DENVER — Monday, April 17, 2017 — To say this year’s Pedal The Plains is going to be a wild ride would be an understatement as this year’s route gives cyclists a chance to get close with lions, tigers, bears and other animals that call Keenesburg home. Today Gov. John Hickenlooper, along with Dean Singleton and the Denver Post team, announced that Kersey, Keenesburg, and Brush are the three Colorado towns to be highlighted in this year’s ride presented by Viaero Wireless.  The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg is one of several features along the 177-mile route.

2017 marks the 6th year that the Office of the Governor has partnered with the Denver Post Community Foundation to spotlight Colorado’s rural communities on the three-day ride.

“There’s no better way to connect with our rural communities than by taking time out to ride a bike through them,” said Governor John Hickenlooper. “This tour is the perfect way to bring an economic boost to three of our stellar rural communities while wrapping up the summer’s riding season.”

This year’s Pedal The Plans offers something for every skill level of rider.  There’s a Century-Plus Ride for those who like to take on 114 miles in one day and a Family Fun Ride that fits all ages. Registration is now open online at www.pedaltheplains.com.

“Our sister tour, Ride The Rockies, gives cyclists plenty of alpine challenges in western Colorado, but Pedal The Plains provides a unique opportunity for riders of all ages and experience levels to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and sun-drenched terrain of Colorado’s plains,” said Tour Director Renee Wheelock. “We are particularly pleased to have Kersey, Keenesburg and Brush as first-time host communities. Our riders are in for a treat.”

Pedal The Plains is a partnership between the Denver Post Community Foundation and the Office of Governor Hickenlooper. Pedal The Plains celebrates the agricultural roots and frontier heritage of the Eastern Plains of Colorado. This ride is a perfect opportunity for cyclists to learn about farming, ranching, and other local industries while experiencing the unique culture, history, and landscape of Eastern Plains communities. Along with Presenting Sponsor Viaero Wireless, other sponsors include Anadarko Petroleum, Noble Energy, CO Bank, Western Dairy Association, Suncor Energy, 9 News, KBCO, Walmart, Swire Coca-Cola, and Colorado’s Office of Economic Development and International Trade.

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