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Ride the Rockies: Welcome!

Glenwood Springs Embracing the Future
Krista Kaufman
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. ” Glenwood Springs has the privilege of hosting the Ride the Rockies bicycle tour June 20. Ride the Rockies, organized by a special committee of the Denver Post, is an annual tour taking 2,000 cyclists through the breathtaking scenery and grueling terrain of the Colorado Rocky Mountain landscape. Each year the ride course changes, but the outcome is still the same, WOW. Glenwood Springs has been a part of this Colorado institution twice in past years, and is honored to have it for a third.

The Denver Post created Ride the Rockies Colorado Bicycle Tour in 1986, and Glenwood Springs was selected to host the event, and again in 1995. In the first year, over 1,500 riders came from around the country to participate in the six day, cross-state tour. The event was an immediate success, and The Post has sponsored the ride every June since its inception. Each year, participants represent 45-50 states and up to 10 foreign countries. In 1997, the tour began restricting the number of riders via a registration lottery system. The tour had become so popular, they couldn’t accommodate the registrations. In 2006, nearly 4,000 applications were received. Every year different routes are chosen to keep thing interesting. In its 11 years, the tour has seen over 39 towns and traveled over 3,500 miles of back roads and highways in colorful Colorado.

Glenwood Springs sits on the best stop of the 2007 tour. Cyclists will begin their tour of Colorado in Frisco on June 17. They head up over Rabbit Ears Pass with a 4,700 foot elevation gain and after 98 miles of fun, they drop down into Steamboat Springs. The following day riders will skip on over to Craig, covering 44 miles. After Craig, they work their way down to Rifle which takes them over Nine Mile Gap and 89 miles of road. After enjoying a bit of much-needed rest, cyclists will filter from Rifle in the morning and stay in Glenwood Springs until late morning the next day. The mileage from Rifle to Glenwood Springs covers 36 miles and then from Glenwood Springs to Aspen 43 miles. Once they leave Aspen, they travel over Independence Pass with a heart-testing 5,700 foot elevation gain. Cyclists will camp in Leadville and mosey on back to Frisco via Fremont Pass.

When Ride the Rockies arrives in Glenwood Springs, they will be in for a treat. Activities, activities, activities will be going on. Cyclists will have to come back to get it all in.

Let’s start with the riders’ headquarters. Sayre Park will host not only the cyclist headquarters for Ride the Rockies, but it also will be the home for great music, entertainment, food, information and fun. Ride the Rockies sponsors will be on hand to demonstrate the latest in bicycle technology and nutrition.

New Belgium Brewing is the official beer sponsor for Ride the Rockies, and is planning entertainment unlike anything Glenwood has seen. The stop will begin with local band, Soulfeel, and then Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon will finish up in the evening.

We will have local nonprofit groups with informational tents on our area, trails, and historical sights. This is sure to be the best stop on the tour. We encourage the general public to join us at Sayre Park for the festivities and entertainment, and really give the riders a warm Glenwood Springs Welcome.

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