‘Grand Junction Off-Road’ Wraps Up in Downtown
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- All weekend long, downtown Grand Junction was home to the area’s first Grand Junction Off-Road bike race that had the entire city swarming with bicyclists.
“We brought it to Grand Junction because the community was so welcoming,” said Todd Sadow, event organizer and president of Epic Rides. “It meets the criteria: the quality of trails, quality of the community, the population and our ability to service the tax base by bringing people to the community.”
From beginners to pros, nearly 350 challengers cycled through town during three-days of riding in 15, 30 and 40 mile races.
“Over 90 percent of the event is from out of town,” said Sadow. “So it really brings a lot to the table above and beyond just a bunch of mountain bikers.”
But some riders, like Alexsis Skarda only had to walk out their front doors to participate in the race.
“For people to experience the trails here,” said Skarda, member of the Colorado Mesa University Cycling Team. “It was a good variation of what we have to offer with the technical rock sections and just the beautiful scenery.”
Event organizers say battling these tough courses is no small task, but even if racers didn't finish first, they still could walk away with some bragging rights.
“It’s also earning their rights to say they're a bonafide mountain biker, which is what we want people to say after they do any of our events,” said Sadow.
And anyone who has biked through some of Grand Junction’s trails knows exactly how proud these riders should be.
For a list of winners and more on the event: epicrides.com