Cycling season is in full speed. One of the most challenging and rewarding rides is upon us again. Ride the Rockies is a 6-day tour through the stately mountains of Colorado beginning June 12th. The ride promises stops and tours through some of our favorite mountain towns.
This year’s ride starts in the enchanting town of Carbondale, then on to Aspen where cyclists will be able to experience the beauty and clean mountain air of Independence Pass from the saddle of their bike. Cyclists will then bike to Copper Mountain and onto Grand Lake. They will tour through Rocky Mountain National Park and into Fort Collins where the ride finishes up.
This marks the 31st year for Ride the Rockies, and Team Project ReCycle is challenging itself to another fund-raising feat for the non-profit. Team PR raises money by riding as a team and then gives back to Project ReCycle so that kids enjoy the benefits that the non-profit has to offer. Project ReCycle gets a limited number of guaranteed spots for Ride the Rockies, so if you join the team, it’s a great way to be sure you’ll get in next year and not have to go through the lottery system. Only 2,000 cyclists are allowed entry to the ride. If you’d like to join Team PR you can sign up at projectrecycle.org.
Last year there was a camaraderie amongst the team that created great bonds and friendships. Some rode their first Ride the Rockies tour, and the team stuck together and supported each other through the challenges. It’s a great group of riders to be sure. This year, there are 6 returning members and 8 new ones. PR will provide a truck and transport the bikes and camping equipment. So everything is taken care of, cyclists will just show up and enjoy the ride.
Most days are an average of 50 miles but can go up to 85 per day. Riders will pedal through some of the most beautiful scenery the state of Colorado has to offer. The route winding through Rocky Mountain National Park will put the riders above 11,000 feet. Wildlife and wildflowers will surely be seen. The 6th and final day will drop into the charming city of Fort Collins and end at the Odell Brewing Co., where riders can finally sit back and relax and maybe even have a cold beer after all their hard efforts.