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Ram Bicycle Classic includes new routes, benefits GSSE program

August 25, 2012

Hundreds of cycling enthusiasts will join the fourth annual CSU Ram Bicycle Classic, Sunday, Sept. 23, with all rides starting and ending on the Colorado State University campus.

CSU  President Tony Frank rides in the 2011 Ram Bicycle Classic, which helps support CSU students in the GSSE program with scholarships and international summer field work.

This non-competitive bicycle tour of Larimer County will feature four routes to accommodate riders of all abilities.

Breathtaking foliage and views

Open to riders of all ages and abilities, this year’s Ram Bicycle Classic has moved to the fall – capitalizing on the beautiful autumn weather with breathtaking foliage and mountain views along the foothills.

Riders can choose one of four new routes:

  • 100-mile century ride – Begins at CSU, climbs to Masonville then south to Carter Lake in Loveland, returns via Glade Road to the hills around Horsetooth Reservoir, then north on relatively flat roads to Owl Canyon and finishes at CSU.
  • 65-mile metric century ride­ – Covers the same hilly south roads as the century, but returns to CSU sooner, skipping the section around Horsetooth Reservoir and Owl Canyon.
  • 35-mile half-metric ride – Goes north to Owl Canyon on a relatively flat route and ends at CSU.
  • 11-mile family cruiser ride – Winds along the beautiful bicycle paths along the Poudre River and Spring Creek bike trails around Fort Collins.

There will be multiple aid stations fully-equipped with food, water, restrooms, and mechanical and first aid support on each route.

 After-ride partyFormer Governor and CSU Center for the New Energy Economy Director Bill Ritter rides in the 2011 Ram Bicycle Classic.

Upon finishing the ride, participants are invited to join the after-ride party, which will include a complimentary catered lunch, beer garden, live music, chair massages and bike expo and a chance of winning a brand new bamboo Panda bicycle, valued at $2,500.

A kids’ bike safety clinic will be hosted after the ride by the Larimer County Bicycle Pedestrian Education Coalition.


Registration includes a full day of festivities: the ride; a commemorative T-shirt; ride support; and, the post-ride celebration and lunch.

GSSE Program

This one-day event will benefit CSU’s Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise MBA program. Net proceeds will support student scholarships and summer field work in developing regions of the world.

CSU’s GSSE Program equips students to become global social entrepreneurs, improving the lives of people while building profitable ventures. The program admits 25 students each year, with about half of those students coming from abroad.


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