General Questions

Why did you move the 2021 Ride from June to September 25th?

After discussions with medical advisors, sponsors, our host venue and community partners, we believe moving the ride from our traditional date on Father’s Day weekend to the fall of 2021 is the most prudent decision to lessen the impact from any disruption remaining during the post-pandemic recovery period.

Further, it is our belief that a fall date will alleviate most remaining concerns of our cyclists about participating in an organized, in-person event. We will continue to include best practices developed during the pandemic.

Do you expect any restrictions related to COVID-19 by that time?

 The Denver Century Ride has joined with other major cycling event producers across Colorado in the formation of a COVID-19 Mitigation Task Force.  We are formulating best practices in conducting safe but enjoyable rides.  As a result, we will be investing as a collective in various products and services to be shared by all rides during 2021.  Those may include plexiglass barriers, hands-free water dispensing, disinfecting equipment, hand sanitizing stations and more.

Please be assured that we will operate in compliance with all public health requirements mandated at the time of the ride, though we are hopeful that many of those to be relaxed as infection metrics decline as a result of the vaccine.

How will a 2021 ride be different from what we have come to expect from year’s past?

As a result of ideas and plans formulated in 2020 as well as the change of date, we anticipate the following adjustments:

  • Courses will open a bit later in the morning as the sun is not scheduled to rise until 6:51 a.m. on September 25, 2021.
  • Departure Windows instead of Wave Starts– Instead of cyclists starting in a large group all at once, we will have “Departure Windows” to limit crowding at the Start line. This means that cyclists may begin the Ride at any time during the designated departure time frame for your selected distance. This “staggered” approach allows for greater natural social distancing throughout the day along the courses, at aid stations as well as at the Finish line. Planned departure windows:
    • 100 & 85-Mile Rides: Depart anytime between 6:45 am – 7:15 am (last departure is 7:15am)
    • 50 & 25-Mile Ride: Depart anytime between 7:25 am – 8:10 am (last departure is 8:10am)

Use of Protective Gear– We will adhere to CDC recommendations at the time of the ride as it applies to face masks.  All staff and volunteers will be provided with face coverings to wear at the event. Currently, cyclists are required to wear a mask while in the start/finish area and to enter the aid stations. If the current guidelines still recommend that all persons wear masks in public settings, the DCR will adhere to these guidelines.

  • Walk-Up Registration–Currently we are not planning to provide walk-up registration.  Therefore, we strongly encourage online registration which will remain open until September 22, 2021. To ensure your ability to join us on ride day, cyclists must register at www.DenverCenturyRide.com before September 22, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.
  • Bib/Merchandise Pick Up–  The pick up area at Ride HQ/Registration at The Shops at Northfield will reflect social distancing guidelines in place, that will mimic retail store protocols applicable in September 2021. To avoid crowding and wait lines, we strongly encourage cyclists to pick up bib(s), helmet stickers, goodie bags and merchandise prior to ride day during one of these expanded pick-up times listed below:
    • Thursday, September 23rd: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • Friday, September 24th: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    • RIDE DAY- Saturday, September 25th: Beginning at 5:30 am

Where will the Start/Finish line be?
The Start/Finish line will be at the same location as past years in front of Macy’s at The Shops of Northfield.

Have the courses changed?
No, all four courses will be the same as currently listed on the website, unless there is construction/cause to redirect along any of the routes closer to ride day as determined by our Ride Director.

Are there cut-off times for each route?
Yes there are. In order to ensure you make it back to the post ride street party we enforce cut-off times. At every Aid Station there will be published closure times and this information will be provided on the website and in the Rider Instructions provided to each registered cyclist prior to ride day.

Will there be increased first aid stations?
The number of aid stations will stay the same as in past years and are located at the Start/Finish as well as every 15 to 18 miles along the courses.

With respect to COVID-19 procedures, we will abide by all CDC, State of Colorado and local health guidance at the time of the ride.

Are tandem bikes allowed on the course?
Yes, if you purchase one registration for each rider.

Are recumbent or handcycle bikes allowed on the course?
Yes, as long as you have a 6ft flag attached to your bike, so you are seen easily.

