About the Ride

As you may know, Colorado is one of the most beautiful states in the US and the Front Range is spectacular when it comes to cycling. Places like Red Rocks Park and Dinosaur Ridge are breath taking. Climbs up High Drive and City View will certainly test your endurance and strength. The RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge has been previously named the Healing Wheels Ride, the Red Rocks Century and the Red Rocks Gran Fondo. In 2017, the event became part of the 501c3 Non- Profit, DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events ...CYCLE TO CONQUER ALS …For Those Who Care, Tax ID 27-1823372. We proud to say that since its inception in 2009 our charity has been able to donate back over $300,000 to worthwhile ALS Charites.  We thank all our participants, our sponsors and our contributors for their amazing support.

Each participant is required to raise $300 in donations by ride day, September 8th. All proceeds of the event will be donated to support ALS Research.

ALS patient Michael Cimbura & pilot Zach Yendra Board member Noni Bacon & Neal Reining

The RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge has four different routes for every ability. There is a 32 mile, a 51 mile, a Metric Century 60 mile and the BEAST – a 130 Mile, 13,000 feet of climbing. No matter what route you take you will be supported with Aid Stations, SAG, Mechanical & Medical Support.

RED ROCKS EXTREME CHALLENGE CYCLE TO CONQUER ALS

FOR THOSE WHO CARE

Four Individual Routes. One For Every Ability.

This 32-mile route will start at T.E.V. Edelweiss like all the others and you’ll warm up with gentle climbs in beautiful Red Rocks Park in the early morning light, exiting though Dinosaur Ridge back to Morrison. From there you’ll head up a gentle grade on Bear Creek Rd to Evergreen. Along the way, you’ll hit Aid Station 1 at the Kittredge Community Bible Church if you need it. When you get to Evergreen (at the lake) you’ll be making a left on Hwy 73 to Aid Station 2. This is where you’ll turn around and head back the way you came. Up Hwy 73 then a right turn onto Hwy 74 back into Morrison turning right at Hwy 8 to T.E.V. Edelweiss.

The 51-mile route takes you the same way as the 32 route above, however, you continue passed Aid Station 2 turning right on Brook Forest Rd. You will continue up Brook Forest Rd a couple of miles before hitting the first major climb. Riders will climb for about 5 miles on Brook Forest Rd, ending at the peak of Brook Forest and celebrating their climb at Aid Station 3.

From the Aid Station, you’ll have a nice decent until you get to Hwy 73. Take a left turn on 73 and proceed north until you get to the junction of Hwy 73 & North Turkey Creek. Look for Aid Station 4 at Aspen Ridge Church after turning left at North Turkey Creek.  This is the bail on spot for the 51 miler riders. After the rest stop you’ll continue around the traffic circle to Hwy 73 North back to Evergreen Lake turning right on to Hwy 74 and back into Morrison. If needed you’ll find Aid Station 1 on the left of the highway at the Kittredge Community Bible Church. Continue on Hwy 74 to Hwy 8 in Morrison and turn right back to T.E.V Edelweiss.

60 Mile Metric Century Route

5190 Ft Climbing

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24398734

This route takes you the same way as the route above, however, at Aid Station 4 Aspen Ridge Church you will continue east on North Turkey Creek Rd for about 5 miles until you get to High Drive where you’ll make a left. Here you’ll face your major climb of the day up High Drive for about 4 miles. At the top, you’ll find another rest stop, Aid Station 5. After the Aid station, you’ll descend down Stanley Park Rd to Little Cub back to Hwy 74 turning right towards Morrison. If needed you’ll find Aid Station 1 on the left of the highway at the Kittredge Community Bible Church. Continue Hwy 74 to Hwy 8 in Morrison and turn right back to T.E.V Edelweiss.

The “BEAST” – 130 Miles & 13,000 Feet of Climbing

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26583060

See what they say – Kevin Wigfield past RED ROCKS Century rider
“Love it Barry. It is on my event list for sure. Already sharing it with fellow cyclist! Cheers, Kevin “.

This is exactly what the name says – a “BEAST” of a ride. You start off with the same course as the Metric Century with climbs up Brook Forest Road and High Drive. You’ll descend Stanley Park and Little Club going back to Hwy 73 South back to S Turkey Creek and Aid Station 4 at Aspen Ridge Church. After the stop, you’re heading back east on S Turkey Creek going under Hwy 285. Continue S Turkey Creek to the junction of S Turkey Creek & Deer Creek Canyon. Stay to the right, continue S Turkey Creek until you get to Hillsdale turn right then a quick left onto City View – here’s your 3rd major climb. Climb City View until it turns into Crystal Drive. Crystal Drive to Oehlmann Park Rd. Oehlmann Park Rd to Pheasant Park Road where you’ll find Aid Station 6. After this Aid Station, you have a very nice descent down High Range until you get to Deer Creek Canyon where you make a left with a couple mile climb again for climb number 4. After the climb, you’ll descend Deer Creek Canyon back to S. Turkey Road make a right and back to under Hwy 285. Be on the lookout for High Drive again where you’ll make a right and do this climb number 5 for a second time. There will be Aid Station 4 at the top of High Drive waiting for you. You’ll then descend Stanley Park to Little Cub back to Hwy 73 to Hwy 74 turn right and head back towards Morrison.

