The 20th annual “Ride the Rockies” bicycle tour will kick off in Grand Junction this June. It's the first time the Grand Valley has seen the well–known bike ride since 1995. Visitor and Convention Bureau representatives say the event will bring approximately 3,000 people into the area for 2 1/2 days, generating $350–$500,000 in local income.
Grand Junction's hotels are expected to fill up quickly as riders make their plans for June, but an additional 7–800 people will camp out at Grand Junction High School, the event's local headquarters.
Registration for the tour takes place on Saturday, June 18TH. Riders will tackle the Colorado National Monument the next day, then leave the valley for the Grand Mesa on Monday. The ride will end in Breckenridge, for a total of 405 miles and seven days of beautiful, yet grueling road biking.
Riders and their support teams bring much of what they need with them, but they'll be counting on Grand Valley businesses, governments, law enforcement, and volunteers to provide some necessary food and services.
City council members have yet to see an official estimate of the cost to Grand Junction, but tourism officials say the event will bring significantly more money into the local economy than it will cost.
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