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The RTR staff is currently on what we call our “Cue Sheet” Trip. We ride the route, put the finishing touches on all the aid stations and are on the lookout for any road hazards. Follow us along the trip through Facebook,Twitter and Instagram.
Included in this newsletter:
  • Bicycle Clinics
  • Wheat Ridge Cyclery Clinic
  • How to Ride in a Paceline
  • Cycling Seminars
  • Route Vendors
  • Traveling Silent Auction
  • Primal Hospitality Tent
  • Demo Fleet
  • Safety Letter
  • Green Jersey Program
  • Human Interest Stories
  • USA Pro Cycling Challenge Go Ride Steamboat
  • RTR Special Brew
  • Recognizing Our Partners
  • Collaboration Corner
  • ~ Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver
  • ~ Bicycles for Humanity
  • ~ Axel Project
  • Cancelation Policy
Bicycle Clinics
Men's Night Out at Boone's Tavern & Campus Cycles
When: Wednesday, May 13, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Boone's Tavern, 1135 E Evans Ave, Denver, CO 80210 (map)
Description: Campus Cycles will be there! Will you? Campus Cycles will have bikes and biking accessories to view at the Boone's Tavern Men's Night Out.
$30 will assure you a tantalizing journey through Hudson Distiller's range of extraordinary whiskeys! Call 720-459-8273 for reservations.

Get To Know Your Bike - FREE CLASS
When: Wednesday, May 20, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Campus Cycles, 2102 S. Washington St, Denver, CO 80210 (map)
Description: Free maintenance class taught by friendly Campus Cycles Tech Staff.

Campus Cycles Outdoor Bike Demo Day
When: Saturday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Heritage Square, 18301 W. Colfax Ave, Golden, CO 80401 (lower parking lot) (map)
Description: This is your chance to test ride the bike of your dreams! Participating demos include: Trek Bicycles, Cannondale Bicycles, Giant Bicycles, WD-40 Bike Lubricant and Shimano (with new Di2 drivetrain equipped bikes). Mountain cyclists will have access to trails. Road cyclists will have access to the area's paved roads from this parking lot. Optional: Bring your own pedals & helmet. Campus Cycles staff will be on site to assist participants with questions and sales. This is a FREE event and open to all interested cyclists.
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Wheat Ridge Cyclery Pre-Tour Clinic
Join us to learn all the details of the 2015 Ride The Rockies route, what to pack and important nutrition information. FREE food and beverages provided!

When: Thursday, May 21
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Wheat Ridge Cyclery
7085 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Topics and Speakers include:
  • RTR Preparation, Gear & Clothing; Ron Kiefel, Olympic Medalist and Owner of Wheat Ridge Cyclery
  • Nutrition; Jessica Loring, Registered Dietician
  • Route Review; Chandler Smith, Ride The Rockies Tour Director
Food and beverage provided by Maggiano’s Little Italy and Odell Brewing Company

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP by Monday, May 11.
While this event is free, we will need a headcount for food and beverages.

