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Greetings Cyclists!
 
The RTR staff just returned from what we call our “Cue Sheet” Trip. We rode the route, put the finishing touches on all the aid stations and were on the lookout for any road hazards. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for photos we captured along the way.
 
 
 
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Wheat Ridge Cyclery Clinic
 
Join us to learn all the details of the 2017 Ride The Rockies route, what to pack and important nutrition information. FREE food and beverages provided!

When: Thursday, May 18
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Wheat Ridge Cyclery
7085 W. 38th Ave.
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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Topics and Speakers include:
  • RTR Preparation, Gear & Clothing; Ron Kiefel, Olympic Medalist and Owner of Wheat Ridge Cyclery
  • Nutrition; Jessica Loring, Registered Dietitian of Swedish Medical Center
  • Route Review; Renee Wheelock, Ride The Rockies Tour Director
Beer provided by Odell Brewing Company

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Please CLICK HERE to RSVP by Monday, May 15.
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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Ride with Nelly
 
On day 5 of the RTR Tour, Ridgway to Montrose, Nelson Vails will host a VIP group ride. This ride is focused on raising money for Colorado nonprofit organizations that The Denver Post Community Foundation supports. All participating cyclists will receive a Primal custom “Ride with Nelly” jersey. The day will begin at the Ridgway Secondary School with a group photo at 8:45 a.m. next to the Ride the Rockies luggage trucks, followed by free pancakes from Dan the Pancake Man & Flippin Flapjacks at the first aid station. Only 40 limited edition “Ride with Nelly” autographed jerseys will be produced. Sales will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation.

Pre order and reserve your limited edition jersey today on nelsonvails.com
 
 
 
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Wear It Proud
 
Time do a little digging through your jersey collection and dust off a few of your favorites! During this year’s Tour themed jerseys will be incorporated into four stages. On Day 2, Pagosa Springs to Durango, give a shout to a beloved bicycle tour or event you have participated in the past. Show off your favorite RTR jersey on Day 4, Durango to Ridgway. Represent your alma mater with pride by wearing your college or university jersey on Day 5, Ridgway to Montrose. Ride under the finish line wearing your 2017 Ride The Rockies jersey along with your 2,000 closest friends on Day 7, Gunnison to Salida. Take a look at the full line up below. Don’t miss out on the fun, pack a jersey for each stage!

Day 2; Pagosa Springs to Durango - Beloved Bicycle Tour / Event Jersey
Day 4: Durango to Ridgway - Favorite Past RTR Jersey
Day 5; Ridgway to Montrose - College / Alma mater Jersey
Day 7; Gunnison to Salida - 2017 RTR Jersey
 
 
 
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Pre-Tour Sale
 
Wanting to get the first peek at the 2017 RTR merchandise line? Save the date for the Pre-Tour Sale, Friday May 26th at the Denver Post Building (101 W. Colfax Ave. Denver, CO 80202). Arrive in Alamosa already wearing your Ride The Rockies gear and bypass the line at the merchandise tent. The sale will feature t-shirts, hats and other RTR official garments.

Looking to update your cycling jersey closet? You have 7 days of riding right around the corner and are probably in need of some shinny new lycra threads. Have no fear, RTR is here! The Pre-Tour Sale will have plenty of jerseys in sizes ranging from S-2XL. Lost a jersey from a past RTR Tour? We might have it! Jerseys are in stock dating back to the early 2000's and cost only $20. We'll see you on the 26th!

If you are unable to attend the pre-tour sale, visit our shop page to see the entire 2017 tour line!
 
 
 
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Odell Brewing Co Special RTR Beer
 
Each year our beer sponsor, Odell Brewing Co. creates a hand crafted beer just for Ride The Rockies. This year, the beer is a fruity, citrus blonde, light and delicious; however, it was nameless. We reached out to our Facebook fan base and asked them what they thought it should be called. After numerous followers submitted their very creative names such as Citra-altitude Blonde Ale, Sweet Scenic Citrus and San Juanderful Blonde Ale, followers voted for their favorite. We landed on Million Dollar Ale by Sam Casey. Thank you to all of our followers for submitting your creative names and voting. The special brew is EXTRA special as it will only be available in Salida when you celebrate your week-long accomplishment of riding 447 miles, with 2000 of your new friends. Cheers!

