Best of Wyoming
3:34 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Tour de Wyoming - Jackson (and Eastern Idaho)

Nearly 400 cyclists and volunteers will be visiting and touring northwestern Wyoming and the eastern edge of Idaho during the 16th annual Tour de Wyoming bicycle tour.  The six day event, which attracts cyclists from across the nation as well as international riders this year from Australia and Canada, kicks off on July 15 in Jackson.

      Tour Director Amber Travsky said this year’s route heads south out of Jackson to the beautiful Star Valley.  “We’ve enjoyed this part of the state in the past and decided it was time to return,” she said. “In addition, we’ll be exploring some new areas as we cross the border into Idaho.  This year we could aptly name our event the Tour de Wydaho.”

      The cyclists and volunteers gather July 14 in Jackson before beginning pedaling the next day.  The route covers over 360 miles with overnight stays in Afton, Montpelier, Alpine and Driggs. The Driggs stay will last two nights while cyclists enjoy Teton Valley and a ride up to Grand Targhee Resort.  The cyclists return July 20 to Jackson.

“We strive each year to show off the state to our riders who come from across the country,” Travsky said.  “This year we’re also adding some Wyoming-based live music entertainment 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 the 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 boost financially.”

      This year riders come from 26 states and two foreign countries.  Nearly half of the riders are from across Wyoming with 22 communities represented.  The community with the largest group of riders is Laramie, with over 70 riders and volunteers.  The mean age of the riders is 53 years, with a range from 11 to 76.

Entry into the Tour is by lottery with over 700 applicants vying for the 350 rider slots this year. The lottery opens each year in mid February and closes at the end of February.   

The Tour de Wyoming is sponsored by Cycle Wyoming, a non-profit corporation based in Laramie.  The organization promotes safe cycling across the state.  The event is also endorsed by the Wyoming Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sport.  “We are 100 percent volunteer-driven,” Travsky said. “From the 22-member planning committee to all the people helping at the rest stops, everyone donates their time and energy to put on this event.”

      Information and a link to the route map are on the Cycle Wyoming Web site (http://www.cyclewyoming.org).

Contact: Amber Travsky (307) 742-3506 or email: atravsky@wyoming.com

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