21st Annual Ride for the Pass

Jennifer Summer, Denver, who has participated in the Ride for the Pass many times, was the lucky winner of the women’s townie bike at the 21st Annual Ride for the Pass..

Craig Canon, who has volunteered his services as official Ride photographer over the years, surprised outgoing Executive Director Mark Fuller, with a huge “thank you” created from balloons.

While the sun did not shine on the 21st annual Ride for the Pass on May 16, an enthusiastic group of nearly a hundred supporters turned out for a great party at the St. Regis Hotel featuring free drinks and fantastic drawing prizes, including a men’s and women’s townie bike. The Ride supports the Independence Pass Foundation’s continuing efforts to restore the ecological integrity and enhance the recreational opportunities throughout the Independence Pass corridor. We are grateful to all of our generous Sponsors, drawing prize donors, and those who contributed their time and support, and we look forward to seeing everyone on their bikes next year!

The Ride is a charity bike race/recreational ride that benefits IPF's diverse work. Held in May the Saturday before the road opens to automobiles, the Ride attracts hundreds of competitive and recreational riders every year. The Ride follows the traditional route from the Winter Gate, four miles east of Aspen, to the Independence Ghost Town approximately 10 miles east up Highway 82 on Independence Pass. The Ride gains approximately 2,500 feet of elevation, from 8,550’ to 11,100’.

Highway 82 is a seasonal road that opens for the summer travel season on the Friday before Memorial Day. The events gives riders the opportunity to ride this stunningly scenic route while it is free of motorized vehicles. There are aid stations and turnaround sites at various points along the route in case of accidents, illness or breakdown. The Ride is followed by a party at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen featuring free beer and many drawing prizes donated by Roaring Fork Valley businesses.

Winning race times are usually around 40 minutes with most riders in both competitive and recreational categories finishing in less than two hours. Families and recreational riders are encouraged to participate. In recent years, the Ride has attracted around 500 riders and start-line registration has been crowded, so riders are encouraged to pre-register prior to the Ride.

For more information: contact Karin Teague, Executive Director, 970.274.9690
Email: director@independencepass.org

IPF Board members Paul D’Amato and Gail Holstein greeted party-goers at the St. Regis Hotel.