2014 Calendar of Bike Events
March 8-11 — Moab Skinny Tire Festival
Routes through the famous landscapes of Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. The ride benefits cancer survivorship organizations.
Register info: skinnytireevents.com
April 18-20 – Maverick Classic
Join more than 300 cyclists for the 3rd annual Maverick Classic; this event is the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference Championship and features four stage races open to the public.The weekend’s event includes a criterium in Fruita (a team and individual time trial), a criterium in Grand Junction, and finally a road race in Palisade.
Collegiate riders may compete in the Fruita Team Time Trial, Grand Junction Criterium, and Palisade Road Race. Open-class riders are eligable for all four stages.
April 24-27 – Fruita Fat Tire Festival
Now in its 19th year, the U.S. Bank Fruita Fat Tire Festival draws mountain bikers from around the globe to Fruita. Live music, rides, product demos, a beer tent, a Clunker Hunt to support COPMOBA, pancake breakfast and more. Online: fruitamountainbike.com
May 2-3 – 10th annual 18 Hours of Fruita
One of the most loved endurance events in the West. Course is a 6+ mile loop. Race starts at midnight Friday night. Event takes place at Highline Lake State Park near Fruita. Registration is full.
May 4 – The 18th Annual
Rose Hill Rally
Family friendly bike ride through the scenic farm country around Grand Junction and Fruita. Proceeds benefit Rose Hill Hospitality House, a guesthouse accommodation for St. Mary’s Hospital’s out-of-town patients and their families. Riders have a choice of routes: 50 kilometers (31 miles) or 100 kilometers (62 miles.) The entry fee $35 (for adults with t-shirt, $30 without) and $20 for children 12 and under includes a rider’s breakfast, a hot lunch, rest stops with snacks and drinks, prizes (must be present to win), minor bike maintenance and more. Walk Up Registration the day of the event additional $5 (No t-shirt.) Start time is between 7 and 9 a.m. at Canyon View Park (24 Road and I-70, Grand Junction, CO) and is fully supported until 2 p.m. Register online at: stmarygj.org or call (970) 242-5940 with questions or for alternate registration.
May 16-18 – HITS Triathlon Series
The HITS Triathlon Series includes five separate triathlon distance races.
There is the full triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run), half (1.2 swim, 56 bike, 13.1 run), sprint (750-meter swim, 12.4-mile bike, 3.1-mile run), Olympic (1,500-meter swim, 24.8-mile bike, 6.2-mile run) and open (100-meter swim, 3-mile bike, 1-mile run).
Registration is open online at hitstriathlonseries.com.
May 17 — Leroica Historic Race
A Grand Junction-to-Glenwood Springs throwback bike race. Cyclists will pedal their way from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs on a route featuring 90 miles of pavement and 12 miles of dirt that rolls through Palisade, Plateau City, Collbran, Silt, New Castle and Glenwood Springs. Race founder Chris Brown, owner of Brown Cycles in Grand Junction, created the race inspired by a Roaring Fork Valley vs. Grand Valley cycling showdown that took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
You must be 18 or older to ride but friends and family are encouraged to participate.
L’ Eroica is no ordinary race, it is a competition. Points will be awarded for authenticity based on the technology of the bike and the attire worn. Go to http://www.browncycles.com/leroica.htm to find the route map, point card and details.
May 24-25 – Original Growler, Gunnison
64-mile and 32-mile mountain biking competitions. Go to http://www.gunnisontrails.com registration (entires are limited) spectator information or participating in the Gunnison Growler Mouintain Bike Series during the spring, summer and fall.
May 24-26 – Iron Horse Bicycle Classic, Durango
Racing the coal-fired steam train from Durango to Silverton for 39 years has made this truly one of America’s “classic” bicycle races. This stretch of the San Juan Skyway has grueling climbs and spine tingling descents that test the legs, lungs and stamina of every rider. A full weekend of events, including road races, live music and a bike swap. The Durango to Silverton race is sold out, but spectators are always welcome.
Online: www. ironhorsebicycleclassic.com.
June 14 – Highline Hustle Sprint Triathlon
This event includes a 500 meter swim in Highline Lake, a 16 mile bike road race, and a three mile trail run. Register online at http://www.gjcity.org. Call (970)254-3866.
June 25-29 – Crested Butte Bike Week
Crested Butte and Mt. Crested Butte are the proud hosts of the world’s oldest mountain bike festival. Beer, bikes and bands. Events include the Fat Tire 40 endurance race, the Mountain States Cup Wildflower Rush, and the Chainless World Championships. For information, contact the Crested Butte-Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce at (800) 545-4505.
July 26 – Aspen/Snowmass Ride For the Cure
A fundraiser first, a bike ride second. Routes go through Snowmass Village, Aspen, Woody Creek and Old Snowmass. Each rider commits to raising $100. 100k and 100-mile routes; fully supported ride. Info: http://www.komencolorado.org.
Aug. 18-19 – 2014 USA Pro Challenge Stage 1 at Aspen/Snowmass
“America’s Race” kicks off in Aspen and snakes it way across the state in seven stages. Info: usaprocyclingchallenge.com
Aug. 29-31 (Labor Day Weekend) — The 2nd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road mountain bike event presented by Epic Rides
Downtown Grand Junction. For the second time, the Grand Valley plays host to the ultimate mountain bike weekend in Colorado. The event will take riders from the heart of downtown Grand Junction and up through some of the most technically challenging and visually stunning landscapes in mountain biking. World-renowned trails of the Tabeguache trail system are the course for the event that takes participants up strenuous climbs, flowing singletrack descents, over technical slickrock and across the desert landscape of the Grand Valley. Weekend features a concert and an outdoor expo with product demos. Register at http://www.EpicRides.com.
Sept. 6 – The 26th Annual Tour of the Valley
Choose a 30-, 50-, 75- or 100-mile ride. The century ride goes over the Colorado National Monument. Pre-ride breakfasts, post-ride celebration and more. Community Hospital sponsors the event as a community wellness event for the whole family. Registration opens in mid April: Register at http://www.yourcommunityhospital.com.
Sept. 20 – 21st Annual Tour de Vineyards
A 25-mile bicycle tour through the wine country and orchards of the Palisade area. Registration is available only through Event Marketing Group. Register: http://www.emgcolorado.com or call (303) 635-2815. A separate ticket is required to attend the Festival in the Park during the Colorado Mountain Winefest.
Sept. 20 – 11th Annual Mountains to the Desert Bike Ride & Telluride 200
Introducing the Telluride 200 — a brand new option for ultra-cyclists! From the high mountains of Telluride, descend along the extraordinarily scenic Unaweep-Tabeguache Byway to beautiful Gateway, Colo. This sell-out, fully-supported, boutique ride now offers distances ranging from 70 to 200 miles. Fundraising benefits the Just for Kids Foundation. Info: m2dbikeride.com
Sept. 20 – Moab Century Tour
An annual fundraiser to benefit cancer survivorship programs. Route rises from the sculptured canyons of the Colorado River into the La Sal Mountains, descending back into the red rock canyons. Rider check-in at Aarchway Inn. Four routes ranging from 40 to 105 miles. Info: skinnytireevents.com
September 2014 – CMU Maverick Cycling Mountain Bike Weekend
Another exciting race weekend takes place over two days with the date and location to be determined. Past races have been at The Little Park Road Trailhead, downhill racing at The Ranch in Glade Park and Conference Championships in the Fruita desert.