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Greetings! Ride The Rockies is almost here. We want to provide you with some helpful information to prepare you for 7 days in the Colorado Rockies!
Included in this newsletter:
  • Important Dates and Times
  • Registration
  • Route Updates
  • Bike Boxes
  • Private Support Vehicles
  • Alternate Driving Directions
  • Emergencies
  • Info Tent
  • Baggage Trucks
  • Week-long Parking
  • Start and Finish Expos
  • Finish Celebration & Westcliffe Events
  • RTR Ride Officials
  • Photography
  • Virtual Goody Bag
  • Timberline Plaques
  • Yoga
  • Sports Massage
  • Weather
  • Merchandise
  • Grant Program Recipients - The Denver Post Community Foundation
  • Ride With Nelly
  • Recognizing Our Partners
  • Collaboration Corner
  • ~ Bicycle Colorado
  • ~ Wish for Wheels
  • ~ Project ReCycle
  • ~ World Bicycle Relief
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Important Dates and Times
June 14th at 7:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony will be hosted at Colorado Mesa University, at the Plaza; Center of Campus
  • National Anthem performed by Erin Chapman
  • Welcome from Tour Director, Chandler Smith
  • Ron Kiefel, President of Wheat Ridge Cyclery and Scott Mercier, former Professional Cyclist will lead out the ride
June 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. - Tour End Celebration at The Bluff (Closing Ceremony at 3:00 p.m.)
  • Beer, food, entertainment & expo all day
  • Congratulations and remarks by Donna Hood, President of the Custer County Chamber of Commerce and Chandler Smith, Tour Director
  • The Denver Post Community Check Presentation to Club America Wet Mountain Valley
  • Bill Davis and Ron Kiefel to raffle a Bianchi Bicycle and a Profile Design wheel set (must be present to win)
Upon arriving in Grand Junction, you will register at Colorado Mesa University – Outside the University Center (1100 North Ave, Grand Junction, CO 81501). Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 13th. If you are unable to register on June 13th, registration will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 14th. At registration you will receive:
  • Ride The Rockies cycling jersey
  • Ride The Rockies cycling water bottle
  • ID wristband
  • Luggage tag
  • Bicycle tag
  • Map Book (ride/activities guide)
The wristband, luggage tag and bike tag are all printed with your registration number to be used for security and services. The wristband and luggage tag are color-coded to help you spot your gear. All ID items are non-transferrable. Attempting to transfer registration items will destroy them.

NOTE: Registrations are non-transferable. Each rider must pick up his/her own registration packet. Please bring a photo ID to registration.

LATE REGISTRATION: If you’re planning to join the Tour after it starts, you’ll need to register at the RTR Information Tent located in each of the destination host communities.
Route Update
Recon has concluded and permits are complete! Cyclists are in for seven memorable days; covering 464 miles and an estimated 31,217 feet of elevation gain. Due to recent rains, we’ve had to reroute the first portion of Day 2 as construction on 38 Road, originally scheduled to be completed in May, has been delayed. The revised route now includes a scenic spin along the paved – Riverfront Trail - en route to Palisade. This revision has shortened the stage by 2 miles. Additionally, the “Dirty Thirty” Option on Day 4 continues to be a game time decision as Ohio Pass is still quite soft due to recent rains and snow melt. Fingers crossed that weather and road conditions permit us to play!

For updated elevation profiles that include aid station location and miles, please click here.

Note: The MapMyRide profiles on our website provide a great interactive view of each stage; however they should not be referenced for elevation data as it pertains to net gain, etc.

