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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:
Group Rides
Wheat Ridge Cyclery Clinic
How to Ride in a Paceline
Prologue Highlight
Cycling Seminars
Route Vendors
Traveling Silent Auction
WRC Hospitality Tent
Town Tidbits
Demo Fleet
Safety Letter
Green Jersey Program
RTR Peak Pedalers
RTR and Odell Special Brew
Human Interest Story
The Importance of Sunscreen
Suncor 10-Year Partnership
Pro Challenge Experience
Recognizing Our Partners
Collaboration Corner
-Rite of Passage
-Tips for Kids
Final Cancellation

We look forward to seeing you in June!
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Ride The Rockies Training Rides

Bicycle Doctor (Denver)
Date: Saturday, May 17
Start Time: 8:30 a.m.
Details: 25 – 30 mile, no drop ride; followed by service & repairs Q&A
RSVP @ 303.831.7228

Campus Cycles (Lakewood)
Date: Saturday, May 24
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Tentative Route: Start and finish at shop; route will entail a few climbs including Lookout Mountain.
Estimated 45 miles
Wheat Ridge Cyclery Pre Tour Experience and Wheat Ride Cyclery Bike Maintenance Clinic

Wheat Ridge Cycling
Click here for more information.
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 of 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
Prologue Highlight
Back for a fifth consecutive year, the Prologue will be taking place in Boulder. The route will highlight some of the city’s toughest terrain and scenic sights. Riders will journey alongside some of cycling’s greatest legends including George Hincapie, Timmy Duggan, Ron Kiefel and Connie Carpenter. This year we have added the Hill Climb Clinic, which will be led by Chris Carmichael and his team of climbing experts. The day before the Prologue, the clinic will challenge and prepare participants for the week ahead. To participate in the ride, we ask for a donation to RTR’s charity, The Denver Post Community Foundation. If you would like to partake in the 2015 Prologue, register early. Only the first 50 applicants are accepted.
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 and we are thrilled to present the following line-up of guest speakers:
  • June 8, Winter Park: The Foundry Cinema & Bowl – Theater @ 5:00 p.m. Nelson Vails; 1984 silver medalist and member of the US Bicycling Hall of Fame
  • June 9, Steamboat Springs: Gondola Square – Entertainment Stage @ 4:30 p.m. George Hincapie; 17-time Tour de France competitor and 2011 USA Pro Challenge stage winner
  • June 11, Avon: Nottingham Park – Entertainment Stage @ 4:30 p.m. Chris Carmichael; Founder of Carmichael Training Systems
  • June 12, Breckenridge: Beaver Run Resort – Ballroom @ 4:30 p.m. Connie Carpenter; 1984 Olympic Road Cycling Champion
Route Vendors
Throughout the course of the week, Route Vendors will be available at every aid station selling delicious food and helping you re-fuel! In addition to the pretzels, animal crackers, fruit, water and Gatorade that RTR will provide, you can expect to see the following vendors on the route:
  • PB&J Sandwiches
  • Greeley Chophouse
  • Flippin’ Flapjacks
  • The Kickstand
  • Chia Pod
  • Fajita Guy
  • Tengo Burrito
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise
  • JKF Catering
  • Smoothie Revolution
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.
Traveling Silent Auction
The Denver Post Community Foundation Traveling Silent Auction returns for a fifth consecutive year helping to raise money for deserving non-profits all over Colorado. Generous cyclists, community patrons and volunteers alike help us reach this goal each year. Items this year will include a 2014 Bianchi road bike, Trek Madone 4.3 road bike, VIP tickets for the Breckenridge Oktoberfest, safari trips to South Africa and much more. Be sure to visit the Silent Auction tent located at the headquarter site each day. Bid high, bid often!
Wheat Ridge Cyclery Hospitality Tent

Wheat Ridge Cycling After a long day of climbing the Rockies, take a load off in the Hospitality Tent hosted by Wheat Ridge Cyclery. Grab some snacks and drinks to refuel for the evening’s festivities. While you’re there, check out the bike shop’s latest gear.
Town Tidbits
Ride The Rockies is excited to have such wonderful host communities on the 2014 Tour. Here is a sneak peak at Winter Park, Avon and Golden. The other three towns are to be showcased in our next newsletter.

Winter Park
Hideaway Park, located in downtown Winter Park, will be bustling the evening of June 8 with a community party for Ride The Rockies, including "Taste of Winter Park” where you can sample local cuisine and then enjoy the sounds of Leftover Salmon as well as other live bands throughout the town. For all the Ride the Rockies weekend event details and more info on summer events and activities, visit

Enjoy the beauty of the natural surroundings at Harry A. Nottingham Park and Lake serving as the headquarter and entertainment venues in Avon. You are sure to delight in the amazing dancing skills of “Celebrate The Beat”, appreciate our fine local musicians with “Jake Wolf & Friends” and savor the different local food options ranging from wood fired pizza and spaghetti for your carbo-load to Greek Gyros to healthy salads. Visit for additional town happening.

Get your groove on at Golden’s 70s themed Ride the Rockies after party! DJ Drake will kick the party off and then you can get down all afternoon to the sounds of Boogie Machine. Staying in town after the party? Head on over to the Golden Music Festival at the Clear Creek History Park for some bluegrass, Americana and folk music to get your weekend started. Discounted admission is available for riders and their guests.
Demo Fleet
Are you in the market for a new bike? Or maybe looking for a new wheel set or new 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 Headquarters site in each host community.

