Annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race takes place June 14-15 |

Annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race takes place June 14-15

The annual Roan Cliff Chaos mountain bike race will be June 14 and 15 on the Bureau of Land Management’s JQS area north of Rifle.

The event features a cross-country race for different levels on June 14, with a hill-climb race schedule for June 15. This BLM permitted bike-race series is on desert trails with many desert hazards.

The six-mile cross-country race course has a new look this year, as it has a couple of tough climbs and some nice down-hill spots to, as event coordinator Wayne Edgeton says, keep the chaos factor up. The hill-climb race on June 15 will take place the following day, and it will take bikers up the JQS road to the top of the Roan Plateau, climbing 2,600 vertical feet over an eight-mile course.

Cost is $25 for one race or $40 for both. Potential participants are encourage to register soon.

Information/registration: Rifle Parks & Recreation, 970-665-6570, or

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