Warm up for summer bike riding with Buena Vista’s 21st annual Bike Fest on Saturday, June 1, hosted by the Buena Vista Rotary Club.
Bike Fest riders can enjoy any of four different routes at self-paced rides while taking in the mountain vistas. All routes start and end in McPhelemy Park in Buena Vista, and all travel north along U.S. 24.
The 35-Miler takes cyclists as far as Granite, the Half Century (50 miles) travels as far as Twin Lakes, the Metric Century (62 miles) goes as far as Echo Canyon trailhead past Twin Lakes and the Century takes riders all the way to Leadville. The Century route includes an optional shortcut to shorten it to 80 miles at Lake County Road 4. Century participants may also stop at the Ice Palace Park in Leadville for lunch.
Rest stops will be found along each route, and SAG vehicles will be on patrol for cyclists in need of help.
“We may have to make some last-minute route adjustments depending on the weather,” says Rotary president Cara Reano. “We are keeping an eye on the routes and keeping rider safety our top priority. We are currently seeing large amounts of snow buildup on the side of the roads in some areas. It is our hope we get some great weather.”
A post-ride party will be waiting back at McPhelemy Park from noon until 5 p.m. After a long ride, cyclists can relax and enjoy food, beverages, prizes, massages and live music from Mountain Mantra.
Participants may register for the event online or at the site. Currently, about 292 riders have registered online, and walk-in registration at the park is still open.
Registration includes route maps, Bike Fest jerseys, rest stop access, food and drink at the post-ride party and SAG and Search and Rescue assistance. Jerseys may also be purchased separately.
Rider packets will be ready for pickup at McPhelemy Park on May 31 from 3-9 p.m. and June 1 from 6:30-9:30 a.m.
“Big thank you to our sponsors and volunteers that support BVBF,” Reano says.
“The Rotary Club of Buena Vista uses the funds raised from BVBF for scholarships, youth leadership camp, car seats for families in need and much more.”
To register or to get more information, visit www.bvbf.org or contact Reano at 719-239-0578.