Jul 14, 2014 - From staff reportsNearly 400 cyclists and volunteers will visit central and northwestern Wyoming during the 18thannual Tour de Wyoming. The six-day event, which attracts cyclists from around the country and world, kicks off Sunday in Riverton.
Tour director Amber Travsky said this year's route takes the riders around the Wind River Mountains.
"We kept waiting for completion of the highway construction over Togwotee Pass to do this route," she said. "We did a similar route a number of years ago and are looking forward to returning to these towns along the route."
The cyclists and volunteers gathered Saturday in Riverton before beginning their trip. The route covers more than 400 miles with overnight stays in Dubois, Jackson, Pinedale, Farson and Lander. The cyclists plan to return Friday to Riverton.
"We strive each year to show off the state to our riders who come from across the country," Travsky said."We're also adding some Wyoming-based live music entertainment and even a cowboy poet in the evenings to enhance the tour experience for everyone."
The communities along the route also get involved with the tour by providing breakfasts and dinners.
"Civic groups provide most of our meals, which also helps them in their fundraising efforts," Travsky said. "It's a great way for us to interact with the community while their non-profit groups can get a financial boost."
About the riders and tour
This year riders come from 32 states and Norway and Canada. Nearly half of the riders are from Wyoming with 16 communities represented. The largest group of riders hails from Laramie, with 74 cyclists and volunteers. The mean age of the riders is 53.5 years, with a range from 8 to 76. There are three riders at age 76 and 20 riders are age 70 and over.
Entry into the tour is by lottery with more than 750 applicants vying for the 350 rider slots this year.
For more information, visit tourdewyoming.org.
Get your copy of The Ranger online, every day! If you are a current print subscriber and want to also access dailyranger.com online (there is nothing more to purchase) including being able to download The Mining and Energy Edition, click here. Looking to start a new online subscription to dailyranger.com (even if it is for just one day)? Access our secure SSL encrypted server and start your subscription now by clicking here.