Races & Rides

Bike Races

Rumble at 18 RoadApril 21-22, 2018 – NO 2017 Rumble @ 18 Road – It will be moving to a new venue location for better event experience.  This means more trail options, better access, and more fun!  Don’t miss rumblin’ at 18 Road in ’18! More info

18 Hours of FruitaMay 5-6, 2017 – REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2017 – One of the most beloved endurance events on the western slope. With a fast and fun singletrack lap located within the “posh environs” of Highline Lake State Park, with its green grass and warm showers, makes this a great race to kick off the season. More info

Desert RATS Classic100K Endurance Mountain Bike Race &  50K MTB RaceMay 13, 2017 – New this year! 100K Relay and the 50K will be a timed race! On the western slope of Colorado, the famous Kokopelli Trail winds its way through sagebrush, ledgy slickrock, winding double track, sandy washes, fast jeep trails and crosses the state line toward Moab, Utah. This trail is the site of the Desert RATS Classic. The 100 kilometer endurance mountain bike race is a challenging 61 miles test of stamina and includes the beatiful 13 mile Zion Curtain Loop Trail. This event is challenging and should not be taken lightly. While it is not designed for the casual rider, you can finish with focused and adequate training. More info

Grand Junction Off-RoadMay 19-21, 2017 – REGISTRATION OPENS JAN. 1, 2017. Featuring trails in the world class Lunch Loops trail system, Butterknife trail and more; the Grand’s 15, 30 & 40 mile courses start and finish on Main St. in downtown Grand Junction. With 3-days of festival, a massive industry expo and live music, this Epic Rides Off-Road Series event offers riders an authentic cross country mountain bike experience punctuated by the opportunity to be immersed in the mountain bike industry’s laid back vibe. More info

GELPRH (Gunny Enduro / Little Park Road Hillclimb)June 6-7, 2016 – Gunny Enduro will test your downhill mountain biking skills on the Gunny Loop trail against some of the best in the area.  Then the next day is the Little Park Road Hillclimb, which will test your climbing prowess against some of the best in the area!  You will be awarded each day separately, but those of you that do both, you will be crowned based on the best time combined (both genders) and labeled as MAD GELPRH for the year!  You may ride different bikes each day to achieve your best times. More info

CBB Sunday Scramble Race Series – July 30 – August 13 – August 27 – September 10, 2017 – In conjunction with the new lift-accessed downhill mountain biking trails at Powderhorn Resort, Colorado Backcountry Biker is sponsoring a 4 race downhill mountain biking series again this summer! More info

Organized Rides

Tour de BloomMay 18-21, 2017 – The 27th annual COPMOBA benefit ride on the world famous Kokopelli Trail. All proceeds support trail building, maintenance and trail advocacy in Western Colorado. More info

Tour of the Moon – September 30, 2017 – The Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie, American Flyers. Today, it continues to be considered one of the premier recreational rides in the western United States. The breathtaking, high desert scenery and beautiful roads make this an epic day of cycling. The 2016 ride will be limited to the first 2,000 registered participants. The ICON Eyecare Tour of the Moon will work in partnership to raise funds for the Colorado Riverfront Commission and Bicycle Colorado. More info

Running Races

Desert RATS Trail Running Festival April 14-16, 2017 – A weekend of fun and running on the beautiful trails near Fruita, Colorado. The weekend includes a pasta dinner, Trail Marathon, 50K and Double Marathon races on Saturday, awards party and 5 mile and half marathon races on Sunday. More info
Best Trail Festival– Runner’s World Magazine   |   One of the world’s most scenic half marathons– Active.com

Rabbit Valley Half-MarathonMay 13, 2017 – First annual! A fun, rugged, desert half marathon run as an out and back mostly on the Kokopelli Trail. With short steep climbs, rock gardens and sand traps runners will enjoy 13.1 miles of gorgeous early season desert. More info

Desert RATS Multi-day FootraceJune 18-24, 2017 – Unique beauty, amazing wildlife and profound solitude – all the elements of true adventure – reward racers willing to brave the strenuous Desert RATS journey. Vast landscape and ancient obstacles combine to create the rugged and stunning beauty of the Kokopelli Trail. Desert RATS is more than just a race. It is not only a journey through true backcountry desert but within yourself.  While some will race, most are there to test their mental and physical limits. The race is about the experience, pushing yourself and making friends along the way. More info

Rim Rock MarathonNovember 4, 2017 – One of the most scenic marathons in the world. Winding over the Colorado National Monument from Grand Junction to Fruita, Colorado, this race boasts scenery like none other. Enjoy the peaceful course featuring views of towering monoliths, vast plateaus and canyon panoramas. You can experience sheer-walled, red rock canyons along the twists and turns of the course. More info