years knows that riding bikes on gravel roads is having its moment. The mix of scenery, safety and challenge have all conspired to make the road less traveled more desirable. Get off the paved path and you’ll encounter fewer cars and more solitude and serenity. That’s the inspiration behind the first annual RTR Getaway Gold Rush Gravel Tour, a three-day self to semi-supported ride that circumnavigates Colorado’s famed Gold Belt region, an area rich in old west mining history and replete with stunning scenery — and amazing gravel roads.
Starting in Woodland Park, this testing route traces a 222.3-mile or 155.10 mile counterclockwise loop that passes through Cripple Creek, Cañon City, Victor, and Colorado Springs. There are two route options: a more relaxed, easy going option or a more challenging option both in distance and elevation. Pick what works for you. Notable highlights include Shelf Road, Red Rock Park, Temple Canyon, Phantom Canyon Road, Victor Pass, and Gold Camp Road. But most impressive of all is that the Gold Rush Gravel challenge route is 55% off-pavement (122.6 miles total) and features a leg-leg burning 21,747 feet of climbing. Remember there are more relaxed options on Day 1 and 3, which significantly reduce total mileage and climbing. It is a getaway – do what is most enjoyable for you!
Relaxed Gravel Route: 155.10 Miles/14,810′ Approximate Elevation Gain
Challenge Gravel Route: 222.3 Miles/21,747′ Approximate Elevation Gain
- Thursday, July 8, 2021 – Packet Pick-up: Woodland Park
- Friday, July 9, 2021 – Cañon City
- Saturday, July 10, 2021 – Colorado Springs
- Sunday, July 11, 2021 – Woodland Park
9 (Friday) 6:00 am - 11 (Sunday) 4:00 pm