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
2014 Pedal The Plains Route
Day 1: Wiggins to Fort Morgan, passing through Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Log Lane Village
Distance: 34 miles
Elevation Gain: 144 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Eastern plains hospitality and welcome atop Wiggins Hill, with its see-forever views; Discover the Plains trivia, pie-eating, watermelon-seed-spitting and corn-shucking contests and Big Wheel races.
Day 2: Fort Morgan to Sterling, passing through Brush, Snyder and Willard
Distance: 72 miles (105 miles with North Sterling Reservoir Loop)
Elevation Gain: 770 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 2: Sterling to Wiggins, passing through Atwood, Merino, Hillrose and Brush
Distance: 67 miles
Elevation Gain: 925 feet
Off-the-Bike Events: Finish-line celebration with country cooking, live entertainment and a bike raffle