Ride Garfield County

May 1 to Nov. 30, 2017



CMC, Larson, Burger log top miles in
Ride Garfield Bike and Bus Challenge

Seven-month campaign tallied 44,000 cycling miles

CMC team NiRad & Re Pedaling Partners
Colorado Mountain College won the team biking category for 2017 Ride Garfield County Bike and Bus Challenge. Ride Garfield organizer Karen Wahrmund, left, of CLEER, applauds while CMC staffers Ken Keister, Christine Burke and Julie Albrecht celebrate the win. Individual and team winners Darin Binion and Rebecca Murray, center, with Ride Garfield organizer Karen Wahrmund of CLEER, right, and CLEER board member Steve Novy, event emcee, left.
Ride Garfield County awards event Bus Challenge winners
From left, Julie Albrecht and Ken Keister with CMC and Mark Weinhold and Erica Borum with the Friends of Science team. Emcee Steve Novy, left, with Bus Challenge winners Craig Burger and Julie Albrecht.
Heather McGregor, Karen Wahrmund, Tanya Allen Team Kiwanis
Ride Garfield County organizers from left, Heather McGregor and Karen Wahrmund with CLEER and Tanya Allen, transportation manager for the City of Glenwood Springs. Team Kiwanis took second place in the team biking category. Accepting the award were, from left, Joe O'Donnell, Sherrie Setterberg and John Stephens.

Dec. 21, 2017

Cyclists and bus riders gathered Dec. 20, 2017, to celebrate individual and team winners in the 2017 Ride Garfield County Bike and Bus Challenge.

“It is amazing to have so many Garfield County residents participate,” said the event emcee, Steve Novy, a CLEER board member. “Together we have ridden more than 44,000 miles and bused more than 9,000 miles from May 1 to Nov. 30. “

Participating cyclists tracked their mileage through the National Bike Challenge website, while bus riders tracked their miles on a spreadsheet and submitted their tallies to CLEER.

“Using alternative modes of transportation greatly improves the quality of life for our community,” Novy said. The effort also helped reduce vehicle traffic during the Grand Avenue Bridge detour, he said.

Taking top honors in the team biking category was Colorado Mountain College. with 15 riders covering 6,447 miles. In second place was Team Kiwanis, with five riders reporting 4,756 miles.

The third place team was NiRad and Re Pedaling Partners, with two riders, Darin Binion and Rebecca Murray, reporting a total of 4,650 miles.

The top individual cyclist was Chance Larson of Carbondale, who rode 3,531 miles. Darin Binion took second place with 2,428 miles, and John Currier of Glenwood Springs took third with 2,249 miles. Honorable mention went to the fourth place rider, Rebecca Murray, with 2,222 miles.

In the bus-riding category, the winner was Craig Burger, who logged 5,174 miles. In second place was Julie Albrecht with 2,905 miles, and in third was Sandi Rickert with 1,274 miles. They all received stored-value bus passes donated by RFTA to encourage more riding in the future.

Prizes awarded during the event were donated by Aloha Mountain Cyclery, BackCountry Chiropractic, Ragged Mountain Sports, Iron Mountain Hot Springs, Defiant Pack and the City of Glenwood Springs.

CLEER, Garfield Clean Energy, RFTA and the City of Glenwood Springs presented the 2017 Ride Garfield County campaign and community events.

Sponsors of 2017 Ride Garfield County were SGM, Colorado Mountain College, Holy Cross Energy, Valley View Hospital and Glenwood Springs Post Independent, with support from Colorado Department of Transportation’s Grand Avenue Bridge Project, the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, Glenwood Springs Bicycle Advocates and the Glenwood Springs Kiwanis Club.

Factory Outdoor, Sunlight Ski and Bike Shop, Samson Sports, Ironbridge, Property Shop and Alpine Bank donated prizes and giveaways for events earlier in the year.

Novy encouraged cyclists and walkers to watch for details on Winter Walk and Bike to Work Week, Feb. 5-9, 2018, and Winter Walk and Bike to Work Day on Friday, Feb. 9.

Appreciation Day

Appreciation Days
for Bicyclists, Walkers and Transit Riders

Two events celebrating the people who are making the Grand Avenue Bridge Detour better by walking, cycling and riding transit.

6:30 to 8:00 AM | Wednesday, Oct. 4, and Tuesday, Oct. 31

Three locations:

  • Two Rivers Park
  • RiverTrail at 23rd and Grand
  • Grand Avenue Pedestrian Bridge

Stop by for grab and go fruit snacks, giveaways and "I Beat the Detour" stickers.

Oct. 31 giveaways:

  • Clip-on flashers for pedestrians
  • Head and tail light sets for bicyclists

I Beat the Detour

Appreciation Days is presented and sponsored by

Appreciation Days sponsors

Let's go!
Ride Garfield County is the way to go

Seven-month competition includes bicycling, bus riding and carpooling for individuals and teams

The Ride Garfield County Bike and Bus Challenge runs for seven months this year. Bike riders, bus riders and carpoolers from across Garfield County are invited to track their miles from May 1 through Nov. 30.

“We are extending the Bike and Bus Challenge all the way to Nov. 30 to help ease traffic congestion from the Grand Avenue Bridge project,” said event organizer Karen Wahrmund of Garfield Clean Energy.

“The bridge closure will run from Aug. 14 to late November, and it’s going to affect people who live in Glenwood Springs and everyone who travels through Glenwood Springs,” Wahrmund said.

