Pedal the Plains: “Equinox in Eads” Alan Severn
It’s a three-day (really, 2 ½ day) event. The format makes it easy for riders to come from the Front Range while taking only one day away from work: the first day this year is 36 flat miles (118 feet of climb),with a rolling start. The total distance of the basic route is 172 miles, with 2159 feet of climb. There is also a century option.
The overnight towns of Lamar and Las Animas are sure to have community dinners, a beer tent and a band. Along the way are displays about electric coops, combines and feedlots to introduce city folk to a new scene.
Some of the participants learned a lot. And, last year there was a team from CSU extension. They explained that cows are kept in separate pens, labeled PREGS and SAG (sexually active group). These cyclists were dumbfounded to see a group of grey-haired cyclists emerging from a van marked SAG!
Overnight camping is provided in school gyms, community dinners, rest stops and town museums make for a leisurely ride for those who haven’t opted for the longer Gran Fondo. Last year – the first for this event –saw nearly a thousand riders registered. There were a large number of riders over 70; Sharon Hamilton was the only CSCC member I saw on the ride.
The $215 fee, which includes a jersey, is due by August 30. Website www.pedaltheplains.com