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Following are details for each route offered through the Grand Junction Off-Road backcountry mountain bike event.
Epic Rides recommends starting the event with a full hydration pack, two water bottles and sufficient food to fuel your body; each aid station is roughly 15 miles apart.
The Dreaded Cut-Off
Saturday: 40 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at Third Flats Aid Station after 11a will be re-routed.
30 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at the entrance to Twist & Shout after 1:30p will be re-routed.
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Grand Junction Off-Road - 15 Grand
Grand Junction Off-Road - 30 Grand
Grand Junction Off-Road - 40 Grand
15 Grand Fun Ride offers one aid station located at the Little Park Trailhead parking lot. This will be available on Friday Only*
The 30 Grand offers one aid station located upon exit of Butterknife singletrack trail onto Third Flats Rd. This is the 17 mile mark. Plan to restock fully at this aid station in order to sustain your nutrition and hydration needs until the finish. .
The 40 Grand offers two aid station locations. The first is located upon exit of Butterknife singletrack trail onto Third Flats Rd. This is the 17 mile mark. The second aid station is located in Rough Canyon. This is the 28 mile mark. Plan to restock fully at this aid station in order to sustain your nutrition and hydration needs until the finish.
Aid Station Fare
Each station will be equipped withV8 +Energy, cookies, oranges, pickles and Honey Stinger waffles.
If a rider prefers a different hydration mix or energy drink, we encourage them to bring their own and mix with the water provided on route.
Plan to start the event with a full hydration pack and plenty of food.
Cut-Off Times & DNFs
Friday: No cut-off
Saturday: 40 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at Third Flats Aid Station after 11a will be re-routed and considered a DNF (did not finish).Riders that are cut off, as a result, will receive a DNF, as will medical or mechanical failure.
30 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at the entrance to Twist & Shout after 1:30p will be re-routed. Re-routed riders will also receive 50% Off on the following years Grand Junction Off-Road registration as a start line redemption opportunity.
If a rider “DNF’s” they are expected to report to the Timing Tent to inform they are no longer on the course.
Sunday: No cut-off
Course Support - Hours of Operation
The 15 Grand Backcountry event is finished at 6:00p and the fat tire crits will be finished at 7:15p on Friday. The 30 & 40 Grand Backcountry events are finished at 4:00p on Saturday. The 40 Grand Backcountry Pro event is finished at 1:00p on Sunday. After each event day is finished, all course support will be closed.