Grand Junction Off-Road mountain-bike races May 29-31
WHAT: Grand Junction Off-Road
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, May 29-31
WHERE: Downtown Grand Junction; Lunch Loop trails
COST: Free for expo/music
OFF-ROAD BY THE NUMBERS
ECONOMIC IMPACT: $885,000
SALES TAX: $67,702 total —$24,337, Grand Junction City; $25,665, State; $17,700, Mesa County
HOTEL STAY: 70 percent stay in hotels; 42 percent stayed two nights; 21 percent stayed three nights; 14 percent stayed four nights
RESTAURANT EXPENSES: $271.88 average spent on dining
Numbers provided by Epic Rides
Friday, May 29 — Full Street closure 4:30-7:30 p.m.
3rd Street, between Rood and Colorado avenues
4th Street, between White and Colorado avenues
5th Street, between White Avenue and Main Street
6th Street, between White and Rood avenues
White Avenue, between 4th and 6th streets
Rood Avenue, between 5th and 6th streets
Colorado Ave., between 3rd and 4th streets
Friday 5 a.m. — Sunday 5 p.m.: Full Street Closure
Main Street, between 1st and 7th streets
3rd Street, between Rood Alley and Colorado Avenue
4th Street, between Rood Alley and Colorado Alley
5th Street, between Rood Alley and Colorado Alley
6th Street, between Rood Alley and Colorado Alley
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Grand Junction Off-Road is making the festival weekend even more epic. The mountain bike race, hosted by Epic Rides, teamed up with Downtown Grand Junction to host Art and Music Festival in downtown Grand Junction. The event is planned Friday through Sunday, May 29-31.
The Off-Road will bring more than 500 professional and amateur mountain bike racers to endure 15-, 30-, or 40-mile races in Colorado’s Grand Valley. It will bring more than 2,000 visitors to the area as well. Races begin and end in downtown Grand Junction.
According to Dave Grossman, event organizer, riders will head over to the Lunch Loop trail system. Due to location, the Off-Road is considered one of the most difficult and technical endurance races in the country.
“This event puts Grand Valley on the map, and I am looking forward to it in a bunch of ways,” Grossman said. “This year we are taking it to another level.”
A bike expo will also be held on Main Street, between Fourth and Seventh streets. The expo offers bike demos, vendors and more. Vendors attending the expo include Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA), Loki, MRP, SRAM and CamelBak.
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There will be a beer and wine garden, which is open to ages 21 and older. The expo, art and music festival are free to attend.
On Friday, May 29, a klunker and professional criterium will take place in downtown Grand Junction. Folks are encouraged to dress and sign up for the klunker crit. (Helmets are required.) It is free to participate, but a waiver must be filled out prior to the race.
Sara Landis, a Grand Junction resident, competed in the 30-mile race last year and hopes to race the same this year.
“This is a super fun event to be involved in,” she said. “From the klunker crit to the great music and people, it is an awesome weekend.
“It was so encouraging to have people cheering you on, both spectators and racers, the whole way.”
Shakey Graves, a one-man electronic folk band, will perform as the headlining act for the Off-Road on Saturday, May 30, from 8-10 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring two canned goods for a donation drive to the Community Food Bank of Grand Junction.
Kids can also participate in a one- or four-mile ride on Sunday, May 31. The four-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m. and the one-mile ride begins at 8:35 a.m. It will start in downtown Grand Junction and head to the Colorado Riverfront Trail. The ride costs $10 per child. Funds raised are donated to the Riverfront Foundation’s family and children’s initiatives.
Grossman added that more than 150 volunteers help make the event possible, from manning aide stations to registration tables.
For Off-Road visitors who don’t want to stay in a hotel, more primitive options are available. “The Camp,” a special site for event participants, will host a 57-space site near Broadway and Dike Road in Grand Junction. The site is minutes away from downtown Grand Junction and Lunch Loop trails on Monument Road.
Each 20-foot-by-40-foot site costs $30 to camp per night. It is open to tents, cars, and RVs. There are no hook ups for RVs, however.
COPMOBA is handling registration as part of its “Sales for Trails” program, where a portion of all sales will be donated to the trail-focused nonprofit. Over the Edge Sports in Fruita recently gave COPMOBA $9,500 as part of the program.
“It’s a great partnership and the ‘Sales For Trails’ programs is starting to grow,” said Kristina Kittelson, COPMOBA spokeswoman.
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