for the 
15th Annual Grin & Barrett Charity Ride
July 28, 2018
 Please check back January 1, 2018, for updated details 
and registration for the 2018 event!

The Black Canyon Buttkicker Charity Ride is held annually in Montrose, Colorado, to support patient wellness through San Juan Healthcare and the Caring Friends Fund.  In 2004, a group of riding enthusiasts and passionate men banded together in a unique show of support.  While their friend, Tom Barrett, was in Denver going through the hardest part of his fight with colon cancer, the gang devised a plan to put themselves through a sufferable journey on their bicycles.  One would agree that riding 150 miles, through three counties, in the heat of July...well, let's just say at some point in that ride you're going to suffer.  More on the story of how "The Buttkicker" was launched can be found here and here.
There are SEVEN ride options!  Choose YOUR challenge! (Some of these rides are subject to change for 2018 as the planning committee meets through the winter.  Stay tuned for updates!)
The 33, 50and 75 mile rides loop around the communities of Montrose/Olathe/Delta.  Choose your start time from The Red Arrow Inn between 7:00-9:00 a.m.  Departure cutoff for these rides is 9:00 a.m.
The NEW! BC50 and the 115 mile Buttkicker take you from the dam at Blue Mesa Reservoir to Hotchkiss or Montrose, respectively. Transportation to the dam departs from The Red Arrow Inn at 6:00 a.m.  BC50 riders must be in Hotchkiss no later than 11:30 for return transportation to Montrose.

The 155 mile Individual Gran Fondo and the 155 mile Alpine Bank Team Challenge Gran Fondo  take you from Montrose, to Blue Mesa Reservoir, along the rim of the Black Canyon and through the towns of Crawford, Hotchkiss, Delta and Olathe.  MASS START AT 5:30 a.m. from The Red Arrow Inn.  Riders will have a running clock, with chip timing, from start to finish line.  These two options are extremely challenging and demand strong, experienced riders be in top shape to survive the 155 mile route and time limit of 11 hours or less. Cycling training and conditioning is necessary to prepare for this ride. 
All rides are supported!
Aid stations, limited mechanical assistance and SAG vehicles are provided along every route.  See course maps for aid station locations.  Below are times during which each station is operational:

Hermits Point (BC50/115/155):  Open 7:30-10:00 a.m.
Bank of Colorado, Hotchkiss (BC50/115/155): Aid closes at 12:00 noon
Delta Alpine Bank (75/115/155):  Aid closes at 2:30 p.m.
Pea Green (33/50/75): Open 8:00-12:00 noon
Olathe Town Park (all rides):  Open 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
All ride support and SAG ends at 5:00 p.m.
Alpine Bank Team Challenge Gran Fondo
Top three qualifying finish times WIN!  

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place
Teams must:
  • Consist of 4 riders
  • Include at least one of the opposite gender (3 men/1 female, 2 men/2 females, or 3 females/1 male)
  • All members on the team must ride the entire 155 miles, but for a qualifying finish time 3 members from the team must cross the finish line at the same time, including one of the opposite gender.
  • All riders will have chip timing for official results.
  • All riders MUST OBEY RULES OF THE ROAD (Required with the State Patrol Permitting). There will be no closure of roads for this event.
Grin & Barrett Individual Gran Fondo
Top three finishing times in both male and female categories WIN!
No age bracketing applies for this race.
1st Place 
Male - $85   Female - $85

2nd Place
Male - $65    Female - $65

3rd Place
Male - $45    Female - $45

Can You Survive?

Red Arrow Inn & Suites
The Red Arrow Inn & Suites is your home base for exploration. It is an independent, family run inn set to become the most Eco-friendly hotel in Montrose with an ultra clean, comfortable, and unique environment. 

Mention you are riding in the Grin & Barrett and receive a special rate of TBA for two queens/double occupancy.

The 33/50/75-mile rides loop through and around Montrose, Olathe & Delta communities. These loops are scenic & moderately challenging.

The 115 mile Buttkicker Century and 155 mile Gran Fondo Team Challenge courses are extremely challenging - the Gran Fondo will be timed.

Course Maps
July 28, 2018 - 'Rain or Shine'
Start and Finish at 
Red Arrow Inn & Suites
1702 E. Main St. Montrose, CO 81401

Early 'check-in' is July 27, 2018, at Red Arrow Inn & Suites. 

Red Arrow Inn & Suites
Register for the ride here as well as learn about the entry fees, volunteering, and lodging.
Register HERE

The Grin & Barrett Ride is an annual ride in Montrose, Colorado for the San Juan Healthcare Foundation in support of the Caring Friends Fund. It is a charity to support patient wellness at the San Juan Cancer Center at Montrose Memorial Hospital. To learn more about this charity click  HERE.
To learn more about the San Juan Healthcare Foundation, click HERE.  

Post Ride Celebration

Don't forget about our post ride celebration! Fantastic food, libations and live music.  Does it get any better than that?  Even the locals come to partake!  Come on and join us from 1:30 - 7:30 pm, at the Red Arrow Inn & Suites.

Independent massage services will be available between 1:00-7:00.

Also available will be a special brew by our own Tom Barrett!  Collaborating with Two Rascals Brewery, his Black Canyon Belgium will be showcased as one of the refreshing beers served at the Post Ride Celebration.

Food, music & libations are included in rider entry fees. Non-participants are welcome to attend.  Adult guests:  $25, Youth guests (age 14 or under):  $10.  Purchase online for your guests when you register for your ride, or tickets sold at the gate.



This event will run 'rain or shine' - sorry, no refunds for undesirable weather conditions. All course and event details are subject to change without notice.
All riders should be prepared for changing weather conditions, rain or shine. SNELL or ANSI approved helmets are required for all riders.
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