Calling all Volunteers

Ride for a Reason

The program’s goal is to support a safe, permanent, nurturing home for every child it serves.


The Ride

“Less Traveled Roads, Often Lead to Beautiful Places”


SATURDAY – JUNE 25th, 2016

  • 31 MILES

    For the ones who want a challenge, but not take all day !

The Details

Sopris Century!

Click info boxes for more information below.


No, all four courses/distances are non-timed, non-competitive without separate rider categories. Any rider can ride at his/her own pace, but read information in boxes below, regarding “START TIME, FINSH & CUT-OFF TIMES”.


Saturday, June 25th – 2016.


Friday, June 24th. 4-8 pm at Aloha Mountain Cyclery in Carbondale. We prefer and strongly urge all registration go through the registration link on our web site prior to the ride. We will be able to accommodate same day registration and packet pick up the morning of the ride, at the start in Sopris Park. Due to our limited staff, the time involved for registration at packet pickup could be lengthy.


There is public parking on the streets in and around Carbondale as well as two large public parking areas near the start & finish in Sopris Park. Please see attached map.



There will be food, drink, music and “prize giveaways” at the finish in Sopris Park. Please present your wrist band as proof of participation and free entry to this area. Additionally, we will have several different free ride recovery and medical services available to all participants. These services will be provided by local medical providers and Valley View Hospital.


There will be a mass start for all participants of the Sopris Century – 60 mile – 31 – mile courses at 7am in Sopris Park. Main Street in Carbondale will be closed to auto traffic during this time, as riders head east, towards the Rio Grande Trail.

There will be a mass start for the Family/Kids – 12 mile course at 9am in Sopris Park, without closure of Main Street in Carbondale. There will be a lead bicycle rider escorting the participants to the start of the Rio Grande Trail.

We encourage all riders to participate in these start times in order to make this a festive event !

Should riders elect to start outside of these start times, which is perfectly fine, we encourage vigilance in regards to Carbondale auto traffic.


FINISH: With most riders finishing between 1-4 pm, we are starting to close
 down the finish area around 6:00 – 7:00 pm, based on remaining riders.

AID STATION # 1: Opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:30 am.

AID STATION # 2: Opens at 9:00 am and closes at 12:30 pm.

AID STATION # 3: Opens at 8:30 am and closes at 3:30 pm.

AID STATION # 4: Opens at 8:30 am and closes at 5:00 pm.

ROCK BOTTOM RANCH AID STATION: (The aid station for the Family – Kids 

12 mile course, which is located 6 miles out on the Rio Grande Trail)

Opens at 9:00 am and closes at 1:00 pm.


There will be four aid stations, spaced out roughly every 20 miles for the Sopris Century – 60 mile – 31 mile riders. Please see course maps on this web site for their location. They will be fully stocked with food and water and energy drink. We will also have minor first aid kits available. Please wear your wrist band as proof of ride participation.

For the Family/Kids – 12 mile course, there will be one aid station located at Rock Bottom Ranch, 6 miles from the start in Sopris Park.


All riding is done on a paved, wide bike path or paved rural roads.There will be support vehicles roving different parts of all courses all day, providing any needed support and sag. We will also have Aloha Mountain Cyclery provide mechanical support at the start & finish, as well as throughout all four courses. We will have no dedicated emergency medical personnel on hand, other than minor first aid kits at all four aid stations. Should a medical emergency arise, participants should call 911 and/or contact ride staff for help.


Sopris Century:

The Sopris Century is a hard course for the serious rider. Most of the riding is done at an altitude between 6-8000 feet and includes 7000 feet + of vertical climbing, with grades ranging from 4-8 %, punctuated by bursts of 10 % or more. The rider who is up for the challenge will be richly rewarded by the experience of completing this course.The route starts and finishes at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. From the start, the route heads out on Main street to the Rio Grande Trail, continuing on to Old Snowmass. Capitol Creek and Snowmass Creek Roads are completed prior to heading up valley on the Lower River Road. Just before Woody Creek Tavern the route makes a u-turn and heads back on Lower River Road towards the Rio Grande Trail again. Once at Emma, the route heads towards Missouri Heights over El Jebel. The route traverses Missouri Heights prior to looping around the Panorama Road and continues to the Crystal Springs area before climbing up Cattle Creek Road. The latter part of the route includes Coulter Creek and Red Canyon Roads, before descending down to the section of the Rio Grand Trail west of Carbondale, that leads back to Main Street and Sopris Park.

60 Mile Course:

The 60 mile (97 Km) course is identical to the Sopris Century course except for the Old Snowmass and Panorama Road portions being omitted. The result is a fairly hard course with a total of 4000 vertical feet of climbing, with grades ranging from 4-8 %, punctuated by bursts of 10 % or more.The route starts and finishes at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. From the start, the route heads out on Main street to the Rio Grande Trail, where close to Old Snowmass, at the Aciero trailhead, it makes a u-turn on the Rio Grande Trail and heads back to Emma and El Jebel. The route traverses Missouri Heights before continuing to the Crystal Springs area, including climbing up Cattle Creek Road. The latter part of the route includes Coulter Creek and Red Canyon Roads, before descending down to the section of the Rio Grande Trail west of Carbondale, that leads back to Main Street and Sopris Park.