Colorado National Monument - Rules & Regulations
  • Ride single file at all times
  • Lights are required in the tunnels (white front / red rear)
  • Cyclists must be to East Entrance by 9:00a.m. and Cold Shivers Point (Aid 1) by 10:30a.m.
  • Westbound lane from East Entrance to DS Road will be closed to vehicles (aside from Official Support) from 7:00a.m. to 10:30a.m.
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Bike Boxes
Do you need a bike box transported from the start to the finish? Contact High Country Shipping! They’ll transport your bike box from Grand Junction to Westcliffe for only $25. Additional services including bike assembly/disassembly are available for $45 per service. Sign up at highcountryshipping.com or give them a call at 877-231-1363. IMPORTANT: Bike boxes may NOT be used as luggage containers.
Private Support Vehicles
This year Ride The Rockies will implement its Private Support Vehicle Pass Program for the first time. The program aims to make the ride safer and more enjoyable for riders and supporters alike. Friends and family who purchased Private Support Passes will have access to premium parking near headquarter sites and will be required to follow alternate driving directions from town to town. The alternate driving directions will reduce traffic flow along the cyclists’ route, allowing for a safer Tour for all.
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Alternate Driving Directions
Next week, more than 2,000 cyclists, staff and volunteers will be enjoying The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour. For the safety of our cyclists, alternate routes are highly encouraged for motorists. Please take a moment to look over the alternate driving directions.
If your family has an emergency message for you during Ride The Rockies, they may leave a message at the Ride The Rockies Emergency Message Center at (303) 954-6705. Voice messages will be checked periodically from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. during Ride The Rockies (June 13-20). This service is for true emergencies only. All messages will be screened. Violators will not be eligible for future Ride The Rockies Tours.
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What’s happening at the Info Tent?
Cyclists can visit the Information Tent at the headquarter site in each community to find out the next day’s weather, to leave messages on a message board, to look for lost and found items and much more. Please reference your Map Book for times of operation. You can also find information about each town at the Community Tent conveniently located next to our Information Tent.
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Baggage Trucks
One bag per cyclist (70 lbs. max.) will be transported throughout the Tour. A non-framed waterproof durable duffel bag is suggested. Trash bins are not allowed. This type of luggage is hard to maneuver and is dangerous for our baggage staff to load. This one bag must include your tent, sleeping bag, clothing for the week, etc. There are three baggage trucks; early, middle and late. The early and middle trucks leave when they are full. The late truck leaves the host community at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Cyclists can drop off bags starting at 5:15 a.m. and are responsible for loading their own bags onto the truck. Afternoon pick-up will be located at the designated baggage area at the headquarter site. RTR baggage service does not coordinate with Sherpa Packer or Alpine Cycle Connection for baggage pick-ups/drop-offs.
Week-long Parking
Grand Junction Colorado Mesa University – Lot RH28 – Between Texas Ave. and Elm Ave. off of 7th St.
1100 North Avenue
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Hours & Cost
Friday 6/12 – 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 6/13 – 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday 6/14 – 5:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Cost: $15

The Bluff
100 South Adams
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Location 1
30 Main St.
Westcliffe, CO 81252

Location 2 (Overflow – location one will serve as the primary lot)
109 Rosita Ave.
Westcliffe, CO. 81252

Hours & Cost
Friday 6/12 – 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday 6/13 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $15

*Please note – if you reserved a spot with ACC on the Westcliffe to Grand Junction Shuttle, the bus will depart promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday 6/13.
Start and Finish Expos
The start of the week will kick off with an expo tied to opening day registration in Grand Junction and the ride will conclude with an expo at the finish line festival in Westcliffe. Each expo will showcase our 5 official bike shops, bicycle/component manufacturers and vendors from around the country.

When & Where:
Saturday, June 13; 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – Colorado Mesa University, Grand Junction CO

Saturday, June 20; 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – The Bluff, Westcliffe CO.

For a complete list of Start & Finish Town Expo Vendors, click here.
Finish Celebration & Westcliffe Events
Westcliffe may be a first time Ride The Rockies host, but they are putting on a finish line festival and party like the pros! You will not be disappointed with the entertainment line-up, finish town expo, community meals and their exceptional Westcliffe hospitality and charm that’s so great you won’t want to leave.

