Montrose is start & finish for 2016 Bicycle Tour of Colorado; City-wide celebration welcomes summer visitors
MONTROSE: On June 19-25, more than 600 cyclists from all over the world will participate in the 22nd Annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado(BTC), one of Colorado’s ultimate cycling adventures. Riders will be cycling 359 miles through the beautiful Colorado Rockies.
The seven day adventure starts and ends in Montrose. Cyclists will be arriving Saturday, June 18 at Columbine Middle School to register. The city will welcome participants next door at Rotary Park, 600 S 12th St, and the public is invited to attend the event from 2-8p. Music will be provided and vendors are welcome to participate.
“Bike tours are great for tourism and we’re thrilled Montrose is the start and finish for the 2016 BTC,” said Stacey Ryan, programs coordinator for the City of Montrose’s Office of Business and Tourism(OBT) and event sponsor, “The tour brings hundreds of visitors to town, and we get to throw a party for locals and visitors to come together for the day and showcase Montrose.”
Businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to become vendors for a nominal fee: food & retail $10; nonprofits free. Food vendors are needed for both the Saturday celebration between 2-8p, as well as for breakfast early Sunday 4:30-10a.
Shuttles will move participants around to eat, shop and enjoy Montrose. The Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association(COPMOBA) will provide a beer garden and Sharing Ministries Foodbank will provide wine and drinks. A tour bus will transport pre-registered BTC participants out to the Black Canyon National Park. A Bike-In Movie Night presented by the Montrose Area Bicycle Alliance(MABA) will start at 8:30p. People are encouraged to bike or walk to the park to enjoy the movie. Popcorn will be available on a donation basis.
After an early breakfast, riders will head off Sunday morning and tour through Ouray, Durango, Cortez, Telluride, Naturita and end back in Montrose. Riders will climb Red Mountain Pass, Molas Divide, Coal Bank Pass, Lizard Head Pass, and Dallas Divide.
Over the last 21 years, the Bicycle Tour of Colorado has catered to over 26,000 cyclists and has raised over $400,000 for a number of charities in Colorado, including Rocky Mountain PBS, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, and Adaptive Adventures.
For more information about the BTC call: 303.985.1180 or visit: BicycleTourColorado.com