4th annual memorial ride


Hello, Friends.

We really wanted to have our 4th Annual Doug Ride as planned, with all the volunteers, aid stations, hugs, tears, laughter, fun, pain, food, beer, memories, and stories like those we shared the past three years. Alas, it doesn’t seem like the safe or wise thing to do at this time.

So instead, we are posting the routes – yes, we planned both a 25-mile and 55-mile route this year. For our local riders, we ask that you ride one of these routes (or any mountain bike trail)  between now and June 13th. And we invite our out-of-town riders to ride any 25 or 55 mile route you choose (or any mountain bike trail).

After you ride, we’d love it if those of you on Facebook would post to the Celebrating Doug page (or shoot one of us an email and we can post your ride)! Share your pics, stats, feelings, revelations, songs sung or enjoyed, poems remembered or composed, thoughts or memories of Doug you had on your bike. (Locals, please share when you’re riding with Bettyann and Devan and we’ll join you if possible).

In addition, a few folks plan to ride the 25-mile route on Wednesday, June 10 and the 55-mile route on Saturday June 13. We invite others to join. These will be self-supported in terms of water, food, and bike repairs. There will be no aid stations or mobile mechanic, but emotionally we will all support one another. Let Bettyann know if you want to ride, and she will get you more details.

A portion of the Ride registration fee was to be designated toward the efforts of the Doug Pensinger Photography Fund. The DPPF just held its first annual call for portfolios with a great response, and it will honor ten emerging photographers with grants, photo equipment, and mentorships!

Since this year is different in so many ways, and we will not have any registration fees, we are offering a one-of-a-kind, wearable piece of art for a minimum donation of $30 to the Fund. You may recognize the scenes from pics of previous DP Memorial Rides. There is a limited number of these hats, which were handmade by friend and neighbor Amanda Marvin. Get yours soon by donating here. After you do so, shoot us a quick email at info@dppfund.org with your choice of hat and your mailing address.

We plan to get back to our fully supported ride in 2021. We will miss everyone we don’t get to see this year! And we hope to see some of you sooner and all of you soon (or at least by next June).

Ride your bike in Doug’s memory!!

Stay safe and healthy!

With love and gratitude for each of you,

Bettyann, Devan and Kim

Photos From Past Years

Route Options

Mile Route

Vertical Feet of Climbing

This year we ride 55 miles, as Doug would have been 55, on a route with only minor changes from the previous year. A good warm up into downtown Golden will prepare you for the climb up Lookout Mountain to the first aid station. We’ll then head West, once again looping the neighborhood surrounding Chief Hosa. Aid station two is a welcome sight along the bike path. The third leg takes us towards Evergreen via the roller coaster ride down Kerr Gulch Road to Bear Creek Canyon. A third aid station is located in Bear Creek Lake Park before riding through the park and eventually west towards Rooney Road. The 55 mile riders will likely join up with 25 mile riders at the final joint aid station at the base of Dinosaur Ridge. A well-earned, cold beer awaits you at Cannonball Creek Brewing after the steep finishing stretch up Washington Road.


Mile Route

Vertical Feet of Climbing

New for 2020! This shorter route option begins at the house and travels into downtown Golden where you’ll find the first of two aid stations. Then ride south past Colorado School of Mines  before joining the C-470 trail before eventually traveling south on US 40. You’ll climb up and over Dinosaur Ridge to reach the final aid station where you’ll likely meet up with 55-mile riders for the finish into Golden and up steep Washington Ave where a cold beer awaits you at Cannonball Creek Brewing.

Check out this video from a previous memorial ride.

Video by Amy Brothers