Ride for the Pass

When: Saturday, May 21, 2016, 10 a.m.

Where: Independence Pass, Aspen, Colorado

Start Line: Winter Gate, 5 Miles East of Aspen

For more information, contact Dina Belmonte, Ride Coordinator, 970.379.1222, dinab@sopris.net.

About the Ride

The Ride for the Pass is a recreational ride and road bike race up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass that allows riders to enjoy this beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it is opened to cars for the season. The Ride benefits the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work on the Pass.

New this year, there will be two finish lines: The first at Weller Lake turnout, just over two miles from the starting line for families and recreational riders, and the second at the traditional Independence ghost town site ten miles from the start. All riders doing the 10-mile Independence route will be timed and included in the competitive category for their respective age groups.  All Weller riders will be untimed and will start at 10:10am. Fun prizes and goodies will be given to all Weller riders, so bring (or pull) the kids!

In years past the Ride has attracted almost 500 riders and start-line registration has been crowded, so riders are encouraged to pre-register prior to the Ride. Winning race times to Independence are usually around 40 minutes with most riders finishing in less than two hours.

The Ride follows the traditional route from the Winter Gate, five miles east of Aspen, up Highway 82 toward the Continental Divide to either the Weller Lake turnout (2+ miles gaining 650 feet of elevation, from 8,650’ to 9,300’) or the Independence ghost town (10 miles gaining 2,300 feet of elevation to 10,967’.) There are aid stations and turnaround sites at various points along the route. The Ride is followed by a party at the St. Regis in Aspen featuring free beer and other beverages and dozens of fantastic drawing prizes donated by Roaring Fork Valley businesses.