Ride Garfield County

May 1 to Nov. 30, 2017



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


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

7:00 to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast stations with free breakfast burritos, bagels, doughnuts, coffee and juice.


  • RFTA West Glenwood Park and Ride, 2302 Wulfsohn Road, hosted by SGM

  • Glenwood Springs City Hall, 101 W. Eighth St.

  • Alpine Bank, 2200 Grand Ave. Glenwood Springs

  • RFTA Carbondale Park and Ride, Highway 133 and Village Road

Grand Avenue Bridge Detour - Neighborhood Zone Events
Thursdays from June 29 through July 27
Watch for more details


May 19, National Bike to Work Day

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


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 Specials

Sampson Sports
819 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs

Local's discount on bicycles purchased by July 15, 2017
Discounts of 10 to 20 percent, depending on bicycle price.

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