2013 Pedal the Plains bicycle tour planning is in full swing

Unique educational and landscape viewing opportunities will greet Pedal the Plains cyclists this September.

Unique educational and landscape viewing opportunities will greet Pedal the Plains cyclists this September.

The route for the 2013 Pedal the Plains bicycle tour, supported in part by Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives and scheduled for September 20-22, has been announced.

This year’s multi-day tour will roll through the service territory of Tri-State member system Southeast Colorado Power Association (SECPA) and will include stops in the host towns of Eads, Lamar and La Junta.

“This will be an excellent opportunity for our region of the state and those who live and work here to showcase the value we provide to all of Colorado,” said Jack Wolfe, chief operating officer at SECPA.

Here’s a breakdown of the 2013 route:

The 2013 Pedal the Plains tour will begin and end in Eads, Colo.

The 2013 Pedal the Plains tour will begin and end in Eads, Colo.

Day 1 – Friday, Sept. 20 – Eads to Lamar (36 miles)

Day 2 – Saturday, Sept. 21 – Lamar to La Junta (67 miles)

Day 3 – Sunday, Sept. 22 – La Junta to Eads (69 miles)

“The rolling hills and sweeping vistas of Colorado’s southeastern plains are some of the most beautiful landscapes in the state,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said. “Last year’s Pedal the Plains tour was a blast and this year is going to be a phenomenal sequel.”

A Touchstone Energy team is planning to participate in the event again this year. Last year’s 12-person team — which included Tri-State and CREA staff as well industry partners — raised money that was donated to Energy Outreach Colorado.

Last year’s inaugural event created a regional economic impact of more than $250,000 for the state and host communities.

Last year’s inaugural event created a regional economic impact of more than $250,000 for the state and host communities.

The 2012 tour stopped in Yuma, Burlington and Wray, and proved to be economically beneficial for the state and the host communities, having a regional economic impact of more than $250,000.

Proceeds from Pedal the Plains benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation in support of the National FFA Organization and Colorado 4-H.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities may select from multiple offerings, including a three-day tour, a century ride and the family fun ride. Learn more at pedaltheplains.com.

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