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MEMORIES FOREVER YOURS.

June 1-2, 2019

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DO YOU HAVE THE ROCKS?

UNFORGETTABLE TERRAIN.

REMARKABLE SCENERY.

MEMORIES FOREVER YOURS.

June 1-2, 2019

COURSE INFO


COURSE INFO


COURSE INFO

The Grand Enduro will challenge you on three demanding stages in and around Grand Junction's Lunch Loops trail system. For those unfamiliar, the nature of these trails is very technical and require expert handling skills as well as solid fitness.

What to expect:

  • Chunky, desert terrain that's hard on body and equipment - bring sturdy tires and spare tubes!

  • Stages will lose significant elevation, but lack sustained steeps - be ready to pedal! However, this is no XC race, so bring your well equipped all-mountain bike. You'll hate it on some of the punchy, short climbs but wish you were on an even bigger bike at some points!

  • All stages feature at least a few "moves" - sections of trail that are particularly precarious. Where possible we'll have go-arounds, however these will generally cost you time! Pre-riding all stages is definitely recommended and required for stages 1 and 3.

  • 25-40 minutes of racing over 7.2 miles of trail. 2.5-4 hours of total ride time covering ~23 miles.

STAGE DETAILS

PROLOGUE: WAVER ROCK > PUCKER UP > RAVEN RIDGE > CURT’S DOWN

Riders will be seeded based on Saturday’s Prologue race, which will take place on the last 2 miles of Stage 3. You will start at the Waver Rock, just below Widow Maker, and head straight to Pucker Up. After you complete Pucker Up, you’ll head straight across the saddle up Raven Ridge rather than down Moto as the first two years had been. You’ll be challenged to navigate through a short technical climb as you enter Raven Ridge. Then it’s mostly downhill with a couple of relatively smooth rolling climbs before you bomb down Curt’s Down into Curt’s Lane. Finish line is right at the wash area.

Be sure to pump the brakes on your adrenaline through this as you’ll need some of this for the next day. Stay smooth and safe! Riders will be seeded based on their times in this stage. We will start fastest riders first and progress to the slower times to minimize passing which may provide a safer racing environment and enhance your experience during the event.

UPDATED STRAVA SEGMENT LINK >> COMING TO YOU SOON

STAGE 1: THE RIBBON, 2.1 miles, estimated time 8-12 minutes

A Grand Valley classic and one of the few "shuttle-able" local trails. We're so stoked we were able to secure the permits to take you down this legendary route. You'll start on an otherworldly, humongous slab of rock and be hitting speeds in excess of 30mph in a matter of seconds. Riders who aren't racing generally take their time on this section and carve the lunar-like landscape, but the clock is running on you! You need to get off that rock and onto the singletrack as soon as possible! We'll have it heavily taped, but pay particular attention during practice for landmarks that'll help you navigate the correct route - a missed turn or off-course excursion up here could at best cost you loads of time and at worst send you plummeting off a cliff!

Shortly into stage one you'll be at your first true challenge, the section known as the Toilet Bowl (pictured above). Make sure you smile for the cameras as this will be one of only a few easily accessed spectator and media locations of the race. Don't let those hecklers goad you into riding over your head though!

Further down you'll hit warp speed in the section known as the Wine Glass. Keep your fingers covering the brakes, but stay off them and get tucked if you want a chance at taking home the top spot in the High Speed Challenge. We'll have a radar gun on site and a sweet prize for the riders in each category hitting the highest digits. Fast locals have been clocked at right around 50mph here, so it's no joke.

Up next is the part you'll probably want to puke in/after. You've a got a few minutes of slow, technical, and loose traversing and one gut-buster of a climb before the final descent to the finish line. Sorry about that.

We'll have the finish line at the second wash crossing, saving you a lot of flat pedaling through a wash and us from too much carnage at Hospital Hill.

STRAVA SEGMENT LINK

TRANSFER 1-2

A bit of a climb awaits you following stage 1. You'll be finishing wayyyy down in a wash and need to grunt your way back up to Little Park Road and over to Gunny Loop.

STAGE 2: GUNNY LOOP, 2.1 miles, 8-12 minutes

A local's favorite and considered by many to be the best descent in the valley, Gunny Loop serves up copious amounts adrenaline pumping and grin-inducing singletrack. Used previously for the Gunny Enduro, this trail has all the key ingredients of killer stage: high speeds, technical maneuvers, and, if you get it right, flow. We've cutout the short, but brutally steep climb towards the end of the usual Gunny Enduro course and ended our stage just before that. There will still be plenty of pedaling, but we didn't want to give the edge to the fitness junkies!

