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The Ride for the Child Race Course
SOPRIS CENTURY – RIDE for the CHILD, which takes place in scenic Carbondale, Colorado, is characterized by a spectacular course of four varying distances: Sopris Century – 100 miles, 60 miles, 31 miles, and Family & Kids -12 miles. It traverses through some of the most beautiful areas Colorado has to offer.
The crown jewel of the event is the Sopris Century Course, which starts near the base of Mount Sopris in the quaint town of Carbondale, Colorado. The ride initially heads east, up the scenic Roaring Fork Valley, with miles of gorgeous riverfront riding next to the Roaring Fork River. In the distance, the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness provides a perfect backdrop to the spectacular views of Aspen and Snowmass Ski Areas. All riding takes place on beautifully paved, smaller, rural roads and sections of a very generous bike path, taking full advantage of the Roaring Fork Valley’s bike friendly community.
All four courses begin at Sopris Park in Carbondale. After a very short stretch on Main Street, riders enter the old Rio Grande Railway Trail, now converted to a designated bike path, free of auto traffic, running alongside the Roaring Fork River. Riders eventually depart from the path, riding along gently rolling terrain, meandering through farm and ranch land, with outstanding views. The Elk Mountain Range, with its principal peaks (Haystack Mountain, Mount Daly and Capitol Peak), is visible at numerous points along the ride. During the second half of the ride, participants will leave the valley floor and head northwest up to the Missouri Heights area, with the Red Table Mountain Range never far away. Lightly traveled rural roads wind gently throughout the farm and ranchland on this plateau. Amazing views to the south are highlighted by Mt. Sopris, Chair Mountain, Capitol Peak and Sunlight Ski Area. As you turn south to begin the final portion of your ride, Mount Sopris serves as your backdrop, guiding you on your return to Carbondale.
2016 Ride Sponsors:
Mt. Everest Sponsors
Mt. Denali Sponsors
Mt. Kilimanjaro Sponsors
Mount Blanc Sponsors
Mt. Sopris Sponsors
JAY ROBERT YOUNG ADVISED FUND AT ASPEN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
CITY OF ASPEN
EL POMAR FOUNDATION
GARFIELD COUNTY HUMAN SERVICE COMMISSION
PITKIN COUNTY HEALTHY COMMUNITIES FUND
RIFLE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
UNITED WAY BATTLEMENT TO THE BELLS
US BANK FOUNDATION