Cycling magazine features Rio Grande Trail |

Cycling magazine features Rio Grande Trail

Dale Shrull
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Chad Spangler Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Whether it’s fishing or kayaking in the local rivers, or the plethora of pedaling events and opportunities, the Glenwood Springs area continues to pop up in magazines.

The latest magazine to feature Glenwood is Adventure Cyclist, a Missoula, MT. magazine.

The story and photos are about the Rio Grande Trail, which is recounted in a first-person style by free-lance writer Irene Middleman Thomas.

The article details a ride on the Rio Grande Trail from Aspen to Glenwood Springs after taking a RFTA bus ride to Aspen. The article highlights the scenery and attractions of the 44-mile trail. It also highlights other attractions and things to do in Glenwood for both the cyclist and non-cyclist.

The magazine has a circulation of more than 44,000.

According to an e-mail from Vicky Nash of the local marketing company Resort Trends Inc., the four-page magazine spread equates to more than $14,000 in advertising for Glenwood.

Adventure Cyclist magazine is published nine times a year and is dedicated to bicycle travel and adventure. The magazine is mailed to subscribers.

The Rio Grande Trail has become a hugely popular path since it opened last spring. The trail’s official grand opening was on June 21.

The trail allows cyclists to bike between Glenwood Springs and Aspen without every having to ride along busy Highway 82. The trail is not accessible year-round including a springtime closure near El Jebel due to wildlife habitat concerns.

The trail became a reality thanks to some vision back in 1997 when groups like Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Great Outdoors Colorado and the Colorado Department of Transportation purchased the former Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad corridor in 1997, thinking that a bike/pedestrian trail to link the entire valley could be a possibility in the future.

The estimated cost of the project was $1.9 million.

In October, the trail was given the Outstanding Community Tourism Initiative Award the Colorado Tourism Conference.

Glenwood Springs recently made headlines as the starting point for the two major Colorado summer bicycle tours, both of which will likely use portions of the Rio Grande Trail for the tours.

The 24th annual Ride the Rockies tour will depart from Glenwood on June 13 and return June 19. That will be followed by the 15th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado, which will leave Glenwood on June 21 with cyclists returning on June 27.

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