We look forward to celebrating your accomplishment with you while enjoying the following entertainment:
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.: Finish-line Expo
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Deja Blues Band
12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Second Street Dance Studio performance
12:30 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Westcliffe town bicycle give-a-way – get your ticket at the Westcliffe/Silver Cliff Info booth!
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Flash Cadillac
3:00 p.m. – Westcliffe town bicycle give-a-way # 2 – get your ticket at the Westcliffe/Silver Cliff Info booth!
3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.: Check Presentation; Club America Wet Mountain Valley
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Closing Ceremony
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RTR Ride Officials
For the eighth year, a number of riders participating in Ride The Rockies are volunteering as Ride Officials. These individuals are experienced cyclists responsible for modeling the proper way to share the roadways with other cyclists and motorists. Each volunteer wears a Ride Official armband & helmet cover. They will assist cyclists in need, encourage safe and skillful riding practices and offers suggestions to riders to improve their riding experience. These Ride Officials will help to enforce all of the safety rules of Ride The Rockies:
  • Beware of and yield to vehicle traffic
  • Ride as far to the right as possible
  • Only ride two abreast when shoulder is wide enough
  • Obey traffic laws, signs and signals
  • All participants MUST wear a helmet – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Beware of rumble strips – ride to the right
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted
  • Be predictable
  • No headphones while riding
  • If you are inexperienced with drafting, do not ride in pacelines
  • Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way
  • Move completely off the road and shoulder when stopped and resting
  • Warn fellow cyclists of road hazards
  • Only pass cyclists on their left
  • When passing, warn cyclists by saying, “On your left”
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle
  • Rearview mirrors are strongly recommended
All Ride The Rockies support and safety services are provided on the designated route ONLY.
Photography during the Tour
Sundance Images will be providing photography services for the Tour. Photographers will be positioned along the route, taking great shots of cyclists on the ride. As cyclists ride by, a large letter (alphabet A-Z) that represents the “letter group” will be displayed. There will also be a clock present. Sundance Images will set up at the end of each day at the headquarters or entertainment site. Cyclists may find and purchase their photo by the “letter group” that was identified on the route or the time displayed while riding.
Virtual Goody Bag
A link to access your Virtual Goody Bag will be emailed to you on Wednesday, June 10. The Goody Bag is full of offers from our sponsors, host communities and local businesses! Many of the offers are good for shops and restaurants in the overnight communities during the week of Ride The Rockies. We encourage you to continue to check the bag for updates and take advantage of these great deals while you are in the towns.
Timberline Plaques
Seven spectacular days: 464 miles, 31,217 feet of climbing, breathtaking scenery and memories to last a lifetime. Commemorate your 2015 Ride The Rockies experience with this personalized plaque. Including your name(s) or your team name, your plaque will display a map of Colorado showing the ride’s route, host towns, daily mileages and contour profiles. A handsome way to remember your RTR experience … and a great conversation starter! Prior years’ plaques are available for most Ride The Rockies Tours for $45.00 (taxes and postage included). Visit Timberline Outdoors, Inc. at timberlineplaques.com or call (303) 816-1300.
Gillian Parson, a Yoga instructor and RTR participant, will be leading classes daily during this year’s Tour. A basic form of yoga will be taught with stretches geared toward cyclists. All levels are welcome.

Thirty-minute classes will be held at the headquarter sites daily at 5:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Specific locations will be outlined in your Map Book, which you will receive during packet pick-up on Saturday, June 13th. Classes are limited to 20 people, first come first served.
Sports Massage
Certified massage therapists will accompany Ride The Rockies to provide sports massage therapy at the event headquarters sites and select hotel properties* in each host community. Advance reservations for massages at the headquarter site are strongly recommended and will be taken on June 13th at Colorado Mesa University.

HQ Massage Fees are $40/half hour and $80/hour
Hotel Massage Fees are $45/half hour and $90/hour

*Check in at the massage reservations table for a complete list of selected hotel properties.
Ride The Rockies has been scheduled during a time when we hope weather conditions will be favorable, but in the event of inclement weather, the Tour will continue to roll. Come prepared for all types of weather, including rain, hail and possible snow showers at higher elevations. Carry inclement weather gear, including full-finger gloves and shoe covers.

