24th Annual Ride for the Pass
May 19, 2018
The Ride for the Pass is a recreational or competitive road RIDE beginning five miles east of Aspen at the winter closure gate that allows riders to enjoy this beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it is opened to cars for the season. The Ride benefits IPF’s restoration work on the Pass.
The Ride has 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 Independence ghost town site ten miles from the start. All riders doing the ten mile Independence route are timed and included in the competitive category for their respective age groups; all Weller riders are untimed. NEW THIS YEAR: E-Bikes welcome! Category 1/pedal assist e-bikes ONLY will be welcome to ride. They will be in there own, untimed category and will NOT be eligible for prizes associated with placing. They will start 10 minutes after the timed, Independence riders.
In years past the Ride has attracted almost 500 riders and starting 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.
There are aid stations and turnaround sites at various points along the route. The Ride is followed by a party at the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen featuring free beer and other beverages, as well as dozens of fantastic drawing prizes donated by Roaring Fork Valley businesses.
- When does the Ride start? 10am for the timed ride to the ghost town of Independence, 10:10am for e-bikes, and 10:15 for the recreational ride to Weller.
- Where is the shuttle? The shuttle starts at 8:15 at the pullout across from Difficult Campground approximately two miles below the start line. The last shuttle leaves at 9:45am.
- What is the Ride route? The start is at the winter closure gate five miles east of Aspen on Highway 82. If you enter Aspen from the west and stay on Highway 82, you can’t miss it. 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 Independence ghost town site ten miles from the start (climbing 2,300 feet, ending at an elevation of 10,800 feet).
- How do I register? Registration & payment can be made either by hitting the button above, "2018 Ride Registration," or in person at the Limelight Hotel in Aspen, 355 S. Monarch Street, on Friday, May 18, 10am-7pm, or on the morning of the Ride at the Ride starting line PRIOR TO 9:00am for timed riders and prior to 10:00am for e-bikes and Weller riders.
- Where do I pick up my Ride packet containing my number plate, information and schwag? Ride packets will be available in the lobby of the Limelight Hotel on Friday, May 18 between10am-7pm. You may also pick up packets on Saturday morning prior to the Ride start.
- Where is parking available? Only very limited parking is available at the start line and along Highway 82. We recommend carpooling, parking across from Difficult Campground 3.5 miles east of Aspen and taking the free shuttle van from there (runs from 8:15am-9:45am.), or parking in Aspen and riding your bike to the start line.
- When does the race end? The course sweep will start at 1:00pm. We try to have everyone off the course by 1:30pm.
- When does registration close? 9:00am for riders going to Independence and 10:00am for those going to Weller or riding e-bikes.
- How will timing work? We are using number plates with disposable chips. The plate will be placed on the front of the rider’s bike.
- Do I have to be timed? Weller riders and e-bike riders will NOT be timed. The ten mile ride to Independence is a timed event.
- What kind of e-bike can I ride? Only Category 1/pedal assist e-bikes will be allowed. They will be in their own category (see registration page), will not be timed, and will not be eligible for placing prizes (they WILL be eligible for raffle prizes). They will start after the timed, Independence riders and will be encouraged not to ride with the lead pack.
- Can I ride to the summit? You are welcome to go where you please, although all IPF’s support ends at Independence and when the course is swept at 1:00pm.
- What do I do with my warm clothes? Please bring your own labelled bag and bring to the appropriate truck uphill of the start line – look for the signs that correspond to your destination (Weller or Independence) – clothes must be delivered by 9:45am because trucks need to leave for the aid stations by then.
- Where is the after-Ride party? At the St. Regis Hotel, 315 East Dean St., Aspen. See “After Party” below for more details (coming in March).
- How much does registration cost? Fees are $45 for individuals and $75 for families for the ride to Independence, and $25 for individuals and $50 for families for the non-timed Weller ride. These prices are good through 6pm Friday, May 18. The morning of the Ride, registration fees increase to $50 for individuals and $80 for families for the Independence ride and $30 for individuals and $55 for families for the Weller ride. Families include children under sixteen.
- Do Aspen Cycling Club dues pay for Ride registration? No, the two are separate.
- Is there an Aspen Cycling Club sign-up spot? Anyone who participates in the Ride and is not a Cycling Club member will have their points counted in the Cycling Club standings if they sign up for Cycling Club membership within a week of the Ride for the Pass. For more information on the Cycling Club, go to: aspencyclingclub.org.
- Where are the aid stations? There are three aid stations: one at Lincoln Creek (approximately three and a half miles from the start), one at Lost Man (seven miles), and one at the finish line (ten miles). Each aid station has an emergency radio, water, port-a-potty, some bike repair tools, energy bars, and a first aid kit. Several course marshals will also be stationed along the route in case of problems. EMTs will be riding along – watch for orange bibs with STAFF label on riders – and Aspen Ambulance personnel will be on the course.
- When will results be available? Preliminary results will be available at the after-Ride party. Official results will be e-mailed to participants and will appear on IPF’s website within twenty-four hours. Local newspapers should also publish results within five days.
- What is the cancellation policy? In the event of inclement weather or icy or snowy conditions on Highway 82 on race day, the Independence Pass Foundation will use its best judgment to determine whether the Ride will be reasonably safe for participants. When possible IPF will will alert participants of cancellation by email, website and Facebook postings by 5pm the day prior. However, weather and conditions depending, it may be necessary to cancel the Ride the morning of Ride day. Because IPF is a non-profit organization that assumes the large majority of Ride-related costs well prior to Ride day, there will be no refunds in the event of cancellation.
rules of the road
- Wear a helmet.
- Watch for water, ice and other hazards. IPF endeavors to mark rough and wet spots with signs or cones, but it is impossible to mark all hazards--control your speed.
- Number plate must be visible on the front of your bike.
- If you have any problems, please pull off the road.
- The first first aid station is at Weller; the second at Lincoln Creek; the third at Lost Man.
- Stay in line at the finish line if you want to be timed.
- Obey the center/yellow line: watch out for two-way traffic as some riders will be descending as others are still ascending.
- Watch out for the motorcycle rider who will be sweeping the course from time to time.
- Pass on the left. Pull over to the right for faster traffic.
- Watch out for uphill traffic and pedestrians during your descent: control your speed.