Ride The Rockies Redux

A Return to Ride the Rockies
Wes Chapman
On the road with RTR ’09


The ride the Rockies Bike Tour is an acquired taste, which I acquired a long time ago, and unfortunately lost in demands at work, obligations and maturity. Fortunately, last year I began to “youthen” like Merlin, and rode the 500 miles through the Rocky Mountains with my posse of Grant and Margaret Bagley. The hook was set.

In the snow on hte Pass


This year I’m off again, to grab a quick week away and enjoy,” …RTR will treat you to a seven day, 532-mile trek, ascending four of Colorado’s most scenic mountain passes including Red Mountain, Coal Bank, Wolf Creek and Poncha. Cyclists will also travel Molas Divide and experience two natural wonders in the Colorado National Monument and the Grand Mesa. After a rewarding day in the saddle, you are sure to be entertained by an impressive line-up of guest speakers at our afternoon cycling seminars and by the festivities in each host town. This year’s finish line will dovetail with the kick-off to Salida’s FIBArk Whitewater Festival,” as described by the ride sponsors. It is normally spectacular riding and scenery, lousy food and heartburn, and a bumper crop of saddle sores.

Grant Bagley on the road to Buena Vista


It is sheer madness, and I absolutely love it.

Then on July 9th and 10th come and join us in New Hampshire for the Prouty Bike and Walk to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. This is a great benefit ride through some of the most beautiful country in the world, to support patient care and research at one of the best cancer centers in the US.

Wes Chapman
Written by Wes Chapman

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