ESTES PARK, COLO. – The Denver Post Ride The Rockies Bicycle Tour is revising the route for the sixth and final stage of the 2012 tour due to issues brought on by the High Park fire. The route for Friday, June 15 will begin in Estes Park, Colo. and end at Odell Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colo. as planned. The route between the two points has been adjusted so that cyclists will now travel further east before heading north to Fort Collins.
Some of the roads originally on the route for the sixth stage have been closed due to the fire, necessitating some form of route revision. Ride The Rockies management has been in close contact with Larimer County, City of Fort Collins and City of Loveland officials as well as Colorado State Patrol regarding the fire and the best options for the sixth stage.
“This new route allows us to end at our original finish line without taking city or county resources away from the important work of fighting the fire,” said Ride The Rockies Tour Director Chandler Smith.
Recognizing that the air quality may be an issue, cyclists will have the option of being shuttled into Fort Collins if they prefer that to cycling the last leg of the tour.
“The health and safety of our cyclists is our top priority,” Smith continued. “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.”