STRAVA SEGMENT LINK

TRANSFER 2-3

For this transfer, you'll finish out Gunny Loop and then choose your own route to the top of the Lunch Loop trail system for stage 3, kicking off with Free Lunch. You'll have a few options here: up Little Park Road via pavement or through a few of the mid-system trails in the Lunch Loop network. If you opt for trails, we'd suggest Holy Bucket, to Clunker, to the final climb out of Holy Cross, over to Coyote Ridge, up High Noon, up the Tabeguache doubletrack, and finally, Prenup. Sounds like a lot, but that's only because we like to name every 100 yard section of trail out here in GJ! For a map of the system check out our local advocacy group's (COPMOBA) website. We'll have an aid station on Little Park Road hooking you up with food and beverage before you grind up the last part of the transfer (Lunch Line) to the final stage.

*REVISED 2019!!* STAGE 3 (FINAL STAGE): FREE LUNCH > PUCKER-UP > RAVEN RIDGE > CURT’S DOWN, 3 miles, 9-14 minutes

We're throwing you right into it on stage 3, beginning on Free Lunch, the first BLM-sanctioned freeride trail in the nation. The trail features several "play areas" with multiple line choices, so pre-riding is not only recommended, but required. There aren't any Rampage-worthy lines on the trail, but there are a few mandatory and un-rollable drops on the "A" lines.

Following Free Lunch, you'll descend down the Widow Maker, past Wafer Rock, and onto Pucker-Up. Pucker-Up is littered with jumps and a few drops, again, nothing too crazy, but it's definitely worth picking and practicing your lines at race pace so you don't get in over your head.

2019 will see a longer course than the previous years, extending by 1 mile. The final section of the stage 3 is a rolling section over Raven Ridge through Curt’s Lane onto Curt’s Down right to the Lunch Loop trailhead. Finish line is near the wash - no worries, you won’t have to ride up that steep hill entering the north end of the parking lot, we’re not that mean ;) We wanted to provide an exciting finish with more shade options and entertainment.

UPDATED STRAVA SEGMENT LINK >> COMING TO YOU SOON

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SCHEDULE


Now the plan for the Grand-est weekend of your summer!

SCHEDULE


Now the plan for the Grand-est weekend of your summer!

SCHEDULE

SUBJECT TO CHANGE - PLEASE CHECK IN 6/1 RACER MEETING FOR FINAL DETAILS

Friday 5/31

8:00am - 5:00pm : Course pre-ride available at your own risk - not all markings will be in place & no medical monitoring will be available! 

Sun sets @ 8:30pm - we encourage you to start no later than 5pm for pre-ride!

5:00pm - 8:00pm: Packet pick up / Registration @ Bicycle Outfitters.

Saturday 6/1

8:00am - 3:00pm: Course open for pre-ride

9:00am - 12:00pm: Packet pick up @ Bicycle Outfitters

Time is needed to finalize the time slots for the next day.

4:00pm: Grand Enduro Prologue (Amateur categories first 4-5pm, Pros 5:30pm)

5:00pm: Live music starts @ Handlebar Tap House, by Zac Grant Trio. Leading up to racer's meeting as you wait for your seeding positions!

7:00pm: Racer meeting @ Handlebar Tap House - get your start time slots. Prologue results posted

You must attend racer's meeting to get your assigned start time!

8:00pm: Another set of live music @ Handlebar Tap House, by Jack + Jill

Sunday 6/2: Race day!

7:15am: Load shuttles @ Handlebar Tap House (parking by Nate Porter Homes office)

7:30am: Shuttles begin from Handlebar Tap House

8:30am: Pros MANDATORY check-in @ Handlebar Tap House

*Suggested time for mandatory pedal transfer to Stage 1 (Pros only)*

9:00am: Begin Amateur / Master / Junior riders @ 30 - 1 minute second stagger starts.

Seeded by Prologue results at Stage 1. Then thereafter, first come, first serve for stages 2 and 3. 1 minute intervals.

2:00pm: Live music @ Handlebar Tap House by Union of None

4:00pm: Volunteer thank you ceremony - raffle and high-fives giveaway!

5:00pm (approx.): Awards / ceremony time @ Handlebar Tap House