Outside magazine conducts bike tests in Grand Junction

A mountain biker descends the Lunch Loop Trail at the Tabeguache trail head in Grand Junction.

Grand Junction's cycling scene is about to receive some new recognition from a national publication.

Outside magazine conducted its 2019 bike tests in Grand Junction over a 10-day period last fall. The bike tests consist of professional cyclists trying out various new lines of road and mountain bikes.

The Grand Junction Economic Partnership recruited the organizers for the magazine to try Grand Junction this year.

"It was awesome, I hope they come back next year," said partnership Executive Director Robin Brown.

In a behind-the-scenes video of the bike test, Outside magazine bike test Director Aaron Gulley said his group rode in areas such as the Lunch Loop trails and the road over Colorado National Monument.

He said in the video that the riding in Grand Junction is as good as in Fruita and Moab, Utah, if not better.

"The riding has been superb," Gulley said in the video. "Maybe some of the best riding we've ever done on the bike test."

The online issue with the bike test reviews should be out May 1, Brown said. The video can be seen at outsideonline.com. The video also thanks the Grand Junction Economic Partnership in the credits at the end of the two-minute segment.

The crew conducted the past two bike tests in Tucson, Arizona, Brown said. She added that when bike rack manufacturer RockyMounts announced last year that it would move from Boulder to Grand Junction, it caught the magazine's attention.

Brown said the tests are great publicity for the community.

"It's really good exposure," she said.

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