Mission to Ride
Start: Saturday, May 11, 2013 @ 6:00 AM (MDT)
Montrose , CO 81401
Registration Closing Date
Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 12:00 PM (MDT)
Join us for a wonderful spring cycling event in a beautiful part of Colorado. This is a non competitive bicycling tour for riders of all abilities. Road and mountain routes are offered. The Century Ride and 40 mile road routes feature the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Proceeds from the ride benefit the Montrose Medical Mission (a free medical clinic)
You may check-in either Friday May 10th at Sunrise Creek, 1968 Sunrise Dr., Montrose from 3pm until 7pm, or the morning of the event at the Montrose Pavilion.
You may start at your own discretion however we STRONGLY urge an early start to all routes. Century Ride-------6 AM to 7:30AM
Black Canyon 40----7 AM to 9 AM
60 Mile------- 7 AM to 9 AM
30 Mile------- 8 AM to 10 AM
Mountain Bike Rides 830 AM @ the trailhead (please see below or web site or map @ registration for trail head directions, trail head is 25 minutes from Rotary Park!)
Aid stations will be placed at appropriate intervals and will be stocked with water, sports drinks and other replacemant snacks. The aid stations at the Black Canyon will be closed at noon so we STRONGLY urge all riders to get an early start.
Our jerseys are very popular and always colorful. Unique every year, designed by our fashion team . Our jerseys will enhance your bicycling wardrobe! This year's design will soon be available to view at our web site.
Family Fun Ride!
New for 2012! Starting at 10 a.m. goo on a 11 mile fun ride along dedicated bicycle routes meandering along the Uncompahgre River! Aid station half way. A great idea for your Mother's Day! Sponsored by Montrose Area Bicycle Assoication.
This is a challenging ride that incorporates an arduous early morning climb to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where the rider will be rewarded with breathtaking views. Riding along the south rim the rider will do an "out & back" to Warner Point where we enjoy an awe inspiring aide station. A thrilling, fast descent back into town awaits. With most of the climbing done for the day, the riders head north. The 40 and 60 miles routes are the Century. Go to mapmyride.com.
40 Mile Route
Incorporates the Black Canyon National Park but returns to town early, without the extra mileage of a century. This is a challenging but very satisfying route, and any rider who finishes this route has accomplished a significant ride. This is the first leg of the Century.
60 Mile Loop
This route simply eliminates the out and back to the Black Canyon. This route is also the second leg of the Century ride. This is a mellow road ride that gives riders a great tour. Beautiful scenic views, a few short hills and rural roads offer an invitation to the rider who wants miles without a big climb. Three aide stations are provided.
30 Mile Route
The route is a simple out and back to Olathe and along the same rural roads as the other routes but shorter. A few short hills offer some challenge yet the mileage is reasonable. The rider will enjoy the beauty of Western Colorado along this relaxed ride. This is a favorite local ride. Go to MapMy Ride.com for map details and notes.
Picnic in the Park
We will enjoy delicious BBQ foods, salads and cold beer and wine while listening to music from noon to 5 p.m.
Please go to visitmontrose.com for lodging and area information.
There are no refunds or "rainchecks"
Enjoy great wines "Montrose Wine and Food Festival" May 10th and 11th, more info at montrosewinefestival.com.Separate admission fee for this event!
The Mission to Ride will feature multiple routes to satisfy riders of all levels. "Roadbikerider.com" has called us "Colorados's most beautiful century". Beware however, the century ride is not for the faint of heart, it is a difficult ride characterized by a steep climb, high winds and some poor pavement. Some call it the "Hell of the West" Only the strongest riders can finish the century, it is used by many as training for later events. The routes utilize both state and county roads. These routes are paved, either road bikes or mountain bikes are appropriate. Although support and sag will be available, we encourage all riders to have themselves and their bikes in good condition prior to ride. All riders must be able to fix their own flats. All routes (except mountain bike route) begin and end at Rotary Park (Columbine Middle School) in Montrose. The routes "overlap" and use mutual aid stations. Our ride is the same weekend as The Montrose Wine Fest! Take a look at the Buena Vista Bike Festival and make it a weekend of cycling in western Colorado!