Ride Garfield County

June 19 to 26, 2015


Garfield Clean Energy, RFTA, CLEER and the Garfield County Public Libraries hosted Ride Garfield County, a countywide Team Challenge and weeklong series of events June 19 to 26, 2015.

Holy Cross Riders, a team of 10 bicycle riders employed by Holy Cross Energy, edged out the Colorado Mountain College team to win Garfield Clean Energy’s Ride Garfield County Team Challenge, according to event organizer Karen Wahrmund.

The top three individual riders were Darin Binion, Sue Schnitzer and Preston Seymour, who each logged more than 200 miles during the Team Challenge competition week, June 19-26.

The Team Challenge drew 108 riders, and most joined one of the 13 teams. During the Team Challenge week, riders logged 4,418 miles. They kept track of their mileage on the National Bike Challenge website, which hosted a local challenge page for Ride Garfield County. For the entire month of June, riders registered with the online Team Challenge logged 15,228 miles.

Ride Garfield County also drew cyclists of all ages to community events from Parachute to Carbondale. The Team Challenge and community events put a spotlight on the health, environmental and economic benefits of walking, cycling and riding the bus. It also highlighted local trails that make it easier and safer to walk, bike and connect to RFTA bus stops.

“We are working to fully integrate multimodal options countywide, because it’s a lot healthier and cheaper to walk or bike than to build more parking at RFTA bus stops,” said Jason White, RFTA board member for Garfield Clean Energy.

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Team Challenge winners

Top 3 teams

Holy Cross Riders, 10 riders, 1,037 miles
Colorado Mountain College, 12 riders, 628 miles
Nirad and Re Pedaling Partners, 2 riders, 460 miles

Top 10 individual riders

Darin Binion, 271
Sue Schnitzer, 212
Preston Seymour, 211
Mary Wiener, 201
Steve Casey, 195
Rebecca Murray, 189
Cathy Tuttle, 180
Julie Albrecht, 174
Brandi Parsley, 139
Brad Davis, 132

Ride Garfield County sponsors

Post your Ride


Take a selfie or a group shot of your ride and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Use the hashtag #RideGarCo.

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Schedule of Events


Friday, June 19, to Friday June 26

  • Garfield County LibrariesEverywhere: Bikes to Books Week at all Garfield County Public Libraries. Ride to the Library, browse the book displays and join the Summer Reading Program. Find your nearest library here.

  • Grand Valley Recreation CenterBattlement Mesa: Discount Dollars for everyone who rides a bike to the Grand Valley Recreation Center. $1 coupons can be used for daily admission, punch passes, memberships and water aerobics.

Friday, June 19

  • First day of Ride Garfield County team challenge. Start adding up your team’s miles, calories, and energy saved.

  • Aloha Mountain CycleryCarbondale: Friday Bikes and Beers mountain bike ride, meet at 6:00 p.m., Aloha Mountain Cyclery,
    580 Highway 133

Saturday, June 20

  • Grand Valley Recreation CenterParachute: Bike the Library Trail & Ice Cream Social
    9:15 to 11 a.m. Starts at Grand Valley Recreation Center lower level parking lot.
    9:15 a.m. Bike safety checks, air for tires, and free helmets courtesy Sheriff’s Auxiliary and Kiwanis Club
    Garfield County Libraries9:30 a.m.Group ride on the Library Trail down to the Parachute Library
    10:00 a.m. Ice Cream Social and Summer Reading sign-up at the Library
    10:30 to 11:00 a.m. Free rides back to Battlement Mesa

    Strawberry Days
  • Glenwood Springs: Enjoy the Stomparillaz cargo bike float in the Strawberry Days Parade, 10 a.m., Grand Avenue.

  • CASA of the Ninth Ride for the ChildCarbondale: Ride for the Child 50K, 75K and Century Ride, a fundraiser for CASA of the Ninth.

Sunday, June 21

  • Everywhere: Dads on Bikes for Father’s Day. Get out and ride a bike with your dad or with your kids. Be sure to log your miles for the Team Challenge.

  • Town of New CastleNew Castle: Police Department Bike Rodeo, 10 a.m.
    to 1 p.m., Riverside Middle School. Free bike helmets, bicycle raffle, free lunch, bike safety course and bike registration.

Monday, June 22

  • Bicycle Tour of ColoradoCarbondale: Bicycle Tour of Colorado arrives at Roaring Fork High School.
    Event details here.

Tuesday, June 23

  • Glenwood's Downtown MarketGlenwood Springs: Bike to Glenwood’s Downtown Market, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Centennial Park

  • Rifle: RAMBO* Tuesday Tune-up Ride, intermediate-level guided mountain bike tour of new single-track trail system. Functional mountain bike and helmet required.
    RAMBO Meet at 6:00 p.m. at BLM OHV parking area on Fravert Reservoir Road, Rifle (2.5 miles past U.S. Forest Service office).
    * Rifle Area Mountain Bike Organization

Wednesday, June 24: Colorado Bike to Work Day

  • RFTACarbondale: RFTA Bike to Work Day, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., Carbondale Park & Ride, Highway 133 and Village Road. Coffee, snacks and giveaways, bus schedules, bikes on buses info.

  • City of Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs: Bike to Work Day at the Library, 7:00 to 10:00 a.m., Glenwood Springs Library Plaza, 815 Cooper Ave. Coffee and juice, Moe's breakfast burritos, Sweet Coloradough donuts, giveaways.
    Read the Bike to Work Day Proclamation by the Glenwood Springs City Council

  • Grand River HealthRifle: Grand River Health Employee Bike to Work Day (Bike to Work Month prizes awarded today)

  • Carbondale: Bike to the Carbondale Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Fourth & Main Plaza and Park.

  • Town of New CastleNew Castle: Family Bike Scavenger Hunt on the Flattops Pedestrian Bridge and Talbott Trail, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Check-in and registration 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Coal Ridge Park. Helmets requires, every team will need a digital camera. Prizes for all, free barbeque dinner served 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Download info flyer.

  • Rad BikesGlenwood Springs: Bicycle Maintenance Class, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., Rad Bikes, 2826 Glen Ave., Glenwood Springs, $10 fee, register in advance at 928-Radd

Thursday, June 25

  • Rifle Farmer's MarketRifle: Bike Your Market, Rifle Farmer’s Market, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Second Street Lot on Railroad Ave. Bicyclists receive a produce prize at the market manager’s tent.

  • Rifle: Walking, Biking and Browsing Tour of Downtown Rifle, 4:30 to 7:00 p.m., part of Mountain Rural Philanthropy Days.
    Ice cream social at Rifle Creek Museum, 337 East Ave.

Friday, June 26

  • Team challenge final numbers logged at 4:00 p.m.

  • Glenwood Springs: Ride Garfield County Party, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., Lost Cajun restaurant, 711 Grand Ave. Team challenge tallies and prizewinners announced. Every participating cyclist has a chance to win through a free drawing for prizes.

  • Aloha Mountain CycleryCarbondale: Friday Bikes and Beers mountain bike ride, meet at 6:00 p.m., Aloha Mountain Cyclery,
    580 Highway 133

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2015 RIDE Garfield County Team Challenge

RIDE Garfield County collaborated with People for Bikes and the National Bike Challenge to host a countywide Team Challenge.


Bus schedules

Glenwood Springs to Aspen
Valley bus schedules

Rifle to Glenwood Springs
Grand Hogback schedules

Ride Glenwood Springs schedule

Ride Garfield County Hosts

Ride Garfield County is a collaborative project among partners across the county.

Garfield Clean Energy


Garfield County Public Libraries


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