Larimer County Considers Exemption for leg of Ride the Rockies

From the Reporter Herald

Larimer County considers exemption for leg of Ride the Rockies

By Pamela Dickman Reporter-Herald Staff Writer

FORT COLLINS -- The Larimer County Commissioners will consider exempting Ride the Rockies from a rule that allows only two bicycle events on any one stretch of county road within a rolling 30-day period.

The large bicycle tour moves around the state, and this June will wind through Rocky Mountain National Park and end in Fort Collins on Friday, June 15, after seven days across 445 miles.

The route that organizers prefer puts the final stretch near Horsetooth Reservoir west of Fort Collins. However, there are already two bicycle races in June that follow the same stretch of road, including the annual Lake to Lake Triathlon.

Instead of creating an alternative route, tour director Chandler Smith asked for the chance to convince the commissioners to bend the rule, adopted in recent years to balance the needs of neighbors and cyclists.

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Splitting Hairs

The article is incorrect, in that Larimer County only allows two events of ANY type in a 30 day window. It is not just restricted to cycling events. The other two events that already have permits in the timeframe are the MS 150 and the Lake to Lake Triathlon. An alternate route through Rist Canyon was already looked at and decided against due to safety concerns.