Latest News – June 11
Ride The Rockies Thru Lake County Tomorrow
Take note if you’re a local commuter or have plans to travel either Highway 24 (N) or 91 tomorrow, June 12. This will be Day 5 of The Denver Post “Ride The Rockies,” with cyclists riding from Avon to Breckenridge via Highways 24 and 91.
While the ride won’t actually be coming through Leadville this year, local commuters will notice the heavy cyclist and support crew traffic depending on your time of travel and route.
No doubt it will be one of the toughest days of the week-long ride for charities, taking riders over Battle Mountain and Tennessee Pass and then switching over to Highway 91 and the Fremont Pass challenge. Earlier this week, cyclists got caught in a snow storm as they passed through Winter Park.
This annual bicycle tour takes 2,000 cyclists, assisted by more than 100 volunteers, on a 6-7 day ride on paved roads through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June. The Ride The Rockies route is different each year, but always climbs a few challenging mountain passes and showcases the state’s spectacular scenery. Daily treks can be as short as 40 miles or as long as 100 miles, but generally average 60-70 miles.
Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace. Proceeds from Ride The Rockies benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation. All funds raised are returned directly to Colorado nonprofits.
Forest Service Issues 5-Year Permit for Half Marathon
Earlier this year, Leadville Today reported about the change in the permit process at the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). In an effort to be more transparent, and to provide avenues to make the public aware and allow their voice to be heard, the USFS is making sure to meet all National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements. To that end, here is a notice from the USFS regarding the Annual Turquoise Lake Half Marathon.
The Decision Memo authorizing the issuance of a Special Use Authorization for the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon Recreation Event was signed on May 28, 2014 and is available online: LINK.
Implementation of this decision involves issuing a five year Special Use Permit to the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame to continue hosting the Turquoise Lake Half Marathon on the Leadville Ranger District, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands. The Turquoise Lake Half Marathon begins and ends at the Matchless Boat Ramp and uses County Roads 9 and 4, the road through May Queen Campground, and the Turquoise Lake Trail.
The approved activities within this decision are not subject to appeal in accordance with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Pub. L. No. 113-76, 128 Stat. 5 (2014).
For additional information concerning this decision, contact: David Lovato, Special Uses Administrator, Leadville Ranger District, 810 Front St.,Leadville Colorado, email@example.com. 719-486-0749.
Leadville Race Series Season Kicks off This Saturday
The Leadville Race Series kicks off its local race season this Saturday, June 14 with the Leadville Trail Marathon & Heavy Half. The race starts at the Sixth Street Gym at 8 a.m.
The course runs through the historic mining district’s challenging old mining roads and trails, and hits a high of 13,185 feet at Mosquito Pass. And if current conditions prevail, runners could be crossing some snow on the course and possibly encounter a few unplanned water features. This year marks year number 15 for the marathon, while the Heavy Half will mark its ninth.