Tour of the Valley Back in Grand Junction
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Hundreds of cyclists rode through Grand Junction, Fruita, Palisade and even the Colorado National Monument for the Tour of the Valley.
More than 500 riders participated in the 24th annual cycling event, helping raise money for Diabetes Counts Kids Club, the Colorado Mesa University Cycling Team and Trail Development by the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association. "I had a lot of fun," said Lauren Amans, a 6-year-old participant.
Kerry White is with Team Type 1 and has had diabetes for 31 years. She came to Grand Junction from Avon to show her support for her children who have Type 1 diabetes. "Help mentor and teach them about living with diabetes every day, and doing whatever you dream to do," said White.
The cycling event consisted of four different paths, including a 30, 50, 75 and 100-mile route.
Amans rode all the way to Fruita and back. She says she had been practicing for this race for a while." I have a couple of neighborhoods around my neighborhood, so we went around all of those," she said.
Joe Lansing also has Type 1 diabetes. He volunteered to help prepare diabetic kids for the big ride. Lansing says an average person's blood sugar levels are between 80 and 120, but children with diabetes can be as high as 300. "Part of out efforts with the kids is to make sure they know how to manage their insulin and take enough food and water on board to manage a long ride like this," he said.
The Tour of the Valley brings riders from all over and brings support to those who never cut their dreams short due to bumps in the road.