About This Ride
Join us for the inaugural Ride to End ALZ event and be a part of making history! This is the first year for this cycling event and we are looking for riders that want to make a difference together in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and all other dementias. Ride to End ALZ is a fully supported event for a range of riders, whether you’re a novice cyclist, weekend warrior or avid enthusiast. Choose from multiple route options and select a distance that pushes you to perform at your personal best. If you can ride your bike for 2-hours and have a connection to this cause, then this is the event for you.
But it’s not just about the bike. Ride to End ALZ is for those who aren’t afraid of a fundraising commitment — and are passionate about supporting Alzheimer’s research at the next level. 100 percent of the funds you raise will go toward Alzheimer’s research.
From start to finish, you will be supported and when you cross the finish line and receive your medal, you will feel tears of joy for what you have accomplished. There will be rest stops as a part of every route, SAG (support and gear) vehicles, along with breakfast, lunch and live entertainment!
5 routes available for riders of all skill levels!
- VIRTUAL at any length near you
All routes start and finish at Canvas Stadium on the Colorado State University campus in beautiful Fort Collins, CO. The 20-mile course is perfect for beginners that want to enjoy the urban tour of this historic city along with a hint of the foothills and countryside. The 50, 70 and 100-mile routes will head west towards Horsetooth Reservoir and experience the steep climb up to the top which will all be worth it when you get to the picturesque view along the water! While that will be the biggest challenge for the 50-milers, the 70 and 100-miles will continue NW and have to complete around 2,000-3,000 feet in elevation gain; experiencing the Rocky Mountains in a way you will never forget! All route distances are currently approximate and are subject to change in distance just slightly. Final route maps will be posted closer to the event.
5-10 mph; 1-3 hours to complete
If you have a bike or are brand new to cycling and you are ready to change the future of Alzheimer’s disease, then the 20-mile route is perfect for you! You will roll to the starting line after the long distance riders depart and experience a sendoff that will leave you with goosebumps. You will head west towards Horsetooth Reservoir, but instead of making the climb, you will then head north on Overland Trail Road. You’ll experience the beautiful countryside near the Noosa headquarters and the small town of Laporte and you will glory at the mountains that will guide you during the whole ride!
10-13 mph; 4-5 hours to complete
This route is the perfect mix of a mid-level challenge and includes scenery that can’t be beat! It’s simply the ride for those of you that take on the challenge for the food and drinks (you know who you are)! You will leave Canvas Stadium and head west through town and spend a few miles on the trail system before coming up on the Horsetooth Reservoir climb (about 500-feet, but relatively steep, so you’ll need to train for this one). Once at the top of the hill, you’ll want to stop to take in the view and a photo or two! Enjoy the downhill towards LaPorte and the Noosa Dairy headquarters and Howling Cow Coffee Shop. Then enjoy a more leisurely countryside ride through the farms and unique property that makes up Northern CO on your way back to Fort Collins.
14-17 mph; 4-5 hours to complete
If you consider yourself an avid cyclist, but also want to get back in time to enjoy the after-party, then this is the route choice for you! Experience the climb up to Horsetooth Reservoir and then get ready for even more climbing (approximately 2,000+ feet in elevation gain to be a little more specific)! You can test your leg strength up the climb to Mt Ethel and the edges of the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest. Once you accomplish this amazing climb, you will truly enjoy the downhill of Poudre Canyon before the countryside and urban jaunt back to the stadium.
18-22 mph; 5-6 hours to complete
If you are an overachiever who is ready for the ultimate riding challenge, then we have found your answer. This is a ride that needs to be on your bucket list! You might be able to ride 100-miles in another city, but this route peaks at almost 8,000 feet in elevation (with around 3,000+ in climbing) and it will challenge both your legs and your lungs! You’ll breeze up the quick steep climb to Horsetooth Reservoir, but likely won’t want to stop for a photo since your scenery is only going to get even better! Go through the small town of Bellvue, climb up to Mt. Ethel to see views you won’t see anywhere else and get an extra 15-miles out and back that the 70-milers will miss. You’ll enjoy coming back through LaPorte by the Noosa headquarters while then enjoying your accomplishment through the easy countryside roads back to CSU. It will be one word: Epic.
Saturday, June 12th
- 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Packet Pickup at New Belgium Brewery.
Pick up your packet and then you and a guest are invited to enjoy a beverage while relaxing or shopping. If you pick up your packet on Saturday, you can just roll up to the starting line on Sunday (you can also pick up your packet on Sunday morning).
- 4 – 8 p.m. VIP Dinner at Ginger and Baker.
This exclusive first-class event is for those that have raised $1,000+ and want the chance to talk about the current and future Alzheimer’s Research Projects we will fund together. It will feel red carpet, but leave the black ties and dresses at home and come casual to listen to live music, eat (and drink) award-winning culinary amazingness!
Sunday, June 13th
- 6 – 7 a.m. Check In at Canvas Stadium on the CSU Campus. No need to check-in on Sunday morning, if you came to the packet pickup on Saturday.
- 7-8 a.m. RIDE START We will pre-assign a 10-minute window for you and your team to depart safely.
- 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Ride Post Party at the New Belgium Porch at Canvas Stadium. A fully catered lunch, drinks and live music will be provided for all participants (tickets for guests can be purchased at the event). We will stay until the last rider crosses the finish line!
100% of the funds raised go toward the Association's efforts to discover methods of treatment and prevention for Alzheimer's and other dementias.
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