Special Event Permit Detail

Application Information

ID: 6072   Event: Ride the Rockies
Application Date: 11/15/2022    Event Date: 06/10/2023   Thru: 06/11/2023
Organization: Ventures Endurance Events, LLC   Phone: 773-562-9337
Address: 85 Devonshire St Floor 9, Boston, MA 02109
Contact 1 Name: David Benjes
Address: 519 Adams Avenue
Louisville CO 80027
Email: Send email
Contact 2 Name:


Event Information

Permit Type(s): County Road
Website: https://ridetherockies.com/
Please find the link below that will give you access to the entire route. The section in Larimer County is our Prolog (Saturday June 10th), Day 1 (Sunday June 11th) and Day 6 (Friday June 16th)

2023 Ride the Rockies
Route description and highlights
All rides leave with a scheduled police escort roll-out

Prologue: Saturday
Ft. Collins – 47 mile loop
Ft. Collins is a cyclist heaven, rolling hills, quiet farm roads and amazing food and fun!
The ride starts at our host venue just north of downtown Ft. Collins and heads north on county roads by several small lakes. The first 20 miles riders will gradually climb 800’ until they reach HWY 287. The next 10 miles drops most of the gained elevation until the route meets the small town of Bellview, then has two punchy climbs that ride past scenic Horsetooth Reservoir. The last 8 miles are downhill, back to the host venue.

Stage 1: Sunday
Ft. Collins to Estes Park – 47 miles
And it begins! Day 1
The ride heads southwest into the mountains to Big Thompson Canyon (US-34). Big Thompson is an iconic and scenic ride with big canyon walls that follow the Big Thompson River. The route up Big Thompson has an average 2.6% grade. Riders will leave the canyon at Drake and follow CO 43 until the road crests at the overlook into Estes Park at the Glenhaven community. 7 miles downhill into Estes Park and the warm welcome that only Estes Park can provide.

Estimated Participants: 2000   Estimated Spectators: 1000

Food / Alcohol:
  Food is NOT being Served.
 Alcohol is NOT being Served

   Sat. 06/10/2023: 8 AM - 12 PM
   Sun. 06/11/2023: 8 AM - 12 PM


Additional Information Submitted by Applicant

1. Date Submitted: 01/29/2023
Complete the online application at larimer.org/specialevent Completed Provide a detailed description of the event including the following information: The name of the event Ride the Rockies Complete list of days and times See operations manual attached The addresses of the locations where the event will begin and end See operations manual, the event is 7 days and starts and finishes in different locations In Larimer County: June 10th Ft. Collins loop, starts and finishes at New Belgium Brewery June 11th The riders will leave New Belgium Brewery and head west to Harmony and south through Masonville to Big Thompson Canyon June 16th The riders will return to Larimer County from Lyons Colorado If this is a fundraiser, provide the name of the organization benefitting from the event. Although each town will receive donations to charities or organizations that assist the event, this is not a fundraising event. What is the purpose of the event? Annual 7-day cycling event, currently in its 37th year What will be taking place during the event? In Larimer County, this event will be cycling only. Emergency Plan – This plan needs to include who will be charge in case of an emergency. How will an emergency be handled? If this is a large event, how will staff communicate to each other? Has there been contact with local fire department or EMS for their requirements and possible permits needed? Centrua and Stadium Medical both coordinate the medical for the event. As it is a multi-jurisdictional event, the medical team coordinates with each market, however they will be travelling with medical support and ambulances. The Emergency Medical Plan is still being updated. I will forward as soon as I have the details from this team. How many port-a-potties and hand washing stations will be provided (if applicable)? How many of these are ADA compliant (if applicable)? Aid station locations and number of facilities will be added to the operations manual once these locations have been identified. Will alcohol be served? If yes, a special event permit application for alcohol must be submitted to the Clerk and Recorder’s office located at 200 W. Oak Street, 1st floor. Contact them directly at licensli@co.larimer.co.us with any questions about the process and fee involved. The only alcohol will be served at New Belgium Brewery under their liquor license Certificate of Insurance (COI) – This certificate must be the current certificate for this event. Visit the website at https://www.larimer.gov/special-event-insurance-information for any questions on what is required, a sample of the COI outlining the information needed and Risk Management contact information. In process A course map(s) showing the location(s) of the following: Parking Port-a-potties and hand washing stations, including the number being used and how many of them are ADA compliant (if applicable) The course(s) of the event. All streets, roads and trails need to be labeled by name. Map(s) submitted without street/road/trail names are not acceptable and will delay the submission and review of your application Directional arrows indicating which way runners/bikers will be traveling Name and year of the event need to be included on each map. Outdated information will delay the submission and review of your application. Map attached The Engineering Department will need a copy of the course map(s) in a KML or KMZ file sent to them. Email the file to eng-general@co.larimer.co.us. In the subject line please label it as “Course Map for (event name)”. Attached for June 10, 11 and 16 routes If applying for non-profit status and application fee, the current Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) or Colorado Nonprofit Corporation registered agent contact information is needed to verify status Application fee: Mailed 1/30

