GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - The Director of the National Park Service announced Monday their decision to deny a request by the Quiznos Pro Challenge commercial bike race to hold a stage of it on Colorado National Monument in 2012.
"Closing the park to accommodate the needs of a commercial bike race goes against our management policies, would adversely impact park resources, and would deny access to the park and other visitors," says NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in a press release.
Jarvis also states, "Federal law and NPS policy restrict commercial activities in national parks to those that are 'necessary and appropriate' to park purposes. This bike race is neither necessary nor appropriate in the park. Superintendent Anzelmo made the right call."
Jarvis says he made the decision after being briefed on a meeting among race organizers, local supporters, Park Superintendent Joan Anzelmo, and NPS Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels in Grand Junction on Friday and following consultation with officials of the U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington.
John Hopkins, a co-chair of the Quiznos Pro Challenge Grand Junction local organizing committee tells 11 News the group is "obviously disappointed" in the decision and felt that their latest proposal addressed the concerns park staff had. He says the committee now needs to get back together and figure out what their next step is.