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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:
Boulder Canyon Closure & Start Procedures
Important Dates and Times
Route Advisory - Important
Bike Boxes
Private Support Vehicles
Alternate Driving Directions
Info Tent
Baggage Trucks
Week-long Parking
RTR Start & Finish Towns
Finish Celebration
RTR Ride Officials
Virtual Goody Bag
Timberline Plaques
Sports Massage
Inspire My Ride
RTR Merchandise
DPCF/Wells Fargo Grants
Recognizing Our Partners
WD-40 Bike
Collaboration Corner

We look forward to seeing you next week!

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Boulder Canyon Closure & Start Procedures
Boulder Canyon will be closed to westbound vehicular traffic from approximately 6:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Official RTR support vehicles will be allowed on the course. All private support vehicles will be required to use the alternate driving directions that will be distributed upon registration. To help facilitate a timely and safe departure from town, cyclists will be released in waves of approximately 300, every 20 minutes. There will be one interruption to this schedule for our Opening Ceremony. You do not need to sign up for a wave, when ready you will simply position yourself in our start chute and wait your turn. Please plan accordingly with your group/team to help ensure that you depart together.

5:45 a.m.
6:05 a.m.
6:25 a.m.
6:45 a.m.
7:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony
7:25 a.m.
7:45 a.m.
8:05 a.m.
Important Dates and Times
June 8th at 7:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony will be hosted at Fairview High School, on Knox street behind the building in front of Southern Hills Elementary School.
  • National Anthem performed by Galen Otten; 2014 Graduate of FHS
  • Welcome from Tour Director, Chandler Smith
  • RTR Denver Post Community Foundation/Wells Fargo grant presentation
  • A raffle for a new Trek Pure Cruiser (must be present to win)
June 13th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Tour End Celebration at Parfet Park (Closing Ceremony at 2:30 p.m.)
  • Beer, food, and entertainment all day
  • Congratulations and remarks by Marjorie Sloan, Mayor of Golden and Chandler Smith, Tour Director
  • Bill Davis and Ron Kiefel to raffle a Bianci Bicycle and a Rol Wheel set (must be present to win)
  • The Denver Post Community Check Presentation to Golden Schools Foundation
Upon arriving in Boulder, you will register at Fairview High School. Registration will be open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 7th. If you are unable to register on June 7th, registration will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 8th. 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)
  • Safety tag
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 host communities.
Route Advisory - Important
Click here for new information regarding this year’s Ride The Rockies route; including updated mileage, elevation, cautions and tidbits. Please pay particular attention to the “Boulder Canyon Closure / Start Procedures” for Sunday, June 8th in Boulder, CO.
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 Boulder to Golden for only $25. Additional services including bike assembly/disassembly are available for $45 per service. Sign up at or give them a call at (877) 231-1363. IMPORTANT: Bike boxes may NOT be used as luggage containers.
Private Support Vehicles
The presence of private support vehicles is the most common complaint of Ride The Rockies cyclists and the greatest detriment to safety on the tour. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, LEAVE YOUR VEHICLE BEHIND. If you absolutely must bring a vehicle, please advise family and friends to use the alternate driving directions.
Alternate Driving Directions
Day 1: Boulder to Winter Park
  • CO-93 south to US-6 East / 6th Ave. in Golden
  • Follow I-70 west and US-40 west to Winter Park
  • Estimated drive time = 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • (Route will overlap with cyclists beginning at US-40)
Day 2: Winter Park to Steamboat Springs
  • US-40 west
  • Estimated drive time = 2 hours
  • (Route will overlap with cyclists majority of day on US-40)
Day 4: Steamboat Springs to Avon
  • US-40 east to Kremmling
  • CO-9 south to Silverthorne
  • I-70 west to Avon (Exit 167)
  • Estimated drive time = 2 hours and 30 minutes
Day 5: Avon to Breckenridge
  • I-70 east to Frisco
  • CO-9 south to Breckenridge
  • Estimated drive time = 1 hour
Day 6: Breckenridge to Golden
  • CO-9 north to Frisco
  • I-70 east to CO-470 / Johnson Rd.
  • CO-470 / Johnson Rd. north to S. Golden Rd.
  • S. Golden Rd. northwest to Golden
  • Estimated drive time = 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • (Route will overlap with cyclists on I-70 from Exit 252 to 254)
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 7-13). This service is for true emergencies only. All messages will be screened. Violators will not be eligible for future Ride The Rockies tours.
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 find information about each town at the Community Tent conveniently located next to our Information Tent.
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
Week-long parking will be available to cyclists in Boulder and Golden.

  • Fairview High School; Senior Lot, Corner of Greenbriar Blvd. & Gillaspie Dr.
  • 1515 Greenbriar Blvd.
    Boulder, CO 80305
  • Sat. 6/7 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Sun. 6/8 5:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m., $15
  • Golden High School; located at 24th and Jackson St. Enter the parking lot from the Jackson St. entrance at the roundabout.
  • 701 24th St.
    Golden, CO 80401
  • Fri. 6/6 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. & Sat. 6/7 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., $15
  • Parking fees will benefit Golden High School Student Council as they prepare to be the first Jefferson County High School to host the state-wide student leadership conference in October.
Ride The Rockies Start & Finish Town Expo
Boulder, CO
Kicking of the 2014 tour will be the 3rd annual Start-Town Expo, located at Central Park. Stop by to check out all of our great vendors from TomTom watches and Boulder Bike Blenders to RTR Collaborative partners and much more! Looking for locally grown, fresh, fruits and vegetables to kick-start your 471 mile journey? The expo will be located right next to the Boulder Farmers Market which will run until 2:00 p.m.

