Tour of the Valley gives locals a chance to see the sights from the saddle
It’s a laid-back, noncompetitive bicycle ride through the scenic Grand Valley, and, hey, you can even get a free mini sports massage afterward.
Community Hospital hosts its 24th annual Tour of the Valley cycling event Sunday morning that features rides of 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles.
Becky Jessen, marketing director for Community Hospital, said there will be local riders as well as some from all over the United States.
The guest rider will be Kerry White, a 42-year-old member of Team Type 1, which includes elite, competitive cyclists who encourage the control of diabetes through diet, exercise and treatment.
“I think people locally are attached to it because of the cause,” Jessen said. “But I think the others come because it’s a very reasonable ride price-wise, and you get to see so much of the valley — you can ride all the way to Palisade, East Orchard Mesa and the 100-miler goes up over (Colorado National) Monument.”
The entry fee is $45 for adults and $20 for children under 14.
Riders can register from 6 to 8:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel on 743 Horizon Drive.
Breakfast will be served from 6 to 9 a.m.
Cyclists may begin riding from 6:30 to 8:30 a.m., and tour directors encourage participants who will ride the longer routes to begin riding early.
Finally, a post-ride meal will be served at the DoubleTree conference area from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also, a post-ride party, which will feature a big-screen television that will show the finish of the USA Pro Challenge, will take place at the same time. Jessen said the finish is expected to be about 3 p.m.
Aside from the ride, entry fees include a 2012 Tour of the Valley T-shirt, fresh fruit at rest stops, SAG support, the post-ride party and meal, music and a disc jockey, post-ride massages and prizes.
Proceeds from registration fees support Community Hospital health education and wellness activities that are free to the public, the Neil Bradford Exercise Science/Sports Management Scholarship Fund at Colorado Mesa University and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association.
“This (ride) has all the diversity the valley has to offer,” Jessen said.
For more information, visit http://www.yourcommunityhospital.com.