The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission (GGJSC) in Colorado and Epic Rides have signed a multi-year contract, guaranteeing that Grand Junction will host Epic Rides events, specifically the Grand Junction Off-Road, in 2020 and 2021.
The Sports Commission and Epic Rides have come to an agreement that ‘best suits the community and the future of this partnership’. The 2020 event will move to the fifth weekend of May, on May 29-31; and the 2021 event will move back to the third weekend of the month, May 14-16, 2021.
The Grand Junction Off-Road has been calling the Grand Junction trails home for the past seven years. Each edition of the event will offer Pro Criterium and Backcountry events with a US$32,000 pro purse as well as the 15, 30 & 40 Grand Amateur Backcountry events (1 Grand = 1 mile).
“We are thrilled to continue this partnership with Epic Rides and are excited to host an established event that allows us to continue to enrich the Grand Valley as a mountain biking destination,” said GGJSC Executive Director Renee Wheelock.
“The community loves this race and we look forward to welcoming the Epic Rides crew and hundreds of competitors back for another two years.”
Epic Rides notes that the ‘Grand” has a 95% finish rate and is ‘famous for testing riders’ abilities in the rocky terrain that Grand Junction has to showcase.’
“Starting at 250 registrants in 2013 and anticipating over 1,000 in 2020, we’ve enjoyed building the Grand Junction Off-Road on a parallel trajectory to Grand Junction’s outdoors economy,” said Todd Sadow, Epic Rides President.
“The outdoor enthusiast community in Grand Junction is one-of-a-kind. The activities they have access to just outside of downtown make it a great place to visit, and we’re proud to show it off to the region’s mountain bikers each May.”