After the success of the first tour in 2012, Pedal The Plains makes a splash every year with a new route, educational activities and entertainment.
With a nod to the state's high-profile (literally and figuratively) pro road race, the USA Pro Challenge, Pedal The Plains embraces a flatter, more leisurely pace, where stopping to sample the bounty of the area's farmers' markets, crafts fairs, historic trails and educational farming techniques, as well as concerts, beer gardens, county fairs and a family fun ride are all part of the experience. For those feeling hardier, there's even a scenic century ride.
2016 Pedal The Plains
The event will take place Sept. 16–18, 2016. Check the Pedal The Plains website for more updates.
Day 1: Ordway to Fowler, passing through Crowley and Olney Springs
Distance: 21 miles
Elevation Gain: 241 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Eastern plains hospitality and welcome with local schools providing food and drinks to energize riders for the trip ahead in Ordway; locally sourced dinner and dance at Fowler's community park
Day 2: Fowler to La Junta, passing through Hawley, Rocky Ford and Swink
Distance: 59 miles
Elevation Gain: 968 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Pedal The Plains Party & Festival with live entertainment, arts and craft vendors, local-food-centric booths and plenty of cold Colorado beverages
Day 3: La Junta to Ordway, passing through Las Animas, Cheraw, Sugar City
Distance: 71 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,219 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Finish-line celebration with the local high school band, country cooking, beer garden, musicians and produce stands (don't miss the Rocky Ford cantaloupes!)