Bicycle Tour of Colorado rolls through Glenwood
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
A couple of thousand cyclists will pedal into Glenwood Springs this summer as part of the annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado.
The 463-mile tour runs from June 17-25, and starts and ends in the historic town of Central City.
The good news for local businesses is that the tour will have its off day in Glenwood Springs on Thursday, June 23.
On the fourth day of the tour, Wednesday, June 22, riders will have the longest ride – 104 miles from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs.
The arduous trek from Steamboat Springs will take riders along Highway 131 and down 17 miles of dirt road through the tiny town of Burns in Eagle County, then through Glenwood Canyon on the bike path into Glenwood Springs.
After a ride like that, a day out of the saddle will be a welcome break for most of the 2,000-plus riders. Glenwood Springs will offer plenty of attractions – and distractions – for weary riders.
Lindsey Lewis, vice president of tourism marketing for the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association, said there will be a booth set up at Glenwood Springs
High School to provide cyclists with local business and attraction information.
“We are thrilled that the Bicycle Tour of Colorado is coming through Glenwood Springs this year and that the cyclists will spend their day of rest here,” Lewis said. “There are so many activities and attractions for the riders to enjoy. It’s really a great opportunity to showcase everything Glenwood Springs has to offer.”
Bruce Christensen, Glenwood’s former mayor and an avid cyclist, is thrilled to see another tour heading into town. The economic benefit of more than 2,000 cyclists and support people can never be underestimated.
“Hungry cyclists are always welcome in Glenwood,” he said with a chuckle.
Past economic estimates show that bicycle tour riders together spend more than $260,000 in a 24-hour period.
In 2009, Ride the Rockies and the Bicycle Tour of Colorado both started and ended in Glenwood Springs.
The Bicycle Tour of Colorado has gone through Glenwood Springs eight times since starting in 1995, while Ride the Rockies has pedaled into town four times since 1986.
This year, the annual Ride the Rockies will run from June 11-17, starting in Crested Butte and ending in Georgetown, with riders clocking a total of 412 miles.
The tours are fully supported, with riders either camping at local schools or at staying at motels. The Bicycle Tour of Colorado provides pre-paid meal packages, but many of the cyclists choose to eat at local restaurants during the tour.
The Ride the Rockies tour operates on a lottery system, and riders have already been selected.
Cyclists still have the opportunity to register for the Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Visit http://www.bicycletourcolorado.com for more information.
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Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon closed around 9 p.m. Thursday for a flash flood warning.