1 Day Loop
Stage 1 – Sunday, June 9 – One Day Loop
Gunnison to Gunnison
69.6 Miles/3261’ Elevation Gain
Highlights –Jacks Cabin Cutoff, Taylor River Canyon, Taylor Reservoir, Gunnison Valley
Route Opens: 8:00am – 10:00am
Route closes: 3:00pm
This year’s tour takes place in central Colorado in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, with the start and finish in Crested Butte, one of the Centennial State’s most famous mountain towns. Once a bustling mining hub, CB (as the locals call it) is a year-round outdoor playground that boasts a world renown ski area, amazing hiking and wild flower viewing, and some of the best mountain biking anywhere on earth.
It’s also a great place to ride road bikes, as you’ll witness during the opening stage and the One Day Loop. Just don’t let the short distance fool you. Stage 1 of the 2019 Ride the Rockies, as well as the One Day Loop, packs a punch. The One Day Loop that starts and finishes in Gunnison, heads North on 135 to meet the regular route at the intersection with Jack’s Cabin Cutoff. This road has a mile of pavement that gives way to dirt for a gradual two-mile climb and then rapid one-mile descent.
Next it’s a left turn back onto pavement on Forest Road 742 for the long grind up the Taylor River Canyon to the Taylor Reservoir Marina. This stretch is roughly 17 miles and gains about 1200 feet. The good news is that the riverside scenery is sublime and there’ll be an aid station waiting for you at the top of the climb.
Once rested and refueled, it’s a rapid descent back down Taylor River Canyon to the intersection of Highway 135 at the small town of Almont. This is also where the East and Taylor Rivers come together forming the Gunnison River. Next you’ll turn back to the south for final leisurely 10.6-mile spin to the finish line in Gunnison.
At the finish, you will have the opportunity to relax, have a bite to eat, enjoy a beer or two, take a shower, have a massage and enjoy all that Gunnison has to offer.
Registration: $95 includes full route support including aid stations, a rocking party on your return to Gunnison and a commemorative t-shirt.
One Day Loop participants can camp (indoors or outdoors) in Crested Butte on Saturday June 8 at the RTR Headquarter location. There is no camping available in Gunnison on Saturday, June 8.