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Ram Bicycle Classic announces new date, routes

July 16, 2012

Join hundreds of cycling enthusiasts in this year's new Ram Bicycle Classic on Sunday, Sept. 23, starting and ending on the Colorado State University campus in Fort Collins.

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.New date and new routes

Open to riders of all ages and abilities, this year’s RBC is being moved to the fall – capitalizing on the beautiful Colorado autumn weather with breathtaking foliage and mountain views along the foothills.

Riders can choose one of four new routes:

  • the 11-mile family ride winds along the scenic Poudre River and Spring Creek bike trails in Fort Collins;
  • the 35-mile route is a fun, relatively flat loop north of town near Owl Canyon;
  • the 65-mile route challenges riders in a hilly southwest loop around Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins and Carter Lake in Loveland; and
  • the 100-mile ride combines the 35 mile and 65 mile rides.

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

Rides begin at 7:30 a.m. for the 100-mile ride; 8 a.m. for the 65-mile ride, and 10 a.m. for the 35-mile and 11-mile family ride. The after-ride party begins at 11:30 a.m. with events wrapping up around 4:30 p.m.

After-ride party

Upon finishing the ride, participants are invited to join the after-ride party, which includes a complimentary lunch, beer garden, live music, and a chance to win a brand-new bamboo Panda bicycle. Families are encouraged to attend, and a kids bike safety clinic will be hosted before and after the ride by the Larimer County Bicycle Pedestrian Education Coalition.

Former Governor and CSU Center for the New Energy Economy Director Bill Ritter rides in the 2011 Ram Bicycle Classic. Registration

Registration prices range from $15 for kids under 12, to youth and CSU student prices of $45, up to $65 for adults riding the 35, 65, and 100-mile routes. Kids under the age of six are free. Registration received after 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 will cost an additional $10 for each adult category.

Registration includes a full day of festivities: the ride; a commemorative T-shirt; ride support; and, the post-ride celebration and lunch. Commemorative cycling jerseys also will be available for purchase. Register online.

Sponsored by Public Service Credit Union and TIAA-CREF

The 2012 Ram Bicycle Classic is sponsored by Public Service Credit Union and TIAA-CREF. The RBC also partners with many non-profit bicycle organizations and local bicycle shops to host this event. If you are interested in sponsoring this year’s ride, contact Mary Zenzen.

GSSE Program

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. To learn more about the GSSE program, visit

More information

For more information about the Ram Bicycle Classic, visit the website call 970-491-1166 or email

The Ram Bicycle Classic also can be found on Facebook.