Off the Saddle

Off the Saddle

Pedal The Plains is more than a bicycle tour; it’s a traveling party packed with boot-stomp’n live music, Odell 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 Riders and Family Fun Riders saddle up and join the 3-Day Tour participants for Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days on Saturday.

September 18

Friday Morning: Eastern Plains Hospitality and Welcome – Julesburg, CO
The 3-Day ride will begin in Julesburg, the gateway to Colorado. Julesburg is the first town in the state greeting travelers heading west to the Rocky Mountains and will be the first host community to greet you before you embark on your 3-day cycling journey. Julesburg’s greatest asset is their people who are friendly and ready to get involved. This little town with a big heart will serve as both the start and finish line location for the 3-Day Tour. Local school groups will provide food and drinks to energize riders for the miles of wide open road ahead.

Friday Afternoon – Evening: “Rodeo” – Holyoke, CO
Open to PTP registrants and the local communities!

Get acquainted with the Plains and have some fun at the Phillips County Fair Grounds after your short trip from Julesburg. Pie-Eating and corn shucking contests are on the docket as well as a horse show and local entertainment.

Holyoke is located just a short 13 miles west of the Nebraska state line in Northeastern Colorado and is the ‘City of Pride and Progress’. The town is lined with local businesses offering a variety of options to those coming to shop or eat. Traveling to Holyoke will give you the sense of how much agriculture plays a role in the success of Holyoke and Phillips County as a whole.

September 19

Saturday Afternoon – evening: PTP Party & Festival – Sterling, CO
It will be a fantastic day of fun and festivities in Sterling, starting with your first step off you bike all the way through the final song from the entertainment stage. Downtown Sterling will be filled with a little something for everyone at the community’s 35th annual Sugar Beet Days Festival. Held at Sterling’s entertainment headquarters on the Logan County Courthouse Square, this event celebrates the local area’s agricultural history with tons of arts and craft vendors, food booths featuring local cuisine, all-day entertainment and, of course, plenty of cold Colorado beverages! After dinner, it’s time to kick up your heels, under the star-filled northeastern sky, while enjoying

September 20

Sunday Afternoon: Finish Line Picnic and Party – Julesburg, 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 Julesburg will be a welcomed sight for cyclists. This finish line won’t disappoint, with live entertainment and a bike raffle to round out the weekend, participants will celebrate their journey with new friends, old friends and the excellent hospitality of Julesburg.

Stay tuned to Pedal The Plains’ social media feed for the latest details! 

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