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The 32nd Annual Bike Tour Included 447 Miles and Approximately 32,337′ Elevation Gain
The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour held June 10 – 17, 2017, was another spectacular adventure for the 2,000 cyclists traveling from 49 states and 9 countries to partake in this annual ride benefiting The Denver Post Community Foundation. This year’s route offered breathtaking views from some of the most iconic locations on Colorado’s map including Wolf Creek Pass; Molas and Red Mountain Pass – also known as the Million Dollar Highway; Cerro Summit, and Blue Mesa Reservoir to name a few. A special thank you for the great entertainment and the warm welcome given to Ride The Rockies goes out to our seven host communities: Alamosa,Pagosa Springs, Durango, Ridgway, Montrose, Gunnison, and Salida! In each of these communities, Ride The Rockies and The Denver Post Community Foundation were proud to present a $5,000 grant to a deserving nonprofit organization working to improve and enrich the lives of others. Check out these organizations in the “Grant Corner” below.
One great way to get a feel for what it’s like to “Ride The Rockies” is to read first hand accounts from the Ride The Rockies guest bloggers; the Peak Pedalers! These cyclists were part of an online contest and were voted in by their peers to tell the story of the week. You can read their blog posts here.
In addition to the seven-day Tour, more than 40 cyclists took part in the Ride The Rockies Prologue Experience, a 2-night VIP weekend event in Taos, New Mexico. This event welcomed elite cyclists as part of “Pedal with the Pros” including Denise Mueller, the world’s fastest female cyclist; Katie Compton, 13-time USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships winner (2014-2017); John Howard, 2-Time Red Zinger Bicycle Classic Winner and 4-Time US National Road Cycling champion; and Ron Kiefel, 7-Time Tour de France Competitor and Olympic Bronze Medalist. You can read more about the RTR Prologue here.