Rider Support

This list will be added to on occasion. Please remember to check back for updates.

Rider Categories

15 Grand Fun Ridebut a challenge too 30 Grand – Male & Female 40 Grand – Male & Female
30 Grand Jr. (18yrs & Under) 40 Grand Jr. (18yrs & Under)
30 Grand Singlespeed 40 Grand Singlespeed
30 Grand Open (19-44yrs) 40 Grand Open (19-44yrs)
30 Grand Master (45-59yrs) 40 Grand Master (45-59yrs)
30 Grand Distinguished (60yrs+) 40 Grand Distinguished (60yrs+)

Packet Pickup

Amateur: Friday, 12pm – 9pm, Main St.
Pro: Friday, 3pm – 4pm, Springhill Suites, Main Street Conference Room
Rider must present a government issued ID to receive a packet

Mandatory Pre-ride Meeting, 30- & 40-Grand

Amateur: Friday, 8:00p, Underneath Start line on Main St.

This meeting is when Epic Rides briefs the group on important course & event updates/changes for the following day’s activities. In essence, this is a safety meeting.

Aid Station Locations

There are 5 Aid Stations on the course

• Stations #1 and #5 are the same location; the Little Park trailhead parking lot. 

Aid station #2 is located at the intersection of Butterknife singletrack trail and Windmill road and will be available for all the participants of the Saturday and Sunday events. 

Aid stations #3 and #4 are located at the bottom of the Rough Canyon descent (just before the 1 mile slick rock climb out) and at the top of the Rough Canyon climb accordingly, each are utilized by all 40 Grand riders.

Aid stations are spaced roughly 8 – 12 miles apart, w/ exception to stations #3 & #4.

Aid Station Fare

Each station is equipped with bagels, donuts, cookies, bananas, oranges and pickles.

Hydration mix(s), gels & bars will be provided by event nutrition partner(s) and announced through pre-event communications.

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.

Start of Event

Plan to start the event with a full tank of water and plenty of food. These are items the rider should plan to provide for the start of the event through the first Aid Station.

Start of Event

Each Epic Rides Off-Road Series event features a corral format start line with individual staging areas labeled from “fastest” to “just want to finish”. To line-up in the front row riders will need to qualify for a Fast Pass. A Fast Pass can be earned by finishing within one hour of the fastest finisher in a prior Off-Road Series event. Each corral after the front/fastest group is open to riders based on the honor system.

The Fast Pass is distributed with rider number plates during Packet Pickup.

Cut-Off Times

Saturday: 40 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at Aid Station #2 after 12:00p will be re-routed along the 30 Grand course to the finish line and considered a DNF (did not finish). 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.

Course Support – Hours of Operation

The 15 Grand Backcountry event is finished at 6:00p and the fat tire crit 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.


Grand Junction Off-Road event weekend has been designed so that all participants are able to arrive to town on Friday, park their car and put away the keys until they are ready to depart toward home Sunday afternoon.

Out of respect for local establishments in the downtown area, we encourage all attendees to park in designated parking areas so as to not inadvertently fill up parking spots that are needed for local area patrons unaffiliated with the event. The parking structure located one block north of Main St. is for event attendees (near Bin 707 Food Bar, too).

Spectator Directions

Words don’t do justice to the amount of support a cheering fan can provide simply through being trailside and clapping or offering encouragement for a rider.

Epic Rides will identify key areas on the course that provide fun viewing for spectators as well as helpful presence for the riders when they need it most. This information will be shared through the Grand Junction Off-Road Facebook page plus posted here prior to event weekend. Please stay tuned…

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