Plain News Volume #1


As Pedal The Plains draws near, we want to provide you with some helpful information.

In this newsletter:
Volunteer Opportunities
Recruit your Friends To Ride
Poster Contest
Host Highlights
Overnight Accommodations
Shop PTP

Volunteer Opportunities

We are now accepting volunteer applications and encourage you to check out the Volunteer Job Descriptions to see if there is a good fit. If you are interested, please download an application and return your completed form by fax 303.954.2784 or email no later than August 3rd. Volunteer applicants will be notified of their status by Tuesday, August 7th. If you have additional questions, please call Renee Wheelock at 303.954.2443.

Recruit Your Friends to Ride!

registerPedal The Plains is a one-of-a-kind cycling event celebrating the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. This event covers between 30 to 100 miles every day and is designed for riders of all speeds and sizes. Create a team for the 3-Day Tour of 10 or more and 10% of registration will be donated to a charity of choice!

2012 Poster Art Challenge

Pedal The Plains wants YOU to be a part of the inaugural year! We are hosting a contest for poster art where the winning posters will be sold online and at the event.

Instructions and guildelines:

  • There are three host communities and we will be choosing one poster from each town:
    • Yuma, Friday 9/21 for the start and Sunday 9/23 for the finish
    • Wray, Friday 9/21
    • Burlington, Saturday 9/22
  • The poster must measure 18”x24”
  • Full color or black and white are accepted
  • You must incorporate the following details but the items do not have to be prevalent:
  • Be creative and have fun!

Submissions are due Friday, August 10. Please submit your poster ideas to, with the subject line ‘Poster Challenge’. Entries will be posted on Facebook to gather votes to help in the selection process. Winners will be chosen based on votes and a panel of judges.

Host Highlights

Pedal The Plains host communities are excited to create an experience unique to their towns. Please enjoy highlights of what each town has planned to keep you energized off the bike seat! Stay tuned for more highlights in future Plain News correspondence.

YUMA, Friday September 21

  • Excited to get the party started? Head to Yuma Thursday night for a local Street Dance and music on Main St! Home stays and tent sites will be available.
  • Enjoy the smells of fresh baked bagels from the Colorado Wheat Growers mobile bakery Friday morning!
  • Start with a send-off from Yuma’s Mayor, a presentation of our country’s colors with a rural flavor and music!

WRAY, Friday September 21

  • If you haven’t been to Wray you are in for a treat! The entertainment site at 4th & Main will be a happenin’ spot get ready to enjoy the local feel.
  • Flirtation Point…did we get your attention? Take a stroll to the top of this overlook to get a spectacular view of your host town for the night.
  • Efficiency is important to our partners in Wray. Look up while in town and notice the solar lights along the local trail and the wind turbine in town. Thanks for leading the charge, Wray!

BURLINGTON, Saturday September 22

  • Cross your fingers: Burlington is working on putting on a fireworks show while we’re in town! Stay tuned to find out if we will be partying under the glow of a firework show.
  • What do the following have in common: a petting zoo, jumpy castles, an old time saloon, lots of great music and spandex? The Pedal The Plains Festival, that’s what!  Burlington’s historic Old Town is home to the PTP Festival where there is something for everyone.
  • Did we mention music? There will be local acts and a headliner, so stay tuned for the announcement of your evening entertainment in Burlington!

YUMA, Sunday September 23

  • Don’t leave just yet! Yuma is providing a “Celebration of Ag” meal for PTP participants! The best way to enjoy local food and produce is through local vendors serving everything from fajitas to ribs to salad and fresh watermelon. Yummy!
  • Enjoy a livestock demonstration by the youth of the Yuma County 4-H group.
  • What would a trip to the eastern plains be without a rodeo? Stay for the Little Britches rodeo taking place right next door to the finish line celebration!

Overnight Accommodations

Indoor & Outdoor Camping
Indoor and outdoor camping space will be provided to riders free of charge. Indoor group accommodations are traditionally school gymnasiums and space is limited. You must provide your own sleeping bag and pad. Outdoor camping will be hosted on ball fields. You must provide your own sleeping bag, pad and tent. Showers and toilets will be available for those staying at Pedal The Plain’s official headquarter sites.

Premier Camping Services
Mountain tent valet services are provided by The Sherpa Packer Ltd. They will haul your gear and take care of your tent. Packages include but are not limited to Full Sherpa Service and Ashley’s Tent, Towel and Chair Service. For pricing and reservations, please visit or call 720.331.2401.

Private Home Lodging Program
The purpose of the Private Home Lodging Program is to provide cyclists that don’t want to camp or stay at hotels with a bed and a bathroom. It is a great way for cyclists to meet local residents and learn more about the community they’re passing through. By reserving a room (approximately $25/night) through the Private Home Lodging Program you will not only enjoy the comforts of home…you will help generate revenue for a deserving group or organization in the area. For more information or to make reservations please call the organizing group at Wray Chamber of Commerce at or 970-332-3484 and Burlington Activities Department at 719-346-8918

Hotels, Motels and B&B’s
ACCAlpine Cycle Connection (ACC) will provide accommodation booking services for Pedal The Plains cyclists. After registering, participants may submit their request for hotels, motels and fine B&B’s through Alpine Cycle Connections web site. Requests will be handled on a first come first serve basis. Cyclists, if inclined, may opt-in for baggage service to and from their hotel throughout the week as a part of their overall package. For reservations, please visit

RV Camping
We’re proud to partner with Colorado’s Ride The West RV Rentals who will provide a discounted rate for Pedal The Plains participants. Please call 303.806.0132 for more information.

RV parking is available in each of the host communities and reservations are recommended for camping options with hook-ups.

Yuma County Fairgrounds – 970.630.0684
City of Yuma – 970.848.3878
Nelson Inn – 970.848.2774

Hitch N’ Post RV Campground – 970.332.3128

Campland RV Park – 719.346.8763

Shop PTP

Primal logoThis year, Pedal The Plains has teamed up with I Was There, Inc. for a great line of pre-tour and tour line merchandise! Pre-tour merchandise items are now available at Shop PTP, so get your goods while they last and complete your 2012 PTP kit with technical garments by Primal!


Pedal The Plains is proud to give back to organizations across Colorado in an effort to make a difference in the lives of our residents. In addition to all event proceeds going to The Denver Post Community Foundation we will select three nonprofits from the Eastern Plains to receive a $2000 grant. The 2012 partnering nonprofits are Rural Solutions, Future Farmers of America and Golden Plains Area 4-H Program. Each newsletter will highlight one of these organizations as we near the event.

Rural Solutions
Rural SolutionsRural Solutions is a Colorado non-profit based in Sterling that serves the Eastern Plains counties of Washington, Morgan, Logan, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Sedwick, Phillips, Yuma, Elbert and Cheyenne. With a staff of four dedicated individuals and a Board of Directors numbering 16, Rural Solutions strives to accomplish their mission of creating positive solutions for the health and well-being of their diverse communities. The non-profit engages in many community assistance projects that range from vocational support to health and wellness topics. Rural Solutions also provides citizens with resource directories on abuse prevention and intervention, counseling services, family resources, elderly assistance, income assistance, mental health, substance abuse, and terminal and chronic illness.

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