Grand Mesa Grind showcases Palisade biking possibilities
With a climb of 4,800 feet over 35 miles, the mountain bike race heads up the base of Grand Mesa, into desert, and then over Horse Mountain.
So, like a news release for the Grand Mesa Grind says: “Think you’re tough?”
The Grand Mesa Grind begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, starting and ending at Rapid Creek Cycles, 237 Main St. in Palisade.
Race director Rondo Buecheler expects the winner to arrive about 10:30 a.m., with about 90 percent of the estimated 100 participants finishing between 11 a.m. and noon.
And the goal of the ride through rocks and desert is to showcase mountain biking possibilities in Palisade, said Buecheler, co-owner of Rapid Creek Cycles.
“The goal is to get the word out nationwide that the valley has a lot to offer,” Buecheler said.
The event offers families a chance to ride the Fruit and Wine Byway. There will be a 25-mile ride over East Orchard Mesa and a seven-mile, intermediate ride that passes seven wineries. Both are on pavement.
While some ride the Grind, other families with kids can take the tour.
Rapid Creek Cycles also will rent out bikes for $40 a day.
“We rent any bike known to man,” Buecheler said.
Riders also can register at Palisade’s Town Center Plaza.
A barbecue and awards presentation will follow the race at the Palisade Brewing Company, 200 Peach Ave.
“Bike touring of the area is gaining national recognition as evidenced by articles in the New York Times, Sunset Magazine, USA Today and the Denver Post,” Buecheler said in the news release. “We invite you to discover why cycling through the Palisade area is so special.”