Off The Saddle
Pedal The Plains is more than a bicycle tour; it’s a traveling party packed with boot-stomp’n live music, beer gardens, delicious and locally-sourced food, interactive educational exhibits, and a touch of state fair fun! Swap your Lycra for Levis and bike cleats for boots, cuz’ when the wheels stop rollin’, the party gets goin’ out on the Eastern Plains!
Each host community along the Plains route boasts unique food, entertainment, and local flair. Single-day Century Riders saddle up and join the 3-Day Tour participants for some fun on Saturday in the town of Brush!
Friday Morning: Eastern Plains Hospitality and Welcome – Kersey, CO
The town of Kersey will be the first host community to greet you before you embark on your cycling journey. This little town with a big heart, located just off of Highway 34 and just south of the South Platte River, will serve as both the start and finish line location for the 3-Day Tour. Local organizations will provide food, drinks, and entertainment to energize riders for the miles of wide-open roads ahead.
Friday Afternoon & Evening: Keenesburg, CO
Start getting acquainted with the Plains and have some “wild” fun in Keenesburg, the home of The Wild Animal Sanctuary. With the motto “Home to 500 Happy People and a Few Soreheads,” this town is ready to pull out all the stops for their visitors on two wheels (their population is actually about 1200 people, but who’s counting?). You will have the opportunity to visit The Wild Animal Sanctuary on your way into town (it’s one of our Educational Stops) and learn about the incredible variety of animals that now call this part of the Eastern Plains their home.
Keenesburg’s homegrown hospitality will be on full display during Pedal the Plains with a Friday-night dinner and music at their community park and perhaps you’ll even want to take in the local high school football game, Friday Night Lights-style! Local farms and ranches will provide a locally-grown and produced meal, while a regional band provides the background for a real good time at the beer garden.
Saturday Afternoon & Evening: PTP Party & Festival – Brush!, CO
It will be a fantastic day of fun and festivities in Brush!, the town with the exclamation point at the end of it. Starting with the first step off your bike all the way through the final song from the entertainment stage, your time in this little town nestled between I-76 and Highway 34 is sure to be memorable!
Brush’s Memorial Park and Fairgrounds will be the site of Saturday evening’s festivities that will be filled with a little bit of something for everyone. The party will celebrate the local area’s agricultural heritage with arts and craft vendors, food booths featuring local cuisine, all-day entertainment and, of course, plenty of cold beverages! You might even want to try some fishing in the Doty Ponds next to the party site… After dinner, it’s time to kick up your heels, under the star-filled southeastern sky, while enjoying an extra special live concert (keep your ears open to find out who this well-known act will be!).
Sunday Afternoon: Finish Line Picnic & Party – Kersey, CO
After a final day in the saddle riding for a while along the banks of the South Platte River, the smell of country cooking and the sight of refreshments and friendly faces cheering you on at the Day 3 Finish Line in Kersey will be a welcomed sight for all cyclists. This finish line won’t disappoint, with food vendors, a beer garden, musicians, and several stands selling tasty locally-grown produce; including Kersey corn and potatoes! Participants will celebrate their journey with new friends, old friends and the excellent hospitality of this cute little town. And you can hang around as long as you’d like since they will even be showing the Denver Broncos game that afternoon!
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