FIRST RESPONDERS 

It doesn't matter if you're law enforcement, fire or EMS, if you're being called to a scene you're probably responding to the worst day of someone's life. But it's not just a one-time event for you; it happens day after day in the line of work you're in. 
 
You see some ugly shit. Sometimes the ugly shit is what happens when an innocent victim randomly ends up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Other times the ugly shit isn't random at all, and you see all too closely the dark side of human nature. Either way, your job is to deal with it and move on. The problem is that some shit is hard to get past. You're a compassionate human being - at least you want to be - but sometimes you become numb and tend to pull away from the very people who care about you because you want to protect them from the ugly shit.
Believe it or not, this is all pretty normal in your line of work. The key to not letting it destroy you is to be able to talk about it with others who can relate and to open your mind to new ways of dealing with things that might be better than some of the negative ways of coping you've tried in the past.
 
This is what Relief Rides for First Responders are all about. It's about the opportunity to get out on a bike and ride with some like-minded individuals who can relate to what you've seen and done and how it's affected you. It's a safe place where you can talk about what bothers you without having to worry about what people will think of you. In fact, you'll probably be surprised by how many other first responders wrestle with a lot of the same issues that you do, and what a relief it is to get some fresh perspective on them.

RELIEF RIDES

 

Relief Rides are 5-day dual-sport motorcycle tours and are specifically designed to provide relief to first responders with PTSD and related issues. Rides include a combination of on-road and moderate off-road riding. Participants get to ride on some of the most scenic two-lane roads in the country as well as some amazing jeep trails and forest roads. Participants must have at least a year of experience riding motorcycles, but no previous off-road experience is required.

HOW WE RIDE

Rides are controlled with a lead rider in front and a sweep rider in back, and all participants are asked to ride with safety as the main priority.

 

Our rides are about getting out in nature and enjoying scenery and camaraderie with other riders. Our rides are not about showing off, being competitive, or pushing the limits. 

 

A support vehicle will carry participants' luggage as well as food, tools, etc.

BIKES

Riders who already own a dual-sport or adventure bike are encouraged to bring their own bikes.

 

Riders who do not already own an adventure bike are provided the use of a BMW GS adventure bike from our fleet of bikes that includes G650GS, F650GS, F800GS and R1200GS models.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations will be in comfortable lodges, where group members will be able to unwind from the day's adventures and join in group discussions around the lodge fireplace.

RECOVERY WORK

Participants will learn simple concepts and techniques for relaxing and dealing with trauma that can help them better manage their internal stress and move toward recovery.

 

Participants in Relief Rides are sponsored by generous donors and corporate sponsors who are concerned about the mental and emotional toll that can come from serving as a first responder.

2020 RELIEF RIDE DATES COMING SOON

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Sunday

  • Out-of-town participants arrive Denver and are picked up at airport 

  • Welcome Dinner & Introductions

 

Monday 

  • Orientation & safety briefing at MRP shop

  • Ride twisty canyon roads to Evergreen

  • Lunch in Evergreen

  • Ride twisty paved roads from Conifer to Foxton

  • Scenic road along South Platte River between Two Forks and Deckers

  • Snack in Deckers

  • More twisty pavement from Deckers to Woodland Park

  • Arrive at Tihsreed Lodge in Florissant (just for fun, spell Tihsreed backward)

  • Dinner

  • Highs and Lows: Group members share high point and low point of the day’s ride

  • Evening workshop – Getting Unstuck: Overcoming Resistance and Moving Forward

 

Tuesday

  • Breakfast

  • Ride to historic mining towns of Cripple Creek and Victor

  • Dirt training session outside of Victor

  • Ride Phantom Cayon to Cañon City

  • Lunch in Cañon City

  • Ride Skyline Drive on outskirts of Cañon City

  • Ride Shelf Road back to Cripple Creek

  • Arrive back at lodge
  • Dinner

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop - Lighten Up, Francis: Introduction to Mindfulness
     

Wednesday

  • Breakfast

  • (Weather permitting) Ride the 156 turns in 19 miles to the top of Pikes Peak, 14,115 feet above sea level

  • Lunch in Woodland Park

  • Afternoon ride through Eleven Mile Canyon

  • Return to Tihsreed Lodge for rest 

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop – What the F is Wrong with Me? - Living with PTSD and Why It Seems So Hard to Move On

​Thursday

  • Breakfast

  • Ride Tarryall Road through South Park (setting of animated TV show) from Lake George to Jefferson

  • Ride Boreas Pass (unpaved) across the Continental Divide (elevation 11,481) from Como to Breckenridge

  • Lunch at top of Boreas Pass

  • Ride into historic mining town and ski resort of Breckenridge

  • Hwy 9 over Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass to Fairplay and then on to Hartsel

  • Hwy 24 back to Florissant

  • Dinner 

  • Highs and Lows

  • Evening workshop – Getting Out There: Recovery through Serving Others

  • Participants complete Exit Survey

 

Friday

  • Breakfast 

  • Depart Florissant and ride Tarryall Road to Hwy 285

  • Ride Guanella Pass from Grant to Georgetown

  • Lunch in Georgetown

  • Ride through Idaho Springs and up to Echo Lake

  • (Weather permitting) Ride to top of Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America (elevation 14,240 feet)

  • Dinner celebration 

  • Presentation of awards, schwag & event wrap-up

  • Meet MRP board members, advisory board & volunteers who helped make all of this possible

Saturday

  • Breakfast

  • Participants depart for home

FAQ

 

Are you going to try and get inside my head?

Are women invited to participate?

Do I need to bring my own gear?

Do I have to have a motorcycle license to participate?

Do I have to pay anything to participate?

Do you cover the cost of airfare too?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Do you welcome veterans with physical disabilities?

Are you going to exploit my trauma for promotional purposes?

Do we get a chance to try legal pot while we're in Colorado?

PARTICIPANT DEPOSIT

If you've been notified that you've been accepted to be a participant in a Relief Ride, you must make a $100 deposit to guarantee your spot in the group. The $100 is your commitment to show up and not blow this off. No-shows cause lots of headaches for us.

 

You will be refunded the deposit once you successfully complete the ride. Successful completion means you finish the ride without crashing your bike, picking any fights, getting a ticket, sneaking off and getting drunk, leading cops on a high-speed chase, making disrespectful comments about the executive director's mother, etc. You get the idea. Successful completion means you've been engaged, cooperative and safe.