Off the Saddle
Pedal The Plains is more than a bicycle tour; it’s a traveling party packed with boot-stomp’n live music, Colorado beer gardens, delicious locally sourced food, interactive educational exhibits and a touch of state fair fun. Swap your Lycra for Levis and bike cleats for boots, because when the wheels stop rolling, the party gets going out on the Eastern Plains.
Each host community along the Eastern Plains route boasts unique food, entertainment and local flair. Single-day Century Ride cyclists join the party for an overnight in La Junta on Sept 21 and Family Fun Riders saddle up for the closing festivities in Eads on Sept 22.
Friday Morning: Eastern Plains Hospitality and Welcome – Eads, CO
The three-day ride will start with a bang in a community where the history is as rich as the hospitality. Eads, Colorado is quaint, charming, and with a population of just 625 residents, it’s the smallest host community on the tour. This little town with a big heart will serve as both the start and finish line location for the three-day tour. A hearty, country style breakfast and hot coffee will be served to fuel riders for the 35 miles of wide open road ahead. Local residents will join riders to salute the country’s colors and to sing the National Anthem before the gates come down and the ride begins.
Friday Afternoon – Evening: “Discover the Plains” – Lamar, CO
Open to PTP registrants and the local communities!
Lamar, Colorado is no stranger to visitors. Settled along the Santa Fe Trail and later the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, the city has greeted travelers for 107 years. The town, like the region, is rich in culture and history. The first night in Lamar is designed to offer riders an emersion into the area’s agriculture, history, culture, and wildlife. Set up throughout town will be a series of interactive exhibits, demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Of course there’s plenty of time to soak up the local flavor and refuel with great food and drink, live entertainment and homespun hospitality before hopping back into the saddle to head to La Junta for day two.
Saturday Afternoon – Evening: Pedal The Plains Party & Festival – La Junta, CO
Hootenanny, hoedown, heyday, whatever you may call it… the afternoon and evening in La Junta is all about FUN. Downtown Main Street will be a hoppin’ with a little something for everyone. Enjoy the atmosphere of a small-town county fair with a variety of games-of-skill, entertainment, local cuisine, and, of course, plenty of cold Colorado beverages. Don’t miss a performance by Colorado – and now America’s – famous trick pigs, the Top Hogs! After dinner, it’s time to kick up your heels, under the lights of the main stage and the expansive southeastern sky, while enjoying the great live music of Colorado’s very own Head for the Hills!
Sunday Afternoon: Family Fun Ride and Finish Line Celebration – Eads, CO
After three days in the saddle, the smell of country cooking and the sight of refreshments and friendly faces cheering you on at the finish line in Eads will be a welcomed sight for cyclists. Families greeting loved-ones at the finish line are encouraged to come out early and take part in a Family Fun Ride, designed just for them. Bring your cruisers, tricycles, unicycles or tandems and participate in a short ride around Eads. Family fun riders can count on games, costume contests and more! Sign up separately for the Family Fun Ride here.
The Eads farmers market also provides an opportunity for riders to take their experience and a part of the Plains home with them. Local vendors will share the best of the harvest to nourish riders’ minds and bodies for the following year.
Stay tuned to the Pedal The Plains social media feed for more info about:
- Live music and entertainment
- Great fair – locally grown of course
- Local arts and crafts exhibits
- Pony Rides and Petting Zoos
- Hands-on activities: from planting to pickling
- Photo booths, bounce houses, and more!
Attention Vendors, Entertainers & Exhibitors!
Would you like to have a booth at one or more of our host towns this year? Local crafters, artists and merchants are all welcome! Click here to reserve a booth for the Lamar and La Junta events! Or contact Dana Cain Events at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.