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

Stage 1 RTR Wrap

Kim Sharp-LeybaJason Sumner

The 34th Ride the Rockies powered by Flexential kicked off under sunny skies on Sunday in Crested Butte. On tap for the event’s 1750 participants was a supremely scenic 65-mile spin that featured the punchy Jack’s Cabin Cutoff climb (most of it on gravel), and then the long grind up to Taylor Reservoir, elevation 9575 feet. Next came a rapid ... Read More

Elizabeth Philbin

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

Spring at 9,000 feet in Crested Butte, Colorado typically means it’s time to bust out the road bike from storage. In a primarily mountain bike town, it’s often the only time road bikes are spotted cruising around the Gunnison Valley. Road bikes make their appearance as we wait for our single track to melt out. With snow and cold temperatures ... Read More

Paul Glynn and Michael Moriarty

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

Preparations among the Team Green Peak Pedlars are probably as diverse as our locations from Ireland to California and as varied as our ages from a young thirty year old half ironman to some young- at -heart sixty somethings .For this member of the older cohort, the one -month-to-go reminder for RTR caused flashbacks of the worst panic attacks that ... Read More

Steve Carter

Kim Sharp-LeybaPeak Pedalers 2019

Hello again everyone. I hope your training is going great so far for RTR. Down in Texas, training continues as normal. I have over 4000 miles on the bike this year and a ride streak of at least 30 minutes, every day since October 29, 2018. Not sure if this is or will be enough because I have not done ... Read More