Denver, Colo.— Gov. John Hickenlooper and The Denver Post announced today the route for the third annual Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour, scheduled for Sept. 19-21, 2014. This year’s route will take cyclists and spectators through Colorado’s Northeastern Plains with stops in three host communities, Wiggins, Fort Morgan and Sterling.
A meet and greet with a locally sourced brunch preceded the brief press conference announcing this year’s route. Gov. Hickenlooper and key partners including Dean Singleton, former publisher of The Denver Post and Viaero Wireless, the tour’s presenting partner for the third year running, spoke of the excitement surrounding this year’s event.
“Pedal The Plains is a unique ride that truly sums up what Colorado is all about,” said Gov. Hickenlooper. “It’s about people from all over the state coming together, being outside, exercising and exploring the state’s heritage and history. It is a great opportunity to explore the congenial communities along the roads less traveled.”
“We’re proud to partner with Pedal The Plains for its third annual tour across Colorado’s Eastern Plains, and we’re especially excited to showcase our own backyard,” said Frank DiRico, CEO and President of Viaero Wireless. “We look forward to connecting with our wireless users on the tour and providing exceptional 4G wireless broadband services.” Fort Morgan is home to Viaero Wireless.
Two stages of the 2014 bicycle tour follow along the South Platte River in the northeastern corner of the state. The 173-mile route will feature Jackson Reservoir, Pawnee National Grasslands, working farms and ranches, wind turbines and wetland habitats.
“This year’s tour coincides with Fort Morgan’s annual Fall Harvest Car Show and Sterling’s Sugar Beet Days, so participants will have many opportunities to experience the local flavor unique to these communities,” said Tour Director Chandler Smith. “The special offerings from all three hosts will make for a fun and festive time.”
Pedal The Plains was established three years ago as a celebration of Colorado’s agricultural roots and the state’s frontier heritage on the Eastern Plains. All proceeds from Pedal The Plains will benefit The Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the Colorado Future Farmers of America and Colorado 4-H. Last year’s ride stopped in Eads, Lamar and La Junta, and featured a hydro farm, Bent’s Old Fort, the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Lyon.
Other sponsors of the Pedal The Plains Bicycle Tour include the Western Dairy Association, Anadarko, Noble Energy, Suncor, DaVita, Colorado Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, Colorado Wheat Administrative Committee, Leprino Foods, Department of Agriculture, Colorado Egg Producers, Rise Above Colorado, Primal, Cannondale and DT Swiss.
As in years’ past, cyclists of all ages and abilities can participate in any of the three ride offerings including the 3-Day Tour, Century Ride and Family Fun Ride. Online registration is now open at pedaltheplains.com.