Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour starts Sunday in Grand Junction
The Colorado Rocky Mountain Bicycle Tour is beginning and ending in Grand Junction.
The fifth annual ride starts Sunday at Grand Junction High School at 6:30 a.m., with riders making their way to Hotchkiss.
Stops in Gunnison, Crested Butte, Aspen, Glenwood Springs and back to Hotchkiss set the riders up for the return trip to Grand Junction — over Grand Mesa.
“Being from Colorado, I’ve raced and ridden bikes all over,” Tour Director Peter Duffy said. “Cyclists want to ride in Grand Junction. We love Grand Junction as a town and it has a lot to offer.”
The ride covers 493 miles and takes seven days, with riders traveling about 75 miles a day. Day 3 over Cottonwood Pass has riders ascending over 12,000 feet.
The ride includes going over Independence Pass and McClure Pass before riding over the mesa.
About 170 riders have entered, with most of the rest sites at high schools or middle schools.
“This is a ride for the love of cycling,” Duffy said. “I select routes that real cyclists will like.”