Expo Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Golden, CO
The Ride The Rockies Finish-line expo will await you in Golden as you finish under the iconic Arch. The expo will be held at Parfet Park and feature vendors such as Bike Part Art, Runners High, Glassisum Designs and many more. Don’t forget to stick around for your chance to win a Bianchi Road Bike or a set of Rol Wheels at the closing ceremony!

Expo Hours: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Finish Celebration
Get your groove on at Golden’s 70s themed Ride The Rockies after party in Golden! 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. Visit for more information.
RTR Ride Officials
For the seventh year, a number of riders participating in Ride The Rockies are volunteering as Ride Officials. These individuals are experienced cyclists responsible for modeling proper sharing of 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 who could 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 Sundance Images will be providing photography services for the 2014 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 Monday, June 2. The Goody Bag is full of offers from our sponsors, host communities and local business! Many of the offers are good for local businesses 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 town.
Timberline Plaques

Timberline Plaques
Six glorious days: 471 miles, 33,495 feet of climbing, breathtaking scenery and memories to last a lifetime.

Commemorate your 2014 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. $45.00 (taxes and postage included) Timberline Outdoors, Inc. 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 following locations during these times. Classes are limited to 20 people, first come first served.

  • 6/8 Winter Park – Group Fitness Room; 5:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • 6/9 Winter Park – Group Fitness Room; 5:00 a.m. & 5:30 a.m.
  • 6/9 & 6/10 Steamboat Springs – The Loft; 5:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • 6/11 Avon – Rec Center in the Group Fitness Studio; 5:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
  • 6/12 Breckenridge – Rec Center, upstairs studio; 5:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.
Sports Massage
Certified massage therapists will accompany Ride The Rockies to provide sports massage therapy at the event headquarters sites and hotels in each host community. Advance reservations are strongly recommended and will be taken on June 7th at Fairview High School. Fees are $40/half hour and $80/hour.
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.

Inspire My Ride with St. Anthony Hospital

Aaint Anthony's Over the past couple of weeks, doctors from St. Anthony Hospital filmed a collection of short videos at Red Rocks Amplitheater focusing on the importance of various topics cyclist should prepare for when training for Ride the Rockies. Here are the Inspire My Ride videos: The Proper Fitting Bicycle and Bike Bottom with John Nichols, Hydration with Mark Robinson and Altitude Sickness with Sean Bender.

Ride The Rockies Merchandise

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 headquarters and entertainment sites!
The Denver Post Community Foundation/ Wells Fargo & RTR Grant Winners
Please join us in congratulating the six local nonprofit organizations receiving the $5,000 grant from The Denver Post Community Foundation/Wells Fargo and Ride The Rockies!
  • Boulder – PLAY Boulder Foundation
  • Winter Park – Wapiti Child Care Center Parent Organization: Grand Kids
  • Steamboat Springs – Partners in Routt County
  • Avon – SOS Outreach
  • Breckenridge – Summit County Child Care Resources & Referral Agency: Early Childhood Options
  • Golden – Golden Schools Foundation
Check presentations in Boulder and Golden will occur during Opening and Closing Ceremonies. All other check presentations will occur at the Entertainment Sites at 4:30 p.m. each day of the tour, check your Map Book for exact locations. Don’t miss your chance to congratulate these deserving organizations in person!
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.
Ride the Rockies 2014 welcomes WD-40 BIKE! Developed for the whole bicycle, WD-40 BIKE products have been meticulously tested to provide superior cleaning, lubrication and protection. Ride the Rockies riders will enjoy the hands-on services of the WD-40 BIKE Tech Support Team. This expert crew includes pro team mechanics and bike shop wrenches. They will be on-site throughout the event to provide an exclusive, three-step “Clean, Lube and Protect” bike care experience to those who need it. RTR Riders can count on the WD-40 BIKE Tech Support Team to take a close look at their machines, and advise on the best ways to keep them running smoothly and looking great. Go to for more info.
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.

Axel Project
The Axel Project was created in honor of Axel who was killed in February 2013 at the age of two. As he began to grow and take on his precocious toddler personality, it became readily evident that he developed a love of life, adventure, and cycling.

In the months after his death, his parents wanted to come up with a way to honor his joy and memory. They decided to set up the Axel Project. Axel loved his balance bike and friends and family loved watching him gain confidence and enjoy life as he rode around. The Axel Project believes biking not only builds confidence in young children but also improves health, is an outlet to express pure joy, is a foundation to a lifelong appreciation of nature, and helps strengthen family bonds because it’s an activity the entire family can do together.

By getting more children and families interested in bicycling from the beginning The Axel Project is helping build healthier communities and a better world.

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Bicycles for Humanity
Bicycles For Humanity (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 almost 4,200 bikes to small communities in Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania; creating jobs and schools along the way.
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