Call Betsy Batts at 303.954.6707 or email bbatts@denverpost.com.
How to Ride in a Paceline
When organized correctly, pacelines are a very effective for group rides. 30% of your energy can be conserved as the 3rd rider in the line. Because a paceline allows you to save energy, you will be able to extend your ride and increase your speed. Consider these tips to make your next paceline ride safer and efficient.
  • Only ride in a paceline with those you are familiar riding with
  • If you are not experienced with drafting, it should be avoided
  • The front rider should maintain the 1st position for as long as he or she feels comfortable and then rotate to the back
  • Follow roughly 1-2 feet directly behind the rider in front of you
  • If there is a head wind, follow 1-2 feet off to the side of the rider in front of you
  • Communicate
  • The rider in the front of the paceline is usually the main communicator
  • Use hand signals to indicate turns, stopping and slowing
  • Use verbal warnings
  • Announce ALL passes to other bicyclists, “on your left” or “group passing”
  • Another paceline member announces the NUMBER of riders passing, “four of us passing”
  • ‘Car Up’ – to warn of approaching vehicles
  • ‘Car Back’ – to warn of passing vehicles
  • Be predictable & be prepared to YIELD to other traffic for safety, legality and courtesy
  • Always obey the rules of the road
Cycling Seminars
Each evening of the Tour, Ride The Rockies will feature a series of cycling seminars that highlight a particular, exciting topic relevant to the biking community. The series will be hosted by Olympic medalist and former pro racer, Ron Kiefel. We are thrilled to present two of our talented speakers. Please stay tuned for the full line-up as the Tour draws closer!
  • Sunday, June 14: Grand Junction
  • Scott Mercier; Former Professional Cyclist for Saturn and the U.S. Postal Service Team
  • Friday, June 19: Cañon City
  • Chris Carmichael; Founder of Carmichael Training Systems and 1984 Olympian
Route Vendors
Throughout the course of the week, route vendors will be available at every aid station selling delicious food and helping you refuel. In addition to pretzels, animal crackers, fruit, water and Skratch Labs hydration mix that RTR will provide, you can expect to see the following vendors on the route:
  • Pacific Rim Noodle House
  • Flippin' Flapjacks
  • Fajita Guy
  • Greeley Chophouse
  • Elevated Taco Supply
  • CowAbunga Creamery
  • Kick Stand
  • Skratch Labs
  • Charmer Catering/Peace of Art Cafe
  • Toluca-Divino
  • Ganic Grub
  • JT's Grill
  • North Fork Montessori School
  • Smoothie Revolution
  • JKF Catering
All of our Ride The Rockies Route vendors are participating in a zero waste initiative by using only ZeroHero approved compostable or recyclable products. Please help our efforts by remembering to dispose of your products in their appropriate receptacles while on the course.
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Traveling Silent Auction
The Denver Post Community Foundation Traveling Silent Auction returns for a sixth consecutive year, helping to raise money for deserving nonprofits all over Colorado. Generous cyclists, community patrons and volunteers alike help us reach this goal each year.

Items this year will include:
  • Guided fishing trip on the spectacular Blue Mesa Reservoir
  • Two nights lodging at the beautiful Mount Princeton Hot Springs
  • Deluxe car camping kit in scenic Crested Butte
  • Custom Aluboo bike frame by Boo Bicycles
  • An evening at Red Rocks Amphitheater
Items also include weekend getaways to each host community, high end bikes, bike components, massages, entertainment tickets and much more! Be sure to visit the Silent Auction Tent located at the headquarter site each day. Bid high, bid often!
Primal Hospitality Tent
After a long day of climbing the Rockies, take a load off in the Hospitality Tent hosted by Primal. Grab some snacks and drinks to refuel for the evening’s festivities. While you’re there, check out the Primal’s latest gear.
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Demo Fleet
Are you in the market for a new bike? Or maybe looking for a new wheel set or components? The RTR Demo Fleet is happy to help you start the search! You’ll have the opportunity to test ride some of the best bikes and bike components in the industry. Look for our demo partners at the headquarter site in each host community.

Demo Fleet 2015:
  • Bianchi
  • DT Swiss Wheels
  • SCOTT Bike
  • Profile Design
  • Boo Bicycle
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Safety Letter
The safety of participants and event volunteers is Ride The Rockies’ number one priority. Be on the lookout for your safety letter and medical sticker in the mail shortly before the Tour. Please fill out the sticker and place it on the inside of your helmet; it could save your life!

Green Jersey Awards

We are proud to announce the return of our green jersey. CO2 Forestry and Suncor Energy have partnered with ZeroHero to create the jersey, which will be awarded to cyclists who embrace and support Ride the Rockies’ Tread Lightly initiatives. These limited edition jerseys will be awarded daily at the cycling seminars.
Human Interest Stories
Do you have a unique, compelling, or life-changing story that includes your past or upcoming experience with Ride The Rockies? Is your story one that will inspire others? If so, tell us about it. Your story may be distributed to The Denver Post, RTR Bloggers, RTR Media Pass Participants, or posted on the RTR social media pages. Those interested should contact rtr@denverpost.com and use “Human Interest Story” as the subject line.
The USA Pro Challenge Go Ride Steamboat
Join the USA Pro Challenge on August 15th for Go Ride Steamboat presented by UnitedHealthcare! Open to all ages, Go Ride Steamboat will begin and end in Steamboat Springs, the opening weekend host city for the 2015 USA Pro Challenge, where participants can then choose to ride one of two distances, 25 or 52 miles of mountainous roads, and finish under the official truss. The 52-mile ride follows along the 2015 Stage 1 USA Pro Challenge route and offers quiet roads with straights, twists and a few rather steep surprises. This course will be completed twice by the professional peloton Monday, August 17th. Ride before the pros and see how you measure up! Visit ProChallenge.com/GoRide for more details. Register Now! .
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Recognizing Our Partners

An event of this magnitude would not be possible without the support and contributions of various organizations and companies in our community.

