Brace yourself Pagosa Springs, because you’re hosting 2,000 bikes and their riders for the 28th annual Ride The Rockies bicycle tour. It was announced today that Pagosa Springs has been selected as one of seven communities to host this year's tour, scheduled June 8-15, 2013.
“Mineral pools, great music and cold beer - what’s not to love about Pagosa Springs,” says Smith. “Cyclists will enjoy their time here as well as the next day’s stage over Wolf Creek Pass.”
Starting in Telluride on June 8th, 2000 cyclists will pedal over three legendary mountain passes, over the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. and pedal for seven days. Ride The Rockies will then travel to Cortez, Durango, Pagosa Springs, Alamosa, Salida, Cañon City and finish in Colorado Springs for the tour end finale on June 15.
This will be the sixth time in the 28-year history of Ride The Rockies that Pagosa Springs has been chosen as an overnight host town. While the tour route changes each year, the benefits and responsibilities of the host communities remain the same.
Benefits include publicity generated, positive economic impact, fund-raising opportunities and a grant provided to an eligible non-profit agency in each host town by The Denver Post Community Foundation. In 2012, cyclists spent an average of $250,000 in a 24-hour time period in each town. Many cyclists also plan to return as tourists. Host communities support the tour by providing lodging, community meals and entertainment for the cyclists.
Over 4,000 applications are expected for the 2,000 spots available for this year's ride. Riders on past Ride The Rockies have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. Ride The Rockies is a non-competitive event open to cyclists of all ages, and riders are encouraged to ride at their own pace.
“We look forward to touring Southwest Colorado where cyclists will be treated to seven inspiring days on their bike,” said Chandler Smith, Director of Ride The Rockies. “Climbs over Lizard Head and Wolf Creek Pass as well as a trek over the Royal Gorge Bridge will give cyclists a real sense of accomplishment.”
Starting in Telluride on June 9, cyclists will pedal over three legendary mountain passes and over the highest suspension bridge in the U.S. to complete the seven-day trek. The full 2013 route is:
- June 8 Telluride – Registration
- June 9 Telluride to Cortez 75 miles Lizard Head Pass – 10,222 ft
- June 10 Cortez to Durango 64 miles
- June 11 Durango to Pagosa Springs 86 miles
- June 12 Pagosa Springs to Alamosa 91 miles Wolf Creek Pass – 10,850 ft
- June 13 Alamosa to Salida 84 miles Poncha Pass – 9,019 ft June 14 Salida to Cañon City 67 miles Royal Gorge Bridge, 956 feet high June 15 Cañon City to Colo. Springs 46 miles
CLICK HERE for map and elevation chart.
Every year, riders from all walks of life meet in Colorado to ride bikes, celebrate with new and old friends, and soak in some of the best communities Colorado has to offer.
“Colorado is becoming known worldwide as a premier cycling destination and Ride The Rockies is a big part of the reason,” said Nathan Christian, Wells Fargo’s regional president for Colorado. “This signature tour showcases our fabulous mountains, boosts our economy, and provides much-needed funding for local charities. On behalf of Wells Fargo, I’d like to thank the tour organizers and volunteers for all of your hard work to make this tour such a success, and send our best to the riders.”
For information on Ride The Rockies activities in Pagosa Springs, contact Mary Jo Coulehan at (970) 264-2360