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Ride the Rockies 2025

June 8, 2025 - June 13, 2025

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Last Updated May 22, 2024
Note: the 2024 event was cancelled and the 2025 event date has not been confirmed

Ride the Rockies is a multi-day cycling event held annually in Colorado, featuring stunning scenery and challenging routes that attract cyclists from around the world. Now produced by Ventures Endurance Events, the event was established in 1986 and is typically held in June. Over six to seven days, riders cover between 300-500 miles, with the route changing each year.  Strambecco rates the event as one of the best road cycling race events in Colorado and the best road cycling race events in the Rockies.

Event & Course Info

Ride the Rockies is not a race but rather an opportunity for riders of all levels to push themselves while enjoying the natural beauty of Colorado with a community of like-minded individuals. The event attracts a wide range of participants, from seasoned professionals to recreational riders.

The 2023 Ride the Rockies route spanned 308 miles and 27,000 Feet of elevation gain.  The event kicks off with the VIP Prologue Experience, a weekend event that benefits the Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson's, and Davis Phinney, the founder, joins the ride. The 2023 Prologue started at a venue north of downtown Fort Collins and heads north on county roads dotted with small lakes, covering 30 miles.

Stage 1 starts in Fort Collins and heads to Estes Park, covering 47 miles with an elevation gain of +4,673 feet. Stage 2 is a fun out-and-back ride from Estes Park to Allenspark, with 32 miles and an elevation gain of +2,965 feet.

Stage 3 is the most popular stage, featuring Trail Ridge Road, which peaks at 12,166 feet and has an average of 4% grade over 22 miles. The route then heads southwest into the mountains to Big Thompson Canyon (US-34), where riders will leave the canyon at Drake and follow CO 43 until the road crests at the overlook into Estes Park.

Stage 4 is a 43-mile ride from Grand Lake to Winter Park, and Stage 5 is a 40-mile ride from Winter Park to Gilpin County, featuring the famous Berthoud Pass climb.

Participants are responsible for bringing their own bicycles, gear, and support vehicles, while the organizers provide rest stops along the route, as well as meals, camping facilities, and transportation for gear and luggage. There are also opportunities to stay in hotels or other accommodations along the route for an additional fee.

Ride the Rockies is a must-do event for anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of Colorado while challenging themselves on a bike. The event showcases some of the best cycling routes in the state and attracts riders from all over the world, making it a cherished tradition in Colorado.

Area Accommodations & Things to Do

Coming Soon!

Related Events

The event is produced by Ventures Endurance Events, also known for producing the famous RAGBRAI, aka Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa and the Tour of the Battenkill.

For multi-sport endurance athletes looking for other events in the state of Colorado and broader Rocky Mountain region, be sure to check out our full list of Strambecco Best-rated guides:

Ride the Rockies 2023 Route May and profile
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  • Jeff – it hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ve reached out to the event organizer. I’ll provide the update on the site as soon as I receive it. Best, Greg

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