Ride the Rockies kicks-off in Frisco
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Summit County, CO Colorado
FRISCO ” Not only is Roy Goodwin about to take on 422 miles of mountain roads next week, but he will be doing it alongside his two sons and grandson.
Goodwin, 70, of Frisco, and his family first tackled the long days of cycling with Ride the Rockies last year at the recommendation of his oldest son, John, a pilot living Park City, Utah, who does extreme events. And now, despite the belief that it would be a one time event for Goodwin, his sons talked him into challenging himself again in the tour that starts Sunday.
Friday, his younger son, Ronald, who flys in the U.S. Air Force, and 16-year-old grandson, Tyler, arrive from Mt. Pleasant, S.C. before the group hits the first 98 miles to Steamboat Springs.
The Goodwins are some of the more than more than 2,000 cyclists who are tapering down training this week to get ready for the week-long event that starts and ends with parties in Frisco.
The route is different than last year and Goodwin said it seems like it will be a bit more difficult. After Steamboat Springs, the tour goes to Craig, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Leadville before finishing June 23 at the Frisco Bay Marina.
The first day will be the longest, and the shortest will be the 36 miles from Rifle to Glenwood Springs. The elevation gain for each day ranges from 700 feet during a ride from Steamboat Springs to Craig the second day to a steep climb of 5,700 feet over Independence Pass Friday.
In a press release that came out when the route was announced in February, the tour director, Paul Balaguer, said, “We’re extremely excited about the new route. The ride includes great host towns and outstanding terrain we haven’t ridden in years, including our first ride over Independence Pass since 1986.”
And while the route is new, Frisco is no stranger to the tour. This is the 11th time in the 22-year history of Ride the Rockies that the town has been a host community. In the past, riders have varied in age from 8 to 92, representing all 50 states and 18 countries, a press release said.
This year’s participants, who registered during the allotted time in February, will kick-off the tour Saturday at Boogie Downtown with Barbecue Challenge goers. Staring at 3 p.m., Frisco restaurants on Main Street offer free live music until midnight. Riders will be wearing wrist bands that entitle them to special drink and food prices at participating places.
That night, many riders will be camping at Summit High School. However, Goodwin and the other 70 local Summit County participants will get a good night’s rest at home before heading out early Sunday for the intense first day. Goodwin has been preparing for the event by following the training schedule Ride the Rockies puts on its website. Last week, that meant he covered 180 miles.
“If I have any chance to do it, I have to train for it,” he laughed. “We expect to do it all again this year, but we think it will be a little harder.”
The town is still in need of volunteers to help with Ride the Rockies. Anyone interested can call Linda Lichtendahl at (970) 668-5276 ext. 3037 or visit a volunteer link on http://www.townoffrisco.com.
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