Vote for Powered By Lungs by liking or commenting on this pic (or using hashtag #lungs and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

A few months after being in full respiratory arrest and put on life-support from a severe asthma attack back in 1991, I traveled to Colorado to seek advanced medical help for my asthma. One my one day off from a battery of test my dad drove me to Breckenridge for the day to explore. On the drive there I noticed hundreds of cyclists climbing hills that our car could barely make it up. I thought to myself, NO WAY, how is this possible?! They must be pros and getting paid because no one in their right mind could or would do this. And definitely not a guy who had just died from asthma. Turns out it was Ride The Rockies!!! That image stuck out in my mind and just clicked. One day I will do this; I don’t know how or when but I am going to do RTR. Vote for Powered By Lungs by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #lungs and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

Vote for Michigan Mini-Pumper by liking or commenting on this pic (or using hashtag #mini and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

I’m a firefighter, EMT and an avid cyclist doing my best to train for the Rocky Mountains from the shores of Lake Michigan. I’m riding the same 60 ft. hill over and over…I think it’s helping! Nothing restores my soul like riding my bicycle. In the chaotic world of firefighting and EMS you can see the worst of the worst; that is one reason why I love jumping on my bike and riding. When I am on my bicycle all the worries and stresses of life melt away and they are replaced by the soothing wind in my face and picturesque views Vote for Michigan Mini-Pumper by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #mini and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

Vote for Bicyle Neophyte by liking or commenting on this pic (or using hashtag #neophyte and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

I’ve been cycling 6 months. Yesterday, I reached the top of Sandia Crest Road. Pedaling just fast enough that gravity didn’t push me backwards while I leaned forwards. I have a very active imagination, recently rediscovered my love of writing, make friends exceedingly easily, don’t scare children or small animals, and can use an idiot camera with the best of ’em. Watch someone (me) while I bend my mind and body into stronger shape in order to ascend 40,000+ feet of beautiful terrain with less than 3 months of training available to me. I’ve already signed up for 3 riding events in May that will help me prepare for Ride The Rockies. Seriously, what was I thinking when I signed up for the women’s road race in the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic? I’ll try not to finish dead last but I certainly won’t be at the winners circle. Vote for Bicyle Neophyte by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #neophyte and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

Vote for Not Your Average Joe by liking or commenting on this pic (or using hashtag #average and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

I’ll never be a road racer, or a pro cyclist, but I love this sport! I’m a Colorado native and first time rider on RTR. I bring an upbeat and comic perspective to my writing. Contrary to my identity above, I fully expect to be in the middle of the pack, Where else would the class clown be, but in the thick of things cracking jokes and trying to make people laugh? I love the thought of being able to share my experiences on Ride The Rockies. Vote for Not Your Average Joe by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #average and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

Data are in: the harder the ride, the younger the blood work. I dare you to be us: over 60, fit; athletic and strong. Not to mention smart and good looking. We prefer to get off our duffs, keep our heads down, mouths shut and hammer like hell. Vote for Biometrically Unchallenged by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #unchallenged and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).

I am sixteen years old, have done Ride the Rockies three times under my own power, and am an avid cyclist. I can comment on how awesome climbing a mountain pass was, or how spooky the psycho cows were going down the other side, like the cows on Ute pass three rides ago. As a Peak Pedaler, I hope to inspire other kids to consider doing Ride The Rockies in the future. Vote for The Mitchman by liking or commenting on this pic on Facebook (or using hashtag #mitchman and #ridetherockies on Twitter or Instagram).