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Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Co-ops Pedal the Plains

September 23, 2013

What do spandex, Rocky Ford cantaloupes, and cows have in common? All were found in great abundance over this past weekend during the second annual Pedal the Plains bicycle tour sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Denver Post.  About 800 bicyclists completed the 170-mile loop from Eads to Lamar to La Junta and back to Eads. Among the bikers was the team representing Colorado’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives, with riders from CREA, Tri-State, Morgan County REA, United Power and San Isabel Electric Association. 

Team Co-op braved headwinds, high temps, and a few patches of rough road to conquer a route that featured the service territory of Southeast Colorado Power Association. Along the way, the riders were treated to lunch on the grounds of the newly re-purposed Ft. Lyon facility for the homeless, had a chance to tour the Bent’s Fort national historical site near La Junta, and were embraced warmly by all the communities involved. The impacts of the years-long drought on southeast Colorado were evident during the ride, and we can only hope that recent rains will continue and revive the farming and ranching prospects for that part of the state.

Many of CREA’s members contributed funds to our sponsorship of the event this year, and we appreciate their efforts. Since Colorado’s eastern plains are prime co-op country, we think it is important for us to participate in this event and let folks know that electric co-ops supply the power that sustains the farmers and ranchers who sustain all of us. We also raised in excess of $3,000 for Energy Outreach Colorado to support their important work.

So, our thanks to the Team Co-op riders and to the dozens of volunteers who provided food and drink to the riders along the route. We’re proud to participate and support rural Colorado, even if it means we’re sitting in our office chairs a little more gently today!

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