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Greetings Cyclists!
 
Ride The Rockies is two months away. Time to start adding a few more miles to your weekly training rides. As the Tour draws near, we want to provide you with some helpful information.
 
 
 
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8th Annual Prologue Ride
 
Elevate your week in the Rockies with our Prologue Ride. There are still a few openings for this VIP experience, June 9-11. By joining our elite group of celebrity cyclists, you will start the weekend by meeting other Prologue participants at the welcome reception on Friday night at the historic El Monte Resort & Spa. Saturday begins with a power house breakfast to set the day of cycling up for success. You’ll finish the ride at Rancho de Chimayo, the coveted winner of the 2016 James Beard Foundation Award for the American Classic Restaurant, where riders will be refreshed with cold margaritas and delicious food. Enjoy a much deserved massage before you head off to dinner under the stars at The Bavarian atop Taos Ski Mountain.

Find out more online or call 303-954-6703 to upgrade!
 
 
 
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Training Tips
 
It’s going to be a great week of riding in the spectacular Rocky Mountains and we want to help you prepare. Riders of all levels come together to experience RTR, and the training plan here is meant to be a basic and effective program that can be used by a relative beginner up to an intermediate cyclist.
Consistency is the most important component of preparing to ride over 400 miles during RTR. The program starts out with 3 rides per week and progresses to 5 rides per week. You may need to shift days around or even skip some of the specific efforts prescribed. That’s fine, but all the while aim to achieve the frequency (3-5 rides per week) and the total weekly hours. That consistency and frequency are more important than any of the specific workouts in the program.

Get your training plain brought to you by Carmichael Training Systems today!
 
 
 
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Feedzone Cookbook Pedal Fuel
 
How about a little help with your recovery?
Try Skratch Labs Endurance Recovery Mix! After throttling yourself like a Tasmanian devil, Endurance Recovery Mix is a tasty way to help your body recover fast. The recovery mix is made with a balance of calories, fats, and protein that's optimized for fueling depleted muscles. And it doesn't taste like chemicals because Skratch Labs doesn't use 'em. It's the real deal, specifically made for those who push the hardest and the farthest. 

Purchase your mix today!
 
 
 
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Ride Safe, Ride Smart
 
Ride The Rockies is conducted on open roads with vehicular traffic present. These roads include both marked and unmarked hazards. Though we go to great lengths to make the tour as safe as possible, you are only as safe as you ride. Always remember that your safety is in your own hands, and ride by these rules:
  • Ride as far to the right as possible. Only ride two abreast when the shoulder is wide enough. Obey traffic laws, signs and signals.
  • All participants MUST wear an approved helmet with an emergency identification sticker (provided by RTR) adhered inside.
  • Bicycle trailers and child seats are not permitted.
  • Be predictable. Ride in a straight line.
  • No headphones while riding.
  • If you are inexperienced with drafting, do not ride in pacelines.
  • Use hand signals to indicate left or right turns, slowing or stopping.
  • Never assume motorists see you or that you have the right-of-way.
  • Move completely off the road and shoulder when stopped and resting.
  • Warn fellow cyclists of road hazards.
  • Only pass cyclists on their left. When passing, warn cyclists by saying, “On your left.”
  • Cross railroad tracks at a right angle.
  • Rearview mirrors are strongly recommended.
  • Expect the unexpected; your first responsibility is to be safe.
  • All Ride The Rockies support and safety services are provided on the designated and marked route ONLY.
 
 
 
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Summit Cycle Solutions
 
There is still time to book your baggage transportation and shuttle bus reservations through Summit Cycle Solutions (SCS). Requests are handled on a first-come first-serve basis and may be dependent upon minimum participation levels. Cyclists may opt-in for baggage service to and from their hotel (including hotels not booked through SCS) during the week and as a part of their overall accommodation package.

To book your baggage transportation and shuttle bus reservations, visit the SCS website: summitcyclesolutions.com
 
 
 
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Private Support Vehicle Pass Program
 
Passes are available for purchase until April 24, or while supplies last! This program provides guaranteed parking for support vehicles near HQ sites, which is a luxury on a tour where space is at a premium. The nearby parking allows easier access to your riders and all the entertainment that occurs throughout the week. In addition to the convenience for private support vehicles, the program helps create a safer route for your loved ones riding in the Tour. There has been a growing concern for the safety of our riders due to the amount of traffic created by private support vehicles.
Remember: Ride The Rockies is a fully supported tour which limits the need for private support vehicles to be on the tour route itself.

Learn more online!

A registration fee of $175 is required for each Private Support Vehicle. Buy your pass today!
 
 
 
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First Time Rider Social
 
RTR rookie riders gathered on April 4th at the Denver Athletic Club for the First Time Rider Social. 100 new cyclists attended the event to gain insight on tips and tricks from veteran riders and RTR presenters. Topics included: Is Your Bike Ready? (Campus Cycles and Wheat Ridge Cyclery),Training Tips and Tricks (Carmichael Training Center and Terri Porter – a fitness expert), Nutrition and more! If you were unable to attend the First Time Rider Social, we have you covered! See all of the presenter’s notes here.

