Bike Events to Kick Off the Biking Season

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Tis the season for two-wheelers in Colorado. Yep, I’m talking about biking season. Get into gear May 18th to May 20th by attending one of the following bike events in three different corners of the state.

Grand Junction Off-Road and Bike & Gear Expo
Grand Junction, May 18th to May 20th
Grand Junction’s annual off-road, endurance mountain bike event offers a 15, 30, or 40-mile race, each of which consists of a carefully curated set of geologically mesmerizing trails.

Climb your way out of downtown and onto the Uncompahgre Plateau while connecting some of the area’s favorite technically challenging singletrack, double track, gravel roads, and paved segments of the world-famous Lunch Loops trail system.

A bonus? Grand Junction’s Downtown Music Festival occurs simultaneously, making it a great weekend for hitting the trails and taking in some great tunes.

Ride the Cog
Hayden, May 19th
Support the Hayden Heritage Center by participating in Ride the Cog. This museum fundraiser gives mountain and road bikers the opportunity to enjoy spectacular views on a challenging choice of rides that includes a 30-mile paved and gravel road ride, a 26-mile mountain bike ride, and a short family ride through town. Afterward, enjoy lunch and live music at the museum.

Ride the Pass
Aspen, May 19th
The Ride for the Pass is a recreational ride and road bike race up Highway 82 toward Independence Pass that allows riders to savor the beautiful Scenic Byway BEFORE it opens to cars for the season. Ride for the Pass benefits the Independence Pass Foundation’s restoration work and is followed by a party at the St. Regis featuring fantastic raffle prizes and giveaways.

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