Tour de Wyoming cyclists camp in Red Lodge

Photos by Lizzie Blumenthal Riders from

Tour de Wyoming set up tents in Red

Lodge on the third day of their

330-mile ride through Wyoming.

By Lizzie Blumenthal CCN Reporter

After a long and windy day cycling 60 miles from Powell, Wyo., to Red Lodge about 350 riders from Tour de Wyoming set up tents on the lawns of Red Lodge’s Civic Center and Mountain View Elementary to relax and recharge for the next three days of riding. Marking the 17th annual tour, riders from all over the country began the trek July 14, covering about 330 miles of terrain by July 19. Red Lodge volunteer host, Larry Foianii said the six-day ride started in Cody where the cyclists rode to Powell. The next day, they completed a 50-mile loop in the Big Horn Basin. On the third day, they rode from Powell to Red Lodge and will continue the ride the following morning up the Beartooth Pass to Silver Gate. On the final day, they ride from Silver Gate back to Cody. After hours of riding hard in unpredictable conditions, the group was able to enjoy musical entertainment with Jeff Troxel’s guitar playing and the following night watched clog dancers perform, who Foianii said “we’re quite fun.” On one of the last nights, Foianii explained that the group also puts on a talent show. “We figure out what our talent is, and we make a fool out of ourselves. But we always have a good time.”