Grand Junction Welcomes 30th Anniversary Ride the Rockies June 13-15, 2015
For the 6th time, Colorado’s great road cycling event, Ride the Rockies, returns to Grand Junction and surrounding communities as the start city in 2015. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, this ride represents a remarkable tradition to the cycling community. Approximately 2,000 riders and their friends and families begin to arrive at Colorado Mesa University on Saturday, June 13, and departs the Grand Valley on Monday, June 15.
Local cyclists and motorists should take note of the routes so that they can plan accordingly. The event travels over the Colorado National Monument, into Fruita and returns to Grand Junction on Sunday, June 14. On Monday, June 15, cyclists depart the Grand Valley traveling east over the Grand Mesa towards Hotchkiss for the official start of the state-wide tour. New this year, the Ride the Rockies route will include the Colorado Riverfront Trail from the Los Colonias section to where it becomes 33 1/2 Road, on Monday morning; daily users of the trail will be impacted between the hours of 6am to 9am. The only road closure that will take place is Sunday, June 14 on Main Street between 3rd and 4th streets, during the hours of 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. to allow for the Downtown Grand Junction festival with live music, food, beer and wine garden, and more.
The Grand Junction Police Department is encouraging everyone to Share the Road on Sunday and Monday mornings as traffic will be impacted by this event. All cyclists and motorists will be expected to follow the rules of the road unless directed to do otherwise by a police employee.