View all of our Tour Partners here.
The Importance of Sunscreen with St. Anthony Hospital’s Jeff Huber
Ride The Rockies, The Denver Post Community Foundation and St. Anthony Hospital have teamed up to bring you "Inspire My Ride". In this segment, Jeff Huber, a PA at St. Anthony Hospital and RTR veteran, discusses the proper use of sunscreen. During the Tour, Ride The Rockies provides samples of sunscreen; however, these are small portions and are not to be relied on as your daily sunscreen supply. Please pack your own sunscreen.
RTR and Odell's Special Brew – Peach Mountain Majesty
Each year our beer sponsor, Odell Brewing CO. creates a hand crafted beer just for Ride The Rockies. This year, the beer is a light and fruity pale peach ale – beautiful in color and rich in taste; however, the beer was nameless. We reached out to our Facebook fan base and asked them what they thought it should be called. After numerous followers submitted their very creative names such as The Peach Pedaler and Pit Stop Pale Ale, followers voted for their favorite. We landed on Peach Mountain Majesty submitted by Sheri Stechert. We thank all of our followers for submitting their imaginative names. We look forward to having a beer or two with you during the Tour. Cheers!
In addition to new partnerships, we also have a number of exciting collaborations to announce for the 2015 Tour. Ride The Rockies is proud to work hand in hand with the following organizations in an effort to increase awareness, funds and volunteers for their services both locally and internationally: Bicycles for Humanity, Trips for Kids, Good Samaritan House/Catholic Charities, Wish for Wheels, Bicycle Colorado, Axel Project, Project ReCycle, First Descents and World Bicycle Relief. Each newsletter will highlight two or three of these organizations as we near this year’s event.
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Denver (CC Denver) CC Denver serves tens of thousands of people each year through women’s services, family & child care services and housing & shelter services. CC Denver is a first responder in disaster relief services, such as the 2013 floods in Northern Colorado. CC Denver collaborates with churches, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, medical facilities and educational institutions. CC Denver works to achieve the following:
  • Alleviate the suffering of those in crisis by feeding the hungry and providing shelter to the homeless, preventing evictions and utility shutoffs for those at risk of homelessness and provide intensive case management to foster self-sufficiency.
  • Preserve and protect the dignity and well-being of the poor and vulnerable by helping seniors live independently.
  • Provide safety and permanency for children by preventing neglect and abuse and by supporting families that open their home to children in need of safety.
Bicycles for Humanity Colorado (B4H) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Colorado that uses donated bicycles to address a fundamental barrier to development-mobility. Poor transport systems mean poor access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities. Bicycles delivered through community based bike shops-provide sustainable mobility solutions for rural Africans. To date, B4H Colorado has delivered over 6,000 bikes to small communities in Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania; creating jobs and schools along the way.
Axel Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the fundamental principle that a productive, happy life begins with bikes. Axel's mission is to introduce and nurture a lifelong passion for cycling to children and their families. While the mission is broad, the current project, RideTime is aimed at providing bicycles, gear, instruction, and educational materials to schools so they can integrate riding and exercise into their Pre-K and Kindergarten curriculum or after school program. Learning and instilling these basic skills early will get them riding on two wheels—with their friends, their family and forever.

The Inspiration
Axel Project was created in honor of Axel who was killed in February 2013. Axel Micah Charrette was born on February 15, 2011. As he began to grow and take on his precocious toddler personality, it became readily evident that he shared a love of life and adventure. It was obvious in everything he did; from learning to walk at 10 months to hopping on his Strider bike to go anywhere his wheels would take him.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted through email at rtr@denverpost.com by May 16, 5:00 p.m. MST. No refunds will be issued after this date, regardless of circumstances. Refunds will not be issued for the $5 application fee and/or any voluntary donations made to The Denver Post Community Foundation.
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