The Denver Post Ride The Rockies is an annual bicycle tour that takes 2,000 cyclists on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June.
The Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases Colorado’s spectacular scenery. Daily rides can be as short as 35 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-65 miles.
This year’s ride has a field of 2,000 riders hailing from 49 states and five countries – all of whom received entry through a lottery. The ride begins Sunday June 17th in Frisco with stops in Steamboat Springs, Craig, Rifle and Glenwood Springs before arriving in Aspen on Thursday, June 21st via the Rio Grande Trail.
From Aspen, cyclists will ride over Independence Pass on Friday and spend the night in Leadville before finishing Saturday with a 52-mile trip back to Frisco for a celebration at the local marina. The entire circuit includes four scenic mountain passes and a combined elevation gain of 24,000 feet and 420 miles.