Breck to host last day of Ride the Rockies
BRECKENRIDGE – The Denver Post Ride the Rockies is coming to Breckenridge as the last stop on its 405-mile trek.The 20th annual bike ride that attracts up to 2,000 bicyclists begins June 19 and ends in Breckenridge on June 25.The noncompetitive tour begins in Grand Junction, heads south through Delta, Montrose and Gunnison, goes over three grueling passes, then heads north through Buena Vista and Leadville before ending on the Riverwalk Center lawn in Breckenridge.This will be the second time Ride the Rockies officials have opted to come through Breckenridge.The town had fallen off the list of places through which the tour has traveled because there is no large place, such as a high school, where riders can camp.”Then they came up with the idea to make Breckenridge the ending location,” said town marketing manager Kim DiLallo. “Then camping isn’t an issue. This is the perfect solution. We’re really excited. We’re pleased and honored they’ve decided to come to Breckenridge.”That weekend promises to be busy, as the summer sidewalk sales, Genuine Jazz, an National Repertory Orchestra and a Backstage Theatre production will all be taking place, as well.”It’s going to be a great weekend,” DiLallo said. “We really want to show our neighbors in Frisco that we can put on a great street party like they’ve been doing for years. Breckenridge loves these kinds of events. We’re going to roll out the red carpet and show them our unique Breckenridge hospitality.”Those wishing to participate can register at http://www.ridetherockies.com; the registration deadline is Feb. 25. Riders are chosen by lottery. The $285 registration fee gets riders baggage transportation, mechanical and medical support, “sag” wagons for those too tired to continue, aid stations and a jersey.All proceeds go to the Post-News Charities and are returned to the community.
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