Cyclists ready to tour valley

After a one-year hiatus, the Tour of the Valley is back.

More than 700 cyclists are expected to participate Sunday in the Community Hospital Tour of the Valley Century Ride.

“We have renewed energy with the lead organization,” Community Hospital Director of Communications Becky Jessen said. “We’ve done it for 20 years. The new CEO is a triathlete and has a huge interest in it. This is a big thrust for him. It’s a chance for us to promote cycling and for the family with so many different routes.”

Tour routes are 15, 30, 50, 75 and 100 miles. The 100-mile tour includes a ride over Colorado National Monument.

Bicyclists who ride the monument must have a white light reflector on the front and red light reflector on the back of the bicycles for riding through the tunnels. Any bicyclist who shows up to the entrance of the monument without proper lighting will be turned away.

All cyclists, no matter the distance, must wear a helmet, obey all traffic laws and ride single-file.

Cyclists can register by the end of today at http://www.yourcommunityhospital.com. The cost is $45 for adults and $20 for children under 14. Proceeds go to the Mesa State College cycling team and Community Hospital’s outreach activities to promote healthy eating and lifestyles for the youth of the area.

Riders may check in and have breakfast from 6 to 8:30 a.m., with the post-ride activities starting at 11 a.m.

Pre- and post-ride activities take place at the DoubleTree Hotel on Horizon Drive.

For more information contact Jessen at (970) 256-6205 or the Board & Buckle at 242-9285.


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