Bike tour to pass through town
The 11th annual Bicycle Tour Colorado will begin and end in Snowmass Village this year, bringing some 1,500 riders to the area for a route known as the Crested Butte Loop Tour.The ride, June 26 to July 2, will take participants through Aspen and over Independence Pass to Leadville; then to Salida and over Monarch Pass to Crested Butte; to Hotchkiss and past the Black Canyon of the Gunnison; over McClure Pass to Redstone and Glenwood Springs; and then back to Snowmass Village.The tour selects one of eight different route options each summer, according to organizer Kent Powell. It has come through Aspen twice before; this is the first time participants will stay at Snowmass, he said.Riders either camp or stay in lodging throughout the week – campers will pitch their tents on Fanny Hill in Snowmass Village, Powell said. Typically, the campsites are set up on high school campuses.About 65 percent of the tour’s participants are Colorado residents; the rest come from around the country and the world.”We get people from all over – we get a ton of people from New York, Texas, Florida, Minnesota,” Powell said.The Bicycle Tour Colorado takes place the week after this year’s larger Ride The Rockies, sponsored by The Denver Post. Unlike Ride The Rockies, the Bicycle Tour Colorado can still accommodate everyone who wants to ride, rather than selecting participants through a lottery, according to Powell.The tour includes the support of aid stations, and participants can pay to have all of their meals provided.The registration fee is currently $300 per person and increases to $375 by June.Route details and registration information are available at http://www.bicycletourcolorado.com.Janet Urquhart’s e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
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