Pedal the Plains

Hello Kersey Community,

Pedal the Plains was a “Wild Ride” and so fun to host. We are already receiving inquires if we could be an overnight night stop in the future. Thank you for your patience’s with road closures and volunteering for the event. Overall it was a “smashing success,” said Renee Wheelock, Denver Pedal the Plains Tour Director. I recently spoke with the Denver Pedal the Plains staff and they said Kersey was “THE BEST” sendoff they have ever had. At the conclusion of the event they also sent a survey and received over 500 responses. Overwhelming the responses about Kersey said we are a great small town, so welcoming and they really enjoyed coming here. I have also received many compliments from riders and I thought I would share a couple with you: 

Don Waltman from Missouri said “I really enjoyed my first Pedal the Plains ride. It was more than just another bike ride.  I learned so much about your great state. I had been used to seeing no much other than sage brush on our many trips to and from Burlington Colorado to the Denver area visiting family. Colorado is much more than just mountains.”  

Karen Sangster wrote “Thank you so much for being a part of PTP this year.  Your town was wonderful. As a science teacher I was thrilled with the rocket send-off. The kids on the curb waving as we went by were fantastic. I can tell there is a lot of spirit in your town, I loved the farmers market the last day and just finished off the last of the fantastic black tomatoes I bought. Thank you.”

Economically our town did well too. We sent out an economic survey after the event and no business reported losing money and a couple non-profits and business made money. The Town of Kersey also received enough donations to cover all our expenses.

This year was Pedal the Plains biggest ride. We had 972 3-day riders, 143 Century-Plus Riders for a total of 1,115 riders.  While 19 states were represented in this year’s ride, 92% of riders were from Colorado. We had 246 first time riders, the oldest rider was 87 and the youngest rider was 7 years old. The average age of riders was 47 with 59% of them being men and 41% being women.

 

Please join the Town in thanking our volunteers, sponsors, donors and partners: Platte Valley School District, Kersey Days Committee, Kersey Chamber of Commerce, Kersey Historical Museum, Kersey Girl Scouts, Colorado Mounted Rangers, Gusher Oil Field Services, Bill Barrett Corporation, Fox Enterprises, Anadarko, Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, Weld County Transportation Department, Weld County Sheriff’s Department, Colorado State Patrol, Triple S Rental, Colorado Premium, Cargill, Atmos Energy, Kind Design, Northern Colorado Disposal, Rush Truck Center, Platte Valley Fire District, Larson Farms and Feeding, Kramer’s Wedge Store, Stan Brehon Memorial Swine Show and Windsor Pro Video and Sound.  Thank you for all your support.

Our next special event is Parade of Lights on December 2nd; festivities to include chili-cook-off, cookie decorating, hot chocolate bar, music and Santa Clause!  We hope to see you there!

Respectfully,

Bob Kellerhuis

Mayor

Saturday, September 16th they head to Brush!, where they  will spend another night before making their way through towns like  Orchard, Weldona, and finishing in Kersey.  There will be educational  stops throughout the route (riders will be able to tour The Wild Animal Sanctuary as  part of the route...how cool), some they will pull over and take a  break while they learn about that particular stop and other will be  signs informing them of what that area is about. Governor Hickenlooper Signing the Kersey Pedal the Plains Sign for Mayor Kellerhuis. If you are interested in being a stop or having a particular area  highlighted let us know.  You do not necessarily need to be at the stop  to highlight it.  

While the race does not  begin until that Friday, on Thursday, September 14, 2017 you will  notice vendors and volunteers begin to move into the town and start  their Kersey, Brush! and Keenesburg Mayors, Town Staff, and PTP Staff.set-up.  Most events will take place at Centennial Park, however,  parking for the riders, staff and RV's will take place at the Bronco  Stadium.   Planning has already begun with a committee comprised of Town  Staff, School District Staff, Kersey Day Committee volunteers and  business owners.  If you are interested in getting involved in planning  or volunteering contact Jay Cochran at Town Hall, 970-353-1681 or email.