Be sure your bicycle and equipment measure up to the terrain of Ride The Rockies. You will likely encounter several multi mile passes with grades averaging 6-7%. A well tuned, lightweight multi speed bicycle is necessary to climb the mountain passes you’ll encounter during the Tour. If you’re uncertain if your bike will make the grade, have it checked out by a qualified shop.
We highly recommend a tune-up for your bicycle prior to Ride The Rockies. All accepted Ride The Rockies participants receive a $10 coupon to our participating bike shops in their Rider Manual, which will be sent out in March. It’s best to have your bike tuned a few weeks prior to the event just in case you need any post-service adjustments. Consider calling your shop well in advance to schedule a service appointment as March-June is high season from most bike shops, and service lead times can vary from 24 hours to upwards of three weeks.
In preparation for your weeklong cycling adventure, we highly recommend that you have a bike fit done by a qualified fitter, especially if you are experiencing consistent discomfort during your training rides. Our knees, backs, necks, shoulders and unmentionables will suffer greatly in a poor cycling position and there are trained experts in cycling analysis that can help you with form and adjustments to maximize your cycling pleasure. Often done by appointment only, these consultations last anywhere from one to three hours. Expect to invest between $150-$300 for a session, plus any parts needed to enhance your experience. During your session, a fitter will do a thorough analysis of the relationship between your bike and your body. By matching you to appropriate pedals, handlebars and saddles, carefully placed to match your goals and limitations, the fitter will minimize your risk of injury and enhance your ability to put power to the pedals comfortably. Look for a fitter that has a certification from SICI- (SEROTTA FIT), Specialized’s BG system, Trek fit or RETUL. Strive to have your fit done at least 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the Tour.
Any changes to your bicycle or new equipment purchases should be done well in advance of Ride The Rockies. Try out new cycling clothing (especially shorts) a few weeks prior to the Tour so you know they work for you. Bring a helmet that has never been crashed and is less than five years old. Comfortable, well-fit cycling shoes are strongly recommended for both training and the Tour. A little room to wiggle your toes in your cycling shoes is vastly preferable to ones that clamp down on your feet. Bring toe covers, arm warmers, knee warmers, insulated gloves and a windproof water resistant jacket at a minimum so you can smile and pedal through our chilly Colorado mountain mornings.
Bring along a saddle bag which can hold, at a minimum, a spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, a multi tool with 4,5,6mm allen wrench fittings.
The week before the event, do a safety check on your equipment. Check your pedal cleats for wear and replace them before you arrive. Consider purchasing cleat covers for the Tour as you will walk in your cycling shoes more during the week of the Tour than you may the rest of the season. It’s a great idea to begin Ride The Rockies with fresh new tires with some degree of puncture resistance, such as the Continental Grand Prix 4-Season tire or the Specialized Armadillo elite. Both of these tires offer great performance and better puncture and cut resistance then a full bore race tire. Check your brake pads too. While there will be several mechanics on tour to help you out in a pinch, it’s better to show up with a dialed in bike to maximize safety and enjoyment.
NOTE: Ride The Rockies strongly recommends that you take your own bicycle on the Tour. Presumably, you’ve trained on your bike and are very familiar with its fit and handling.
If you are not able to use your own bike, Evo offers a reasonable weekly rental package:
-Full carbon frame