About the Ride
Thanks for riding!
Registration – $125 includes jersey, t-shirt, hat, medal & complete support.
Registration Children’s – 6-17 – $60 includes jersey, t-shirt, hat, medal & complete support. All minors under the age of 18 need to be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older.
Red Rocks Challenge offers four routes (see route description below):
- A Full Epic Metric Century
- An abbreviated 50 Mile
- A fun and scenic 30 Mile
The elevation of the 62 mile ride is 6300 and there are a few hills that briefly go above a 12% grade.
There are two major climbs on the 62 mile ride, Climb 1 – Brook Forest: 7500 – 8900 ft and Climb 2 – High Dr.: 7400 – 8000 ft (3.5 miles).
The 50 mile ride will only have 1 major climb.
If you’d like to pick-up your packet in advance of the ride, you can do so at the following places on Friday September 1, 2017 between 11am-4pm.
- T.E.V. Edelweiss (start and finish location)
- Adventure Cycling, 4361 S Parker Rd, Aurora
- Campus Cycles, 2102 S Washinton, Denver
- Republic Cycles, 2626 Baseline Road, Boulder
If these pickup spots are not convenient, we can mail your packet to you AS LONG AS YOUR FULL RAISING MINIMUM AS BEEN MET. There will be a $12.95 charge to mail any packets. All packets need to be mailed by August 15, 2017 in order to arrive on time.
September 2nd, Ride Day
Red Rocks Challenge is a RIDE, not a Race. Recommendations on start times will be announced with the routes.
7:00am – Metric Century & 50 Mile Route
8:00am – 30 Mile Route
8:30am – 5 Mile Kids Challenge
START LINE: T.E.V. Edelweiss Club
17832 Highway 8, Morrison, Colorado
From C-470 E take Morrison Rd./Hwy 74. Go south on Hwy 8 and head up the hill about a mile. The entrance of T. E. V. Edelweiss and parking will be on your left.
From C-470 W take exit 285, go R on Morrison Rd/Bear Creek Ave. The entrance of T. E. V. Edelweiss and parking will be on your right.
Look for the big blue and white pole.
PLEASE CARPOOL if possible. Parking is limited. Overflow parking will be available across from Cafe Prague in downtown Morrison once Edelweiss parking fills up.
6:00-8:00am Registration and Packet Pickup.
7:00am START TIME
All riders should be on the route no later than 8:00am.
10:30am-4:00pm Post Ride Celebration at T.E.V. Edelweiss Club.
Expo features vendors, music, food, and more!
These are some of the rave reviews that we have received about the amazing route.
"That was a great ride..probably one of the hardest days I’ve had in the saddle…..but so worth it. RRC moved to the top of my list of favorite rides. I plan on crushing it again next year!" – Craig L., 2013 Rider
"I really enjoyed the ride – super hard for me but very rewarding. I’m already spreading the word to get more of my friends to do it in 2014!" – George F., 2013 Rider
"I rode the century option and had a fun–but tough–ride. Compared to other rides, the RRC is more secluded, less people and a great route. I’d be back in a heart beat." – John M., 2013 Rider
"Great ride. The support was much better this year than when I rode it two years ago- directions were clear, road help was visible, and stations were well stocked. Food was there at the end too, which was not the case two years when I finished. tough route, especially that brook forest/black mountain segment!" – Dan H.
"Very tough ride, well sign posted and a great group of people to ride with! Thanks." – Elizabeth D.
"It was my first time riding the event. Although a little disorganized at the start, the event was great. The signage and directions were very good and the aid stations were well stacked and manned by friendly groups of volunteers. I did the century route and agree that the Brook Forest/Black Mountain climb was surprisingly difficult. I would definitely plan to participate again next year." Matthew O.
"This was also my first time doing the ride, actually it was my first road bike ride ever on my new bike! I really enjoyed the route itself. It was a beautiful ride. The brook forest/black mountain was tough but it was worth the long downhill afterwards! I was really happy to see so many support vehicles and police cars ensuring the route was safe. The aid stations were perfect and the people were extrememly nice. Thanks for a great first time experience with biking! I will definitely be signing up again next year." – Jenny
"Awesome ride! Very well marked with great road help. The volunteers were wonderful and there was lots of healthy, tasty food at the aid stations. Sign up/registration had a few issues but everything else was perfect. Lunch from Wahoo’s made the day. I will definitely do this ride again and try to encourage more of my friends to join me." – Terri
"My husband and I rode The Healing Wheels for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. I like that the event is smaller and registration is limited, so there aren’t masses of inexperienced riders to dodge – we rode the Metric and for most of our ride we felt like we had the road completely to ourselves. The aid stations were well spaced along the route and well stocked. We really appreciated the police presence on the busier sections of the route. The route itself was fantastic – the climbs up Brook Forest and High Drive were challenging, and the countryside was absolutely beautiful. We’re so happy to have discovered some new roads to train on and enjoy. My only niggle is that Wahoo’s was not yet at the finish when we finished at 11:30, so no tacos for us. Despite that, Healing Wheels will definitely remain on our cycling calendar." – Mandy
"First time riding this event. Thought the ride was great, the roads were well marked and as mentioned previously the police presence was nice. A couple of wats to improve for next year would be to provide a better map in the rider packet (the scale was too small to be useful), with an elevation profile and milepoints for the aid stations. Other than that I thought it was a well run event. The director of Inner City Medical Services, Kraig, was very helpful and even remembered our names from the previsous evenings registration at Bicycle Village. Will definitely be back. And yes, Brook Forrest road was tough!" – Steve C.
"It was my first time riding Healing Wheels. It was a great ride! Very well marked with great road help. The volunteers and aid stations were wonderful. I will participate next year. Thanks!"– Jan J.
"Outstanding ride! My second year doing it, and it was certainly more enjoyable without the freezing rain of 2010. I agree with the comments about Brook Forest/Black Mountain although I thought the Black Mountain Road segment was where the extreme challenge was for me. I enjoyed talking with volunteers at each aid station as well. This ride will continue to be in my annual plans." – SM Ready to Ride
"What an awesome ride! If you are tired of the huge 3,000 people bike tours and want a good challenge, this is the ride for you! The climbing was tough, the course well-marked and aid stations and volunteers were perfect. No frills, just a great event. I also HIGHLY recommend this event for anyone training for Triple Bypass or Deer Creek Challenge. The difficulty of this ride puts it right up there with the classics! I’ll be back next year!" – Kathleen A.
"I am a bit new to cycling and this was my first tour. It was definitely a challenge, but the support was wonderful and I really enjoyed it! I plan on doing Healing Wheels next year!" – Maxine M.