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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ride the Rockies 2014 Route Announcement Party is Tonight!

It's good to be home after a week at the Annual Cattle Industry Convention in Nashville. It's a crisp sunny winter Colorado morning, the Jayhawks play this afternoon, and the official Ride the Rockies 2014 Route Announcement party is tonight! The party runs from 6-10 at the Exdo Event Center in Denver but the big moment comes at 8 pm mountain time with the unveiling of the 2014 route. Follow me on Twitter  (@REAL_BEEFMAN) for live updates at the route is announced!
My wife had a big bone-in ribeye waiting for me when I got home from Nashville!
At last year's party they had representatives from each destination town along the 2013 route reveal their location on stage one at a time. The anticipation grew as they announced the start in Telluride, with the first two stops in Cortez, Durango and Pagosa Springs. The crowd buzzed as people speculated about a return to Chama, New Mexico, a popular stop on the 2006 ride. The actually booed when the next representative revealed they were from Alamosa (not one of my favorite stops, but climbing Wolf Creek Pass was worth it!). The mood picked back up when the final three stops were announced: Salida (a crowd favorite), Canon City, and Colorado Springs. After a fire reroute on Day 5, RTR 2013 ended up being the longest Ride the Rockies in history.

I expect there will be similar drama tonight. I will post the route here as soon as possible after the announcement.

Ride on!


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