The Buena Vista Chamber of Commerce is still putting the call out for volunteers to help the town receive an estimated 1,700 cyclists as they stop over for a night of the 33rd Ride the Rockies bike tour.
“We’re still in need of volunteers for Baggage Crew (need to be able to lift 70 lbs); Green Team; Parking Attendants (with loud voices); Bicycle Corral (with good eye sight); Floating Volunteers,” Vowell said. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt and a meal voucher.
“We have a small stipend to divide amongst non-profit groups who help out,” Carole Vowell said.
Sign up to volunteer at https://www.buenavistacolorado.org/events/ride-the-rockies-comes-to-town/
The ride begins in Crested Butte on June 9 and is scheduled to arrive in Buena Vista on Monday the 10th, taking off for Snowmass Tuesday morning.
The riders will likely pedal down Main Street mid-afternoon Monday, coming into town from the south via Highway 24, heading towards text lodging at the Buena Vista River Park.
Vowell said that the riders will take off north before 8 a.m., Tuesday, taking side roads rather than Main Street.
In addition to the “rows and rows” of tents in the River Park, Ride the Rockies has reserved every hotel room in the town for that night, Vowell said.
BV was previously a host city on the ride in 2011, 2008, 2003, 2000 and 1987.
2019’s tour begins in Crested Butte with a 34.3 ride to Gunnison. Then, for day two, riders will take an 83.2 mile hike on U.S. 50 over Monarch Pass and up U.S. 285 through the Upper Arkansas Valley to Buena Vista.
The next morning, the tour takes off up U.S. 24 north to U.S. 82 over Independence Pass, the highest point on the route, on its way to Snowmass.
Tour director Dierdre Moynihan said that host towns could typically expect $250,000 in economic impact from the overnight stop, both through the tourism dollars that come to town two wheels at a time, the opportunities for non-profits to fundraise through community meals, and from the outreach done by Ride of the Rockies itself.