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. For those feeling hardier, there's even a scenic century ride.
2016 Pedal The Plains
The event will take place Sept. 16–18, 2016; more details are yet to be announced. Check the Pedal The Plains website for updates.
Day 1: Julesburg to Holyoke, passing through Venango, Nebrask and Amherst
Distance: 47 miles
Elevation Gain: 662 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Eastern plains hospitality and welcome with local schools providing food and drinks to energize riders for the trip ahead; evening rodeo at Phillips County Fair Grounds in Holyoke with a horse show, local entertainment, and pie-eating and corn-shucking contests
Day 1: Julesburg to Holyoke Shortcut
Distance: 33 miles
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: N/A
Day 2: Holyoke to Sterling, passing through Paoli, Haxtun and Fleming
Distance: 63 miles
Elevation Gain: 970 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Pedal The Plains Party & Festival with live entertainment, Sugar Beet Days Festival, arts and craft vendors, local-food-centric booths and plenty of cold Colorado beverages
Day 3: Sterling to Julesburg, passing through Iliff, Sedgwick, Ovid
Distance: 62 miles
Elevation Gain: 114 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Finish-line celebration with country cooking, live entertainment and a bike raffle