CDOT has cleared the road of snow past the Ghost Town—the Ride is ON!

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about the 2019 ride for 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.  In addition, E-bikes—category 1/pedal assist ONLY—are welcome to ride.  They will be in their own, untimed category, starting 15 minutes after the timed riders, and will NOT be eligible for prizes associated with placing.  

In years past the Ride has attracted almost 400 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. 


Frequently Asked QuestionS

  1. When does the Ride start? 
    10:00am for the timed ride to the ghost town of Independence.
    10:10am for the recreational ride to Weller plus all e-bikes.

  2. Where is the shuttle? 
    The shuttle starts at the pullout across from Difficult Campground approximately 2 miles below the start line – last shuttle leaves at 9:15 a.m.

  3. What is the Ride route? 
    The start is at the Winter Gate 5 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 traditional Independence ghost town site ten miles from the start (climbing a little less than 2,300 feet, ending at 11,967  elevation).

  4. Where do I pick up my Ride packet? 
    Walk-in registration and Ride packets as well as number plates will be available in the lobby of the Limelight Hotel in Aspen, 355 S. Monarch St., on Friday May 17, 10am-7pm. You may also pick up number plates on Saturday morning prior to the Ride start. Get there early – registration will close at 9:00 a.m. sharp!

  5. Where is parking available?
    Only very limited parking is available at the start line and along Highway 82. We recommend car pooling, parking across from Difficult Campground 3.5 miles east of Aspen and taking the free shuttle van from there (runs from 8:15-9:15 am.), or parking in Aspen and riding your bike to the start line.

  6. When does the race end? 
    The course sweep will start at 12:30 p.m. – we try to have everyone off the course by 1:00 p.m.

  7. When does registration close? 
    9:00am for riders going to Independence and 10:00am for those going to Weller.

  8. 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.

  9. Do I have to be timed? 
    The 2-mile ride to Weller is a non-timed event. The 10-mile ride to Independence is a timed event.

  10. 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 12:30 p.m.

  11. 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 9:45 a.m. because trucks need to leave for the aid stations by then.

  12. Where is the after-Ride party? 
    This year’s after-Ride party will be held at the St. Regis Hotel, 315 East Dean St., Aspen. See “After Party” for more details.

  13. How much does registration cost?
    We encourage all participants to register online at Fees will be $45 for individuals and $75 for families for the ride to the Ghost Town and $25 for individuals and $50 for families for the non-timed Weller ride through 2pm (for online registration) and 7pm (for Limelight registration) on Friday, May 17 . The morning of the Race, May 18, 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 15.

  14. Do Aspen Cycling Club dues pay for Ride registration? 
    No, the two are separate.

  15. Is there an Aspen Cycling Club sign-up spot? 
    Anyone who participates in the Ride and is not a Cycling Club member will have his/her points counted in the Cycling Club standings if he/she signs up for Cycling Club membership within a week of the Ride for the Pass. For more information on the Cycling Club, contact them via their website,

  16. Where are the aid stations? 
    There are four aid stations – one at Weller finish line, one at Lincoln Creek, approximately 3.5 miles from the start, one at Lost Man (7 miles), and one at the finish line, (10 miles).  Each aid stations has water, some bike repair tools, energy bars, and a first aid kit. EMTs will be riding along – watch for orange bibs with STAFF label on riders – and ambulance support will be at Lincoln Creek. There are porto johns at the start and both finishes (Weller and Independence).

  17. When will results be available? 
    Preliminary results will be available at the after-Ride party. Official results will be available within 24 hours, and will be e-mailed to participants and will appear on IPF’s website. Local newspapers should also publish results within five days.

  18. Are there any lodging specials in town?
    The Aspen Square Condominium Hotel in Aspen is offering a special rate of $169 + tax per night for a fireplace studio—just mention “Ride for the Pass.” To make a reservation, call 866-286-3798 or 970-925-1000 or go to:

Rules of the Road

— Wear a helmet.
— Watch for water, ice and other hazards – rough spots and water are marked by signs or cones.
— Be aware of “Road Hazard” and “Wet Pavement” signs.
— Number plate must be visible on the front of your bike.
— If you have any problems, please pull off the road.
— The first aid station is at Lincoln Creek; second is at Lost Man.
— Stay in line at the Finish Line if you want to be timed.
— Obey the 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.

Ride 2019 Sponsors (as of May 5, 2019)


St. Regis Aspen


Alpine Bank
Fidel Duke
Resnick Family Foundation
Ute Mountaineer     


Aspen Public Radio
Aspen Times
Bandit Wines
Blazing Adventures
Jacolyn & John Bucksbaum
Forrest Painting
Hansen Construction
KDNK Community Radio


Aspen Daily News
Aspen Tree Service
Balcomb & Green
Basalt Bike & Ski
Bob Camp
Christie’s Int’l Realty Aspen/Snowmass
Chinook Charitable Foundation
Earth-Wise Horticultural
Frias Properties
The Gant
David Hyman & Barbara Reid
Jeff Kenner
Obermeyer Wood Investment Counsel
James & Hensley Peterson
Reese Henry & Company
Rockwood Trust, Bruce Lee
Ryan Investments
Timberline Bank
Craig Ward & Aspen Snowmass Sotheby’s Int’l Realty


Aspen Sports
Best Sign Systems
Stephen & Donna Chase
Cunningham Mortgage Company
Paul D’Amato & Beth Cashdan
Debbi & Steve Falender
Boots Ferguson
Bill & Joyce Gruenberg
H3 Architects
Harry Teague Architects
Holy Cross Energy
Rodney & Niki Jacobs
Kazakh Adventures
Carol Ann Kopf
Oates Knezevich Gardenswartz Kelly & Morrow, PC
Renewal by Andersen
Valley Lumber