Granby officials choose two venues for Ride the Rockies cyclists |

Granby officials choose two venues for Ride the Rockies cyclists

Participants in Ride the Rockies bicycle tour pass through Byers Canyon on Thursday. Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi News
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GRANBY – The Granby Chamber of Commerce and its promotion committee have decided to keep the downtown location at Polhamus Park for entertainment, food, and a beer garden for Ride the Rockies participants, according to Tina Wilson, Promotions Committee chair.

“The venue is such a good space,” she said.

Wally Baird, Granby town manager, wants to keep the party in Polhamus Park and has committed to providing a looping shuttle route from the high school to the park for cyclists.

Despite the East Grand School District Board’s decision to waive their “no alcohol on the high school campus” policy for the event, town organizers in Granby want to have two different venues.

The Granby Chamber holds the liquor license for the beer garden, and all food and entertainment will be at Polhamus Park, said Wilson.

When cyclists descend upon Granby on June 13 after a 92-mile ride from Leadville, lunch will be provided to participants at the high school through the high school food services department. Participants who choose to camp will set up their tents around the track and on the soccer fields, then will need to take a shuttle or walk to the park and/or downtown business for dinner and entertainment.

Grant available

As an additional benefit to being a host town for the tour, the Ride the Rockies-Denver Post Community offers a grant of $5,000 to a Granby nonprofit agency that works to improve the lives of Coloradans. The grant program will fund a nonprofit organization that provides services for low-income children and youth through recreation, education or the arts and-or agencies that offer direct-service literacy programs.

Granby nonprofits can apply for the grant by contacting Elizabeth Norris, Community Relations Manager, at 303-954-6703 or The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 16.

Granby will be the fourth stop on the 2012 Ride The Rockies, the popular bicycle tour of the Rocky Mountains. After staying the night in Granby, cyclists will head east to Estes Park via Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park.

About 2,000 cyclists will participate in the Ride, which takes in some of the state’s most spectacular scenery during the almost week-long event.

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