Saturday, October 3, 2015

Colorado Tour of the Moon Bike Event a Huge Success

It happened during one of the golden days of October, the Tour of the Moon, that is. Bikers from all over the State of Colorado as well as riders from Wyoming, Utah and New Mexico welcomed the fall weather this morning as they toured the various stages of that classic bike tour here in the grand Valley.
Some riders chose to do the 21-mile trek, while others biked 40 miles. For the exciting rides, many chose to do the Metric Century Ride, 62 miles, riding the Monument and then back up again and down the East side, or the Full Century Ride of 100 miles.
Amanda and Danielle of Denver were excited as they had just finished half of their ride and were heading back over the route.
This was their first tour. They keep in shape doing 50 to 100 miles per week.
Also first timers, Doug and Rachel and son traveled to the West Slope for the Tour. They had done the Tour of Vineyards a year ago and were so impressed with this area that they returned for this event.
Mary, of Littleton was busy texting to check on the wildfire near Silverton where a house she owns in a valley near that area is in danger. This was her first Tour and she was about to head back to complete the Metric century lap.
A couple from Eaton and their son were at the rest area along with their son. This was the wife’s very first ever any kind of tour. She got in shape with her family by biking up the Horse Tooth Dams located in their area.
Sarah of Denver came over for her very first tour and visited her friends here as well.
“We found all the motel rooms booked,” said Mark also from Denver.  He and his wife and son were enjoying the Tour.
Natalie and Blake of Boulder and Shane and friend Brian were also novices to the biking trek. Shane and Brian, being from the Sunny northwest part of Denver, were enjoying the scenery and the people in Fruita.
Natalie said, “It was like coming home. I remember, as a cheerleader, being in a parade for homecoming for our Montrose 
Football team.
Over the Edge employee Dave Huges spoke with his Aussie accent as he fixed a flat tire for Janna of Denver also experiencing her first
Tour. Huges noted that Over the Edge Sports was present to fix whatever needed fixing.
Boy Scout Troop 323 took care of the food and water for the Fruita part of the hospitality stop. They were located on Shelledy Elementary's parking lot, just east of Family Health West. Great job, Scouts!
From the commercial benefit to the communities in the Valley, the Tour of the Moon is a huge asset just as the swimming championships each summer and other events are. Motels, restaurants, shops see the influx of athletics and their families and benefit from their visits. Wouldn’t it be great to get the Coors Classic a path over the Monument? Think about the Pro tours.

If you imagine it, possibilities are, it could happen.

Heading into the rest area for food and company.

Just loaded up for more riding at Camillia's

Mary of Littleton

Her first Tour, Dad and Son second Tour

Waiting at Scout refreshments stand

Riding Through

Mary of Littleton

Great for a first time

Scout Troop 323

The son with fixed tire.

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