May 15-17, 2020 Grand Junction, CO

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Event Schedule and FAQ

Rider Categories

15 Grand Fun Ridebut a challenge too 30 Grand – Male & Female 40 Grand – Male & Female
30 Grand Jr. (18yrs & Under) 40 Grand Jr. (18yrs & Under)
30 Grand Singlespeed 40 Grand Singlespeed
30 Grand Open (19-44yrs) 40 Grand Open (19-44yrs)
30 Grand Master (45-59yrs) 40 Grand Master (45-59yrs)
30 Grand Distinguished (60yrs+) 40 Grand Distinguished (60yrs+)

Event Schedule

2019 Schedule (2020 schedule TBA)

SATURDAY, MAY 18TH
7:30a – 7pBike & Gear Expo
7:30a – 7pRegister for the Kids’ Fun Ride: Epic Rides tent
7:30a40 Grand Backcountry Ride: Start/Finish Arch (Main St. between 4th & 5th Streets)
8:30a30 Grand Backcountry Ride: Start/Finish Arch (Main St. between 4th & 5th Streets)
10aPivot Pogo Stick Race
11a40 Grand time cutoff – Third Flats Aid Station
12pStop by the Maxxis Booth for a chance to win a free tire!
1p – 9:45pFour Peaks Brewing Co. Beer Garden is open
1:30p30 Grand time cutoff – Entrance to Twist & Shout
4pFour Peaks Brewing Co. Amateur Awards Party: Main Stage (4th Street at Main Street)
7:45pRaise a Pint to our dedication recipient –COPMOBA– on the Main Stage

SUNDAY, MAY 19TH
8a – 2pBike & Gear Expo
8a – 8:45aRegister for the Kids’ Fun Ride: Epic Rides tent
8:30aPro Men Backcountry Race: Start/Finish Arch (Main St. between 4th & 5th Streets)
8:40aPro Women Backcountry Race: Start/Finish Arch (Main St. between 4th & 5th Streets)
9aKids’ Fun Ride
10:30aPivot Pogo Stick Championships
11:00aStop by the Maxxis Booth for a chance to win a free tire!
1pFour Peaks Brewing Co. Pro Awards Party: Main Stage (4th Street at Main Street

Grand Pass & Amateur Wave Starts

Grand Pass

The Grand Pass is a list of riders who have finished within one hour of the 1st-place rider of their distance, in the last two years of any Epic Rides Series event or Tour of the White Mountains. This is not based on category or gender, but based on distance. These riders will be placed in the front corral of the first wave.

2019 Grand Junction Grand Pass

Amateur Wave Starts

In the interest of optimizing your ride experience, distances with 500+ participants will be broken into wave starts. This enhances rider safety while decreasing potential impact to the trails. Ride times are based on when the rider crosses the start line and finish line.

To determine which wave start suits you best, we’ve taken into consideration:

  • Your self-determined estimated finishing time input at registration
  • Your last year finishing time if available

Packet Pickup & Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting

Amateur Riders

Packet Pickup: Friday, 12p – 9p, Registration Tent, Main St. between 5th and 6th

Rider must present a government issued ID to receive a packet. If you are not able to pickup your packet, a friend or family member can with a copy (photo on your phone is fine) of your ID. 

Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting: Friday, 8p, Underneath Start Line on Main St.

This meeting is when Epic Rides briefs the group on important course & event updates/changes for the following day’s activities. In essence, this is a safety meeting.

Pro Riders

Packet Pickup: Friday, 3p – 4p, SpringHill Suites Main Street Conference Room

Rider must present a government issued ID to receive a packet. If you are not able to pickup your packet, a friend or family member can with a copy (photo on your phone is fine) of your ID. 

Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting: Friday, 2p, SpringHill Suites Main Street Conference Room

This meeting is when Epic Rides briefs the group on important course & event updates/changes for the following day’s activities. In essence, this is a safety meeting.

Spectator Directions

So you’re ready to do some cheering and support riders when they need it most? Great, choose either of the three locations below to do some hooting and hollering while supporting friends, family and random riders. Just remember to be respectful of Colorado’s public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and volunteers in the area that are helping with crowd control. And, don’t forget your cowbell!

Location 1: Lunch Loops Trailhead…Please plan to park and hang out while cheering on riders as they drop into the first section of dirt early in the day OR descend Kurt’s Down trail late in the day just before they re-enter the pavement. Spectators are welcome to hike the other trails in the area, ride kids specific trails nearby and enjoy the jump park!

Riders will begin passing through this section around 2:20p on Friday, 7:45a on Saturday & 8:45a on Sunday.

Directions to Lunch Loops Trailhead from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders second pass by this location will begin at 3:20p on Friday, 10:30a on Saturday & 11:15a on Sunday.

Location 2: Little Park Trailhead is located up Little Park Rd, in addition to being the location of the first and last aid station all three days for participants, “LP TH” is nearly the center of the course and packed with riders passing through during the majority of the day.

Spectators can park here and walk to watch participants ride sections of Gunny trail both early and late in the day. This location can get a little rowdy…

Directions to Little Park Trailhead from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders will begin passing through this section at 2:45p on Friday, 8:15a on Saturday & 9:30a on Sunday.

Note: Remember this location is both a parking area and an aid station location, please drive cautiously and be prepared to yield to cyclists.

Location 3: Bangs Canyon staging area is located all the way up Little Park Rd. past LP TH and offers the massive panoramic views Grand Junction is most known for. In addition to big views, riders approaching this section of the course will have just finished ascending a 1-mile steep slab of slick rock. For the spectator, this is a prime opportunity to observe suffering at it’s finest while lending a cheer or two to keep riders going strong!

Directions to Bangs Canyon staging area from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders will begin passing through this section at 10a on Saturday & 10:30a on Sunday.

Spectators note: Please remember to be a good steward of the land when venturing into nature. Grand Junction’s public lands offer big views and unique cryptobiotic soil…please stay on the trail at all times. And remember, pack out what you pack in. Thank you!

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