Registration Opens for the 12th Annual Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride with Mileage Options from 70 to 200

Dubbed one of the most beautiful road rides in Colorado, cyclists now have more ride options than ever

May 7, 2015

Registration is now open for the 12th annual Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride and 2nd annual Telluride200. Riders will depart the scenic mountains of Telluride, CO, on Saturday, September 26, 2015 and make their way to the beautiful desert landscape of Gateway, CO.

Mountain to Desert Bike Ride

Mountain to Desert Bike Ride

This year’s ride offers cyclists six mileage options from 70 to 200 miles and elevation profiles that appeal to beginner road cyclist and professionals alike. View all maps and elevation profiles here: ---elevation-profiles.html.

Race options include-

Norwood to Gateway - 72 Miles

Norwood to Gateway with Unaweep Hill Climb - 101 Miles

Telluride to Gateway - 104 Miles

Telluride the Gateway with Unaweep Hill Climb - 132 Miles

Gran Fondo (Telluride to Gateway via Nucla Loop and Unaweep Hill Climb) - 150 Miles

Telluride200 - 200 Miles

The event is the annual fundraiser for the Just For Kids Foundation, a local non-profit supporting children throughout the San Miguel Watershed. Each year, 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 benefitting thousands of underprivileged children.

Mountain to Desert Bike Ride

Mountain to Desert Bike Ride

“The Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride is an incredible opportunity to ride one of the most exceptional routes in Colorado,” said Heidi Lauterbach, Event Director of the Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride. “The various mileage options and descending elevation profile with optional hill climbs make this a particularly fun event that appeals to a large group of cyclists.”

This year’s event, for the first time, will conclude at the Gateway Community Center. The event is excited about utilizing a new finish where cyclists, family members and friends can all hang out, enjoy a delicious catered feast, listen to live music and browse the sponsor village. The event offers transportation back to Telluride and to those traveling to Grand Junction after the ride.

Early registration runs through June 7, with regular registration open up until the event. Go to for specifics on how to register. For questions, registration help and volunteer opportunities email m2dbikeride@gmail.comor call 970-729-1372.

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