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 Riders and Family Fun Riders saddle up and join the 3-Day Tour participants for Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days on Saturday.
Friday Morning: Eastern Plains Hospitality and Welcome – Wiggins, CO
The three-day ride will begin in Wiggins, Colorado, the gateway to the Plains and Rockies. Atop Wiggins Hill, when the sky is clear, you can see Pike’s Peak, Mt. Evans, Longs Peak and even the Medecine Bow Range in Wyoming. Wiggins is pleasant, delightful and with a population of only 896 residents, it’s the smallest host community on the tour. The 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: “Discover the Plains” – Fort Morgan, CO
Open to PTP registrants and the local communities!
Get acquainted with the Plains and have some fun with our “Just Plain Trivia” contest. Pie-Eating and corn shucking contests are also on the docket, along with a watermelon-seed spitting contest (start practicing now!). Enjoy some real throwback thrills with our Adult-sized Big Wheel races! Yes, we’ll have blue ribbons for the winners of all of our Pedal The Plains contests!
Fort Morgan, Colorado inspires to be the city of choice for ourselves and future generations – beautiful, clean and safe. Settled along the South Platte River and Overland Trial, and later the Detorit/Lincoln/Denver Highway, the city has greeted travlers for 150 years. The town, like the region, is rich in culture and history and includes Colorado’s own rainbow arch bridge and is the childhood home of Glenn Miller. The first night in Fort Morgan is designed to offer riders an emersion into the area’s sense of fun, with live entertainment, food, drinks and the Fall Harvest Car Show in City Park, which is located in the middle of its downtown shopping district.
Saturday Afternoon – Evening: Pedal The Plains 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 34th 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 the great live music of our headliner!
Sunday Afternoon: Finish Line Celebration – Wiggins, 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 Wiggins will be a welcomed sight for cyclists. A finish in Wiggins 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 Wiggins.
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!