Ride the Rockies riders stranded by snow

BERTHOUD PASS, Colo. - Scores of bicycle riders participating in the 2014 Ride the Rockies event were stranded at the top of 11,306-foot-high Berthoud Pass by snow and poor road conditions.

It happened late Sunday afternoon, according to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, which said the riders were not prepared for the snow and cold.

A private bus company in Winter Park transported some riders to Grand County and some to Clear Creek County.

It was estimated that 200 riders were stranded at the top of the pass. At 5 p.m. the temperature at the top of the pass was 34 degrees with 15 mph winds and light snow.

The six-day ride began Sunday morning in Boulder with about 2,000 riders who were slated to cover 89 miles, eventually crossing 471 miles and six mountain passes, according to The Denver Post, sponsor of the yearly event.

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