Cyclists set for events in Moab, Palisade

Thousands of cyclists are expected to join cycling icon Bob Roll this weekend for the Moab Century Tour.

Roll is a retired professional bicyclist and a current color commentator on VERSUS, a cable television station.

The event begins with a warm-up ride Friday, the 100-mile ride Saturday and a cool-down ride Sunday. The ride includes four routes for cyclists, the 65-mile ‘Big Nasty,’ the 100-mile ‘Ultimate,’ the

42-mile cruise or the 72-mile rolling classic.

Registration is $85 per person. Registration is free with the recruitment of three other riders.

Cyclists can register at through today.

The event is closed at 1,000 riders to ensure a quality experience.

The Big Nasty and Ultimate courses take cyclists along the Colorado River and on a 3,000-foot elevation climb into the La Sal Mountains before descending into the red rock canyons.

The tour is fully supported with sag wagons, bicycle mechanics and aid stations.

More information is available at

Cyclists can stay close to home Saturday for the 16th annual Tour de Vineyards, part of the Colorado Mountain Winefest.

The 25-mile ride begins at Peach Bowl Park in Palisade between 7 and 8 a.m. All riders must begin no later than 8 a.m. to avoid winefest traffic. The course closes at 11:30 a.m.

Registration fee for the Tour de Vineyards is $40, which includes a T-shirt and post-ride pasta salad brunch. Event-day registration is $50.

Online registration is closed, but riders can register in person Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at Palisade High School (cash or check only). Packets can be picked up at that time.


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