2. Date Submitted: 01/31/2023
MacGregor Ranch will be used as the host venue in Estes Park June 11-13, 2023. Venue elements include: EXPO Camping Beer Garden Entertainment Tents Portable restrooms See attachment for site location

3. Date Submitted: 02/13/2023
Operations and Medical Plans

4. Date Submitted: 03/30/2023
Emergency Management Plan

5. Date Submitted: 03/30/2023
Requirements for a Private Land Special Event Application 1. Complete the online application at larimer.org/specialevent a. Completed to the best of our understanding 2. Provide a detailed description of the event including the following information: ? The name of the event o Ride the Rockies ? Complete list of days and times o Event will arrive at MacGregor Ranch on Sunday June 11. ? June 11 8am until June 13 12noon ? The address of the location the event will be held at o 180 MacGregor Ln, Estes Park, CO 80517 ? If this is a fundraiser, provide the name of the organization benefitting from the event. o Bicycle Colorado, a 501(c)3 non profit organization Tax ID #84-1201078 ? What is the purpose of the event? o Recreational, non-competitive cycling event ? What will be taking place during the event? o The MacGregor ranch venue will host camping, showers, medical support, event operations, beer garden, food trucks and some vendors (TBD) 3. Emergency Plan a. Attached 4. How many port-a-potties and hand washing stations will be provided? How many of these are ADA compliant? a. There will be 20 portable restrooms, 2 hand washing stations and 2 ADA compliant portable restrooms. 5. Will alcohol be served? a. Yes, MacGregor Ranch falls under the jurisdiction of RMNP. The Chief Ranger is reviewing our request. 6. Certificate of Insurance (COI) a. Attached 7. A site plan showing the location(s) of the following: ? Attached. Be aware that this is open, unimproved land. Exact placement of items will be dictated by terrain 8. If applying for non-profit status and application fee, the current Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN) or Colorado Nonprofit Corporation registered agent contact information is needed to verify status a. The applicant is NOT a non-profit 9. Application fee a. Submitted 3/31/2023 in person

6. Date Submitted: 05/23/2023
Final Maps for: Prologue - June 10 Day 1 - June 11 Day 6 - June 16

7. Date Submitted: 06/02/2023
Participant Waiver

Reviewing Agency Comments/Status

Email the Special Events Coordinator regarding this application.

Berthoud Fire

Status: Approved


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Status: Approved

Comments: 4/6/23 Status updated. I am told this Special Event application is for the road cycling portion only. The Building Division has no concerns or objections. Special Events permit application #6100 for MacGregor Ranch events has already been approved by Building Division. Please provide information and Site Map of all proposed facilities and activities on Macgregor Ranch, which is in unincorporated Larimer County, so we may determine building permit requirements if any. Specifically, will there be any stages, fences over 7' high, temporary buildings exceeding 120 sq.ft. in floor area, electrical, plumbing or gas installations, or anything else subject to building codes? Tents are subject to permit and code requirements of the Estes Valley Fire Protection District. At least some of the temporary bathrooms and wash stations must be accessible to people with disabilities.

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Status: Approved

Comments: 2/1/23 - Please note this spans across CDOT Regions. Please contact the other impacted CDOT Region (R3) as well 6/5/23 - Approved. Will inform any active project teams

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City of Fort Collins

Status: Approved

Comments: Conditionally approved, based on City of Fort Collins permit final approval.

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City of Loveland Permit Coordinator

Status: Approved


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Code Compliance

Status: Approved

Comments: Code Compliance is approving this application, but no research has been completed to determine if there may be building or zoning code violations.

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Colorado Division of Wildlife

Status: Approved


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Colorado State Patrol

Status: Approved

Comments: The state patrol contact for this event is MSgt. Marshall Schwarz Marshall Schwarz - CDPS

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Status: Approved

Comments: Route map received.

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Estes Fire

Status: Approved

Comments: Thank you for the opportunity to provide commentary for this special event. Based on the submitted information, no specific fire code requirements apply. Thank You, Stacey Sutherland Fire Safety Assistant

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Estes Police

Status: Approved

Comments: It doesn't appear that any assistance is needed from EPPD, if that changes please let us know.

