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2009 Inaugural Tour Recap
The first annual DEATH RIDE Tour took place June 5 - 7, 2009 with 11 participants - as pictured from left to right.
Barry Sopinsky - Tour Director
Steve Bell - Campus Cycles employee and tour mechanic - taking picture
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A great time was had by all. New friendships were formed and for the riders this was one of the most challenging three day cycling events they had ever participated in. The DRTT covered a distance of 229 miles with 24,176 feet of climbing. The weather cooperated as much as possible for early June in the Colorado Rockies. The ride commenced - as now tradition at the Hillside Cemetery in Silverton, CO on Friday June 5th. A memorial flag was planted in honor of Barry's deceased parents, Irvin & Rhoda Sopinsky. Memorial flags were also planted on day two at Telluride's Lone Tree Cemetery and day three at Greenmount Cemetery in Durango.
The weather cooperated as much as possible for early June in the Colorado Rockies with day one starting off slightly chilly in the early morning, however by the time you had conquered the first climb - Red Mountain Pass you were pretty comfortable.
The decent of Red Mountain was a challenge with many technical switchbacks - then into Ouray for a break. From Ouray to Ridgeway was a nice rolling ride on the Million Dollar Highway. The balance of day one became more difficult as we turned west for climb number two -Dallas Divide into Placerville. The strong headwind now became the obstacle to conquer - not just the 8,970 foot pass.
Finishing day one into Telluride after the strong headwind over Dallas Divide was challenge number three for the day.
Looking for riders making the last climb of the day.
Day two was to be a nice long downhill after Lizzard Head Pass (10,223 ft) - climb number three. Well a nasty headwind made the 71 miles yet another hard challenge for the riders.
A quick stop in Rico produced a some humor with Skip's performance in front of the Theatre Café.
After passing through Mancos there was another easier climb over Hesperus Hill then ending day two with a wonderful 12 mile decent into Durango.
Day three in Durango started off a beautiful sunny morning with the Iron Horse right on schedule.
The last two climbs - Cool Bank and Molas pushed the riders to give everything they had to complete the 229 miles ending back in Silverton, CO
Jared Hall was very happy to have achieved the last climb of the tour.
So if you think this is an event you would like to participate in - then go ahead - sign up! You'll have a great time.
The 2nd annual DEATH RIDE Tour took place June 11-13, 2010 and grew from 11 participants in 2009 to 31 in 2010.
In Support of
2010 DEATH RIDE Tour Participants:
| Barry Sopinsky
Charles (Skip) Cathcart
| Veronika Hall
Matt King Dunn
Steve Bell - Zach Hepner - Ian MaCullum
Ron Boles - Carol Boles
2010 DEATH RIDE Tour Valued Sponsors & Contributors
Brandon Sopinsky - Design by Destruction
David George - Rock Creek Associates
Jonathan Smith - Level One
Brett Stephenson - Ace Hardware
Todd Yohannes - Buckley Discount Liquor
Mike Kelley & Kathy Stephenson - Mapleleaf Ace Hardware
Andrea Taylor - Basset, Wallace, Selner & Taylor
Mark Velant - Campus Cycles
Tony & Mary DeMiro - DeMiro Associates
Mike Mahoney - Simple Green
Dr Stephen Geraghty
Louise Niekerk - Bona
Erik Turner - Bona
Derek LaBeau - Kroger
David Dzurek - Dzurek Creative
Dan Blom Starfiber
Tom Ray - FloorCleaners.net
Mike Olson - Fullerton Ace
Scott Carr - Bonded Logistics
Bill Moore - Moore Lumber & Hardware
Jerry Schultz - H Schultz & Sons
JWL Enterprises - Jim Lee
Carol & Ron Boles
Brad Stone - Bona
Bob Fritz - Bona
Patti & Mark Rosenthal
Check Presentation to The Children's Hospital - The 2010 DEATH RIDE Tour presented a check in the amount of $5,000 - pictured from left to right - Garrison Hayes - our Miracle Kid, Barry Sopinsky, Pam Miller, Deborah Sopinsky, Matt Dunn and Monique Bronner - Manager, The Children's Hospital Foundation.
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We are very happy to announce that because of the generosity of our sponsors and the hard work of all our participants, the 2011 DEATH RIDE Tour III was able to make a donation of $20,000 to Children's Hospital Colorado.
Pictured from left to right,
Molly Oliver- Children's Hospital Colorado,
Barry Sopinsky – President DEATH RIDE Tour, Garrison Hayes – Colorado Miracle Kid and Deborah Sopinsky.
The DEATH RIDE Tour also made a total donation of $2500 to The ALS Association with support of Montes Ride to Defeat ALS and The War on ALS.
DEATH RIDE Tour IV – June 8-10, 2012 – Tour Recap.
First I can't thank everyone enough who participated in this year's event. Whether you were a rider, a sponsor or you volunteered your time, please accept my appreciation and gratitude for what you did. I just can't thank you all enough.
I know I keep saying this, however, each year the DEATH RIDE Tour … Ride For Life .. now with added tag – "For Those Who Care" totally exceeds my expectations and 2012 certainly was no exception. Participants were up in 2012 from 75 in 2011 to123 who completed the three day 230 mile course with 16,500 feet of elevation gain.
The weather again was perfect – sunny days in the mid 70's. There was a bit of wind going up & down Dallas Divide and Lizard Head Pass, however, nothing really to complain about.
The support provided by Heromosa Tours & VeloSoul Cyclery was great. I'd also like to thank everyone in Silverton – especially George, Shasta & Cathy at the Grand Imperial Hotel and Tana & Rodger and the Wyman. Without these two hotels and the support of their owners – the DEATH RIDE Tour would not be a successful event. Tana & Rodger went over and above donating their time and money to put on our rider appreciation barbecue on Sunday at the end of the event.
