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Ride the Rockies 2019 Route

The annual Denver Post ​Ride the Rockies​ #Cycling Tour, Presented by ​Flexential,​ is celebrating its 34th year

The 2019 route is a seven day loop, beginning and ending in one of our favorite mountain towns #CrestedButte. Rider will pass through five other amazing communities throughout the week including: #Gunnison, #BuenaVista, #Snowmass, #Carbondale and #Hotchkiss.

The ride will take place from Sunday, June 9th to Saturday, June 15th, and is prefaced with a​ opening day prologue, which starts on Mt. Crested Butte on Saturday, June 8th. From there, day one of the 2019 Ride the Rockies kicks off as riders will roll west out of town, straight up Kebler Pass.​ The daily mileage varies between 40 miles and 83 miles, with total of 445 miles, and approximately 28,230 feet in total elevation gain.

Read ahead for the full route and stats!


Saturday, June 8

(The Prologue is an additional fundraising event held 1 day prior to the Tour and is limited to 50 people)

Crested Butte to Cochetopa Pass

67 miles/3283’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Gunnison Valley, Cochetopa Canyon, Cochetopa Pass

Stage 1

Sunday, June 9

Crested Butte to Gunnison (the back way)

34.3.6 Miles/1,437’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Kebler Pass, Ohio Pass, the Castles

1 Day Loop

Gunnison to Gunnison

62.8 Miles/2,925’ Elevation Gain

Stage 2

Monday, June 10

Gunnison to Buena Vista:

83.2 Miles/5,393’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Monarch Pass, Collegiate Peaks, Arkansas River views

Stage 3

Tuesday, June 11

Buena Vista to Snowmass

73 Miles/5,779’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Arkansas River views, Independence Pass

Stage 4

Wednesday, June 12

Snowmass to Carbondale

78.6.Miles/5,253’ Elevation  

Highlights – Maroon Creek Road climb, Maroon Bells overlook, Roaring Fork Valley views  

Stage 5

Thursday, June 13

Carbondale to Hotchkiss

65.4 Miles/3,958’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – McClure Pass, Paonia State Park and Reservoir

Stage 6

Friday, June 14

Hotchkiss to Gunnison

79.1 Miles/6,861’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Black Canyon, Blue Mesa Reservoir

Stage 7

Saturday, June 15

Gunnison to Mount Crested Butte

31.2 Miles/2,086’ Elevation Gain

Highlights – Gunnison River, Almont, Elk Mountain Range views

Stay tuned for more #RidetheRockies news!


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