Visit Odell Brewing and learn more about our beer sponsor that will be serving you ice cold beverages during the Tour!
 
 
 
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Route Vendors
 
Throughout the course of the week, route vendors will be available at every aid station selling delicious food and helping you refuel. In addition to pretzels, animal crackers, fruit, KIND bars, water and Skratch Labs hydration mix that RTR will provide, you can expect to see the following vendors on the route:
  • JKF Catering
  • Flippin' Flapjacks
  • JT's Grill
  • Smokin’ Johnny’s BBQ
  • Leaf Grill and Wok
  • Kick Stand
  • Smoothie Revolution
  • Colorado Potato Admin Committee*
  • South Fork Malt Shoppe*
  • Prosper Oats
  • James Ranch
  • Chee Z Does It
  • Monarch Crest Grill*
*Denotes local single-day vendor Click here to read up on food and snacks on the route.
 
 
 
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Durango Train
 
Did you know that this year’s Ride The Rockies route parallels a significant portion of the old Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad system? The D&RGW began in 1870 as a “narrow-gauge” line (only 3-ft across) and served as a primary form of transportation for tourists as well as natural resources such as coal and various minerals. Today, most former D&RGW main lines are owned and operated by the Union Pacific while several branch lines are now operated as “heritage railways,” including Alamosa’s Rio Grande Scenic Railroad and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad (D&SNG). In 2017, Ride The Rockies will be teaming up with the city of Durango and the D&SNG to bring you an entertainment experience like no other while we are in Durango on Tuesday, June 13th. The Railroad will be the host of our entertainment venue, where dinner will be served, their museum will be open, and music and Odell beer will be flowing through the crowd.

If you or your family members are interested in booking a trip on the train either Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (yes- you could skip part of the climb and ride all the way to Silverton), please visit: www.durangotrain.com/round-trip-silverton-train-tour.
 
 
 
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Safety Letter
 
The safety of participants and event volunteers is Ride The Rockies’ number one priority. Be on the lookout for your safety letter and medical sticker in the mail shortly before the Tour. Please fill out the sticker and place it on the inside of your helmet; it could save your life!
 
 
 
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Peak Pedalers
 
It’s time again to start hearing the stories of Peak Pedalers from around the country. Every year we look for a few enthusiastic riders who share our excitement for Ride The Rockies to join forces with us and become guest bloggers. These “Peak Pedalers” help us capture the spirit and tell the story of the summer’s ride. Peak Pedalers have the opportunity to tell their stories through photos and blog posts as they train during the weeks leading up to the event and while exploring Colorado during the ride itself. Contestants submitted a photo and writing sample, explaining why they'd make an ideal Peak Pedaler. After a week of voting on social media, where contestants rallied their friends and fans to vote on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, finalists with the most votes were handed over to the ride organizers, who decided on the finalists based on the unique perspective they'd bring to the RTR blog. This year’s winners are Greg AKA “Gator Greg” coming from Estero, FL, Michael the “Retiree Bookie” from Denver, CO, Andrea known as the “Midwestern Bike Babe” from Sherman, IL and the “Heart Transplant Guy” is Steve from Evergreen, CO.

Read the 2017 Peak Pedaler’s bio’s here.
 
 
 
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How to Ride in a Paceline
 
When organized correctly, pacelines are a very effective for group rides. 30% of your energy can be conserved as the 3rd rider in the line. Because a paceline allows you to save energy, you will be able to extend your ride and increase your speed. Consider these tips to make your next paceline ride safer and efficient.
  • Only ride in a paceline with those you are familiar riding with
  • If you are not experienced with drafting, it should be avoided
  • The front rider should maintain the 1st position for as long as he or she feels comfortable and then rotate to the back
  • Follow roughly 1-2 feet directly behind the rider in front of you
  • If there is a head wind, follow 1-2 feet off to the side of the rider in front of you
  • Communicate
  • The rider in the front of the paceline is usually the main communicator
  • Use hand signals to indicate turns, stopping and slowing
  • Use verbal warnings
  • Announce ALL passes of other bicyclists, “on your left” or “group passing”
  • Another paceline member announces the NUMBER of riders passing, “four of us passing”
  • ‘Car Up’ – to warn of approaching vehicles
  • ‘Car Back’ – to warn of passing vehicles
  • Be predictable & be prepared to YIELD to other traffic for safety, legality and courtesy
Always obey the rules of the road. Do not use pacelines when and where it is unsafe. There are several sections of road along this year’s route that have severe damage and pacelines should be avoided in order to maximize road visibly for all riders. Read up on more safety tips here.
 
