AN EPIC DAY IN THE SADDLE
Tour the unique landscapes of the American WestAll cyclists will start and finish at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction. The ride will begin with a spectacular trek through the Colorado National Monument. After exiting the Monument, riders may elect to tackle a metric century through the beautiful farm country and surrounding areas of Fruita or opt for the classic 41-mile loop back to GJ.
LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED
The Colorado National Monument requires all cyclists (regardless of whether they are in an organized event or on their own) to have a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red light that is visible from at least 200 feet to the rear. The Monument has three tunnels, bored through solid rock, that are not lit, thus the reason for the safety requirement. All cyclists and support vehicles are required to use the lights in the three tunnels. You may turn them off once you’ve exited, but for your safety we advise that you leave them on the duration of the ride.
The Classic Loop (41-Miles)
The Metric Century (62-Miles)
RIDE START TIME
This is NOT a race, you may start your ride between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ALL riders MUST be on the road by 8:30 a.m. and have a front and rear light in order to ride through the Monument (EAST ENTRANCE) .
There will be three to four aid stations on the course. Each aid station will be stocked with water, energy drink, nutrition bars/snacks, fruit, bagels, trail mix, etc. Please note, it is possible that each aid stations may not be stocked with all the same items. Aid Station details – mileage, location and hours of operation – will be shared in the near future.
Staff will be at the east entrance of the Monument to check if you have a wristband and lights; both are required to enter and continue your ride per our permit stipulations with the National Park Service. Please make them visible to staff and park employees and know that this “check point” is not an aid station and will not have refreshments or toilets. The entrance needs to remain free of congestion so not to inconvenience the Monument’s daily visitors.
STRAVA KING / QUEEN OF THE FLATS SPRINT CHALLENGE
If you want to engage in a bit of friendly competition, we’ll have a 2.3-mile section on the 62-mile course where you can push yourself and your riding buddies. The fastest man and woman on the day will win a jersey. The section is on 17 Road, from just north of K 3/4 Road to just before N 3/10 Road. The section will be marked with green signs near the road. To participate, record your ride with a Garmin or another GPS device and upload it to Strava by 9 p.m. Sunday. If you don’t want to participate, no problem! Either way, be safe and enjoy your ride!
Sag wagons will drive the course with water and be available to assist riders experiencing mechanical difficulties or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared to change your own flats and handle minor repairs.
For the safety of all riders, private SAG vehicles are not allowed on the course.
Throughout the course there will be bike technicians at each aid station. We strongly encourage you to bring a spare tube and CO2 cartridges in the case of a flat. Prior to the tour, if you require any last minute supplies or services, please visit one of our partnering shops:
Traveling to Western Colorado and looking for the best place to rent a bike? Haven’t tried mountain biking yet and want to get some experience before you buy? Brown Cycles has the perfect rental plan for you and your family. Group rates are available. Day rates are 24 hours. Please call ahead to reserve your rental bike.
549 Main St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
Open Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
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