OEM: Blizzard leaves Ride the Rockies cyclists stranded at top of pass

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GRAND COUNTY, Colo. -- An unexpected summer blizzard blew into Grand County Sunday, leaving hundreds of bicyclist stranded at the top of Berthoud Pass.

According to the Grand County Office of Emergency Management, snow fell heavily at the top of the pass on cyclists participating in the annual Ride the Rockies bike tour.

The snowy conditions stranded hundreds of riders at the top of the pass. By 5 p.m., the weather at Berthoud Pass was 34 degrees with 15 mph winds and light snow, the Grand County Sheriff's Office said.

Multiple county agencies, including Grand County Emergency Medical, Clear Creek Emergency Medical, Fraser Winter Park Police and the Grand County Sheriff's Office, responded to get the cyclists out of the cold.

The Ryder Bus Company from Winter Park assisted by supplying six buses to transport the estimated 200 cyclists, deputies said.

Some bikers were transported to Clear Creek County and others were transported to Grand County.

In an official statement, Ride the Rockies said the bike tour was ended at 4 p.m. Sunday to ensure the safety of its participants.

"As we all know, Colorado weather is unpredictable," the organization said. "To all of our participants and sponsors, we recognize your dedication to Ride The Rockies as we look forward to the remainder of the tour as planned. We anticipate a great week of riding with you all, and ask for your continued patience as we focus on ensuring the safety of RTR participants."


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