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Flood - Larimer County

Status: Approved

Comments: This event will be taking place in high-risk flood areas, the Big Thompson Canyon and the North Fork of the Big Thompson drainage area. The event coordinators should carefully monitor the weather in these areas on the day of the ride for potential rain events. There should be an emergency notification system to receive and disseminate emergency notifications. In addition, an emergency plan should be in place in the case of a flood event. The event coordinators should work with Larimer County Emergency Management to develop the emergency plan. The riders should also be aware of the potential flooding dangers in these areas.

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Glacier View Fire Department

Status: Approved

Comments: Ride the Rockies does NOT impact our fire district. We are along 74E from MM 8 - MM16.

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Glen Haven Fire Department

Status: Not Reviewed Yet


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Status: Approved

Comments: It is understood that this Special Event application is for the cycling portion only. A separate Special Events permit #6100 corresponds to the MacGregor Ranch events which the Health Department approved with comments. The Health Department does not have significant concerns with this request, and asks that standard requirements for race events are followed: -Water for drinking and preparing energy drinks (if applicable) shall be from a public, treated water supply, and transported and dispensed in clean food grade containers, or commercial bottled water -The application indicates that no food will be served, however application materials indicate snacks that are commercially prepared will be available at aid stations. Any food vendors are required to hold a 2023 retail food license or 2023 temporary event license. -Food and beverage available at the aid stations shall be limited to water, energy drinks, gels, and other commercially prepared, prepackaged/shelf-stable food items (such as individually prepackaged snacks) or whole, uncut fruits or vegetables. Foods and drinks that require preparation/refrigeration are not approved without proper permitting. -Provide first aid kits at first aid stations. -An adequate number of portable restrooms shall be provided for the event to supplement any permanent restroom facilities available to attendees. It is understood that portable toilets will be provided at aid stations throughout the course and at start/finish areas in host cities. The number of toilets specified was for the MacGregor Ranch event. -Per the operations manual, a handwashing station will be provided at each relief area. Please note in areas with a larger number of portable toilet units, at least 1 handwashing station is required per every 5 portable toilets. They must be stocked with soap, water, papertowels and a waste bin at all times. -Trash receptacles shall be provided at all aid stations and relief stations. -2 ambulances will be dedicated to this event and riding medics will be available throughout the event. -Please ensure all staff and volunteers are familiar with the emergency communications plan.

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Larimer County Emergency Management

Status: Approved


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Livermore Fire Protection District

Status: Not Reviewed Yet


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Loveland Fire

Status: Approved

Comments: 1. Please provide maps with greater route detail for Days 1 and 6, so it shows which roads are being traveled. This would be from Masonville to Glen Haven on Day 1, and from Larimer County Road 12 north to Trilby Road in Fort Collins on Day 6 2. Provide information on traffic control in the Loveland jurisdiction, particularly as riders cross US 34, but any other crossing areas along the roads specified on comment #1.

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Lyons Fire Protection District

Status: Approved


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Northern Water (Chimney Hollow Reservoir Project)

Parks & Open Lands

Status: Approved


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Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District

Status: Approved

Comments: There are no portions of this event taking place in the Pinewood Springs Fire Protection District. We will be watchful for a small increase in traffic on US 36 between Lyons and Estes Park as a result of traffic avoiding US 34 in route to Estes Park.

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Status: Approved


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Poudre Canyon Fire District

Status: Approved

Comments: This event is not in our jurisdiction.

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Poudre Fire Authority

Status: Approved

Comments: More detailed review and comments will provided in the City of Fort Collins Special Event permit. No issues for the county portion of this ride.

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Poudre Valley Hospital

Status: Approved


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Red Feather Lakes Fire Protection District

Status: Approved

Comments: Not in Redfeather

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Risk Management

Status: Approved


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Rist Canyon Fire

Status: Approved


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Road & Bridge

Status: Approved


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Rocky Mountain National Park

Status: Approved

Comments: No comments on the road portion of the event.

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Status: Approved

Comments: As this is a multi-jurisdictional event, how do we contact/communicate with organizers in the event of an emergency? Please provide the communication plan for CSP, LE, Fire, EMS, and rider support as soon as it's determined. According to Ops Plan V.2, you are requesting LCSO assistance at the following intersections: June 11 CR 42C/Centennial and CR 38E/Buckhorn Rd; June 16 CR 23/CR8, SW 42nd/CR21, and SW14th/CR 21. Please contact Melissa Persing at persinml@co.larimer.co.us to schedule those positions 30 days in advance.

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Thompson Valley EMS

Status: Approved


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Final Disposition


David and Sabra,

This special event permit has been approved.

Any referral agency questions, comments and conditions need to be addressed by the applicant directly to that agency.

Please print the permit and have it available for the duration of the event.