The Long Reach Long Riders 16th annual charity motorcycle ride, appropriately dubbed “The Altimeter Tour,” begins on July 6th in Denver, Colorado and returns there on July 13th. The route winds through the Rocky Mountains where the riders will encounter breathtaking mountain passes, awesome mountain valleys and jaw-dropping mountain peaks. Some of the highlights along the way will be Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater, Rocky Mountain National Park and, of course, Pike’s Peak. Most of the ride will be spent between 10,000 ft. and 14,000 ft. At 14,114 ft, Pikes Peak is the second highest spot on the ride.
Jon Kirchofer, ride marshal for The Altimeter Tour noted, “The mountains will provide scenery galore and the route will present a wide variety of roads to satisfy everyone’s expectations. Pike’s Peak and Rocky Mountain National Park are great spots for a motorcycle ride and we’ll take full advantage of all they have to offer.”
The Long Reach Long Riders are a horde of theatre technicians/motorcycle enthusiasts from around the USA, Canada and beyond who ride to raise money for charity and have been doing so since 2004. What began in 2004 as a single event immediately turned into an annual ride that has raised over $650,000.00 for charity.
As is the custom with all worthy theatrical undertakings, this one began life on a bar napkin, at the USITT conference in Minneapolis, 2003. That first ride took took the riders from Boone NC (in the snow) to Long Beach, CA in March 2004. It was supposed to be a one-time event but they had so much fun they decided to do it again the following summer. And the summer after that and the summer after…well, you get the idea.
Their age group runs from the late 20’s to the mid 60’s and they ride many different bikes. It’s a great time with great people riding for great causes and they invite you to join them. Learn more at www.lrlr.org. Support a rider.