Eat Up The Miles Safely

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The conversations at Ride The Rockies have recently been about the climbs and how we all did traversing them. The more amazing tales are the ones of survival. Like the story about Bob. After climbing Independence Pass, Bob had a huge mechanical issue because the derailleur hanger sheared off, and took six wheel spokes with it, while he was descending … Read More

I Don’t “try,” I Do

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The fierce climbs of the first few days of Ride The Rockies prove that there is only “do” or “don’t,” there is no “try.” I saw that phrase spray-painted while pushing up Independence Pass yesterday, and for the rest of the ride, that’s all I could think about.  When we say we are going to “try” to do something, we set … Read More

Riding for Christopher

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Team Christopher promoted awareness of pediatric pulmonary heart disease at Carbondale Park at Saturday’s Ride The Rockies registration day.  

Ride like a girl

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The first and only sexist comment of the day happened 20 miles in to today’s ride. I’m still baffled that people still use “girl” as an insult. I was passing a group of men and said, “I your left” as we climbed up this hill. As I pushed them, one of the men said, “dude, you’re getting passed by a … Read More

Average Everyday Rider Parade

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Mt. Sopris christened the start of our 2016 Ride The Rockies from the welcoming town of Carbondale. It shone as a majestic symbol of all the beauty and challenges to be seen and to be conquered. Once you snapped photos of Mt. Sopris, and you broke a champagne bottle over your bicycle frames top tube, it was time to load … Read More

Revelations Per Minute

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back in the saddle

The Denver Post published an article, by Daniel Petty, about this year’s Ride The Rockies and he wrote, “the event, though not competitive, certainly requires training.” If only the (highly valued) RTR volunteers pulled us up the steeper mountain climbs, then training wouldn’t be so “required.” Still, we can stop, snap a few scenic pictures, eat as often as we … Read More

Chamois Cream. Chamois Cream. Chamois Cream.

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As a first time rider, I wanted to make sure I attended the Pre-Tour Clinic to get low-down on the up hills. As I sat between an excited group of folks, talks of past Ride The Rockies filled the air — one man had the feeling we were going to get snowed on this year and others were excited about staying … Read More

Riding with the Men

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feminist shadow

I asked the women of the Pedal Women’s Cycling Club if anyone was interested in riding up Deer Creek Canyon. Radio silence. I scrolled through the pedal RACING Strava group and saw a discussion with the Racing Team posting about the same route. I was the only woman who clicked “I’m in.”  Anxiety rushed through me as I pedaled my … Read More

Ride The Rockies Training Update

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I placed 2nd in my age group in the Gran Fondo New York World Championship (100 miles/8,600’ climbing) on May 15th to prep for Ride The Rockies. Argentina came in first and third, Puerto Rico fourth. I should be pleased, but I pushed through the last grueling climb and gave it all I had into the finish stretch knowing every … Read More

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Ride

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RTR Lenihan 2nd Post Clouds with Ray of Light

The song ‘Let’s Go Crazy,’ by Prince, is like an anthem for Ride The Rockies, but we could also consider the RTR anthem as: ‘Let’s Go Healthy!’ What a wonderful song that would be. It reflects our goals of healthy exercising (pedal ten-thousand hours this week), and our healthy, nutrient-rich foods (granola bars dunked in tasty Odell beer), and of … Read More