Ride the Rockies!
Our Adventure Specialist here at The Little Nell, Kane Hudson, just returned from the Ride the Rockies. The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June.
Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases the state’s spectacular scenery. Daily treks can be as short as 35 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-70 miles.
Kane, also a member of the Ajax Tavern Cycling Team, has this photo-essay to share from his journey from Crested Butte to Georgetown.
Saturday, June 11: Made it to Crested Butte. Heading out in the early morning. Over 2,000 riders expected. 76 miles on Sunday including Cottonwood Pass. Let the soreness begin. The football field is a temporary home to cyclists. Don’t come back from town after dark; tent locations can be confusing.
Sunday, June 12: Fellow Ajax Tavern cyclist Lynette and I take a break from the long climb heading up Cottonwood Pass.
Bikes at rest after Day 1. 76 miles,over 4200 feet vertical rise,13 miles dirt road.
Monday, June 13: Another 75 miles logged today. Steady climb to Tennessee Pass and another short leg burner up Battle Mountain. Great downhill into Minturn. Lynette and the Orbea bikes were at warp speed.
Tuesday, June 14: Avon to Steamboat today. 85 miles with a very strong headwind. Lynette and I collapse after a long day into the wind.
Wednesday, June 15: We pause in Steamboat to watch ski jumping!
The nice thing about the ride is that there is no official starting time at Ride the Rockies. Today I started at 5:30 a.m. and finished the ride as one of the first finishers.
Thursday, June 16: Up Rabbit Ears Pass today with a 4,000 ft climb, strong headwind into Kremmling, but then a great tailwind into Granby.
Nothing goes better with a ride than a dip cone from Annie’s Dari-ette.
Friday, June 17: Rain and cool finally caught up with us. Rain stopped as we got to the summit of Berthoud Pass. Cold ride down, but a fast 15 miles down averaging almost 40 mph.
We made it! Over 400 miles, 5 major passes,over 26,000 ft climbing.
Ride the Rockies was a great ride. The organization and ride preparation were outstanding. If you want a supported bike ride in the state of Colorado, I’d definitely recommend it. Maybe I’ll see you out there next year?