ESTES PARK, COLO. – The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour is revising the route for the sixth and final stage of the 2012 tour due to issues brought on by the High Park fire. The route for Friday, June 15 will begin in Estes Park, Colo. and end at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo. as planned. The route between the two points has been adjusted so that cyclists will now travel further east before heading north to Fort Collins.
Some of the roads originally on the route for the sixth stage have been closed due to the fire, necessitating some form of route revision. Ride The Rockies management has been in close contact with Larimer County, City of Fort Collins and City of Loveland officials as well as Colorado State Patrol regarding the fire and the best options for the sixth stage.
“This new route allows us to end at our original finish line without taking city or county resources away from the important work of fighting the fire,” said Ride The Rockies Tour Director Chandler Smith.
Recognizing that the air quality may be an issue, cyclists will have the option of being shuttled into Fort Collins if they prefer that to cycling the last leg of the tour.
“The health and safety of our cyclists is our top priority,” Smith continued. “Based on all available information, we believe this new route offers cyclists a strong sixth stage to the planned finished line, while minimizing potential health risks.”
The 2012 Annual Ride The Rockies tour began in the town of Gunnison, Colo. on June 10. Cyclists have traveled from Gunnison through the host communities of Hotchkiss, Carbondale, Leadville and Granby. On Thursday, June 14 they will travel to Estes Park through Rocky Mountain National Park with the new final leg ending in Fort Collins on Friday, June 15.
Following is the route from Estes Park to Fort Collins. The original route is being followed through the connection east at US 34:
Depart Estes Park High School Go west on Manford Avenue Northwest on CO 7/St. Vrain Avenue North on Wonderview Avenue/US 34 North on MacGregor Avenue/CR 43 East on Devils Gulch Road via Glen Haven East on US 34
North on Wilson Avenue East on 50th Street North on North Taft Avenue which becomes South Shields Street East on West Laurel Street North on South Loomis Avenue East on West Mountain Avenue which becomes Lincoln Avenue Finishing at Odell Brewing Company
Now in its 27th year, The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour takes 2,000 cyclists on a six- or seven-day tour through Colorado’s Rocky Mountains each June. Proceeds from the tour benefit Denver Post Community Foundation, which in turn funds Colorado nonprofit organizations that improve and enrich the quality of life in their communities.
For more information on Ride The Rockies or the new route for day six, visit RideTheRockies.com