5th annual memorial ride

A scaled-down but vigorous 5th DP Memorial Ride took place on June 12, 2021. A small group of cyclists rode 56 miles (in honor of what would have been Doug’s 56th year) and raised funds for the DPPF.

It is time to plan (and train!) for the 5th Annual Memorial Ride for Doug.

Since this is the 5th year, we wanted it to be the biggest one yet – with even more volunteers, aid stations, hugs, tears, laughter, fun, pain, food, beer, memories, and stories shared.

Yet, as we tentatively feel a little more comfortable gathering, Covid is still a concern. So, we have decided to do another slightly scaled back ride on Saturday, June 12. It will work like last year – mostly self-supported. We will have just one aid station and you’ll need to download the route (coming soon) as we won’t mark it. We will still end at Cannonball to sit outside, enjoy beers and food from the food truck and celebrate our memories of Doug and our on-going friendship with each other!

Anyone that wants to ride, locals or out-of-towners, are welcome. Ideally, everyone is vaccinated.

If you can’t make it, or are more comfortable with a virtual event, local riders may log our route (or any mountain bike trail) between now and June 12th. And we invite our out-of-town riders to ride any 56-mile route you choose (or any mountain bike trail) for Doug. And then tell us about it!

After you ride, we’d love it if those of you on Facebook would post to the Celebrating Doug page (if not on FB, 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.

A portion of the Ride registration fee is typically designated toward the efforts of the Doug Pensinger Photography Fund. If you’d like to make a donation as part of your ride, you may do so here. We’re already making a difference in the career of young photographers! We are currently accepting applications for our second year of grants.

Ride your bike in Doug’s memory!!

Stay safe and healthy!


With love and gratitude,

Bettyann, Devan and Kim

Photos From Past Years

Mile Route

Vertical Feet of Climbing

This year we ride 56 miles, as Doug would have been 56 years old, 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. We’ll then head West, once again looping the neighborhood surrounding Chief Hosa – the location of the ride aid station. The third leg takes us towards Evergreen via the roller coaster ride down Kerr Gulch Road to Bear Creek Canyon, through Bear Creek Lake Park, and eventually west towards Rooney Road.  A well-earned, cold beer awaits you at Cannonball Creek Brewing after the steep finishing stretch up Washington Road.

Video by Amy Brothers