FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2016
Todd Sadow, President Epic Rides
520-‐623-‐1584 / [email protected]
The Grand Junction Off-‐Road offers a memorable riding experience for all ages and skill levels, whether an experienced veteran or someone green to the sport of mountain biking. Winding its way over slickrock and red soil through breathtaking canyons while delivering majestic views of the Gunnison River and the Colorado National Monument, the Grand is as picturesque as it is challenging. Featuring three distances: 15 Grand, 30 Grand and 40 Grand (1 Grand = 1 Mile), the Grand Junction Off-‐Road offers a legitimate backcountry mountain biking experience to anyone looking for a fun challenge.
With the cooperation of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Grand Junction Field Office and the diligent zeal of Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA), the Grand courses feature some of the finest trails in the west including names like Andy’s Trail, Butterknife, Eagle’s Tail, Lunch Loops, Magellan, Tabeguache, Twist ‘n Shout and more. Those familiar with the names know these trails provide high quality, scenic and legitimate riding adventures anywhere in America. And to continuously help push those ultra-‐competitive riders above and beyond, KMC Chain will be holding a King and Queen of the Mountain Challenge, rewarding the fastest male and female to climb a predetermined section in the 30 and 40 Grand courses.
“The Grand Junction Off-‐Road course is challenging and engaging. I look forward to it bringing out my best performance. And, I'm always impressed by the amateurs who get to test their mettle while riding the same course we race on. I have a lot of respect for their determination necessary to finish such a monumental undertaking.” said 2016 Whiskey Off-‐Road winner, Rose Grant.
There’s no doubt that each Grand distance is a challenging ride filled with technical aspects and big climbs. Riders come from all over the United States in order to cross this ride off their bucket list. "As you travel throughout the Grand Valley, we hope you will discover the genuine hospitality of our citizens and the diverse beauty of this country. Discover our singletrack trail system by starting at the Lunch Loops/Tabeguache Area trailhead that is just minutes from downtown Grand Junction and adjacent to the Colorado National Monument and Bangs Canyon providing spectacular views on challenging terrain. If you're looking for something a little more tame, we have that too." said Mistalynn Meyeraan, spokesperson for the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau.
For kids who are not just young at heart, Shimano puts on two kid’s fun rides on Sunday morning as the backcountry Pro race concludes the weekend’s festivities with the Pro Men and Women battling for their slice of the equal split $30,000 cash purse. While the Pro Men and Women are out pushing physical boundaries, back in town, children will get a chance to show their stuff in the Shimano Youth Series One and Four grand rides starting at 9:00a. Kids on trikes and push bikes can roll the ½-‐mile loop One Grand on a closed course in downtown Grand Junction, while older and more experienced children can take on the Four Grand ride out to Riverside Park Drive along the Colorado River. There is a $10 donation fee for kids to participate, and parents can ride with their children for free. All funds raised are donated to the Riverfront Foundations family & children’s initiatives.
Participants can find detailed maps of each course at:
More detail on the Kid’s Fun Rides can be found here:
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT GRAND JUNCTION FIELD OFFICE
Part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands under special permit from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.