Are E-bikes allowed on the course?
Yes, E-bikes are allowed on any of our four courses.

Are Berley Trailers allowed on the course?

Berley trailers are welcome at the Denver Century Ride. We welcome you to bring your children in their trailer on the 25 and 50-mile courses. If you are feeling more ambitious and want to ride the longer distances, we suggest the 85-mile, but please do not ride the 100. It is not safe for you or your children to ascend/descend Lookout Mountains narrow winding roads while towing a trailer.

I registered for the 100-mile.  Can I switch to the 85-mile on Ride Day? 
Absolutely!  The 100 & 85-mile routes is are designed so you can switch to a shorter or longer route as you like during the course of the ride.  If you signed up for the 50-mile and are feeling ambitious enough to do the 85 or 100-mile, we ask that you please mention at Check-in so that we can issue you the proper course bib.

Upsizing your ride from the 25 mile involves additional fees that may or may not be able to be accommodated during the 2021 ride due to rider caps, so please consider your abilities at the time of online registration.

All riders will need to abide by the posted Departure Windows for their respective distances.

Are there road closures for the Ride?
No, all roads are open to normal traffic during the DCR.  However, in high congestion areas there will be law enforcement posted.  These officers/troopers may stop or detain traffic at their discretion to allow the cyclists priority. Click here to see Rider Safety Rules on the Ride Information page for this information.

What are the minimum age requirements to ride the Denver Century Ride?
The DCR is designed for riders of all ages. (The cyclists age is their age on the day of the event.) We want to share the beautiful bike routes and bike lanes with all generations. However, for your safety and the safety of other participants we have put the following restrictions in place.

  • Cyclists 16 and above may ride any route with a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian
  • Cyclists 14 and above may ride any route with a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and accompanied by an adult. If the adult is not a legal guardian, they must carry a permission letter signed by the parent or guardian stating they are accompanying the minor on the DCR.
  • Cyclists 14 and below may ride the 50, or 25-mile route with a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian and accompanied by an adult. If the adult is not a legal guardian, they must carry a permission letter signed by the parent or guardian stating they are accompanying the minor on the DCR.

Before deciding on any of the above distances for a minor child please review the routes at www.DenverCenturyRide.com and make sure your child is of the ability to complete the route. The DCR is a “Rules of the Road” ride and all participants must be versed in and able to follow the Rules of the Road, per the Colorado vehicular codes.

 Bib/Packet FAQs


When & where do I get my registration packet?

On site bib and merchandise pick-up will be at Ride HQ/Registration at The Shops at Northfield during these expanded pick-up hours:

  • Thursday, September 23rd: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday, September 24th: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • RIDE DAY- Saturday, September 25th : Beginning at 5:30 a.m.

Can I pick-up my Bib/Merchandise on Ride Day?
Yes. Bib pick up will open at 5:30am on ride day at the Denver Century Ride HQ.

Can someone else pick up my Bib/Merchandise for me? Due to social distancing we encourage people to pick up bibs for family and friends, however you MUST have their ID or a picture of their ID, and an email from them saying that you have permission to pick up their bib and other items.

What will I receive at registration?
Your bib number (includes the post ride party food/beverage tabs), a helmet sticker, and any merchandise you ordered.

Where should I get my goodie bag?
Goodie bags will be available on site when you pick up your Bib/Merchandise

Where will packet pick-up be located?
At the Ride HQ/Registration on Main Street at The Shops at Northfield.

Where can I park to pick up my Bib/Merchandise?
There is plenty of FREE parking in and around The Shops at Northfield.

Route FAQs

What is the elevation of each route?
The elevation is different on each route, check the individual route pages for complete details. Please note Information is subject to change.

