The Montrose Firefighters' Association proudly presents the 11th Annual Mission To Ride! Proceeds from this event will benefit The Lion's Club KidSight Program and the Montrose Firefighter's Association. Join us for a wonderful spring cycling event in a beautiful part of Colorado. This is a non competitive bicycling tour for riders of all abilities. Road and mountain routes are offered. The Century Ride and 40 mile road routes feature the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Food & Beverage Tent
We will have our own MTR food and beverage area which will be located adjacent to the Montrose Wine and Food Festival on the Pavilion lawn. There will be plenty to eat and drink for riders of all ages!
Saturday, May 10th 2014 @ 6:30 AM
1800 Pavilion Drive
Montrose, CO 81401
Online registration deadline is Thursday, May 8th. If registering after May 8th, registration will increase $5. You can also register in person on the day of the event.
Aid stations will be placed at appropriate intervals and will be stocked with water, sports drinks and other replacemant snacks. The aid stations at the Black Canyon will be closed at noon so we STRONGLY urge all riders to get an early start.
You may check-in either Friday evening May 9th from 5-7:30pm at:
3451 S Rio Grande Av
Montrose, CO 81401
OR the morning of the event at The Montrose Pavilion. (View Map )
Start at your own discretion however we STRONGLY urge an early start to all routes.
This is a challenging ride that incorporates an arduous early morning climb to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park where the rider will be rewarded with breathtaking views. Riding along the south rim the rider will do an out & back to Warner Point where we enjoy an awe inspiring aide station. A thrilling, fast descent back into town awaits. With most of the climbing done for the day, the riders head north. The 40 and 60 miles routes are the Century. Go to mapmyride.com.
The new route features much smoother roads! Check out the map of the UPDATED route.
60 Mile Loop
This route simply eliminates the out and back to the Black Canyon. This route is also the second leg of the Century ride. This is a mellow road ride that gives riders a great tour. Beautiful scenic views, a few short hills and rural roads offer an invitation to the rider who wants miles without a big climb. Three aide stations are provided.
Incorporates the Black Canyon National Park but returns to town early, without the extra mileage of a century. This is a challenging but very satisfying route, and any rider who finishes this route has accomplished a significant ride. This is the first leg of the Century.
The route is a simple out and back to Olathe and along the same rural roads as the other routes but shorter. A few short hills offer some challenge yet the mileage is reasonable. The rider will enjoy the beauty of Western Colorado along this relaxed ride. This is a favorite local ride. Go to MapMy Ride.com for map details and notes.
Enjoy great wines at the Montrose Wine Festival May 11th, more info at www.montrosewinefestival.com. Tickets will be available to Mission To Ride participants for $30 on Saturday!
The Mission to Ride will feature multiple routes to satisfy riders of all levels. Roadbikerider.com has called us Colorados's most beautiful century. Beware however, the century ride is not for the faint of heart, it is a difficult ride characterized by a steep climb, high winds and some poor pavement. Some call it the Hell of the West Only the strongest riders can finish the century, it is used by many as training for later events. The routes utilize both state and county roads. These routes are paved, either road bikes or mountain bikes are appropriate. Although support and sag will be available, we encourage all riders to have themselves and their bikes in good condition prior to ride. All riders must be able to fix their own flats. All routes (except mountain bike route) begin and end at the Montrose Pavilion. The routes overlap and use mutual aid stations. Our ride is the same weekend as The Montrose Wine Fest!