DENVER – A founding member of Colorado’s much-celebrated bike culture has announced its plans for 2013. The Denver Post Ride The Rockies, presented again by Wells Fargo, unveiled a route that spans 513 miles between Telluride and Colorado Springs.
“We look forward to touring Southwest Colorado where cyclists will be treated to seven inspiring days on their bike,” said Chandler Smith, Director of Ride The Rockies. “Climbs over Lizard Head and Wolf Creek Pass as well as a trek over the Royal Gorge Bridge will give cyclists a real sense of accomplishment.”
Starting in Telluride on June 9, cyclists will pedal over three legendary mountain passes and over the highest suspension bridge in the United States to complete the seven-day trek. The full 2013 route is:
June 8, Telluride – Registration
June 9, Telluride to Cortez, 75 miles, Lizard Head Pass – 10,222 ft
June 10, Cortez to Durango, 64 miles
June 11, Durango to Pagosa Springs, 86 miles
June 12, Pagosa Springs to Alamosa, 91 miles, Wolf Creek Pass – 10,850 ft
June 13, Alamosa to Salida, 84 miles, Poncha Pass – 9,019 ft
June 14, Salida to Cañon City, 67 miles
June 15, Cañon City to Colo. Springs, 46 miles, Royal Gorge Bridge, 956 feet high
Every year, riders from all walks of life meet in Colorado to ride bikes, celebrate with new and old friends, and soak in some of the best communities Colorado has to offer.
“Colorado is becoming known worldwide as a premier cycling destination and Ride The Rockies is a big part of the reason,” said Nathan Christian, Wells Fargo’s regional president for Colorado. “This signature tour showcases our fabulous mountains, boosts our economy, and provides much-needed funding for local charities. On behalf of Wells Fargo, I’d like to thank the tour organizers and volunteers for all of your hard work to make this tour such a success, and send our best to the riders.”
Ride The Rockies’ impact in Colorado can be found in more places than the bike shop, with an average economic impact of $250,000 in each town throughout the week. Thanks to more than 100 dedicated volunteers assisting cyclists and host communities providing inexpensive community meals and entertainment, this event continues to be a mainstay for riders of all stripes each year.
Cyclists may only register for the event online at www.ridetherockies.com. Applications will be accepted Feb. 3 – 22.
Ride The Rockies is a noncompetitive event, and riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace. However, training for the tour is strongly recommended. Training information is available online at www.ridetherockies.com.
Riders on past Ride The Rockies tours have varied in age from 7 to 85 years old and have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. More than 3,500 applications are expected for the 2,000 spots.
Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation and all funds raised are returned directly to Colorado nonprofits. In addition, The Denver Post Community Foundation awards a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in each host town.
For more information, contact Ride The Rockies at (303) 954-6700 or visit the event web site at www.ridetherockies.com.