CRESTED BUTTE, CO – 2,000 of the states most dedicated road bikers and cyclist from around the country kicked off this years Ride the Rockies event by jumping on their bikes Sunday morning leaving the sleepy town of Crested Butte in route to Buena Vista, CO. The first leg of the tour featured 76 miles of highway road cycling with an impressive elevation gain of 4,314 feet.
100 volunteers assist in the massive logistics that are required for Ride the Rockies to operate. The race takes place on OPEN highway roads. Leaving cyclist vulnerable to traffic including cars, trucks, other bikers and racer support vehicles.
Lodging and transportation for the riders on the tour was provided by Alpine Cycle Connection (ACC). Competitors had options of staying in hotels at local host cities or camping as they did here at the school in Crested Butte. Along with bike shipping and transportation to and from the airports, ACC really made access to this event a breeze for cyclist.
The best part about this event from my eyes was is it looked to be your average local Joe Colorado resident was out for a ride. The ratio of wind breakers far surpassed the number of tight spandex speed suits commonly found in the road biking scene. Don’t be fooled these athletes had trained by riding an average of 200-300 miles per week leading up to the race.
This years Ride the Rockies will end June 16th-17th depending on the racers times heading in historic Georgetown, CO. But not before they ride across the through Edwards, Steamboat, Granby and finally finishing in Georgetown.