Stage 7 Wrap: Gunnison to Mount Crested Butte

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

Done. Dusted. The 2019 Ride the Rockies is in the books. And what a ride it was. Great job to all 1750 who participated in the 34th running of this one-of-a-kind tour. Just like the rest of the week, Saturday’s weather was all but perfect, making the mostly flat 31-mile pedal from Gunnison to Mount Crested Butte a breeze. Well…except ... Read More

McClure Pass has to be the best day of RTR so far.

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

McClure Pass has to be the best day of RTR so far and I am blessed to be given the opportunity to write about it today. From the profile it seemed the climb would begin right out of Carbondale, but after getting on the bike path with friends new and old to start the ride, it seemed to be an ... Read More

Day 3 Blog

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

Today was Stage 3, Buena Vista to Snowmass Village, called “The Queen Stage” since our route took us up and over Independence Pass, the highest point on this year’s tour at just a tick over twelve thousand feet. I could spend several pages trying to describe the beautiful (stunning!) views and thrilling descent, but instead my mind jumps first to ... Read More

Stage 6 Wrap: Hotchkiss to Gunnison

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

Friday at Ride the Rockies was about as good as a day of road cycling gets. Great weather. Quiet country roads. Stunning scenery. Challenging climbs. Swoopy fast descents. And a Mach 6 tailwind for the final third that helped push even the weariest riders to the finish at Gunnison’s Jorgensen Park where cold Eddyline beer awaited. You really couldn’t ask ... Read More

Stage 5 Wrap: Carbondale to Hotchkiss

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

It was another day of perfect weather and superb scenery, as the 2019 Ride the Rockies headed south from Carbondale to Hotchkiss along the West Elk Loop, one of Colorado’s 26 scenic and historic byways. On paper, stage 5’s 65-mile trek wasn’t overly difficult, with just one significant ascent, only 3300 feet of total climbing, and lots of high speed ... Read More

Stage 4 Wrap: Snowmass to Carbondale

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

More than any single stage, arguably the hardest part of completing an event such as Ride the Rockies is recovering from one day to the next. Sure it’s tough pedaling over Monarch or Independence Pass. But stack those types of efforts on top of each other and the challenge gets exponentially harder. The human body (especially older ones) simply don’t ... Read More

Stage 3 Wrap: Buena Vista to Snowmass via Independence Pass

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

Apparently Aeolus is angry. Greek mythology’s Keeper of the Winds unleashed his full fury on the Ride the Rockies peloton Tuesday, making the already testing 73-mile trek from Buena Vista to Snowmass significantly more difficult. Indeed, a stiff headwind greeted the event’s 1750 riders as soon as they turned out of downtown Buena Vista and onto U.S. Highway 24 northbound. ... Read More

Ride the Rockies Day 2!

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

Could there have been a more perfect day? I think not! Having driven Monarch Pass countless times, being on a bike with a couple thousand other cyclists today was top notch. Going 3-5mph allows you to really take in the view. Adaptive Sports Center riders made their way up Monarch one by one. A ten mile climb to the summit ... Read More

It was an absolutely beautiful morning

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

It was an absolutely beautiful morning. Heading north out of Gunnison you could see the dark ribs of the mountain tops peeking out of their snow cover. The mountains when the look like this are every bit as lovely as mountains completely covered with snow. Since I was doing the one day loop, which doesn’t have nearly so many riders ... Read More

Stage 2 Wrap: Gunnison to Buena Vista via Monarch Pass

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

Monday morning, Ride the Rockies’ 1750 participants awoke on the Pacific side of the Continental Divide. Tonight, they sleep near water destined for the Atlantic. In between was the longest stage of the 2019 tour, an 83-mile northeasterly haul from Gunnison to Buena Vista that featured the grueling ascent of Monarch Pass, elevation 11,312 feet. Total climbing for the day ... Read More