Date: Jun 10, 2023
Location: Copper Mountain, CO
Region: Colorado - Rocky Mountains
Directions: Get Directions
Ride the Rockies
June 10, 2023 @ 8:00 am - June 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
2023 celebrates the 37th Ride the Rockies event with either 6 or 7 days of riding on a route that changes each year. In 2022, the route started at Copper Mountain and ended in Golden, Colorado. Participants rode 436 miles and climbed more than 27,000 feet over seven days, including more than 100 miles and four climbs above 11,000 feet. The key climbs were up the following passes: Vail, Tennessee, Freemont, Independence, Hoosier, Loveland, and Ute. The days are challenging, but riders can stop for epic panoramic journey views. This is a fully supported Tour with bike technicians at the well-stocked aid station and SAG vehicles along the way with basic supplies. Overnight stays are in the towns of Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Salida, and Breckenridge. Strambecco will update the 2023 event details when known, but here is a daily breakdown of the 2022 event…
June 11 – Prologue is optional. This route is known as the Copper Triangle, 80 miles and 6,464 feet of elevation gain. It Covers Vail Pass, Red Cliff Arch Bridge, 10th Mountain Division Memorial, Tennessee Pass, and Freemont Pass. Start with a gradual climb up Vail Pass, followed by a rapid descent into the famous ski town of Vail. The route traverses various uphill sections, fast descents, and gentle rollers before tackling the final climb back to Copper Mountain.
June 12 – Day 1 – Copper Mountain to Glenwood Springs is 110 miles and 4,361 feet of elevation gain. The route includes Freemont Pass, Tennessee Pass, Red Cliff Arch Bridge, and Glenwood Canyon. The day starts with an immediate climb and then rolls along before climbing Colorado’s highest peak of 14,440 feet, Mount Elbert. The ride continues with various climbs, descends, bike paths, and frontage roads passing through the towns of Avon, Edwards, and Eagle before ending the day in Glenwood Springs.
June 13 – Day 2 – Glenwood Sprints to Basalt is 31 miles and 2,929 feet of elevation gain. Route highlights are Roaring Fork River, Rio Grande Trail, and Mount Sopris. The second day of the event is a rest day. There is a climb around mile 7, but participants will start on the bike path along the Roaring Fork River to Aspen. There is minimal traffic, twisting roads, and gorgeous scenery as you pass through Colorado’s bedroom communities of El Jebel before finishing in Basalt.
June 14 – Day 3 – Basalt to Salida is 107 miles and 7,140 feet of elevation gain, including Roaring Fork Valley, Aspen, Independence Pass, Twin Lakes, and Arkansas River Valley. This includes the most difficult climb of Independent Pass, an ascent of the pass’s west side; 18 miles and 4,000 vertical feet to the highest point at 12,095 feet. The remainder of the ride is gently downhill or mostly flat, but Buena Vista to Salida may include wind that adds another challenge. Riders need to take this day very seriously and plan accordingly.
June 15 – Day 4 – Salida to Breckenridge is 79 miles and 6,013 feet of elevation gain through Collegiate Peaks, Arkansas River, South Park, Hoosier Pass, and Ten Mile Range. The climbing of this day is gentle but takes endurance, it is a long grind. Once you are over the top at mile 68, the route is all downhill towards the day’s finish line in Breckenridge.
June 16 – Day 5 – Breckenridge route 31 miles and 1,512 feet of elevation including Ten Mile Range, Blue River, Dillon Reservoir, Summit County Rec Path System that includes Ute Pass option. This starts and finishes in Breckenridge with an easy roll, one climb, quick descent, and incredible scenery. This day is a favorite because riders stay in the same location for two nights.
June 17 – Day 6 – Breckenridge to Golden covers 78 miles and 5,447 feet of elevation gain through Dillon Reservoir, Loveland Pass, Georgetown, Idaho Springs, and Floyd Hill. The final day of Ride the Rockies is primarily downhill through four ski areas and popular tourist towns. There is a short but steep climb up Floyd Hill, leading to the post-event party in downtown Golden.
Ride the Rockies public website includes incredible FAQ, lodging options, and merchandise from event sponsors. The event is produced by Ventures Endurance Events, the organization behind the famed RAGBRAI and Tour of the Battenkill.