"Grand Junction Off-Road" bike race comes to town Labor Day weekend

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) --- The Grand Junction Off-Road bike race is scheduled to come to the area for Labor Day weekend.

Epic Rides wanted to use the Monument as a new destination to bring a unique style of off-road racing to athletes.

"We've got very unique terrain in the Grand Junction trail system," Dave Grossman, event manager and trail designer said. "It's more technical than in Fruita which is a world-renown area. It's got more rocks, more terrain changes. It goes from steeps to flats to downhills very quickly."
Races of 15 and 30 miles will run for beginner and intermediate riders, while there's a 40 mile race for advanced riders that will begin at the Lunch Loop trail system.

There are also other cycling races, including a closed-circuit criterium race downtown.

"The Grand Junction Off-Road is an event to help the community develop a new economy based on trails," Grossman said. "This event is going to attract a whole bunch of people from across the country and around the world to come and ride our amazing natural assets. From that, we can generate a lot of revenue for the community, so it's a real big benefit for everybody."

The event will run from August 30 through September 1st with several races and festival-style events happening the entire weekend, including a free concert downtown.

You can still register to race at epicrides.com, but they're limiting the entries to 600.

The event staff is also looking for volunteers to assist.

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