Epic Rides to Host Grand Junction Off-Road Bike Event
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - It's no secret that some of the best mountain biking is right on the Western Slope, but now for the first time ever, Epic Rides is holding an off-road biking event in Grand Junction.
Hundreds of bikers flock to Arizona every year to take part in Epic Ride's Whiskey Off-Road event, now a similar event will be held in Grand Junction on Labor Day weekend.
"This is the inaugural year and we're hoping to do this event for the next five or 10 years," said Dave Grossman, the event manager.
The date is set for the Grand Junction Off-Road, a three day event that ends with an endurance race for a $20,000 cash purse.
"The start and finish line is right on Main Street, they ride up Monument Road right here to the Lunch Loop parking lot, into the Lunch Loop's trail system. They're going to ride a lot of the trails up here in the Bangs Canyon staging area, come racing back down Monument Road and end on the streets of downtown Grand Junction," said Grossman.
"Anytime that you can put bikers in the Western Slope, Grand Junction area it's great, when they're downtown in front of your store, that's even better," said Chris Brown, owner of Brown Cycles.
Organizers say they expect the event to boost the local economy.
Brown says local businesses thrive during event weekends, but more than that, it give them the chance to make long term customers.
"It's all about the exposure and so you have a lot of people coming and going and you make a few bucks, but it's what it does too for the next week and three months and six months later," said Brown.
The Grand Junction Off-Road is set for August 30- September 1 and it's limited to 600 bikers.
Registration will open on March 16. If you're interested in registering, visit www.EpicRides.com