In Kittredge, you’ll turn right at Myers Gulch taking that south toward Parmalee Gulch to S Turkey Creek – south to N Turkey Creek back to Hwy 73 North. Hwy. Hwy 73 North to Hwy 74 turn right and back to Morrison turning right at Hwy 8 to T.E.V. Edelweiss and the FINISH THE BEAT CELEBRATION where you will receive your FINISHER BEAST JERSY AND BELT BUCKLE.

Memorial flags for those who we have lost someone or have someone suffering from ALS have become part of the DEATH RIDE Tour Inc. Charity Cycling Events. As a participant if you have a dear family member or friend who has been affected by ALS, you’ll receive a special flag to carry with you on the ride,

To honor my parents and to continue the tradition of TZEDAKAH, The DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events took over the RED ROCKS ride in 2017 making it a charity event to support ALS Research

Planting Flag

Posing with Flag

Barry with Flag

Initially flags were planted in memory of Irvin & Rhoda Sopinsky during the 2009 Inaugural DEATH RIDE Tour in Silverton, Telluride and Durango at the cemeteries.

Also at their grave sites in Buffalo, NY. Since then it has been a tradition to supply memorial and in honor flags to participants for those we have lost someone or are suffering from ALS.

To honor my parents and to continue the tradition of TZEDAKAH, The DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Charity Cycling Events took over the RED ROCKS ride in 2017 making it part of the Non-Profit’s charity rides to support ALS Research and to CONQUER this horrible disease.

ANGEL OF LIFE AWARD

The Angel of Life Award is presented to participants of the event you show or provide unselfish commitment to the mission and values of the RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge – Ride Strong …Live Strong …And Give Back (TZEDAKAH) More Than You Get.

2017 Angel of Life Recipients RED ROCKS Challenge:

Ethan Perlstein, David Holland, Jody Amend, Shari Zimmerman, Rob Callaghan and Hillary Price. If you would like to be an Angel of Life please click here for the Stairway To Heaven Program.

 

WHAT KIND OF SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?

RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge – SAG Support

SAG Support will be provided by volunteers driving SUVs and trucks equipped with bike pumps, tubes, water and nutritional supplies. If you need a ride – take one. Don’t be ashamed of getting in the SAG.

RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge Medical Support Provider-Event Medical Solutions

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We are your neighbors, friends, and family. We are the EMTs and paramedics that you have known and trusted for years. We are bikers, skiers, runners, snowboarders, climbers, and outdoors men/women just like you. We are experienced emergency medical professionals and event competitors who have seen, first hand, how an understaffed, unorganized or partially equipped event medical.

RED ROCKS EXTRENME Challenge Mechanical Support Providers
Adventure Cycling Beeline Bikes
www.adventurecycle.net www.beelinebikes.com

Adventure Cycling Logo Beeline Bikes Logo Beeline Truck
Death Ride Ambassador JerseyIt is the responsibility of each participant to make sure your bicycle is in proper working condition. It is recommended that you take your bike to your local bike shop or contact Beeline bikes mobile service and them completely go through your bike and tune it.

You should be prepared on a daily basis to fix flat tires and monor mechanical requirements. Adventure Cycling and Beeline Bikes will be available in the evenings to check through your bicycle and provide minor tune ups. If something serious happens the complete RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge team will do everything possible to get your bicycle repaired and you back on the road.

In addition, the RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge will have Ride Ambassadors on the course wearing these red RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge Ambassadors Jerseys. They are there to assist in minor mechanical like flats and adjustments along with coaching you were necessary. We also a riding Medic.

Campus Cycles

 

www.campuscycles.com

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Thanks to owner Mark Velat and Michael Bowers and the rest of the Campus Cycles team. They have been supporting the DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Cycling Events since its inception in 2009 and we are pleased to have them with us at the RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge.

Thanks to owner Mark Velat and Michael Bowers and the rest of the Campus Cycles team. They have been supporting the DEATH RIDE Tour Inc., Cycling Events since its inception in 2009 and we are pleased to have them with us at the RED ROCKS EXTREME Challenge.

Mark Velat Owner and Michael Bowers with BlueBarry Cycling line at Campus Cycles

Honey Stinger

Honey Stinger Logo

History Of Honey Stinger
In 1954, beekeeper Ralph Gamber and his wife Luella created the EN-R-G Bar as a healthy snack. They also introduced "quick energy" packets of honey. Fifty years later, Honey Stinger was started in Colorado by a group including their son and grandson.

Who We Are
Located in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Honey Stinger makes nutritious and great tasting honey-based foods including energy bars, protein bars, energy gels, organic waffles and organic chews.

Nature's Energy Source

  • Honey is rich in carbohydrates, making it ideal fuel for working muscles.
  • When eaten before activity, it is released into the system at a steady rate throughout the activity.
  • Helps muscles stay nourished longer, and delays muscle fatigue.