Countdown to Ride the Rockies

SUN Columnist

Only three weeks remain before 2,500 cyclists and their support teams arrive in Pagosa Springs as part of the 2013 Ride the Rockies bicycle tour.

After a three-year absence, the Denver Post’s Ride the Rockies tour will be in Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, June 11. The ride begins in Telluride and cyclists will arrive in Pagosa Springs via Durango. We expect a mid-morning to early afternoon arrival, allowing the riders plenty of time to visit and enjoy our town.

Riders will roll into town and get settled in their lodging accommodations. They will be staying at commercial lodging properties throughout town as well as camping at Pagosa Springs High School. There will be multiple busses running, to transport the riders throughout the community with an east and west route. The east route will go out to the High Country Lodge and the West Route will turn around at First Southwest Bank. There will be bus stops at major points along the route such as at Town Hall, hotels and City Market.

The riders will have several options for lunch and dinner. When they arrive, they will have food available at our restaurants, the high school and, beginning at noon, from food vendors in Town Park. Remember that the cyclists have a week’s worth of eating on their schedules and will be looking for variety. They will also probably eat at least two meals while in town. Please make sure that your restaurant is prepared with food and service.

The Party in the Park will take place noon-9 p.m. with food being served until 8. Beginning at 3 p.m. there will be live entertainment. Bob Hemenger will get the party started with his fantastic saxophone sounds. Then, at about 4:30-4:45p.m. Brooks I will perform. This band will rock the park with original and top hit songs. Then, at about 6:30 p.m. The Black Lillies will perform. The Black Lillies are being held over from the Folk n’ Bluegrass Festival where they will perform on Sunday, June 9. Thanks to the FolkWest organization for assisting in securing this popular, Grand Ol’ Opry, high energy band. If you missed their performance on Reservoir Hill, don’t miss this free concert in the park on Tuesday, June 11.

The Chamber has Ride the Rockies posters of varying sizes for businesses to display in their windows. We encourage you to post these flyers and let the riders know that your business supports this annual bicycle tour. At the end of the tour, the Chamber has also been asked to conduct an economic impact survey. We will e-mail a simple form that we ask you to complete. Ride the Rockies is trying to get hard data on the impact the tour has on the communities.

The Chamber will also be manning a satellite Visitor Information Booth at the high school when the riders arrive. We will provide Visitor Guides and other information. If your business would like to place a special flyer at the information table, contact the Chamber. Start designing your marketing material now. Flyers will be due Friday, June 7.

Ride the Rockies is also looking for restaurants that might want to open early. There will be food available at the high school, but some riders will be looking for restaurants or coffee houses. If you are interested in opening early — 5:30-6 a.m. — please let the Chamber know so we can highlight your business.

Colorado School of Mines

For the past several weeks, students from the Colorado School of Mines have been in Pagosa Springs on a field study gathering important data about our community’s geothermal capabilities.

This is the second spring that a study group from the Colorado School of Mines has been in Pagosa Springs. The work and data is invaluable. There will be a community presentation and a farewell potluck for the students on Thursday, May 23. The presentation will take place at the Extension Building where the team has been processing their findings. The presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a reception sponsored by the Geothermal Greenhouse Project, the Town of Pagosa Springs and the Chamber of Commerce at the San Juan Motel on U.S. 160, where the bulk of the students are staying. This will be a time to find out more about the resources under our feet, meet the students and professors, have a good time and thank them for all of their hard work and information. Please attend either or both functions.

Car Show 

The weather cooperated on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon, allowing for another fantastic Car Show at Pagosa. This was the fifth annual car show; there were 150 registrants — an increase from 2012. There were over 14 categories judged and some stunning cars were awarded trophies. Please see the related article announcing the winners.

We thank all our sponsors, without whose help we would not be able to produce this event. We really appreciate all the volunteer work, the assistance from the Town of Pagosa Springs, and all our vendors. We already have ideas for the 2014 Car Show and look to bring some great new demonstrations and a car cruise to town.


There will be a ribbon cutting for the new location of The Buck Stops Here at North Pagosa Boulevard and Navajo Trail Drive on Saturday, May 25, from 10-11 a.m. There will be grand re-opening specials and the facility is fantastic. If you haven’t had one of their sandwiches, you are missing out, and remember that they can cater a party for you this summer as well. Come and congratulate one of Pagosa’s established businesses for their expansion efforts and continued success.

While we have no new members to welcome aboard this week, we do have quite a few renewals: the Town of Pagosa Springs, Pagosa Outside, Avjet, Peggy Andrews with her independent Real Estate Brokerage business and Mountain Mist Soaps, Kit and Caboodle, Sherwin Williams and the San Juan River Music organization.

The summer is upon us. Congratulations to the 2013 graduating class. There are summer jobs out there for you, with businesses looking for qualified help. Please make sure if you are interested in having a party in one of the parks in Pagosa Springs that you register your request at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 264-4152. There are many events and parties they are coordinating so the parks are not double booked. Don’t think that you might have a park to yourself — reserve your space now.

This story was posted on May 23, 2013.