Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour route revised due to High Park Fire
ESTES PARK, Colo. – The Denver Post Ride the Rockies Bicycle Tour has been re-routed to avoid the road closures from the massive High Park Fire.
The sixth and final stage of the tour comes to an end Friday at the Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins.
Cyclists began the tour Sunday in Gunnison and have traveled through Hotchkiss, Carbondale, Leadville, and Granby.
Cyclists are set to arrive in Estes Park Thursday to begin their final stretch to Fort Collins Friday. The route in is now about eight miles shorter than the original 55-mile route.
With the smoke raising many health concerns, race organizers will be providing a shuttle for cyclists worried about the air quality.
“The health and safety of our cyclists is our top priority,” said Tour Director Chandler Smith, “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 18th annual Bicycle Tour of Colorado, a seven day ride through the Rocky Mountains to the Wyoming border, is also set to begin in Fort Collins this Sunday.
Alternate plans to revise the route and keep cyclists safe and healthy may also be enacted for this tour.