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Bike tour colo vs Ride the Rockies

Old 06-19-11, 10:12 AM
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Bike tour colo vs Ride the Rockies

This is a long range planning question, I am considering doing either The Bicycle Tour of Colorado or the Ride the Rockies next year. Anyone with experience doing both have something to say in favor of or against one or the other? Does your decision to do one or the other depend mostly on time or route? Thanks
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Old 06-20-11, 03:09 AM
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Check out jppe's posts in the 50+ Forum. He's actually doing both this year. He just finished the RTR and is just starting BTC. He's got some good day-by-day ride reports. I'm pretty sure he's done RTR in the past as well, so he can give some historical perspective.
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Originally Posted by JimF22003 View Post
Check out jppe's posts in the 50+ Forum. He's actually doing both this year. He just finished the RTR and is just starting BTC. He's got some good day-by-day ride reports. I'm pretty sure he's done RTR in the past as well, so he can give some historical perspective.
Some good stuff there.

I did BTC once in 2009 and the RTR for the past 2 years. They're really very similar. RTR has the feel of something much more professionally organized, but in the end the actual details are about the same.

I did find that the RTR organizers seem a lot more realistic about how many aid stations to have and where to locate them, but that may be a false perception given my BTC ride in 2009 was my first serious bike tour, and the first time riding in Colorado, so I may have just not has been as well prepared as I should have been. I train about 2x as much the past 2 years as I did back then.

I would choose between the two primarily based upon the route of any given year.
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BTC is generally considered to be just a bit more challenging (used to be much more so years ago). Another tour to check out is the CRMBT--it's a much smaller tour in terms of numbers but I've heard good reviews from those who've done it.
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I have friends who have done RTR and BTC many times.
I have a little bit of experience: I did BTC for the first time last year and I rode with RTR a couple of days last year when they started in Grand Junction.

Last year I rode day 1 with RTR over the Colorado National Monument and day 2 over the Grand Mesa.

From what I hear from my friends and my little bit of experience I prefer BTC over RTR for these reasons:

BTC is a smaller ride, <1500 riders, RTR is over 2000 riders.

RTR is a lottery entry (you may not get in if you apply), BTC is open entry and I don't think it usually fills. You can sign up for BTC up until the last minute and it only costs a bit more (around $25 more) so if you are hemming and hawing about going you have until the last minute to decide. I don't know what RTR costs so I'm not sure if it's more or less than BTC.

BTC is always a loop. So you can easily return to your car (if you drove there). RTR is usually a point to point and it might be a hassle getting transportation at the end of the ride. Last year in Gunnison I parked my car for the week at the house of someone I knew in town there.

RTR only lets you take only one luggage bag, up to 70lbs (I think). BTC allows two bags up to 40 lbs. each.

BTC has great aid stops. Last year they had a great variety of foods at aid stops: pb&j, pretzels, cheezits, fruit, etc. I made a lunch out of all that easily. RTR has a more limited selection of food at rest stops: animal crackers, grapes and bananas, thats it. (Both have water and sports drink)

RTR only lets you sag a limited number of times (2 or 3). You can get on a sag vehicle as many times as you want on BTC.

Timing of the rides and the routes do not factor much into my choice between the two. Rides in the mountains are going to be challenging anytime.

That is my thoughts on them so far.
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