Cyclists camping out can expect temperatures to drop as low as 30º F at night and should bring a tent in addition to a sleeping bag. Sunlight at higher elevations can be particularly intense. All cyclists should wear sunscreen to prevent sunburns. Please note: It is your responsibility to bring your own sunscreen.
Ride The Rockies Merchandise
New RTR merchandise items have been added to our line and are now available for purchase! These items and more will be available during the Tour. Stop by the merchandise tent at the headquarter and entertainment sites!
Grant Program Winners -Denver Post Community Foundation
Please join us in congratulating the local nonprofit organizations receiving the $5,000 grant from The Denver Post Community Foundation/Wells Fargo and Ride The Rockies!
  • Grand Junction – Grand Junction Imagination Library
  • Hotchkiss – Western Slope Conservation Center
  • Gunnison – Gunnison Valley Mentors
  • Crested Butte – Gunnison Valley Mentors
  • Salida – The Boys & Girls Clubs of Chaffee County
  • Canon City – Boys & Girls Club of Fremont County
  • Westcliffe – Club America Wet Mountain Valley
Check presentations in Westcliffe will occur during the Closing Ceremony. All other check presentations will occur at the entertainment sites, each day of the Tour, check your Map Book for exact locations and times. Don’t miss your chance to congratulate these deserving organizations in person!
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Ride With Nelly
On day 4 of the 2015 RTR Tour, Gunnison to Crested Butte, Nelson Vails will host a VIP Group Ride starting at 8:00 a.m. This ride is focused on all cyclists riding the 27-miles together as a team to raise money for Colorado nonprofit organizations that The Denver Post Community Foundation supports. All participating cyclists are required to wear their Primal custom “Ride with Nelly” jersey for a group photo at the start line. Only 100 limited edition Primal custom “Ride with Nelly” autographed jerseys will be produced. A portion of jersey sales will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. Ride The Rockies "Ride with Nelly" is presented by Primal Wear, Inc. and Wheat Ridge Cyclery. Pre order and reserve your limited edition autographed jersey today!
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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.
Bicycle Colorado uses the tools of education and advocacy to make Colorado one of the most bicycle-friendly states. They encourage and promote bicycling, increase safety, improve conditions and provide a voice for people who ride bicycles in Colorado. With the support of their members, Bicycle Colorado made significant strides in improving bicycling since 1992.
Wish for Wheels’ mission is to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle.
Project ReCycle’s original intent was to provide smiles to children all over the state by giving him or her a bicycle. That has not changed. Their first run at this venture led them to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles, but would also influence children’s academic behavior in a positive manner. As part of their Dream Bike Program, during their academic year, children are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; respect, attendance and academic growth. Likewise, the children displacement issue is addressed. In late 2012 Project ReCycle merged with a local Castle Rock nonprofit. They ran a very successful Christmas event called Bikes for Tykes Colorado. That event was the inspiration for a second program. The original Bikes for Tykes event became a year round program that identifies children living in foster homes or displaced homes. Project ReCycle works with multiple agencies to provide stability for children. The gifted bicycle becomes a constant in a life of change. In order to fulfill the bike requests from the Dream Bike and Bikes for Tykes programs, the Recycle your Bicycle program was created. Project ReCycle collects bicycles from participating locations on a weekly basis. Bikes are brought back to the repair shop and inspected. If a bike cannot be fixed for reuse, it is dismantled. Each part is inspected from the dismantled bikes for future use. Project ReCycle makes every attempt to use every working part from the dismantled bikes and all remaining parts are then recycled
World Bicycle Relief is mobilizing people through the Power of Bicycles. They provide specially-designed, locally assembled bicycles to entrepreneurs, healthcare workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. Over 225,000 bicycles have been distributed to date.
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