April 10, 2013
Todd Sadow, President, Epic Rides
TSadow@epicrides.com / 520-623-1584 o
David Grossman, Event Manager
DGrossman@epicrides.com / 970-270-3133 o
Course maps & Queue Sheets
--- For Immediate Release ---
GRAND JUNCTION OFF-ROAD PRESENTED BY U.S. BANK ANNOUNCES COURSE
Unmatched Terrain, Drawing Mountain Bike Enthusiasts from All Corners
(Tucson, Ariz.) April 10, 2013 - Following in the footsteps of the already successful Whiskey Off-Road, the inaugural
Grand Junction Off-Road Presented by U.S. Bank scheduled over Labor Day weekend will bring cyclists from all over North America to experience terrain that can only be found in Grand Junction, CO.
"The Grand Junction Economic Partnership ("GJEP") is excited Epic Rides is expanding to the Grand Valley. We believe this is a great opportunity to showcase the beautiful, vast and unique trail system in our backyard, as well as help to paint a picture of our community as a whole. It is our hope, riders, spectators and friends will see firsthand the quality of life that exists in the Grand Valley and learn more about why residents and businesses alike are lucky enough to call this home."
-Kelly Flenniken, Executive Director - GJEP
Consistent with the Whiskey Off-Road, all who successfully navigate the course they register for will receive a custom finisher's award. Paying homage to Grand Junction's indulgent wine country, Epic Rides looks forward to distributing stemless wine glasses decorated with the names of the trails each rider successfully completed.
True to the Epic Rides Off-Road Series roots, the Grand courses present participants with attainable challenges that will test their riding skills and endurance. In addition to the custom finisher's wine glass, all who cross the finish line after an unparalleled cross country experience can confidently stake claim to being a bona fide mountain biker.
Course Description & Features
Starting on the tree-lined Main Ave. of downtown Grand Junction, the Grand Junction Off-Road quickly climbs into the technical, desert terrain that is characteristic of the Grand Valley. Directly after departing the start/finish line, riders will cross the Colorado River and quickly ride into view of the Colorado National Monument.
The first climb on the Tabeguache (pronounced tab-a-watch) Trail will set the scene for what is to follow. A double-track trail on a map appears quite tame, but will give riders a new appreciation of the saying, "devil in the details". With stinger hills followed by quick relief, riders will make steady progress into the Lunch Loops trail system. Then comes Widowmaker Hill, very steep, but the top floor is worth the climb with some short descents and fun technical moves to reward the effort.
The first singletrack is found after the climb up the Tabeguache Trail and after crossing Little Park Road. After a few minutes on the Gunny Loop, riders will have forgotten the pain of the climb and will be working to control their grins.
15 GRAND RIDERS
The 15 Grand riders will have the fun, and the challenge dialed up another click or two. They descend the top of Andy's on the rainbow colored, boulder slalom singletrack trail that takes them to the bottom of a rough canyon filled with twist and technical moves. The descent off the top of Andy's rewards riders for the climb with fast, twisty, grin inducing singletrack. Another killer, quick climb puts riders on Eagle's Tail, then Pet-e-kes, the trailhead and a fast, paved descent to the finish.
30 & 40 GRAND RIDERS
Participants that are looking for an event experience that will challenge their skill set and their fitness, the 30 and 40 Grand rides will deliver in grand fashion. Both rides head into the more remote scenic and technical sections of the trail as participants climb Little Park Road to the South and start off twisty and technical on Twist-n-Shout a double-track, but allow for a quick pause to take in the view of the Grand Valley, the Colorado River and Grand Junction laid out before them. And then things get tighter as participants tackle the local favorite test piece, Butterknife. This 8 mile technical showcase will help redefine a lot of riders understanding of singletrack and nurture a newfound love of full suspension 29'ers.
A fast descent on double track will take the 40 Grand riders down to the edge of the Gunnison River, one of the two great rivers of the West. The Magellan Loop, a 14-mile grind, will take riders to hell and back. Well. To Hell's Hole trail and back. After the out and back leg on Hell's Hole, participants head down a loose, technical road crossing Rough Canyon and then back up a sweet slickrock singletrack section to the Bangs Canyon Staging area.
All who successfully navigate the course they register for will receive a custom finisher's stemless wine glass decorated with the names of the trails they managed to successfully complete. Remaining consistent with the Whiskey Off-Road, the Grand courses present participants with attainable challenges that will test their riding skills and endurance. In addition to the custom finisher's wine chalice, all who cross the finish line can proudly stake claim to being a bona fide mountain biker.
The Grand Junction Off-Road is a prime example of public and private cooperation, made possible from the
City of Grand Junction, the Bureau of Land Management Grand Junction Field Office, Mesa County and Epic Rides.
Major sponsors include
Cirrus Visual Communication,
Rocky Mountain Health Plans,
Stan's No Tubes,
Springhill Suites by Marriott
MORE INFORMATION ON EPIC RIDES
Founded in 1999, Epic Rides has become world famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo p/b Tucson Medical Center, Grand Junction Off-Road p/b U.S. Bank, Tour of the White Mountains and the Whiskey Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport.