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2014 Whiskey Off-Road

It's Whiskey Time!

Welcome to Prescott, AZ
Time to get pumped for the Whiskey
Glorious weather, singletrack and free music abound
While bikes, brews and best friends fill the town

The Whiskey is a celebration of the bike
So on Friday forget your job and doowutchyalike
The weekend is yours to do what you desire
Smiles, high fives and laughter is all we require

See you at the Whiskey Off-Road!

Fire Restrictions in Prescott National Forest

As of Friday, April 18, a Stage 1 Fire Restriction is in effect in Prescott National Forest. All fires, campfires, charcoal, coal and wood stoves are allowed in developed campgrounds only.

If you plan to camp during the Whiskey, check the latest fire restriction details before event weekend at: http://firerestrictions.us/az/

Family Movie Night - Featuring Klunkerz

On Saturday, April 26, bring the entire family out to the historic Elks Theatre at 117 E. Gurley St. for the Arizona premier of Klunkerz, a movie that documents the early pioneers of mountain biking with priceless vintage footage of legends like Joe Breeze, Tom Ritchey, Jacquie Phelan, Gary Fisher and more.

Hosted by the Prescott Mountain Bike Alliance with free popcorn courtesy of backcountry.com, the incredible footage and inspiring story will surely fuel the stoke for a weekend of riding in Prescott.

Tickets are $5. The movie will start at 7pm.

Buy tickets here.

backcountry.com Bike & Gear Expo

Is your old gear starting to smell a little stinky and look a little threadbare? Then head on over to backcountry.com and take a look at their list of "essentials" for the weekend in Prescott. Celebrating 18 years of helping outdoor enthusiasts gear up for the next adventure, Backcountry is one of the largest online retailers of outdoor apparel equipment and an Official Sponsor of Epic Rides.

The backcountry.com Bike and Gear Expo will feature more than 75 vendors, including names like Scott Sports, Shimano, Ergon, CamelBak, GU Energy and many more.

backcountry.com will be giving away a tricked out Niner, Sierra Nevada will be handing out swag all weekend and the Hi-Health Wellness Block will have tons of giveaways and sample products to fuel your day on the bike.

The expo is a perfect opportunity to peep some new gear and get equipped for a big summer of riding.

Check out the expo here.

Shimano Reveals New XTR 11-speed

Last weekend, Shimano revealed first looks at its much-anticipated 2015 XTR 11-speed group. Featuring 1x, 2x, and 3x chainring setups all utilizing the same crankarm, XTR delivers versatility not found with other crankarm systems.

For those who prefer 1x systems, the new XTR boasts a proprietary chainring retention technology available in 30T, 32T, 34T and 36T options. The new XTR also features only one cassette option, an 11-speed 11-40T gear ratio with closer steps between shifts designed to help riders maintain better pedaling rhythm.

The new XTR also includes refined Trail and Race hydraulic disc brakes that are lighter than ever as well as new M9000 series carbon wheels available in both 27.5" and 29" sizes.

Stop by Shimano's special XTR booth on event weekend to get all the nitty-gritty details on the 2015 XTR group available later this year.

Big Pro Names at the Whiskey

With $40,000 in cash winnings on the line, the Whiskey Off-Road boasts the biggest one-day pro mountain bike event cash purse payout in America. Featuring equal payout to both men and women, the 11th Annual Whiskey Off-Road will feature a who's who of professional talent including names like two-time defending champion Geoff Kabush (Scott Sports), European talent like Markus Bauer (Lexware) and former World Champion Christoph Sauser (Specialized) and world-class female talent including Katerina Nash (Luna Chix), Chloe Woodruff (backcountry.com), Evelyn Dong (backcountry.com) and Amanda Sin (Scott Sports).

Spectators can check out the action on Sunday morning at the turnaround in Skull Valley, see the first over the top of Sierra Prieta and perhaps the best place to catch all the Cross Country action, along Thumb Butte - the last section of singletrack before town. Think technical singletrack between trees, boulders and stream crossings.

See ya trailside,

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Registration for The Grand is limited, so get cracking!

Recently included in Elevation Outdoors Magazine as a classic "Colorado Sufferfest", the Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank also "takes the cake when it comes to a fun atmosphere." But all this fun and suffering is limited to the first 600 amateurs and 100 pros, so don't procrastinate, register today!

Whiskey Off-Road Dealer Appreciation Happy Hour

Need an excuse to cut out of work early on the Friday of Whiskey weekend?

If you're an independent bike dealer, head over to Park Plaza Liquor and Deli from 2:30p to 4:30p on Friday, April 25 for the first ever Dealer Appreciation Happy Hour. Connect with official sponsors including Shimano, Blackburn, Stan's NoTubes, Scott Sports and GU Energy to take advantage of exclusive one-time purchasing opportunities. RSVP today!

Upcoming Events
Tour of the White Mountains
April 25-27, 2014
Prescott, AZ
Grand Junction Off-Road
Aug 29-31, 2014
Grand Junction, CO
Tour of the White Mountains
October 4, 2014
Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ
24 Hours in the Old Pueblo
February 13-15, 2015
Tucson, AZ
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Factoid: Where There's Water

The lush nature of Tour of the White Mountains isn't unlike the lush nature of its venue, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Consisting of 34 lakes and reservoirs and more than 680 miles of rivers and streams, the bodies of land have more water than can be found in any other Southwestern National Forest. Speaking of the Tour, registration opens May 1 and is limited to 650 riders, so get ready!

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