We would like to thank our event sponsors:
 
 
 
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Wheat Ridge Cyclery Pre-Tour Clinic
 
Join us to learn all the details of the 2017 Ride The Rockies route, what to pack, and important information. Free food and beverages provided! When: Thursday May 18 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: Wheat Ridge Cyclery: 7085 W. 38th Ave Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

Topics Include: RTR preparation, Gear & Clothing, Nutrition and Route Review.

Please click Here to RSVP by Monday, May 15th

While this event is free, we will need a headcount for food and beverages. Questions? Call Suzi Jolly at 303-954-6707 or email sjolly@denverpost.com
 
 
 
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Welcome Package & Gear
 
Each registered participant will receive a Welcome Package complete with a $25 merchandise gift certificate, commemorative hat and official RTR sticker. In the coming weeks, look forward to receiving your package in the mail. The 2017 Route Tee is now available for purchase. Visit ridetherockies.com/merchandise to place your order!
 
 
 
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Lets Get Social!
 
Connect with Tour participants before the ride this June! Become a fan of Ride The Rockies on Facebook and you’ll be able to interact with fellow riders through the RTR Forum Tab. Whether you are looking for someone to ride with, interested in carpooling or sharing accommodations, we want to get our cyclists together! Comment on a tab or create a new topic. You can find the tab under the RTR profile picture.

The social media doesn’t end with Facebook. Follow RTR on Twitter @RideTheRockies and Instagram @RideTheRocks. We want to hear from you! Tell us about your training, show us the view from your bike, nutrition tips and all things biking! Send us a tweet or Instagram a photo using #RideTheRockies.
 
 
 
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Odell Brewing CO. and RTR Special Brew
 
Beer description: fruity, citrus blonde so light and delicious! But what should it be called? Each year Odell Brewing Co. creates a hand crafted brew just for Ride The Rockies and we are looking for the perfect title. Submit your creative names by commenting on our Facebook posts no later than April 14th. Voting on the name will begin shortly after. Cheers!

Post your crafty brew names on the RTR Facebook page
 
 
 
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Peak Pedalers
 
Every year Ride The Rockies selects 3 to 5 Tour participants who share our excitement for the ride to become guest bloggers a part of the Peak Pedaler Program. They have the opportunity to tell their story through photos and blog posts while training and during the Tour. The perfect Peak Pedaler is someone with an interesting perspective and a knack for storytelling.

Interested applicants, who have been accepted into the Tour, will apply online. Next, all submissions are posted on RTR social media networks for one week to collect vote. Afterwards, the winners are selected!

If you believe you are the perfect fit, submit your entry today.
 
 
Collaboration Corner
 
Click here to view all of our partners.
 
In addition to our wonderful sponsors , we also have a number of exciting collaborative partnerships to announce in 2017. Ride The Rockies is proud to work hand in hand with several organizations in an effort to increase awareness, funds and volunteers for their services—both locally and internationally. This year, our collaborative partners include: Team Samaritan House/Catholic Charities, The Davis Phinney Foundation, Adaptive Sports Center, Bicycles for Humanity, Project ReCycle, Wish for Wheels and World Bicycle Relief. Each Spokes Notes newsletter will highlight two to three of these organizations. This month, we are highlighting The Davis Phinney Foundation, Adaptive Sports Center and World Bicycle Relief.
 
 
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The Davis Phinney Foundation helps people with Parkinson's live well today, changing what it means to live with Parkinson’s by moving people to action. The Foundation funds innovative research, creates tools and resources and connects people to information that enables them to improve their quality of life. To learn more information on the Davis Phinney Foundation, visit: davisphinneyfoundation.org
 
 
 
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The Adaptive Sports Center enhances the quality of life of people with disabilities through year-round outdoor adventure activities. Programs include an array of winter and summer sports based in Crested Butte and special events throughout Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region. Find out about Adaptive Sports Center here: adaptivesports.org
 
 
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World Bicycle Relief fuels economic and cultural empowerment in Africa by providing bicycles to people. With a bicycle, distance is no longer a barrier for girls to get an education, for aid workers to reach sick people in need, for entrepreneurs to bring more goods to market and lift their families out of poverty. Providing bicycles to these three categories of recipients (students, aid workers and entrepreneurs), WBR is being strategic in how they transform the region. Bicycles have the power to radically change lives, to provide hope in areas with little opportunity, and in the process, transform families, villages and even regions. The bicycles are manufactured locally providing jobs to local mechanics. And with their ability to keep costs so low, it only takes $147 to change someone’s life. For more information on the World Bicycle Relief, visit: worldbicyclerelief.org/en
 
 
 
Recognizing Our Partners
 
Ride The Rockies would not be possible without the support and contributions of our sponsors, bike technicians and demo partners. Along with our returning partners, we are excited to announce our presenting sponsor, Viawest, and new relationships with Summit Cycle Solutions, Real Time Pain Relief, Rocky Mountain Underground, BH Bikes and Backroads Battery.
 
Click here to view all of our partners.
 
 
 
 
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