The Ride Collective Series

The Ride Collective Series, formerly known as the Outside Events Cycling Series, is a portfolio of eight professionally-produced events and races in both Colorado and New Mexico. Host venues and terrain vary from the Front Range to the Rocky Mountains to the High Desert. TRC strives to create an inclusive culture where cyclists of almost all abilities can enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bicycle. For some, it’s about the challenge, others do it for a cause, but everybody enjoys surfing the energy of the group. The Ride Collective events range from 300 to 3,000 participants, with a portion of event proceeds benefiting local and regional nonprofit organizations.

The Ride Collective Series is the brainchild of Scott Olmsted and Chandler Smith, longtime event directors with 40 years of combined experience managing events across the Rocky Mountain West. For the last four years, the pair have been running the Outside Events Cycling Series, welcoming new cyclists to legendary rides like Tour of the Moon while launching new courses like Wild Horse Gravel. Olmsted and Smith now own and manage the series under The Ride Collective Series, supported by a multiyear marketing partnership with Outside designed to increase exposure and participation.

The full calendar of events includes the following:

  1. Wild Horse Gravel is a 65-mile gravel course with 5500 feet of elevation gain, and the opportunity to compete and win significant prize money. Picked as one of Strambecco’s Best Gravel Cycling Events in Colorado as well as Best Gravel Grinder Events in the Rockies 2023, the event takes place in De Beque, CO,  25 miles East of Grand Junction in Mesa County.
  2. The Ride Collective presents a high alpine gravel ride in Crooked Gravel Colorado’s Winter Park. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado, Crooked Gravel offers two exceptional routes that capture the finest gravel trails in Grand County, CO and feature meandering ascents through picturesque aspen and pine forests, as well as exhilarating descents beneath the expansive Colorado sky.
  3. For mountain biking enthusiasts, Winter Park is a well-known destination in the United States and it hosts one of the most exciting events in the region, Sunrise to Sunset Winter Park. The trails in this region have been recognized for their high quality, with USA Cycling even hosting its National Championships on the Winter Park trails. The Sunrise to Sunset Winter Park event is part of the Ride Collective Series and is rated by Strambecco as one of the Best Mountain Bike Events in Colorado.
  4. The annual Copper Triangle road ride, consistently selected as one of Strambecco’s best road cycling events in Colorado and the Rockies, the 79-mile loop navigates prime Rocky Mountain terrain and world-class scenery. Copper Triangle passes three ski areas and features three challenging climbs that summit over 10,000 feet elevation.
  5. The Enchanted Circle road cycling event offers riders some of the most picturesque riding in the southwest and a unique opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty of Northern New Mexico. The team at Strambecco considers to be one of the Best Road Cycling Events in the Southwest.
  6. The annual Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Now, as one of the most sought-after road cycling events in the western United States, it showcases the mesmerizing Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths, sheer-walled red rock canyons, and breathtaking panoramic views. Picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado, its legacy continues as one of the premier road cycling events in the Rocky Mountains.
  7. The Ride Collective proudly presents The Wine Ride, the 29th Tour de Vineyards that provides two course options and promises a vibrant blend of scenic views, sumptuous wines, and spirited cycling. Due to its unique nature, it’s picked as one of our best road cycling events in Colorado and the Rockies, the two ride options showcase the beautiful scenery of Grand Valley and Western Slope, including multiple vineyards, orchards, and wineries.

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Crooked Gravel 2024

Winter Park, Colorado 78821 US-40, Winter Park, CO, United States

Updated April 1, 2024 The Ride Collective presents a high alpine gravel ride in Crooked Gravel Colorado's Winter Park. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado, Crooked Gravel offers two exceptional routes that capture the finest gravel trails in Grand County, CO and feature meandering ascents through picturesque aspen and pine…

Enchanted Circle 2024

Red River, New Mexico Red River, NM, United States

Updated April 2, 2024 The Enchanted Circle road cycling event, produced by The Ride Collective, offers riders some of the most picturesque riding in the southwest and a unique opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty of Northern New Mexico.  You'll experience rewarding climbs, rolling hills, fast descents, and hairpin turns, making it an event…

Tour of the Moon 2024

Grand Junction, Colorado Grand Junction, CO, United States

Last Updated April 2, 2024 The Annual Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980's Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Now, as one of the most sought-after road cycling events in the western United States, it showcases the mesmerizing Colorado National Monument, with its towering monoliths, sheer-walled red…