Pedal The Plains Colorado Bike Tour

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"The race for the rest of us," Colorado's Pedal The Plains is a light-hearted September road-cycling trek through the state's swaying, expansive eastern plains with plenty of fun on and off the bike for cyclists of all skill levels.

Based on the success of the first tour in 2012, Pedal The Plains made an even bigger splash in 2013 with a new route, educational activities and entertainment. With a nod to the state's high-profile (literally and figuratively) pro road race, August's 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. For those feeling hardier, there's even a scenic century ride.

2014 Pedal The Plains

Sept. 19–21, 2014

2013 Pedal The Plains Route

Day 1:Eads to Lamar
Distance: 36 miles
Elevation Gain: 118 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Country-style breakfast in Eads and agriculture/history/culture/wildlife emersion in Lamar (as well as food, drink and entertainment)
Points of Interest: Ag 101, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Neenoshe Reservior and Amache Internment Camp

Day 2: Lamar to La Junta
Distance: 68 miles (or 103 if you take the optional Rocky Ford Century Loop)
Elevation Gain: 1,070 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Main Street festival in La Junta, with the feel of a country fair, games, entertainment, local cuisine and local beverages
Points of Interest: John Martin Reservoir State Park, Fort Lyon Facility & National Cemetery, Bent’s Old Fort and Santa Fe Trail

Day 2: La Junta to Eads
Distance: 70 miles
Elevation Gain: 378 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Family Fun Ride, farmers' market and more in Eads
Points of Interest: Cheraw, Arlington and Haswell Points of Interest – Raptors Exhibit, World’s Smallest Jail

Learn more about the tour, including its Tread Lightly ethos, and check back for more details about the 2014 Pedal The Plains.


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