Demo Fleet 2014:
  • Trek
  • Bianchi
  • Continental Tires
  • Bontrager Components
  • DT Swiss Wheels
  • Orbea
  • SCOTT Bike
  • Trek Bicycles and Women Specific Design Bicycles
  • Specialized Bicycles and Designs for Women Bicycles
  • SRAM
  • ZIPP
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. Fill out the sticker and place it on the inside of your helmet; it could save your life!
Green Jersey Awards

Odell Brewing CO
We are proud to announce the return of our green Jerseys. 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 at the cycling seminars.
Ride The Rockies Peak Pedalers
The 2014 Peak Pedalers are off and running! We would like to introduce you to:
“The Speeding Beauty” from Provo, UT
“The Renaissance Daughter” from Edmond, OK
“Stuck at Sea Level” from Kailua, Oahu
“The Middle-Aged Gasper” from Tuscaloosa, AL
“The Victory Crew” from Cincinnati, OH
Take a moment to meet our crew, stay tuned for more posts and look for our intrepid bloggers from around the country!
RTR and Odell's Special Brew – Mountain Ale-Evation

Odell Brewing CO
Each year our beer sponsor, Odell Brewing CO. creates a hand crafted beer just for Ride The Rockies. This year, the beer is a golden pale color with a bright hop aroma – beautiful color, rich taste; however, the beer was nameless. We reached 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 Handlebar Hops and Ale the Way to the Hop, followers voted for their favorite. We landed on Mountain Ale-Evantion submitted by Tommy Joe Higgins. 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!
Human Interest
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, 7News, RTR Bloggers, RTR Media Pass Participants, or the RTR Facebook page. Those interested should contact
The Importance of Sunscreen with St. Anthony Hospital’s Jeff Huber

St. Anthony's hospital
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.
Suncor Energy - 10 Years of Safely Riding The Rockies

The 10th anniversary – that’s the diamond anniversary right? When marking this milestone in a marriage, “bling” is the contemporary gift of choice for celebrating 10 years. But, did you know that tin and aluminum – which represent durability and flexibility – are the traditional materials marking the tenth anniversary? It’s fitting that we have aluminum on the list, given its Suncor’s 10th anniversary partnering with the Denver Post Community Foundation’s Ride The Rockies. A lot has changed in a decade – in bikes, bike materials and components, jersey styles and in the routes we’ve ridden over the years. But what hasn’t changed–in addition to Colorado’s breathtaking scenery that we all enjoy from year to year – is Suncor’s unwavering commitment to safety in all that we do. In fact it’s one of Suncor’s core values. Whether it’s riding our bikes, operating Colorado’s only petroleum refinery, hauling fuel to the many retail sites that sell the gasoline and diesel we produce, or working in our various office locations, everyone at Suncor has their minds and eyes on safety.

Suncor takes great pride in our long-standing partnership with Ride The Rockies and the fact that for 10 years, we’ve been safely providing fuel to Ride The Rockies to support its event, which in turn raises needed funds for programs that improve and enrich the quality of life for Colorado’s citizens. We want to encourage all Ride The Rockies participants to share our focus on and commitment to safety; we hope everyone will take a moment each day, at each aid station, at each traffic light, at each stop to shed or put on gear, to think about your safety and the safety of your fellow cyclists and drivers. It’s important that we look out for ourselves and those around us at all times during the ride. So, say yes to safety – on the ride and in all that you do this cycling season.

To find out more about Suncor and our core values, go to
Pro Challenge Experience August 10th, 2014– Registration is Now Open!

US pro challenge
After seeing huge success in its first year, the Pro Challenge Experience presented by UnitedHealthcare, a mass participation bike ride taking place in Fort Collins, CO., will return Sunday, August 10th, just eight days before the start of the USA Pro Challenge professional race.

Open to all ages, the Pro Challenge Experience offers three distances – 25, 50 or 100 miles of mountainous roads. Registration is now open! Make sure you beat the fee increase, and register before June 1st!

A new addition for 2014, the “Champion’s Challenge” will give participants the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride on one of three teams of 30, competing to finish the 50-mile course first. Each team will be captained by a National Champion – Timmy Duggan, Chris Baldwin and Alison Dunlap – to help guide them to victory.

Spots for the ride are limited and can be reserved at USA Pro Challenge .
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 new relationships with 5280 Magazine, 7News, Carmichael Training Systems, Frame de Art, Fox TeleCom, Osprey, Skratch Labs, ViaWest, Bianchi, Scott Bike and Orbea. Click here to view all of our partners.
Collaboration Corner
In addition to new partnerships, we also have a number of exciting collaborations to announce for the 2014 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: Adaptive Sports Center, Trips for Kids, The Davis Phinney Foundation, Rite of Passage, Axel Project & Bicycles for Humanity.

trips for kids
Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is a Denver based nonprofit organization that provides cycling based programs to underserved youth. The mission of Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder is to build healthy confident kids, by connecting diverse youth to the joy of cycling. Trips for Kids strives to be a community leader serving youth programs which promote health & fitness, environmental stewardship and personal empowerment – two wheels at a time.

The Collaboration is dedicated to giving underserved, urban youth the opportunity to experience and learn about the natural beauty of Colorado from the seat of a mountain bike. They provide children the chance to see a different side of Colorado, to expand their understanding of what they can achieve, and to make personal connections with the natural world. We are an organization of cyclists, educators, and community leaders who believe we can make an unquestionable difference in the lives of children by opening their minds to new possibilities, and arming them with greater self-esteem.These priorities and values are accomplished through year-round youth programs and social enterprise.

rite of passage

Rite of Passage is a leading provider of programs and opportunities for at-risk youth. For over 20 years, they have focused on measurable results, quality services and unsurpassed programming for our youth. They have created an environment and choices that assist youth in making the transition from incorrigible teens to goal-oriented young men and women. Students of Rite of Passage will volunteer at Ride The Rockies and assist cyclists with their luggage.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellation requests must be submitted through email at by May 17, 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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