The Grand Junction Off-Road was a must-attend, must-participate event for many mountain bike riders for seven years.
Then came the pandemic and the race and accompanying music, outdoor gear and apparel expo and downtown party was canceled for the past two years.
On Tuesday came bad and good news for the local mountain bike community.
Epic Rides, the Tucson-Arizona based mountain bike race organization, announced that the Grand Junction Off-Road would not return, saying it was permanently discontinued.
That was the bad news.
The good news, is that the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is working on a plan to keep the mountain bike event alive with its own races on May 20-22.
Ben Snyder, executive director of the sports commission, said in a news release that the event will return under local management with its own branding.“We have some of the best mountain biking in the country and we know that the cycling community is ready for an event like this to return,” Snyder said in the news release.Final details on the event are still being finalized, however, and race registration will open on Jan. 1.Ryan Cranston, owner Ruby Canyon Cycles in downtown Grand Junction, said Epic Ride’s decision is a big loss for Grand Junction. But he’s hopeful that the new event will be a success.“We’d love to see more cycling events as long as they are run well, that’s the key,” he said. “Epic Rides always did a great job, that’s a high bar they set.”Brian Flaherty, director of cycling and mountain […]