Ride the Rockies will make a stop in Salida during the 30th annual cycling tour June 13-20, event officials announced Sunday.
The 106-mile fifth stage will start June 18 in Crested Butte, travel over Cottonwood Pass and through Buena Vista and end in Salida.
The next day, June 19, the sixth stage starts in Salida and ends in Cañon City after a 66-mile ride.
The tour will arrive in Salida the same day as the start of the 2015 FIBArk Whitewater Festival.
According to a press release, other stops along the tour include Grand Junction, Hotchkiss, Gunnison and, joining the event for the first time, Westcliffe will be the end of the seventh and final stage June 20.
“This year’s cyclists will climb to new heights, ascending 40,537 vertical feet,” Chandler Smith, tour director, said in the release. “Ride The Rockies is all about the awe-inspiring, beautiful and rugged experience of touring some of Colorado’s most renowned regions. This year’s tour will deliver on that promise while also allowing participants to take in the sights and sounds of each host community.”
According to the release, each day of the ride brings on average $250,000 in economic impact to its host communities, while local businesses such as hotels, restaurants, bike shops and retailers also benefit from the tour.
Additionally, The Denver Post reports The Denver Post Community Foundation, in partnership with Wells Fargo, awards a $5,000 grant to a nonprofit organization in each town.
Cyclists may register for the event online at ridetherockies.com. Applications will be accepted until March 1. The tour is capped at 2,000 participants, and a lottery will determine the final riders. Applicants will be notified of their status March 6.