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‘Ride’ returns to Roaring Fork Valley this June

Riders from across the nation started the 31st annual Ride the Rockies bicycle tour this morning starting in Carbondale and will ride a designated route ending in Aspen this afternoon with 50 miles already under their belt.
Chelsea Self / Post Independent |


Saturday, June 8

Prologue fundraising event (limited to 50 riders) Crested Butte to Cochetopa Pass – 67 miles/3,283-foot elevation gain

Stage 1 - Sunday, June 9

Crested Butte to Gunnison (the back way) – 34.3.6 miles/1,437-foot elevation gain (Kebler Pass, Ohio Pass and the Castles). Day Loop from Gunnison – 62.8 miles/2,925-foot elevation gain

Stage 2 – Monday, June 10

Gunnison to Buena Vista – 83.2 miles/5,393-foot elevation gain (Monarch Pass, Collegiate Peaks, Arkansas River Valley)

Stage 3 – Tuesday, June 11

Buena Vista to Snowmass – 73 miles/5,779-foot elevation gain (Arkansas River Valley, Independence Pass)

Stage 4 – Wednesday, June 12

Snowmass to Carbondale – 78.6.miles/5,253-foot elevation (Maroon Creek Road climb, Maroon Bells overlook, Roaring Fork Valley)

Stage 5 – Thursday, June 13

Carbondale to Hotchkiss – 65.4 miles/3,958-foot elevation gain (McClure Pass, Paonia State Park and Reservoir)

Stage 6 – Friday, June 14

Hotchkiss to Gunnison – 79.1 miles/6,861-foot elevation gain (Black Canyon, Blue Mesa Reservoir)

Stage 7 – Saturday, June 15

Gunnison to Mount Crested Butte – 31.2 miles/2,086-foot elevation gain (Gunnison River Valley, Almont, Elk Mountain Range)

The annual Denver Post Ride the Rockies Cycling Tour makes its way back to the Roaring Fork Valley for the first time since 2016 this year, with overnights in Snowmass Village and Carbondale.

The Ride is entering its 34th year. According to an announcement made Friday night, the 2019 route features a seven-day loop, beginning and ending in Crested Butte. This year’s ride will include stops in Snowmass Village on June 11 after riders make their way over Independence Pass from Buena Vista.

Then, on June 12, riders will head up the Maroon Creek Road and back down before making their way down the Roaring Fork Valley for an overnight in Carbondale. The 2016 Ride began in Carbondale.

Ride the Rockies takes place from Sunday, June 9 to Saturday, June 15, and is prefaced with a opening day prologue, which starts on Mt. Crested Butte June 8. From there, day one takes riders west out of town, straight up Kebler Pass. The daily mileage varies between 40 miles and 83 miles, with total of 445 mi., and approximately 28,230 feet in total elevation gain, according to a news release.

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