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Greetings Cyclists!
 
Ride The Rockies is almost two months away. Time to start adding a few more miles to your weekly training rides. As the Tour draws near, we want to provide you with some helpful information.
 
 
 
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7th Annual Prologue Ride
 
Elevate your week in the Rockies with our Prologue Ride. There are still a few openings for this five star experience, June 10-12. Start the weekend by meeting other Prologue participants and cycling celebrities at the welcome reception on Friday night at the historic Hotel Jerome in downtown Aspen; where you will spend two nights. Kick-off Saturday morning with a big breakfast to prepare for the ride ahead. After a loop ride through the Roaring Fork Valley, alongside cycling celebrities Ron Kiefel, Ted King and Tim Johnson, it's back to the Jerome where lunch will take place on the patio terrace. Enjoy a massage before you head off to dinner under the stars at the Rock Bottom Ranch in Basalt. Call 303-954-6703 to upgrade!
 
 
 
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Bicycle Clinics & Rides
 
Campus Cycles Earth Day Bike Valet Lakewood
When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 11:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Heritage Center, 801 S Yarrow St, Denver, CO 80226, United States
Description: Leave your car at home! Campus Cycles will have a free, secure bike valet from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Join us for the City of Lakewood’s Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Lakewood Heritage Center. This free community event is organized by the Employee’s Committee for a Sustainable Lakewood and was created to showcase companies, agencies and organizations that provide products, services, resources and information for residents to make more sustainable choices. Special attractions and demonstrations at the event include: Beer, Garden, Climbing Wall Zero Waste Stations, Electronics Recycling (fees apply), Free Bike Valet hosted by the Lakewood Bicycle Advisory Group, Eco-Shopping, a wide variety of Exhibitors and Vendors. Click here for more information.

Wheat Ridge Cyclery Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic
When: Wednesday, April 20, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Wheat Ridge Cyclery, 7085 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Ladies Night Out at Campus Cycles Lakewood
When: Thursday, April 21, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Campus Cycles, 2102 S. Washington Street, Denver, CO 80210
Description: Enjoy an informal "after hours" catered event designed to present information about bikes, accessories and riding apparel for the lady cyclist. Jill Kislia from Pearl Izumi will be one of many, featured presenters! Highlights of the evening include raffles, entertainment, gift bags, fashion show and many in-store discounts. FREE but we need you to RSVP at 303-698-2811.

Wheat Ridge Cyclery Women’s Night When: Wednesday, May 5, 6:00 p.m.—9:00 p.m.
Where: Wheat Ridge Cyclery, 7085 W. 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
Description: Ladies only night with free taco bar and margaritas!
 
 
 
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Aspen Gran Fondo
 
Join Lance Armstrong and friends on Saturday, June 11th for the Aspen Gran Fondo. The 50-mile ride starts at Paepcke Park in Aspen at 9:00 a.m. The route will have something for everyone with its steep climbs and rolling hills, flat sections and gorgeous scenery. The loop starts off going to Snowmass, through Woody Creek, past Old Snowmass and back to Aspen for the final stretch.

This supported ride features the Watson Divide (two miles of steep uphill and downhill gravel terrain) and will have a total ascent of over 4,000 feet. Relax at a post ride Beer Garden where you can hang out with your fellow riders and rehash the day’s experience.

Ride The Rockies participants have been offered a registration discount of 20%. Please register through granfondoaspen.com and enter the discount code RTR2016.
 
 
 
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Training Plan
 
Riders of all levels come together to experience RTR, and the training plan here is meant to be a basic and effective program. The plan can be used by a relative beginner up to an intermediate cyclist. Consistency is the most important component of preparing to ride over 400 miles during RTR. The program starts out with three rides per week and progresses to 5 rides per week. You may need to shift days around or even skip some of the specific efforts prescribed. That’s fine, but all the while aim to achieve the frequency (3-5 rides per week) and the total weekly hours. That consistency and frequency are more important than any of the specific workouts in the program. Happy training!

Check out the Training Schedule here:
CTS Training Plan
 
 
 
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Pedal Fuel
 
A hardy recovery meal is key to rebuilding and strengthening muscles you just exhausted during your bike ride. Our friends and the authors of the Feed Zone Cookbooks, Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim have done it again! They returned to the kitchen to champion dinner, the most social meal of the day. We have pulled a couple recipes from their latest and greatest book, Tables, as a way to help you recover from that next ride ahead. Find more nutrition recipes on our website. Enjoy!
 
 
 
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Ride Safe, Ride Smart
 
Ride The Rockies is conducted on roads open to cars, please ride safely, legally and defensively. In addition, roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the ride as safe as possible, always remember that safety is in your own hands and ride by these rules:
  • Wear a helmet at all times – NO EXCEPTIONS
  • Carry ID and relevant medical information
  • Rules of the road apply; same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle
  • Ride single file where necessary, maximum of two abreast when conditions allow, do not impede traffic
  • Ride as far right as you deem safe
  • Obey all traffic lights, signs and regulations
  • Pass on the left only, announce “passing” or “hello” or “on your left”
  • Use hand signals to indicate road hazards, stopping, slowing, right and left turns
  • Prepare properly – nutrition, hydration, training, sun protection and sudden changes in weather conditions
  • Respect others: riders, volunteers, host communities, motorists, pedestrians, law enforcement and the environment
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted
  • No headphones while riding
  • Accidents often occur in pacelines; if you are inexperienced with drafting, do not draft
  • Ride The Rockies support & safety services are provided on the designated, marked route ONLY
Riding safely and considerately is vital to your enjoyment and the safety of other riders. The future of cycling events in Colorado depends on your cooperation with the rules above. For additional safety tips and rules of the road visit BicycleColorado.org.
 