31 Mile Course:

The 31 mile course starts and finishes in Carbondale and incorporates portions of the Sopris Century course in it’s route. It is by no means an “easy – flat” course. The total 2,400 vertical feet of climbing comes in one long sustained climb during the middle portion of the route. For many riders, this portion will definitely feel like a “Sting-in-the-Tail ! Thankfully, an aid station is very strategically located, two thirds of the of the way up the climb. The route starts and finishes at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. From the start, the route heads out on Main street to the Rio Grande Trail, and heads up towards Missouri Heights on Catherine Store Road. After traversing across Missouri Heights, the latter part of the route includes Coulter Creek and Red Canyon Roads, before descending down to the section of the Rio Grand Trail west of Carbondale, that leads back to Main Street and Sopris Park.

The Family – Kids Course:

The Family – Kids 12 mile course is a flat and very easy, enjoyable route, out and back on the Rio Grande Trail. It starts and finishes at Sopris Park in downtown Carbondale. From the start, the route heads out on Main street to the Rio Grande Trail and continues 6 miles out to the Rock Bottom Ranch. There will be an aid station at this location and the route then makes a u-turn and continues back to Carbondale same way it came out. This route is the perfect choice for the rider who wishes an easy, flat route with miles of gorgeous riverfront riding while discovering the essence of bike riding, alone or in the company of their favorite riding partner or family member(s).


Riders should be prepared for any type of inclement weather and carry with them any extra protective clothing deemed necessary for the prevailing and projected conditions of the day. In general, during this time of the year, it will be moderately cool during the start and gradually heat up during the day. A light jacket/vest, arm-warmers are usually sufficient for the early morning start. Two water bottles are sufficient for most conditions. All riders must wear an ANSI- or SNELL approved cycling helmet.


If you are in possession of any of the bicycles depicted below, and feel confident you can safely handle it, during your desired distance, we encourage you to bring it and smile for the camera !


The rules of the road always apply. Ride single file unless overtaking another rider. Obey all traffic laws. All cyclists are personally responsible for knowing and obeying all traffic laws. This includes—but is not limited to—obeying stop signs. Violators may be ticketed by local law enforcement and/or removed from the event.

Ride safely and in control. Any cyclist who is deemed to be riding unsafely, discourteously, or recklessly will be asked to leave the ride. This is not a competitive race, but a fun, non-timed, non-competitive ride for cyclists who love to ride their bikes. Your safety, and the impact of your actions on the safety of others, are your responsibility.

Each individual rider is responsible for reading/interpreting all directional course signs and navigating the course(s) safely.

Each participating rider must wear the wrist band, supplied at the time of registration packet pick up. This is the only way staff can identify riders.


There are numerous lodging options scattered throughout nearby Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and El Jebel. Please Google or contact us for more detailed information. Below are three very good options close to the Start & Finish.

Comfort Inn & Suites in Carbondale


Marble Distillery & Hotel in Carbondale


Elements at Westin in Basalt/Aspen



Will provide later.



Message from The Directors

 Jan Silfverskiold

Welcome to the Sopris Century – Ride for the Child road bike event !

Home to the mountains of Aspen and Snowmass, the Roaring Fork Valley is best known as a world class ski destination. However, locals here, including several former and current professional cyclists, know that the valley also features some of the country’s best road bike riding in the summer. We have endless miles of paved, gently rolling, scenic and quiet country roads meandering through farm and ranch land with spectacular mountain and river front views that now hosts 4 different distance courses. My vision for this event has always been, to be all-inclusive to the entire community in regards to rider ability, age and fitness level. With our four different course options, I am convinced, anyone who can ride a bicycle will have a phenomenal experience participating in the Sopris Century – Ride for the Child.

The Roaring Fork Valley with it’s uniquely bike friendly community and the small town of Carbondale, which was recently featured as one of the “10 Best Places to Live Now” in a leading national publication, situated at the base of Mt. Sopris, is beckoning you to join us and discover what the essence of bike riding is all about, while simultaneously supporting the critically important cause of CASA.
Ride at your own pace – Savor the experience – Prepare to be amazed !

Jan Silfverskiold Ride Director
Melissa McPherron

CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to advocate for abused and neglected children, to make sure they don’t get lost in the overburdened legal and social service system or languish in inappropriate group or foster homes. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer is the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Children with a CASA do better in school and overall–receive more services than children without a CASA volunteer.

CASA of the Ninth serves children in Pitkin, Garfield, and Rio Blanco counties. A wide variety of demographics and communities are served throughout this geographical area, and each community presents its own set of challenges and needs to be met. Because of the uniqueness of each community, it is important for courts to understand the full picture of a child’s life. This is the role CASAs can fill—providing input and the community’s voice with regard to the best solutions for the child. CASA Volunteers help by providing an objective and independent voice as to the steps towards achieving a positive outcome for each child.

Melissa McPherronEvent Coordinator & Board member CASACASA for Children

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