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2014 Whiskey Off-Road
Whiskey Off-Road Start

A Most Epic Thank You

Wow. For those who attended the 11th Annual Whiskey Off-Road last weekend, whether as a rider, spectator, volunteer, vendor, sponsor or a city or county employee, everyone deserves an enormous thank you.

Faced with the most epic conditions ever experienced at the Whiskey Off-Road - including rain, snow, hail, high winds and sub-freezing temperatures - everyone came together to help ensure that riders got back to town safely while still having an unforgettable adventure. Thank you to the Prescott Unified School District, Prescott Fire Department, Prescott National Forest Service, Yavapai County Sheriff's Office Posse, the City of Prescott (Official) Streets and Police Departments, the Prescott Eagles Aerie 3600, the remarkable volunteers, local residents and businesses, and last but not least, the riders. We sincerely appreciate everyone helping to make this year's noteworthy event push through the finish line.

Just how epic was this year's Whiskey Off-Road? Check out the coverage and a few videos from MTBR of the Saturday amateur event, see some great pictures from Cycling News of the Pro Men and Women on Sunday, get the scoop on all three days from Mountain Flyer, and enjoy a full weeks coverage locally in the Prescott Courier.

Whiskey Off-Road

Peep the Pics and Results

Extreme conditions make for terrific photography, and there was no shortage of it at this year's Whiskey Off-Road. Action Media was at the event on Saturday snapping shots of everyone pushing themselves while battling Mother Nature, and naturally, some great images came of it. Go to the Action Media website, enter your bib number, buy a few photos and prove to friends and family that you endured the 2014 edition of the Whiskey Off-Road; an event that will be talked about for years to come.

Also be sure to check out the Whiskey Off-Road Results and Photos page to see times and placings as well as choice photos from event photographer Brian Leddy.

An appeals period will be open until Sunday, May 4. Simply click here to file an appeal. All appeals will be reviewed thoroughly. Please include details like number plate, category and finishing time and specifically what you are appealing. Results posted after the appeal period are final and binding until the end of time and space.

Grand Junction Off-Road

Get Registered for The Grand

While there are never any guarantees in life, we're pretty sure that the weather at the 2nd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road Presented by U.S. Bank will be considerably warmer and sunnier than last weekend in Prescott.

As the official round two in the Epic Rides Off-Road Series, The Grand features the same great event weekend lineup as the Whiskey, but with completely unique terrain offering world-famous singletrack and breathtaking vistas.

In addition to the unparalleled riding, Grand Junction offers a thriving community of folks who love the outdoors. Boasting a downtown rich with art, dozens of dining options, colorful nightlife and a full day of free music on Saturday, August 30, Grand Junction will be the spot for mountain bikers this Labor Day Weekend. The only catch is that registration for The Grand is limited to 600 riders, so do not procrastinate.

Register today.

Tour of the White Mountains

Tour Registration Now Open!

It's never too early to start planning ahead, which is why registration for the 19th Annual Tour of the White Mountains opens today, May 1. Last year was a sellout year for the Tour thanks to a beautiful new camping venue at the Pinetop Lakes Activity Center and Stable and a host of new singletrack trails with 50- and 35-mile Singletrack Challenge options as well as a 9-mile Singletrack Fun Ride and 30-mile Dirt Road Fun Ride.

The family friendly camping atmosphere in the beautiful 7,000-foot high mountains of Pinetop-Lakeside is a perfect setting for a weekend of fall riding. Clear the calendar for Saturday, October 4 and join us in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest for a gorgeous weekend on stellar pine laden trails.

Register today.

See ya trailside,

The Crew at Epic Rides

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Bacon is better with Blackburn

The Blackburn-sponsored Bacon Feedzone near Cramp Hill was a lifesaver for many, and helped riders forge the treacherous conditions to the finish. Check out some of the great shots captured by Mountain Flyer of riders bringing home the bacon.

Shimano turns heads and gears with new HD camera and XTR groupset

The much-anticipated 11-speed Shimano XTR groupset was on display at the Whiskey Off-Road, as was their slick and tiny new CM-1000 Sport Camera. For more details on both, check out the XTR website and Sport Camera page.

And, stay tuned for the Whiskey Off-Road post event sizzle reel for exclusive event footage captured with the Shimano Sport Camera.

Upcoming Events
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
Tour of the White Mountains
April 24-26, 2015
Prescott, AZ
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Until 1821, the Grand Valley was part of the kingdom of Spain. During the 1700s, hardy Spanish and Mexican soldiers, explorers and priests poked and prodded through the region. Some looking for gold, others seeking new trails to Spanish California. Fast-forward 300 years, and Grand Junction is home to some of the world's finest mountain bike trail systems.

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