100-Mile Elevation – Check out the entire map HERE

  • Elevation: +5,523 / -5,524
  • Max. Grade: 9.4%
  • Avg. Grade: 0.4%

85-Mile Elevation – Check out the entire map HERE

  • Elevation: +3,861 / -3,862
  • Grade: 9.2%
  • Avg. Grade: 0% 

50-Mile Elevation – Check out the entire map HERE

  • Elevation: +1,886 / -1,887
  • Grade: 6.6%
  • Grade: -0.1%

25-Mile Elevation – Check out the entire map HERE

  • Elevation: +731 / -731
  • Grade: 5.1%
  • Grade: 0%

Where are the aid stations are along each route?
Our goal is to keep our riders comfortable and safe, so we offer aid stations every 15-18 miles stocked with water, sports drinks, nutrition bars and other energizing foods!  If you need or prefer a specific nutritional or hydration item while riding, please bring that with you.  Making sure you are comfortable throughout the ride, we have hand sanitizer, portable toilets, and hand washing stations available as well.

Where can I purchase photos from the event?
We will have a few photographers on the routes taking photos for our cyclists to purchase courtesy of Sundance Images. A link will be sent to you following the ride to purchase your ride photos.

Course / Aid Stations FAQ’s

Are all the courses the same as planned?
Yes, all four courses are the same as currently posted on our website, unless there is construction/cause to redirect along any of the routes closer to ride day as determined by our Ride Director.  It is always a good idea to check the route pages during the week of the ride as things can change during the final days of planning and permitting.

Will there be sanitizing items/handwashing stations available?
Yes, we will provide hand sanitizer and hand washing stations at the Start/Finish area and all Aid Stations/Water Stops.

How will food be served safely within sanitary guidelines?
We are making arrangements to provide aid station food and hydration, as well as the post ride meals safely and according to updated health guidelines as of September 2021. We will send more details to all cyclist as final plans are set.

Will I be able to re-fill my own water bottle at each aid station?
We will have volunteers assist cyclists with filling water bottles. We are making arrangements to provide aid station hydration safely and according to updated health guidelines as of September 2021. We will send more details to all cyclist as final plans are set.

Will a bucket of ice water still be available at the aid stations to help me cool off?
No. Unfortunately, this is not feasible for 2021 due to the increased health concerns related to the global pandemic.

Michelob Ultra Post Ride Party & Lifestyle Expo FAQ’s

Will there be a post ride party?
We will celebrate every cyclist that crosses the finish line. We are still planning to host the lifestyle expo, serve food and beverage and have a place to rest and relax at the finish area, however it may look and feel different based on the impacts of COVID-19.

Our vendors, music and volunteers will be ready to greet you at 10:30am and at 11:00am lunch will be ready for cyclists to consume after they finish. We will have the Start Line Aid Station option with some food available if you arrive prior to that time. Per our agreement with the Shops at Northfield, the party must end at 4:00pm.

Please note, the cutoff times mentioned on the Ride Instructions pages, and in the Rider Information letter provided prior to ride day are put in place to ensure you arrive at the finish in time to enjoy the Post Ride Party.  If you start within the Departure window for your distance and maintain an average speed of 12mph (including Aid Station stops), you will finish in time to check out our sponsors and grab a meal.

How will food and beverage be served safely following sanitary guidelines? We are making arrangements to provide post ride meals safely and according to updated health guidelines as at the time of the Ride. We will send more details to all cyclist as final plans are set.

Will I still get a cold beer when I cross the finish line?
Yes, we will have cold beer waiting for you at the finish line.

Will there be a Lifestyle Expo?
Yes, that is our plan! We still plan to feature our sponsors and other vendors that support your cycling lifestyle.

I would like to exhibit at the 2021 Denver Century Ride Expo.  Is that possible?
We do have a few exhibit spaces still available. Please email scroker@csg-sponsorship.com with your request.

 Volunteering

I would like to volunteer on September 25th. How do I do that?
Thank you! Please contact our Ride Director: Sabra Nagel
RideDirectorDCR@gmail.com

Will masks/gloves be available to use during my shift?
All staff and volunteers will be provided with face coverings and latex gloves to wear at the event.

What volunteer positions are available?
Please visit our website to learn about the myriad of on-course and off-course volunteer positions: http://denvercenturyride.com/volunteer/

Where can I purchase photos from the event?
We had a few photographers on the routes taking photos for our cyclists to purchase courtesy of Sundance Images. You can view the photos HERE