 
 
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Last-Minute Training Camp!
 
CTS has a few spaces open in their May 17-20 Climbing 101 Cycling Camp in Colorado Springs, CO. Get three solid days of riding plus one-on-one instruction on pacing, gearing, and climbing techniques. And since what goes up must come down, they'll also teach descending skills so you can go downhill safely and confidently. This camp is $799, and Ride the Rockies riders Save $50 with coupon code: GOTOCAMP.
 
 
 
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Cycling Seminars
 
Ride The Rockies will feature a series of cycling seminars that highlight a particular, exciting topic relevant to the biking community. The series will be hosted by Olympic medalist and former pro racer, Ron Kiefel. *Stay tuned for complete list of speakers.

June 11th: Pagosa Springs
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Pagosa Springs High School Auditorium, north of commons area
Speakers: Denise Mueller and John Howard
Come hear Denise Mueller and John Howard speak on how they worked together to make Denise the fastest woman on a bicycle!

June 12th: Durango
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Durango High School Theater
Speaker: Sean Petty

June 16th: Gunnison
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Gunnison Middle School Lunch Room & Stage
Speaker: Chris Carmichael
Come to a book signing with Chris Carmichael featuring his new book, The Time-Crunched Cyclist. Books will be available for purchase.

Updates will be posted on the cycling seminar website page as the Tour approaches.
 
 
 
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Traveling Silent Auction
 
The Denver Post Community Foundation Traveling Silent Auction returns for a seventh consecutive year, helping to raise money for deserving nonprofits all over Colorado. Generous cyclists, community patrons and volunteers alike help us reach this goal. Exciting items this year will include:
  • 2017 Custom framed Ride The Rockies framed jersey from Frame De Art.
  • 1.5L Traveling Pouch of Vino Rosso di Salida
  • One 2018 Climbing 101 Camp at Carmichael Training Center
  • One cooler bag with giveaways from Odell Brewing Co.
  • One BH Road Bike
  • Boo Bicycle Frame
  • DT Swiss wheel-set
  • Host community vacation packages
  • Cheyenne Frontier Days train tickets
  • International adventure trip
  • 3-month Audi car rental
  • Yakima bike rack
  • Purgatory Ski Vacation
  • Bolle Sunglasses
  • RTR and Pedal The Plains VIP packages
Items also include weekend getaways to each host community, high end bikes and bike components, massages, entertainment tickets and much more! Be sure to visit the Silent Auction tent located at the headquarters site each day. Bid high, bid often!
 
 
 
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Primal Hospitality Tent
 
After a long day of climbing the Rockies, take a load off in the Hospitality Tent hosted by Primal. Grab some snacks and drinks to refuel for the evening’s festivities. While you’re there, check out Primal’s latest gear. Visit Primal Wear’s website for the latest trends in cycling apparel.
 
 
 
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Demo Fleet
 
Are you in the market for a new bike? Or maybe looking for a new wheel set or components? The RTR Demo Fleet is happy to help you start the search! You’ll have the opportunity to test ride some of the best bikes and wheels in the industry. Look for our demo partners at the headquarters site in each host community.

2017 Demo Fleet: Boo Bicycles, Cannondale, DT Swiss Wheels, Parlee, BH Bicycles, and Bolle (helmets and eye wear)
 
 
 
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Green Jersey Program
 
Back again in 2017 are the ZeroHero Green Jerseys, in partnership with CO2 Forestry and Suncor Energy! Each day limited edition green jerseys will be awarded to cyclists who embrace and support Ride The Rockies’ Tread Lightly initiatives. Be on the lookout for the RTR Green Rider throughout the course of the day. You could be the winner of the next Green Jersey! green logos
 
 
 
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CO2 Forestry - Offset your carbon emissions!
 
