‘A ride for the rest of us’


I’ve done the Bicycle Tour of Colorado five times in the state’s mountainous west, but I may be getting too old for a sixth time. So I was pleased to note that a more level Colorado ride is being planned for later this year.
Gov. John Hickenlooper calls the three-day trek through Colorado’s Eastern Plains “a ride for the rest of us.”
Its official name is Pedal the Plains, to be held Sept. 21-23.
“Pedal the Plains will be a one-of-a-kind cycling event celebrating the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Colorado Eastern Plains,” Hickenlooper was quoted as saying in a Jan. 18 story on the website of The Denver Post.
“And, maybe most importantly, this event is a ride designed for riders of all speeds and sizes.”
The event is a partnership between the Post, the governor’s office and Viaero Wireless, based in Morgan, Colo.
The route and registration details are to be announced in the spring. The Post story said the ride would cover 30 to 100 miles per day and be open to cyclists of all ages and abilities.
Frank DiRico, president of Viaero Wireless, said the ride will ‘‘showcase the hidden beauty and economic vitality of the Eastern Plains of Colorado.”
The Denver Post has long experience in organizing bicycle rides. For 26 years, the Denver Post Community Foundation has organized Ride the Rockies in Colorado’s high country. Last June, the six-day, 412-mile ride drew more than 2,000 cyclists.
The Bicycle Tour of Colorado, which I did in 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002, is comparable in distance and terrain but is limited to 1,500 participants.
Rockies.com, a website focusing on tourism in the Rocky Mountains, says the Bicycle Tour of Colorado “is generally accepted as the most difficult of the Rockies road cycling tours.” Last year’s tour was over seven days and covered 463 miles.
I’d probably agree with the assessment of Rockies.com, and I’m not sure that this aging body could be whipped into good enough shape for another Bicycle Tour of Colorado, which this year heads into neighboring Wyoming. So maybe the “ride for the rest of us” is one to plan for this year.

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