Cycling tour coming to Frisco |

Cycling tour coming to Frisco

FRISCO – The Bicycle Tour of Colorado is coming to town next month.

Frisco is one of six host towns along the BTC’s 382-mile route which starts and ends in Colorado Springs, this year. That is good news for Frisco officials and local businesses. Frisco is also the host town for the week-long ride’s one rest day – which is even better news.

Already, ride organizers and tour participants have reserved more than half the rooms at Holiday Inn in Frisco, said Tamara Aull, the hotel’s director of sales.

This is BTC’s ninth annual bike tour. Over the years, the tour, which is similar in length and cost to Denver Post’s Ride the Rockies, has grown from 150 participants to more than 1,500 in 2002. Tour organizers are expecting a smaller crowd – about 1,100 – this year, said Danielle Gaines, BTC event coordinator.

Still, families often trail the cyclists, and the tour includes staff, bike mechanics and volunteers. That means about 2,000 people in Summit County July 22-24.

For local towns and their businesses, that means about $200,000 to $300,000 the tour group will spend locally in its two-night stay, Gaines said.

“Anytime we can have an infusion of 1,000 or more people into the county, it’s definitely going to benefit lodging, retail, restaurants and other services,” said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco community relations director.

While some tour participants will relax at local hotels, many cyclists will camp at Summit High School. Tour organizers will provide shuttles for the visitors, helping them get to Dillon, Silverthorne, Frisco and Breckenridge to enjoy their day off.

As the host town, Frisco is planning a street party – with food, beer and live bands – to welcome the cyclists as they roll into town July 22. One block of Main Street, between First and Second avenues, will be closed off for the event from noon to 8 p.m.

“We hope the street party brings out the locals,” Lichtendahl said. “They can come celebrate after work and welcome all the riders to Summit County.”

Tours such as BTC, Ride the Rockies and the Courage Classic, a three-day tour which often follows a course through Summit County, are always welcome guests, Aull said.

Riders will begin their six-day, two-wheeled trek July 20 in Colorado Springs. From there, they will ride to Evergreen and Idaho Springs before spending their rest day in Frisco. Riders will head for Salida once they leave Summit County, stopping for a night in Canon City before rolling to the finish line in Colorado Springs on July 26.

For more information or to register for Bicycle Tour of Colorado, visit the Web site at or call (303) 985-1180.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or

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