Rider Support

Grand Pass

Grand Pass (noun): The Grand Pass is a list of riders who have finished within the 1st hour of the 1st place rider within the last 2 years of the Off-Road Series and Tour of the White Mountains. This is not based on category or gender, but based on distance. These riders will be placed in the front corral of the Grand Junction Off-Road.

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 4 Aid Stations on the course

• Stations #1 and #4 are the same location; the Little Park trailhead parking lot. 

• Aid station #2 is located at the intersection of Butterknife singletrack trail and 3rd Flats road and will be available for all the participants in the Saturday and Sunday events. 

• Aid station #3 is located at the bottom of the Rough Canyon descent (just before the 1 mile slick rock climb out) and is utilized by all 40 Grand riders.

• Aid stations are spaced roughly 8 – 12 miles apart.

Aid Station Fare

Each station is equipped Skratch Labs Hydration mix, CLIF products plus cookies, bananas, oranges and pickles.

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 Third Flats Aid Station at 10:30a will be re-routed along the 30 Grand course to the finish line and considered a DNF (did not finish). 30 Grand Backcountry participants arriving at Third Flats Aid Station after 11a 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.

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.

Parking

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

So you’re ready to do some cheering and support riders when they need it most? Great, choose either of the three locations below to do some hooting and hollering while supporting friends, family and random riders. Just remember to be respectful of Colorado’s public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and volunteers in the area that are helping with crowd control. And, don’t forget your cowbell!

Location 1: Lunch Loops Trailhead…Please plan to park and hang out while cheering on riders as they drop into the first section of dirt early in the day OR descend Kurt’s Down trail late in the day just before they re-enter the pavement. Spectators are welcome to hike the other trails in the area, ride kids specific trails nearby and enjoy the jump park!

Riders first pass by this location will begin passing through this section at 2:20p on Friday, 7:45a on Saturday & 8:45a on Sunday.

Directions to Lunch Loops Trailhead from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders second pass by this location will begin at 3:20p on Friday, 10:30a on Saturday & 11:15a on Sunday.

Location 2: Little Park Trailhead is located up Little Park Rd, in addition to being the location of the first and last aid station all three days for participants, “LP TH” is nearly the center of the course and packed with riders passing through during the majority of the day.

Spectators can park here and walk to watch participants ride sections of Gunny trail both early and late in the day. This location can get a little rowdy…

Directions to Little Park Trailhead from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders will begin passing through this section at 2:45p on Friday, 8:15a on Saturday & 9:30a on Sunday.

Note: Remember this location is both a parking area and an aid station location, please drive cautiously and be prepared to yield to cyclists.

Location 3: Bangs Canyon staging area is located all the way up Little Park Rd. past LP TH and offers the massive panoramic views Grand Junction is most known for. In addition to big views, riders approaching this section of the course will have just finished ascending a 1-mile steep slab of slick rock. For the spectator, this is a prime opportunity to observe suffering at it’s finest while lending a cheer or two to keep riders going strong!

Directions to Bangs Canyon staging area from Downtown Grand Junction

Riders will begin passing through this section at 10a on Saturday & 10:30a on Sunday.

Spectators note: Please remember to be a good steward of the land when venturing into nature. Grand Junction’s public lands offer big views and unique cryptobiotic soil…please stay on the trail at all times. And remember, pack out what you pack in. Thank you!

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