 
 
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Alpine Cycle Connection
 
There is still time to book your hotel accommodations and shuttle bus reservations through Alpine Cycle Connection (ACC). Requests are submitted through ACC’s website, cyclewithalpine.com, and are handled on a first come first serve basis. Cyclists may opt-in for baggage service to and from their hotel throughout the week as a part of their overall accommodation package. Click here for a full list of ACC’s services and to sign up.
 
 
 
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Private Support Vehicle Pass Program
 
Passes available for purchase until April 24, or while supplies last! Purchase today! The Private Support Vehicle Pass Program allows you access to premier parking at the headquarter sites, personalized support and a great list of discounts and attractions in each host community!

We understand that some RTR participants like to share their experience with family and friends who prefer to drive their own vehicles and provide private support for their loved ones. Ride The Rockies welcomes private support vehicles and we will do our best to accommodate their needs with our Private Support Vehicle Program. This program provides guaranteed parking for support vehicles near HQ sites, which is a luxury on a tour where space is at a premium. The nearby parking allows easier access to your riders and all the entertainment that occurs throughout the week. In addition to the convenience for private support vehicles, the program helps create a safer route for your loved ones riding in the Tour.

Remember: Ride The Rockies is a fully supported Tour which limits the need for private support vehicles to be on the Tour route itself.

To help manage the number of private support vehicles, both on the route and in the host communities, each vehicle supporting a rider is required to purchase a Private Support Vehicle Pass. Participants of the Private Support Vehicle Program will be mailed a decal prior to the Tour. The decal will need to be applied to your vehicle before arriving on registration day and remain on your vehicle the duration of the Tour. Passes are limited and almost sold out. Click here for more information and to purchase your pass while supplies last.
 
 
 
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Wheat Ridge Cyclery Pre-Tour Clinic
 
Join us to learn all the details of the 2016 Ride The Rockies route, what to pack and important nutrition information. FREE food and beverages provided!

When: Thursday, May 19
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

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

Topics include:
• RTR Preparation, Gear & Clothing
• Nutrition
• Route Review

Please click HERE to RSVP by Monday, May 9.
While this event is free, we will need a headcount for food and beverages.

Questions?
Call Betsy Batts at 303.954.6707 or email bbatts@denverpost.com.
 
 
 
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Welcome Package & Gear
 
Each registered participant will receive a Welcome Package complete with a merchandise gift certificate, commemorative hat and official RTR sticker. Originally the packages were scheduled to be delivered during the 2nd week of April, but unfortunately due to production complications we will need to push that date back to late April. In the coming weeks, look forward to receiving your package in the mail. The 2016 Route Tee is now available for purchase. Visit ridetherockies.com/merchandise to place your order!
 
 
 
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Social Media
 
Connect with Tour participants before the ride this June! Become a fan of Ride The Rockies on Facebook and you’ll be able to interact with fellow riders, share photos and videos, post bulletins and join discussions.

The social media doesn’t end with Facebook. Follow RTR on Twitter @RideTheRockies and Instagram @RideTheRocks. We want to hear from you! Tell us about your training, show us the view from your bike, nutrition tips and all things biking! Send us a tweet or Instagram a photo using #RideTheRockies.
 
 
 
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Odell Brewing CO. Beer Naming Contest
 
Beer description: dry hopped kolsch, light and delicious! But what should it be called? Each year Odell Brewing Co. creates a hand crafted brew just for Ride The Rockies and we are looking for the perfect title. Submit your creative names by commenting on our Facebook posts no later than April 12th. Voting on the name will begin shortly after. Cheers!
 
 
Collaboration Corner
 
In addition to new partnerships, we also have a number of exciting collaborations to announce for the 2016 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: Good Samaritan House/Catholic Charities, The Davis Phinney Foundation, Bicycles for Humanity, Trips for Kids, Project ReCycle, Wish for Wheels, The Christopher T. Keller Foundation, Adaptive Sports and World Bicycle Relief. Each newsletter will highlight two or three of these organizations as we near this year’s event.
 
 
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The Christopher T. Keller Foundation is a nonprofit organization created in memory of Christopher T. Keller, who was diagnosed with pediatric pulmonary hypertension before passing away at the age of 21. The purpose of the foundation is to advance research for pediatric pulmonary hypertension, promote awareness and education, and support the needs and well being of children and their families that have been affected by this disease.
 
 
 
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Trips for Kids Denver Metro is the only Denver Metro area bicycle centric nonprofit that offers an extensive, multi-session Earn-a-Bike program for disadvantaged youth, provides workforce development for low-income youth through our Youth-at-Work program, introduces the joy of mountain biking to at-risk youth through our Ride Program, and provides a place for developmentally challenged students from area high schools to practice life skills, as well as bicycle repair, at our social enterprise, Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery.
 
 
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World Bicycle Relief fuels economic and cultural empowerment in Africa by providing bicycles to people. With a bicycle, distance is no longer a barrier for girls to get an education, for aid workers to reach sick people in need, for entrepreneurs to bring more goods to market and lift their families out of poverty. Providing bicycles to these three categories of recipients (students, aid workers, and entrepreneurs), WBR is being strategic in how they transform the region.

Bicycles have the power to radically change lives, to provide hope in areas with little opportunity, and in the process, transform families, villages, and even regions. The bicycles are manufactured locally providing jobs to local mechanics. And with their ability to keep costs so low, it only takes $147 to change someone’s life.
 
 
 
Recognizing Our Partners
 
Ride The Rockies would not be possible without the support and contributions of our sponsors, bike technicians and demo partners. Along with our returning partners, we are excited to announce our presenting sponsor, Viawest, and new relationships with Peak Resources, Audi Denver, KIND Bar, Fox Telecom, Ride With GPS, and Volagi.
 
Click here to view all of our partners.
 
 
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