A favorite among locals, this years’ Mountains To Desert Bike Ride was yet another hit! With the weather being a little brisk in the early morning for the descent from Telluride to the balmy temperatures at the finish line in Gateway, a good time was sure had by all!
With over 190 participants, the 70 – 100 mile (depending on where you started on the route) bike ride consists of towering 14,000-foot peaks and a curvy descent that parallels the San Miguel River down from Telluride. The riders soon started a short climb at mile 28 which lead riders to the summit of Norwood Hill, overlooking miles of ranches, farmlands and the La Sal Mountains.
From Norwood, the ride continues through Naturita, Nucla and Uravan and winds further along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway past the Hanging Flume. Riders passed millions of years of history, geology and ancient lands. The route subsequently meanders along the Dolores River at the base of thousand-foot red sandstone walls into the sleepy town of Gateway, CO.
One of the best parts about this event is that each year the bike ride serves as the single fundraising event for the JUST FOR KIDS FOUNDATION. Every dollar raised through participant fundraising before and during the ride is matched dollar for dollar by the Carstens Family Fund at the Denver Foundation. That money is then awarded to individuals and organizations that provide leadership opportunities for regional youth as well as organizations that promote self-sufficiency and responsibility. Over the past ten years, the Just For Kids Foundation is proud to have raised over $2 Million; all of which has been awarded to hundreds of organizations benefiting thousands of underprivileged children.
The BootDoctors’ ride team this year was quite the contingent in the overall race performance. Our own Bob Gleason finished 13th, Max Cooper finished 2nd, Mike Messnar finished 6th and Ricky finished 2nd in the hill climb portion of the event. These standings were among a group of 199 riders from Telluride to Gateway. The team raised over $2,000 in fundraising efforts, to boot! We are very proud to have so many team members that are active and support such a great event for an even better cause. For the official race results, CLICK HERE.
Get a recap of this years happenings by watching the video below and sign up for next year…it will be here before we know it! Next year’s Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride will take place on Saturday, September 23, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendars. Registration will likely open in early May.
Check www.m2dbikeride.com for updates.