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June 7, 2012
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See wine country on wheels during Palisade Bike Fest

Palisade can't be pigeonholed.Known internationally as Colorado's Wine Country, it's also a growing recreation destination. And, to showcase its trails, the eighth annual Palisade Bike Festival will host races and rides Saturday, June 9. All events start downtown at Palisade's Town Center Plaza ."What a great way to intertwine the Grand Valley lifestyle into an event for both locals and visitors of all biking abilities," Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau marketing and PR coordinator Mistalynn Meyeraan said. "The Palisade Bike Festival will attract cyclists and their families who may not otherwise come to the area and introduce them to Colorado Wine Country."Rapid Creek Cycles co-owner Rondo Buecheler organizes the Grand Mesa Grind - a mountain-bike race with courses for beginner, sport and expert levels. The 35+ mile Full Grand Mesa Grind runs up the slopes of the Grand Mesa above Palisade. Beginner and sport competitors will pedal 20 and 24 miles, respectively.For athletes looking to take it easy, a tour of the Fruit & Wine Byway will also be held - the Fruit and Wine Byway Bike Tour is 25 miles, the Bike and Wine Tasting Tour is seven miles, and the Family Fruit Loop tour is five miles. Cost is $25/adults and $15/children ages 6-12 for all tours."(Palisade is) a great biking destination," Buecheler said. "(The Grind) is helping put Palisade on the map as a mountain- and road-biking destination. We need more exposure."Live music, barbecue and an awards presentation are planned after the races at Palisade Brewing Company. There will also be a short kids mountain bike race 12:30 p.m., as well as a Bump & Jump.For information or to register, visit www.rapidcreekcycles.com or www.palisadecoc.com. Information is also available by calling Rapid Creek Cycles at 970-464-9266 or the Palisade Chamber of Commerce at 970-464-7458.


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