Frisco to host next Ride the Rockies
FRISCO More than 2,000 cyclists will pour into Frisco this summer as the 2007 Ride The Rockies bicycle tour comes to town, officials announced today.This year were the start and the end, said Linda Lichtendahl, Frisco marketing and communications director. It will have a big economic impact.In past years, cyclists have spent an average of $175,000 during a 24-hour period in each town they visited. The experience also brings many back as tourists, Lichtendahl said. Riders will be camping out at Summit High School June 16, and the opening celebration will be at the Frisco Colorado BBQ Challenge, she said. Normally, the BBQ Challenge would end at 4 p.m. that day, but it will go on into the evening for the party, Lichtendahl added. The following day, the riders will begin the 422-mile loop with a 98-mile ride to Steamboat Springs. From there, the tour goes to Craig, Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Aspen and Leadville before finishing at Frisco Bay Marina for a celebration party that is being planned.In a press release, tour director Paul Balaguer said, Were extremely excited about the new route. The ride includes great host towns and outstanding terrain we havent ridden in years, including our first ride over Independence Pass since 1986.Lichtendahl, who participated in the bike tour in the past, said, It sounds like a really fun ride.This is the 11th time in the 22-year history of the event that Frisco has been a host community.People love it, Lichtendahl said. Were just really honored to be chosen again.Out of the expected 4,000 applications, 2,000 cyclists will be selected in a random lottery. Riders have varied in age from 8 to 82 in previous years and have represented all 50 states and 18 foreign countries. The registration fee is $315 and includes camping space, showers, transportation of one bag during the tour, shuttle transportation and entertainment in host towns, aid stations, bicycle repair vans, sag vehicles and medical support on the route, a Ride The Rockies jersey, water bottle and tour map book.More than 100 volunteers will assist the cyclists during the week and often riders who are not part of the event join in, Lichtendahl said. While the bike tour is non-competitive, those participating are encouraged to train. A recommended schedule can be viewed at http://www.ridetherockies.com.All proceeds from the tour are returned to the community. They benefit Post-News Charities, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, that will provide a grant to an eligible non-profit agency in the host towns. Other benefits to host communities include publicity and fund-raising opportunities.This years Ride The Rockies is being presented by Wells Fargo.Nathan Christian, the banks regional president for the state, said they are proud to be part of the event that helps make communities better places to live and work. Now in its 22nd year, many Colorado residents cant imagine a summer without Ride The Rockies, he said in a press release.Lory Pounder can be reached at (970) 668-4628, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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