Ride The Rockies 2012

Crested Butte to Fort Collins - June 8 - 15, 2012

The 2012 route covered 485 miles and 26,500' of climbing. These totals include the 49 mile prologue ride, which I did for the first time this year. For an additional contribution to the Denver Post Charities, the prologue provides a full RtR cycling kit, a fully supported extra ride the day before, a post ride massage, a couple days of hotel, some nice meals and perhaps best, guarantees a slot in Ride The Rockies with priority choice of hotels during the week if so desired.

The main RtR route went from Gunnison through the Black Canyon to Hotchkiss, over McClure Pass to Carbondale, through Aspen and over Independence Pass to Leadville, over Fremont and Ute Passes to Granby, through Rocky Mountain National Park and over Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park and finally to Fort Collins. The highlight of the trip was riding through the park and climbing Trail Ridge Road, the highest continuous road (that doesn't just dead end) in the U.S. We were extremely fortunate to have a perfect day for Trail Ridge. I know a lot of folks who have been snowed out on Trail Ridge in June or even July. In fact we had great weather the entire week. This was the 7th Ride The Rockies I've done and I never get tired of them..

Daily route plots and elevation profiles shown below are from my Garmin Edge 800 using  Ascent on my Mac. 

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