Go Play: Upcoming bike events in Fruita, Palisade & Grand Junction
Colorado bike season is in full swing! Add one or all of these upcoming events to your schedule.
RUMBLE AT 18 ROAD
Rumble at 18 Road, which was formerly planned for April 18-19, was delayed due to bad weather. New events dates are Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3. The annual trail-running and mountain-bike race is based throughout Fruita’s well-known 18 Road trails.
Available races include trail running on Saturday (3.5 miles, 7 miles and 11 miles); short-track mountain biking on Saturday (20 minutes per race); and cross-country mountain biking on Sunday (a variety of distances). Medals are given to the top three competitors in each race category except for the Pro XCO and Pro STXC categories, which receive winners purses. Junior development competition is also part of the fun.
For more information about the event, including registration and pricing, visit http://www.madracingcolorado.com.
18 HOURS OF FRUITA
Although it has been sold out since February, 18 Hours of Fruita is sure to please even spectators. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, May 1-2. For 18 hours, riders will race around Highline Lake State Park (1900 11.8 Road, Loma) individually or as teams. Racing will begin promptly at midnight and continue until around 6 p.m.
More than 100 teams have signed up for the event.
For more information, visit http://www.18hrsoffruita.com.
ROSE HILL RALLY
St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation will host its annual Rose Hill Rally on Sunday, May 3. Proceeds from the race benefit the Rose Hill Hospitality House. The ride consists of 50K (31 miles) or 100K (62 miles) distances. The ride costs $30 per person. A special T-shirt can be added for $5 extra. The ride starts and ends at Canyon View Park (G and 24 roads, Grand Junction). The 50K will venture to Fruita while the 100K will head to Highline State Park in Loma.
Most riders take off between 7-9 a.m. to be back in time to eat a lunch and participate in the raffle.
Last year’s event hosted 576 riders and raised more than $34,000.
PALISADE GRAN FONDO
Palisade will host its first ever Palisade Gran Fondo on Saturday, May 16. The event is 100-percent volunteer based and will raise funds for Palisade Chamber of Commerce Outreach Program and Delaney Donates. It will start and end at Palisade’s Peach Bowl Park, located at 600 Logan Ave. The mass-rolling start will begin with Palisade Police Department.
The event costs $50 for the “mini” fondo, which is 40 miles, and $60 for the Gran Fondo, which is 68 miles. The ride will head through Palisade’s Fruit and Wine Byway. Riders of the 40-mile route will turn around near Whitewater. Riders on the 68-mile course will continue through Whitewater on Reeder Mesa Road and Lands End Road.
Volunteers are encouraged to sign up, as they will receive free lunch, beer and wine.
For more information, visit http://www.palisadegranfondo.com.
GRAND JUNCTION OFF-ROAD
For the third year in a row, the Grand Junction Off-Road will bring hundreds of mountain bike riders to the area on May 29-31. The event will feature a gear festival, live music and more. It will be hosted in conjunction with downtown Grand Junction’s Art + Music Festival.
Racing will take place each day and include 15-, 30- and 40-mile races — including amateur and professional. Riders will endure riding through some of the most technical trails in the Grand Valley — Lunch Loops. Races cost $70-110 depending on category.
A portion of the proceeds benefit the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction.
Friday, May 29, will include a “klunker crit” followed by a professional criterium race.
A gear expo and music will be hosted on Main Street between Fourth and Sixth streets. Concerts will be free and open to all ages.
For more information, visit http://www.epicrides.com.
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