Recent rain doesn't slow down set up for bike race and music festival

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT) Prepare for hundreds of bikers, and thousands of spectators this weekend in Grand Junction.

The Grand Junction Off Road and Four Peaks Music Festival will be going on in the downtown area.

The city received a good amount of rain this week but organizers are not concerned about the conditions of the trails. They're setting up on the trails to get them ready.

"There is a little bit of luck that goes into having an outdoor event," said Todd Satow, who is the President of Epic Rides.

Downtown Grand Junction is going to see a lot of action with the music festival.

Allison Blevins, director of Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District, said, "It is fun we use the hashtag, #StreetPartyGJ and it's because it's a party and it's so fun."

There was some concern about what the trails would be like for the riders because of all the rain.

Michael Charnick, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction said, "This past week or so we've had a couple of larger events and more notable events."

On Wednesday alone, nearly a third of an inch of rain fell and that's around half of the total amount of rain this entire month.

"So we have increased our rainfall total a lot recently," said Charnick.

But that rain will not put a damper on the races.

"The rain that came through the past 24 hours is not that substantial, it is just the perfect rain," said Satow.

Perfect rain will lead to possibly the best conditions Grand Junction Off Road has seen.

"We'll set up the dirt to be nice and packed down, give the bikes better traction and riders better traction for when they're cornering or climbing up hills," Satow said.

Downtown is set to be a busy and fun place. There are 750 bikers registered, which is a new record and organiers expect around three thousand people to be soaking it all in.

The Four Peaks downtown music festival will offer free food during a food truck happy half hour starting at 5:30 Saturday Evening. It will happen just before headliner Infamous Stringduster's takes the stage.

Another big part about this weekend's event, it is the first ever Colorado Public Lands day. Governor John Hickenlooper will be here in Grand Junction to celebrate this event.



 
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