Rumble at 18 Road in Fruita postponed due to weather |

Rumble at 18 Road in Fruita postponed due to weather

Rumble at 18 Road is rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday, May 2-3.
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WHAT: Rumble at 18 Road

WHERE: 18 Road trails in Fruita

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 18-19

COST: Varies


ALERT: Due to stormy weather conditions, Rumble at 18 Road is postponed until May 2-3.

Rumble at 18 Road is planned for Saturday and Sunday, April 18-19. The annual trail-running and mountain-bike race is based throughout Fruita’s well-known 18 Road trails.

“This race is a regional draw, and a real boom for the community,” said Elisa Jones, an event announcer and Grand Junction resident. “ … This year’s event promises to be the best yet, with innovations in everything from the added race events, to prizes for packet pickup, and most of all post-event frivolity. It’s great to see the sponsors in the community come out in force to support this event.”

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.

“Rumble at 18 Road is an official American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) race for Nationals Qualifier,” Mad Racing’s website said. “Top 10 riders in each class and category qualify to compete in USA Cycling National Championships!”

According to John Klish, event organizer and owner of Mad Racing, LTR Sports in Grand Junction ran the event for three years before turning it over to him.

“LTR Sports (previous owners by Mike and Kristy Driver) changed owners in August 2014,” Klish explained. “The new owners sold me the events so I can keep [them] alive while they focus on keeping the shop in the valley. I felt it was imperative to keep the events alive because we have such great community that needs to be challenged and provided for!”

About 400 athletes are expected to compete throughout the weekend, which will be up from 300 participants in 2014.

“This year, I added back in the short track for competition on Saturday after the trail-running race in the morning,” Klish confirmed. “I added in the trail runs in the morning to provide families or couples the whole spectrum of [the] racing experience. I’m a multi-sport athlete and enjoy both running and mountain biking, so I am adding these to the experience in western Colorado.”

For more information about the event, including registration and pricing, visit

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