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Slate of new events to attract tourism to the Grand Valley announced for 2013

The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau recently announced new and second-year events for the 2013 summer season. The complete summer events schedule is available online at

Sanctioned by USA Cycling and run by local cycling promoter LTR Events, the Rumble at 18 Road is a National Qualifying Mountain Bike Race. Still fresh in its second year, races take place at the famous 18 Road trails of the North Fruita Desert. Saturday, April 13, is a cross-country mountain bike event, and Sunday, April 14, is a short track race. Events have 32 different categories each day for amateurs and professional athletes with awards to the top three finishers in each and a professional prize purse of $350, $250 and $150. The top 10 riders in each class and category qualify to compete in USA Cycling National Championships! For details, visit

HITS Triathlon Series will debut in Grand Junction May 18-19. A clean swim, flat ride and quiet run are in store for triathletes at Highline Lake State Park with more than 1,000 athletes racing during the two-day event. The series includes "a distance for everyone" with five race distances for every level of competitor. The event features the half and full distance races on Saturday, May 18, and the open, sprint and Olympic distance races on Sunday, May 19, as well as a Fitness Festival throughout the whole weekend. HITS Triathlon Series welcomes volunteers, spectators and athletes. For details, visit

Labor Day weekend means three days of celebrating mountain bikes in the Grand Valley. Arizona-based Epic Rides is bringing its commitment to fun, challenging and family-friendly mountain bike events out of state for the first time with the Inaugural Grand Junction Off-Road Endurance Mountain Bike Event and Free Community Concert presented by U.S. Bank.Three routes will start and finish in downtown Grand Junction and traverse the Lunch Loops Trail System and beyond while pushing riders to the limit on the area's world-class selection of trails. 15, 30 and 40 Grand amateur events (1 Grand = 1 mile) will take place on Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be the exclamation point on the weekend when it hosts the Pro 40 Grand professional race with $20,000 cash purse and the Shimano Kids Fun Ride. Bring the entire family for a weekend packed with entertainment via amateur riding, pro racing, a massive industry expo, free live music and more! For details, visit

Hilltop Community Resources' first annual auto event fundraiser will be held over Labor Day weekend with proceeds to benefit Hilltop's 26 programs that provide compassionate care for children and adults, and its domestic violence programs and the brain injury center.The event will feature more than 500 classic autos and is open to sports cars, hot rods, muscle cars, rat rods, trucks, vintage motorcycles and tractors, and specialty vehicles with 33 classes. This fun car show will be held both Saturday and Sunday at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction. RV and trailer parking will be available. Lots of food and beverages, live music, entertainment and drawings, plus more will make the weekend very special. For details, visit

Returning to Grand Junction after a successful inaugural year, Icon Lasik Tour of the Moon is considered one of the premier recreational road rides in the western United States. There's a course change in store this year that will lead all riders - whether on the 62-mile or the 41-mile tour - over the finish line at the Colorado National Monument. The post-ride "Harvest Moon Celebration" will include music, lunch, drawings and an expo. For details, visit

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