Maverick Classic bike racing returns to Fruita & Grand Junction
WHAT: Maverick Classic
WHEN: Friday through Sunday, April 24-26
WHERE: Throughout Grand Valley
COST: Free to watch; Open class races $130 for all four, $40-60/race
TRAFFIC DURING RACES
Please keep in mind that the Fruita Time Trial and the Whitewater Road Race stages are both open to traffic. If you see riders, please be cautious and courteous as they race. Give them at least three feet and slow down as you pass by car.
Downtown Grand Junction will be closed to traffic between Third and Sixth streets and White and Colorado from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The downtown parking garage on Rood will be closed during that time as well.
Colorado Mesa University will host its third annual Maverick Classic road-bike race Friday through Sunday, April 24-26, throughout the Grand Valley. This is also the regional championships and qualifying race for collegiate riders heading to the national competition. Last year’s event brought more than 200 racers to the area.
“It’s a great opportunity to highlight the different areas in the community,” said Jen Stoll, event coordinator. “It also shows how hospitable we are to host an event of this magnitude.”
This year’s Maverick Classic will include a new hill-climb race up Colorado National Monument’s east side. Racing will begin on Friday, April 24, at 3 p.m. Riders will start at five-minute intervals. The course is a 20-mile race starting at James M. Robb State Park’s Connected Lakes; it will head up Monument Road and finish near Glade Park.
Racing continues on Saturday, April 25, with individual and team time trials starting in Fruita at 8 a.m. It will start at 17 Road and Roberson Drive in Fruita, head south on 17 Road, turn left on P Road, then head north on 16 Road and left on L Road. The course will be open to traffic. It is asked to give riders at least three feet of space when passing by car.
Downtown Grand Junction will host a criterium starting at noon on Saturday. It will feature several turns and meander throughout downtown with the MOG Outdoor Fest in the middle. Racing will conclude at 7 p.m. with the men’s pro category.
The Maverick Classic will conclude on Sunday with a road race, which is set for Whitewater. It is a 17-mile course that ventures on Lands End Road and Purdy Mesa Road. Depending on race category, racers may ride for five laps.
“Colorado Mesa University’s team is looking strong as always,” Stoll said. “We have phenomenal talent on the team.”
Currently, Colorado Mesa University sits in first place for Division II.
Open class riders can compete in all four races for $130. Individual races range from $40-60.
For more information, visit http://www.coloradomesa.edu/maverickclassic.
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