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Want to be green? Here’s how.

While we are committed to treading lightly, it’s not always easy being green. As we travel from one Colorado town to the next, ride support vehicles, luggage trucks and staff vehicles will likely emit more than 50 tons of carbon into the atmosphere.

Help us preserve its beauty by offsetting your carbon footprint. It’s easy. Go to Colorado-based CO2 Forestry to purchase carbon credits to offset your travel to and from the event. Thank you for doing your part to protect Colorado and the planet! Insert Image
 
 
 
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Human Interest Story
 
Do you have a unique, compelling, or life-changing story that includes your past or upcoming experience with Ride The Rockies? Is your story one that will inspire others? If so, tell us about it. Your story may be distributed to The Denver Post, RTR Bloggers, RTR Media Pass Participants, or the RTR Facebook page. Those interested should email their story to rtr@denverpost.com with the subject line Human Interest Story.
 
 
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 existing partners, we are proud to announce the return of 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.
 
 
Collaboration Corner
 
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 three to four of these organizations. This month, we are highlighting Team Samaritan House, Bicycles for Humanity, Project ReCycle, and Wish for Wheels. Also, check out the entertainment stage each night for a short description of each organization and an introduction to the riders representing them.
 
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Team Samaritan House was created by Catholic Charities’ board member Tom Schwein and his cycling partner Tom Dea to help raise awareness of the need to fight homelessness. Each year, the team has grown in riders and passion. Over the past six years, Team Samaritan House has raised more than $375,000 for Catholic Charities’ homeless shelters. As the charitable arm of the Archdiocese of Denver. Catholic Charities serves thousands of people each year in three interlocking areas: Women’s Services, Family and Child Care Services, and Housing and Shelter Services. They are also a first-responder in disaster relief services, such as the 2013 floods in northern Colorado.
 
 
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Bicycles for Humanity Colorado is a non-profit organization based in Colorado that uses donated bicycles to address a fundamental barrier to development and healthcare in rural Africa. Poor transport systems mean poor access to healthcare, education and economic opportunities — and bicycles delivered through community-based bike shops provide sustainable mobility solutions for rural Africans. To date, we have delivered over 6,000 bikes to small communities in Namibia, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, creating jobs and schools along the way.
 
 
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Project Recycle is a Douglas County, Colorado-based 501(c)3 Non-Profit. Project ReCycle was founded in 2010 to provide smiles to children all over Colorado via a bicycle. That has not changed today. Our first run at this venture led us to create a program that would not only guarantee smiles but would also influence children’s academic behavior in a positive manner. As part of our Dream Bike Program, Children, during their academic year, are encouraged to earn a bike by improving in 3 areas; Respect, Attendance and Academic Growth. Project ReCycle works with multiple agencies to provide stability for children. The gifted bicycle becomes a constant in a life of change. Project ReCycle collects bicycles from participating locations on a weekly basis. Bikes are brought back to the repair shop and inspected. If a bike cannot be fixed for reuse, it is dismantled. Each reusable part is salvage for future use. All remaining bike parts are then recycled.
 
 
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Wish for Wheels gives the gift of a brand new bicycle and helmet to low income children (grades k-2). For most, this is their very first time even riding a bike. Their mission, to transform the lives of kids from low-income families, broadening their scope for personal growth and a healthy lifestyle through the gift of a new bicycle, is accomplished thanks to the generous partnerships they form with local businesses and corporations to host customized team building experiences. Partners build the bicycles and have the honor of leading the give directly.
 
 
 
 
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2nd Cancellation Deadline
 
Cancellation requests must be submitted through email at rtr@denverpost.com by May 14, 5:00 p.m. MST. No refunds will be issued after this date, regardless of circumstances. Refunds will not be issued for the $5 application fee, technical merchandise ordered, and/or any voluntary donations made to The Denver Post Community Foundation.
 
 
 
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Ride The Rockies Mobile App
 
Ride The Rockies is working on a mobile app. The app will be available for download prior to the tour and will include information about each days ride, schedule, host community businesses and restaurants and town logistics and site maps. Once the app is available, an email will be sent with instructions on how to download it for free! Stay Tuned!
 
 
 
 
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