In Telluride – thanks to Chris and Telluride Alpine Lodging for the sponsorship support and a great rate at the Mountainside Inn.
No doubt the highlight of this event is always doing the check presentations. I am very pleased to announce that in 2012 our total donation contribution from the efforts of the DEATH RIDE Tour… Ride For Life… For Those Who Care was $40,000. Here's how it all broke down:
$10,000 donated to ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter
$2,500 donated to the Blazeman Foundation to support ALS Research
$25,000 donated to Children's Hospital Colorado
$1,500 donated to the American Red Cross to support the Colorado Fire Victims
$1,000 donated to Team Bone Fish in support of the Courage Classic & Children's Hospital CO
Angel of Life Award & Check presentation to Pam Rush-Negri – Executive Director – ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter
Angel of Life Award & check presentation to Katie Dean – Foundation Manager –Children's Hospital Colorado along with Garrison Hayes – 2007 Colorado Miracle Kid.
Our friend Paul Beader, from Silverton, again raised our memorial flag – now with a secure & sturdy new flag pole. Thanks Paul – your efforts are sincerely appreciated.
The 2013 DEATH RIDE Tour V was the most successful event to date. 275 participants conquered the 3 days of riding 232 miles and climbing 16,500 feet of elevation.
|2013 marked the 5th anniversary of the DEATH RIDE Tour. In 2009 – the first year there were a total of 11 participants. Barry, Deborah & Brandon Sopinsky, Matt Dunn, Kris Mann, Mark & Patti Rosenthal, Mark Gregarek, Jared Hall, Skip Cathcart and Steve Bell.|
The 2013 DEATH RIDE Tour V is happy to announce that donations were also made to these worthwhile charities listed below:
- Children’s Hospital Colorado - $45,000
- ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter - $20,000
- Children's Hospital Wisconsin - $8,500
- Children's Hospital Los Angeles - $1,000
- Doernbecher Children's Hospital - $2,000
- Cycle For ALS - Blazeman Foundation - $3,000
- American Red Cross - $1,000
- Fire Velo Cancer Awareness - $500
- Denver Mission - $1,000
- Wheelchair & Ambulatory Sports, USA
- In support of Garrison Hayes - $2,500
2013 Check presentation to Katie Dean - Foundation Manager - Children's Hospital Colorado for $45,000.
At presentation from left to right - Doug Waltermire, Katie Dean. Garrison Hayes, Barry & Deborah Sopinsky, John Rehl and Tim McCarthy
Garrison Hayes – cancer survivor, friend and 2013 DEATH RIDE Tour participant.
2013 Check presentation to Pam Rush-Negri - Executive Director - ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter for $20,000
I will close by saying thanks to all the participants and sponsors that helped make 2013 a huge success. We hope to see everyone back in 2015 for DEATH RIDE Tour VI – June 6-8, 2015.
Due to some unfortunate circumstances, the DEATH RIDE Tour had to be cancelled in 2014. We are back in 2015 and stronger than ever.
The “Official” DEATH RIDE Tour did not take place in 2014 due to some personal issues that the founder Barry Sopinsky was going through, however, there were three “Unofficial” DEATH RIDE Tours that was done by three groups to keep the spirit and meaning of the DRT alive. As Bicycle Bob so well put it "The Death Ride is more than a cycling challenge; it is a test of will. A conversation with one’s own faith of spirit to endure. The confidence gained by persevering in the face of hardship and exhaustion serves one in all facets of life".
|Team Fire Velo – from left to right, Carlos Iribe, David Castaneda, Marv Williams, Carlos Arellanes & Jim Berklite. Not pictured Buch Buchanan – who rode and provided support along with Lynda Agee.
The Fire Velo team did the ride a bit later than the regular DRT. They did the tour June 27-29, 2014.
|Thanks so much to my friends at Fire Velo – check out www.firevelo.com|
|Another group was Ben Daily, Neil McCasland and Chris Achee along with support provided by Susan McCasland who came out from Texas. Ben is a photographer and will actually be providing photography services at the 2015 DEATH RIDE Tour.
Check out: check out www.dailysphoto.com
|The last group was Laura Burgess (Goldenbikerchick) and her friend Menelaos Karamichalis. They did the ride on the original 2014 dates – June 7-9, 2014.|
|As with any good long bike ride there is always the liquid refreshment in Silverton after conquering the last day and Molas Pass.
I would like to personally say thank you to all the “Unofficial” DEATH RIDERS from 2014. This meant so much to me personally to know that the spirit would continue. For the first time in 5 years the DEATH RIDE Tour did not make any donations to charity, however, the true meaning of TZEDAKAH – To Give Back…To Be Righteous…To Do The Right Thing was certainly evident in 2014.
DEATH RIDE Tour VI proved to be a bit of a challenge starting off. For the first time in six years the weather Saturday morning June 6th in Silverton was chilly & rainy with news of snow on Red Mountain Pass. After careful consideration for all riders it was decided that the Tour would go on, however, anyone wanting to SAG up and down Red Mountain Pass the logistics crew would take care of this.
|Day Two & Three the weather improved and smiles came back to the Death Riders.|
Through the hard work of all the 2015 DEATH RIDE Tour VI participants and our most generous sponsors, the DEATH RIDE Tour VI was able to donate a total of $36,000:
$1,000 – Denver Mission in support of the Ride to Defeat Hunger
$10,000 – The Blazeman Foundation – War on ALS
$25,000 – The ALS Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter