Valley readies for Ride the Rockies |

Valley readies for Ride the Rockies

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs correspondentAspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS Thousands of feet stomping the grass at Sayre Park isn’t really a big deal to Glenwood Springs Parks Superintendent Al Laurette.Between the arrival of a couple of thousand riders from Ride the Rockies on Wednesday and Strawberry Days over the weekend, the park will have seen a lot of trample time. More than 2,000 are expected for Ride the Rockies, along with others who come to enjoy music, a beer garden and festivities at the park. That’s in addition to the thousands who are estimated to have attended Strawberry Days. “There’s a lot of foot traffic, as you can imagine, but it bounces back pretty well usually,” Laurette said.Most of the bicycle riders are expected to arrive between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.The parks department is watering the grass and plans to drag the field to get the grass to stand up.The department also will check irrigation lines around the park for damage. Vendors’ tents use 3- or 4-foot-long spikes as anchors that can pierce the lines, Laurette said.Recreational league softball games at the park are on hold for two weeks because of the other events. To prepare for Ride the Rockies, the parks department is mainly watering but also might fertilize the park. The stage used for Strawberry Days will be left at the park for musical performances Wednesday. Laurette thanked the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association for doing a good job organizing last weekend’s event and for its trash cleanup efforts.”I did walk it [Monday] morning, and very little trash was on the ground, so a big thank-you to the chamber,” he said.The bicycle tour heads to Aspen on Thursday.

Monday in Rifle Beer garden: 2-9 p.m., at Heinze Park Music: 2-4:30 p.m. and 5:30-8:30 p.m., at Rifle Middle School Ron Kiefel cycling discussion: 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Glenwood Beer garden: noon-8 p.m., at Sayre Park Music: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 3:30-7:30 p.m., atSt. Stephens Church Ron Kiefel cycling discussion: 4:30 p.m.Thursday in Aspen Beer garden: 1-7 p.m., at Aspen Recreation Center Community lunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at Aspen High School Community dinner: 4-8 p.m., at Aspen Recreation Center Ron Kiefel cycling discussion: 4:30 p.m.

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