In April 2012, Governor Hickenlooper and The Denver Post launched a one-of-a-kind cycling event celebrating the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of Colorado’s Eastern Plains. Described by the Governor as “a ride for the rest of us,” Pedal The Plains seeks to engage riders of all abilities, from seasoned cyclists to first-time riders, in an educational and recreational experience. The 2016 Tour will head to Southeast Colorado and highlight three unique and charming communities: Ordway, the cozy county seat of Crowley County; Fowler, the “community powered” town of the Lower Arkansas River Valley; and La Junta, the former junction of the historical Santa Fe Railroad.
By participating in Pedal The Plains, cyclists will increase their awareness of the Eastern Plains by tasting food grown in the region, learning from local experts, exploring points of interest, meeting local farmers and ranchers and trying their hand at local crafts and farming techniques. Participants will experience the hospitality and charm of a new host community each day and in the evening, trade in their Lycra for Levis in preparation for good eats and libations, homespun entertainment and live music.