One June 24, bicyclists will depart Leadville for a seven-day cycling tour that will take riders through Aspen and Carbondale. On June 25, they'll tackle McClure Pass, which tops out at 8,763 feet, and pass through Paonia and Hotchkiss en route to Delta. After an 87-mile day, the cyclists will set up camp in Confluence Park, where chamber ambassadors will have lunch ready as the riders roll into Delta. The Kiwanis are serving dinner, and the chamber is coordinating the beer garden and entertainment.
The gym and conference room at Bill Heddles Recreation Center will also be available for overnight accommodations.
The Delta High School band is serving breakfast early, so cyclists can set out for Grand Mesa, taking back roads to Cedaredge and the Grand Mesa Scenic and Historic Byway. The 72-mile ride ends in Palisade. Another 75-mile ride takes cyclists into Glenwood Springs, where they'll enjoy a relaxing day off. The last day of riding will include a climb over Tennessee Pass, elevation 10,424 feet, and back to Leadville for a tour-end celebration.
Local organizers are not certain how many riders -- and supporters -- will stop in Delta, but they plan to have plenty of food on hand for all the participants, plus any community members who want to stop by, enjoy the live music, grab a beer and mingle with the visitors.