Tour of the Valley returns to western Colorado
WHAT: Tour of the Valley
WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 29
WHERE: Start and finish at Canyon View Medical Center (2373 G Road, Grand Junction)
COST: $95, 75 and 100 mile option; $85, 50 mile option; $70 ,30 mile option.
Get your bikes in gear for the 27th annual Tour of the Valley ride hosted by Community Hospital.
As a fundraiser for not only the hospital, but also to raise funds for Colorado Mesa University’s Cycling team and Colorado Plateau Mountain Biking Trail Association, the group hosts a community bike ride through Colorado’s Grand Valley.
“We are so excited to be hosting the 27th annual Tour of the Valley,” said Karen Martsolf, marketing director for Community Hospital. “We have lots of fun things planned for riders and spectators.”
The tour is set for Saturday, Aug. 29, starting and ending at Canyon View Medical Center (2373 G Road, Grand Junction). Riders have the option to take on 30, 50, 75 or 100 miles.
Before the ride, cyclists can enjoy a pre-ride packet pick-up on Friday, Aug. 28, at Candlewood Suites (654 Market St., Grand Junction) from 4-8 p.m.
Day of registration is available. Entrance fees cost $95 for the 75 and 100 mile option, $85 for the 50 mile option and $70 for the 30 mile option.
The 30 mile route will venture to Fruita with a rest stop at Fruita’s Chamber of Commerce and head back to the medical plaza.
Riders of the 50 and 100 mile loops will head to Fruita, but will take on the Colorado National Monument. The century riders (100 miles) will ride along the Colorado Riverfront Trail to Palisade and loop back to the hospital.
If riders want the miles but want to bypass the CNM, a 75 mile option is available, which will go to Fruita, ride along the Colorado Riverfront Trail to Palisade and loop back to Canyon View Medical Center.
After riders complete their journey, a barbecue, drinks, beer from Kannah Creek Brewing Company and Palisade Brewery, wine from Red Fox Cellars and live music from Zolopht will welcome them back.
Riders also will receive swag and post-ride massages.
Last year, more than 400 riders participated including riders from Utah, Idaho and the Front Range. Organizers expect the same number, if not more.
“This is such a successful event because it’s so local, all the money stays local and we have wonderful partners,” Martsolf said. “The value for what riders get is something that cyclists enjoy, too.”
For more information, visit http://www.yourcommunityhospital.com.
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