“Ride Garfield County is an incentive for people to start building their bike-riding, bus-riding and carpooling habits, so we can be geared up for the bridge closure,” she said. “Both ways of getting around are good for your health and better for the environment.”

Now in its third year, Ride Garfield County also includes community events, and prizes for those who log their miles as individuals and as teams. Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER are the organizers for Ride Garfield County.

How to get involved in Ride Garfield County

Bike Challenge

The bike-riding side of the Ride Garfield County Bike and Bus Challenge is hosted on the National Bike Challenge website. The national challenge, in turn, is hosted by the League of American Cyclists.

The National Bike Challenge uses Strava, a free mileage-tracking website, to automatically feed bike-riding miles to the Bike Challenge website. Riders can link a mobile device to their Strava account, or enter their miles manually in the Strava website after their rides.

The National Bike Challenge website tracks mileage totals for individuals, local teams, towns and cities, states and the whole country. Anyone living in Garfield County who registers for the National Bike Challenge will be automatically included in the Ride Garfield County campaign.

“We’re competing locally, as riders and as teams. And all our miles add together for Ride Garfield County to compete with communities across the country,” said Wahrmund. “In 2016, Ride Garfield placed ninth nationally for regional biking campaigns, so we know we can compete on a national level.”

See complete instructions at right.

Bus and Carpool Challenge

Riders and teams can also log their miles for riding RFTA buses, and for carpooling to work and for recreational activities. Look for links to RFTA bus schedules in the column at right.

Carpool and vanpool rules

  1. Carpools must be 2 or more people per vehicle.
  2. Carpool and vanpool miles for recreational purposes must include people from at least two households.
  3. Carpool and vanpool miles for workplace commuting can include people from the same household.
  4. Each carpool or vanpool rider can enter miles from the same trip on their own tracker.


Download the honor system tally sheet for counting your bus-riding, carpooling and vanpooling miles, May 1 to Nov. 30.

Tally sheet as Excel document

Tally sheet for printing

Bus & Carpool Challenge Instructions and Rules for printing

Segment Mileage sheet for one-way and round-trip mileages for common bus and carpool commuting trips in the Rifle to Aspen corridor.

To be eligible for recognition, bragging rights and prizes, return your completed spreadsheet by email or mail.

Email completed spreadsheet by 11 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017, to hmcgregor@cleanenergyeconomy.net

Mail completed spreadsheet, postmarked by Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, to:

CLEER, P.O. Box 428, Carbondale, Colo. 81623


Sponsors of 2017 Ride Garfield County

Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER are seeking sponsors to help with local events and to donate prizes for Ride Garfield County.

Contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200 or ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org to learn how your organization can get involved.

2015 Ride Garfield County results

2016 Ride Garfield County results



May 19, National Bike to Work Day

June 15, Glenwood Springs West Midland Pedestrian Bridge & Trail Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, June 28, Glenwood Springs and Carbondale
Colorado Bike to Work Day

Be a sponsor of
Ride Garfield County

Garfield Clean Energy and CLEER are seeking sponsors to help with local events and to donate prizes for Ride Garfield County.

Contact CLEER at (970) 704-9200 or ride@GarfieldCleanEnergy.org to learn how your organization can get involved.

Colorado Department of Transportation Grand Avenue Bridge Project

Get the latest info on the Grand Avenue Bridge project and traffic detour here.

City of Glenwood Springs Bicycling

NEW! City of Glenwood Springs Bike Map. Click here for info.

Ride Garfield County
Sponsor Special

Ironbridge Golf Club
Just 1 mile off the Rio Grande Trail

Bike to Ironbridge and receive a free beer or house wine with the purchase of any lunch or dinner entrée. Just show your helmet – drinks only come free if you’re biking safely!
Offer good through Oct. 31, 2017.

National Bike Challenge

Register for the
National Bike Challenge

Check in here to see how Ride Garfield County is doing as part of the National Bike Challenge.

The National Bike Challenge uses Strava, a free mileage-tracking website, to feed your biking miles into the NBC website.

You can sign up for Strava as part of registering for the National Bike Challenge.

To join the National Bike Challenge, click on this link and follow the steps described.

If you already have
a Strava account ...

Log in to Strava using Facebook, Google or your email address.

Authorize National Bike Challenge to connect to Strava by clicking the orange Authorize button.

Accept the National Bike Challenge terms and conditions, privacy policy and waiver) and click the orange "I Agree" button.

This will take you to the National Bike Challenge dashboard, where you can see your calendar of rides and the Activity Feed with comments.

(Log out of both accounts and then log back in to make the linkage take effect.)

NOTE: Make sure Strava has you associated with the right town. You may need to update. Detailed instructions here. Note comma placement and follow-up action of logging out and logging back in to both your Strava and NBC accounts.

How to form a team ...

Go ahead and form a team ... with friends, at work or school, or with a civic group. Everyone on your team who lives in Garfield County will be riding for your team AND for Ride Garfield County.

Detailed instructions here. Scroll down the page to the section titled "Teams created in Strava are called Strava Clubs. To make a Strava club."

How to join a team ...

Link up with an existing team through your Strava account. Detailed instructions here.

Get out and ride!

You are now ready to go out for a ride, log it using the free Strava app or your GPS device, or log it manually on the Strava site.


Bus schedules

Glenwood Springs to Aspen
Valley Local bus schedules

Glenwood Springs to Aspen
VelociRFTA BRT schedule

Rifle to Glenwood Springs
Grand Hogback schedules

Ride Glenwood Springs schedule