Tour of the Moon draws more than 1,800 cyclists

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- More than 1,800 cyclists took their tires to the pavement of the Colorado National Monument today.

It was all part of the first-ever Tour of the Moon bike ride.The ride took cyclists from the east entrance of the Monument in Grand Junction and through the west entrance in Fruita. Bikers could choose a 41-mile track or the full 62-mile circuit.

Colorado National Monument officials say the tour has attracted many out-of-towners, 80 percent of those experiencing Grand Junction for the first time.

"We’ve heard a lot of great stories, a lot of wow, just the wow factor of everything that they've seen today. They've had time to spend in our visitor’s center, and we've had rangers at a lot of our overlooks, so a lot of really happy people here today," said Michelle Wheatley of the Colorado National Monument.

Event officials say riders traveled from more than 30 different states to participate in today's event. The Tour of the Moon benefits the Colorado Riverfront Commission and Bicycle Colorado. Cyclists wrapped up the tour with a celebration luncheon afterwards at Two Rivers Convention Center.

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