Hitting the trail

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Amateur riders climb a hill along Lunch Loop during the 40 Grand race of the Grand Junction Off-Road.


Competitors in the 40 Grand off-road race climb a hill along the Tabeguache Trail in the half-light of dawn this morning.

More than 300 amateur riders competed in the 40 Grand and 30 Grand races during today’s events in the Grand Junction Off-Road. Sunday’s events will feature 40 Grand races for professional men and women riders.

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