It's rolling around to Ride the Rockies again, Colorado's epic bike tour. The route changes from year to year, and Hotchkiss will be hosting the riders and support staff on June 13 once again.
The ride was created in 1986 by The Denver Post and is in its 34th year, gaining in popularity with riders nationally and internationally. Hotchkiss is looking to welcome 2,000 riders along with family and support staff. Each host town benefits from the nonprofit organization with a $5,000 grant to a deserving local nonprofit. Host towns also reap the rewards of exposure to sports-minded travelers as they see what Colorado has to offer in scenery, charm and hospitality.
Ride the Rockies is a community event, designed to give riders an opportunity to experience the flavor of each host town. Everyone is invited to take in the fun. Hotchkiss businesses and organizations help to make the day memorable for the participants and the local residents. There will be vendors, a stage with local musicians performing and a beer garden in the park and the rodeo grounds. Vendors will be offering food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The beer garden is open from noon until 8 p.m. and the music plays from 2 to 8 p.m. Most of the riders will be camping in the backfields of the fairgrounds park so there will be plenty of opportunities to meet the visitors to our area and join in the festivities.
Some bicyclists are still looking for a place to lay their heads, so anyone who wants to be a homestay host, please contact Nathan Sponseller at 970-586-2903. The guests would also need transportation to and from the fairgrounds. Anyone opening their homes to riders would receive $35 per bed.