Considered one of the premier recreational rides in the western United States
About The Ride
Join us for the ICON Eyecare TOUR of the MOON, Grand Cycling Classic, on September 30, 2017 in Grand Junction / Colorado National Monument (a unit of the National Park System).
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 2017 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.
Colorado is full of classic road bike rides. Many of them involve difficult mountain passes and extreme altitude.
The Colorado National Monument ride is different. Located on the northeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau on the far western side of the state, Colorado National Monument offers two-wheeled visitors endless vistas of dramatic red rock canyons and monoliths, pinyon-juniper forests, three seasons of wildflowers and a symphony of canyon wrens on most any given day.
For eight glorious years, between 1980 and 1988, the Monument was the location of the “Tour of The Moon,” one of the most famous stages of the Coors International Bicycle Classic. During its heyday, the Coors Classic was the largest men’s and women’s pro-am race in the world, attracting the top teams and top riders.
In 1981 and 1985, cycling legend Greg LeMond won the Coors Classic. Other famous participants included speed-skating legends Eric and Beth Heiden, with Beth winning the women’s division in 1980. In 1984, the film American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner was inspired by the Tour of the Moon and filmed on site in Mesa County.