Date: Jun 11, 2022
Location: Copper Mountain, CO
Region: Colorado - Rocky Mountains
Directions: Get Directions
Ride the Rockies
June 11 @ 8:00 am - June 17 @ 5:00 pm
2022 celebrates the 36th Ride the Rockies event with either 6 or 7 days of riding that starts at Copper Mountain and ends in Golden, Colorado. Participants will ride 436 miles and climb more than 27,000 feet with two days that include more than 100 miles and four climbs above 11,000 feet. The key climbs are up the following passes: Vail, Tennessee, Freemont, Independence, Hoosier, Loveland and Ute. The days are challenging but riders able to stop for epic panoramic views the entire journey. This is a fully supported Tour with bike technicians at 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. Here is a daily breakdown of your ride…
June 11 – Prologue is optional. This route is known as the Copper Triangle, 80 miles and 6,464 feet of elevation gain. Covers Vail Pass, Red Cliff Arch Bridge, 10th Mountain Division Memorial, Tennessee Pass, Freemont Pass. Start with a gradual climb up Vail Pass followed by a rapid descendent into the famous ski town of Vail. The route continues to traverse with 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 a variety of climbs, descends, bike paths, and frontage roads passing through towns of Avon, Edwards, and Eagle before to end 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 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 that includes 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 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 take 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 that is 31 miles and 1,512 feet of elevation that includes 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 get to stay in the same location two nights in a row.
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 which is the organization behind the famed RAGBRAI and Tour of the Battenkill