MAD Powder Cross cyclocross race planned for Powderhorn Mountain Resort |

MAD Powder Cross cyclocross race planned for Powderhorn Mountain Resort

Brittany Markert
John Klish, owner of Mountain and Desert Racing (MAD Racing), is shown testing the course for the second annual MAD Powder Cross race at Powderhorn Mountain Resort on Grand Mesa. The race is set for Saturday, Sept. 20, starting with a 5K at 9 a.m.
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WHAT: MAD Powder Cross Race

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20

WHERE: Powderhorn Mountain Resort (48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa)

COST: $10-25 depending on race



John Klish, local athlete and owner of Mountain and Desert Racing, will host cyclocross workshops at Canyon View Park (corner of G and 24 roads in Grand Junction) every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. He will teach how to dismount and mount before and after an obstacle, how to pace, and more. He will also set out cones to help with tight turns and cornering.

Workshops are free and open to anyone interested in the sport of cyclocross.

For more information, email

A series of cyclocross races are planned for Mesa County, with the first race on Saturday, Sept. 20, at Powderhorn Mountain Resort (48338 Powderhorn Road, Mesa). Called Powder Cross, it’s presented by Mountain and Desert Racing, a local racing company founded by Grand Valley racer, John Klish.

According to Klish, cyclocross is a sport which incorporates mountain and road biking skills on a course generally one to two-miles long with sharp turns. Courses also include obstacles, which force racers to dismount and carry bikes over quickly. Riders often sport a road bike with knobby tires. Courses host a mixture of terrain including grass, dirt and pavement.

Cyclocross season is generally held during the fall and winter months, he added, creating a muddy scene depending on the course.

“It’s a great event for spectators to watch,” Klish said. “The course is short and riders go as fast as they can so you can watch them more easily.”

Spectators are encouraged to dress up in costume and cheer on racers as they compete.


Cyclocross starts at 10:30 a.m. with the citizen’s race. It’s open to all levels, Klish confirmed, and those racing in the category go for 30 minutes. Subcategories include men and women, juniors ages 8 to 14 and ages 15 to 18. The race costs $25.

Experienced racers may sign up for the “A” and “B” categories, which start at 11:30 a.m. and 12:40 p.m. respectively. Men and women in the “A” category race for 50 minutes while “B” category men and women race for 40 minutes. It costs $25 to enter.

A kids lap is set for 1:30 p.m., costing $5.

Not interested in a bike race? A 5K running race will also kick off MAD Racing’s Powder Cross on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 9 a.m. It costs $10.

Registration for all races opens at 8 a.m.


Klish started Mountain and Desert Sports Racing earlier this year; it’s also known as MAD Racing. It’s currently planning to host several cyclocross, mountain and road bike races throughout Mesa County, focusing on local talent.

“Having a local racing company helps lower the cost for races, and helps increase attendance and quality of races,” Klish said. “We have amazing coaches and talent in the valley and I want to bring them together to help build a racing community.”

Those interested in volunteering at MAD events should email

For more information on races, visit or

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