CELEBRATING 30 YEARS: RIDE THE ROCKIES BEGINS IN GRAND JUNCTION, JUNE 13-15, 2015

For the 6th time, Colorado’s great road cycling event, Ride the Rockies, returns to Grand Junction and surrounding communities as the start city in 2015.

GRAND JUNCTION WELCOMES 30TH ANNIVERSARY RIDE THE ROCKIES

JUNE 13-15, 2015

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (June 11, 2015) - For the 6th time, Colorado’s great road cycling event, Ride the Rockies, returns to Grand Junction and surrounding communities as the start city in 2015. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this ride represents a remarkable tradition to the road cycling community. Approximately 2,000 riders, along with their friends and families, begin to arrive at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday, June 13, and depart the Grand Valley on Monday, June 15. 

“Ride the Rockies is a signature event for Grand Junction,” stated Visit Grand Junction “One of the greatest highlights is the collaboration that takes place between all of the agencies and people of the Grand Valley to welcome the cyclists. Ride the Rockies participants always look forward to the beautiful scenery and warm western hospitality from the people in our wonderful community, of which I would like to thank Grand Junction, Fruita and Palisade for showing your strong support for this wonderful event.”

Local cyclists and motorists should take note of the routes so that they can plan accordingly. The event travels over the Colorado National Monument, into Fruita and returns to Grand Junction on Sunday, June 14. On Monday, June 15, cyclists depart the Grand Valley traveling through Palisade heading east over the Grand Mesa to Hotchkiss for the official start of the state-wide tour.

New this year, the Ride the Rockies route will include the Colorado Riverfront Trail from the Las Colonias section to where it becomes 33 1/2 Road on Monday morning; daily users of the trail will be impacted between the hours of 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. The only road closure that will take place is Sunday, June 14 on Main Street between 3rd and 4th streets, during the hours of 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. to allow for the Downtown Grand Junction festival with live music, food, beer and wine garden, and more.

The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau asks that everyone shares their photos and videos on all social media channels using the hastag #ridetherockiesGJ. Find Visit Grand Junction on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

The public is encouraged to attend the entertainment that is scheduled for the event and come out to cheer on the riders. Please refer to the full line-up for details. 

Brief Schedule Overview:

 

  • Saturday, June 13, 2015:

    • Participants arrive for event registration at Colorado Mesa University, which is serving as the official headquarters site. 

    • Live entertainment, food available for purchase, beer & wine garden and expo from 12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on the Plaza of Colorado Mesa University’s Campus

      • 12:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.: DJ, Merlin & The Scones

      • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.: The Scones

      • 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.: The Navigators 

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015:

    • Colorado Mesa University

      • 7:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony – Colorado Mesa University Center Plaza, under the big white tent. 

      • For the first official day of the tour, Ride the Rockies participants will ride over the Colorado National Monument, into Fruita and back to Grand Junction.

    • Fruita

      • 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ the Super Aid Station; Aid 3 @ Civic Center Memorial Park in Fruita

      • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Local DJ

      • 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: The Williams Brothers Band

    • Downtown Grand Junction

      • 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.: Stray Grass and Toni Rosario

  • Monday, June 15, 2015:

    • Ride the Rockies departs between 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. from Grand Junction, through Palisade, onto I-70 and finally to US Hwy 65, the Grand Mesa Scenic Byway. 

    • Their next overnight stop is Hotchkiss, Colorado

** All events are open and free for the public to attend**

For details on Ride the Rockies, please visit ridetherockies.com.

About Grand Junction Grand Junction is located in the heart of the Grand Valley and is Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 26 wineries with year-round tasting rooms, and boasting more than 275 days of sunshine annually which helps produce much of the state’s peach and fruit crop. It is the largest city in Western Colorado, located near the Colorado River between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for year-round golf, hiking and world-renowned biking. Among Grand Junction's spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa, the world's largest flat-top mountain, the 7,500-foot Book Cliffs including the Wild Horse Area, and the 20,000-acre Colorado National Monument. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, hunting, fishing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown. Grand Junction lies in the heart of the Colorado-Utah Dinosaur Diamond and the Grand Circle.