Voices: Mettle to the pedal — the sequel

Targhee-climb-350x216“Way beyond my expectations … one of the best experiences of my 58 years and certainly of my 25 years in cycling”

Targhee climb “A stunning achievement for the very first one! I plan to be with you next year for the Second Great Ride in the Last Best Place!”
“A tour by bicycle allows you to learn about the area with all your senses. I was surprised at how wonderful that was!”

And these are just a fraction of the like-minded comments we heard this summer after our inaugural Cycle Greater Yellowstone. August’s First Great Ride in the Last Best Place — a fully supported, week-long bicycle tour unlike any other ever staged in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem — left nearly 700 cyclists and 80 volunteers in awe.

What do we do for an encore? Well, in the immortal words of Johnny Cash, we’re goin’ to Jackson.

Early-bird registration for our Aug. 17-23 event officially opens today (check us out on Facebook!). This year’s ride promises to be equally as stunning and memorable as Year One. Register before Jan. 1 to receive our special $1,095 price.

Our proposed route — permits from Grand Teton National Park, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are pending — begins and ends in Jackson, Wyo., the geographic heart of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and location of one of GYC’s four offices.

CGY-map-350x323Included are such uniquely Western communities as Victor, Idaho, and CGY mapWyoming’s Alpine, Pinedale, Farson, Lander (two nights!) and Dubois. We’re currently working with Grand Teton National Park officials on how we’ll traverse that beautiful part of the ecosystem.

We’re expecting 800-1,000 cyclists and an economic impact for the region of $2.5 million. Last year, our cyclists and volunteers came from 44 states; this year, one of the missing states, Kentucky, already has five signed up (If you’d love to join us and love the region, but aren’t a cyclist, please consider volunteering — many in our dedicated crew thought it the experience of a lifetime!).

As you can see from the above comments, there is nothing quite like experiencing the wonder and magic of Greater Yellowstone’s lands, waters and wildlife at 15 mph from the saddle of a bicycle.

The southern reaches of the ecosystem feature some of the country’s most stunning landscapes: The towering Tetons, the burly and glacier-pocked Wind River Range, the majestic Gros Ventre Mountains, the Wild & Scenic Snake and Hoback rivers, the red-rock country of Lander, mesmerizing Teton and Togwotee mountain passes, and some vast tracts of limitless open spaces that boast some of the best sage grouse and mule-deer habitat in the nation.

Our team pedaled the route in September and it was unanimous: The 2014 route equals or surpasses our debut route.

Come join us — and bring friends!

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