YOUR GUIDE TO HAVE A GREAT RIDE AND ENJOY YOUR TIME IN THE GRAND VALLEY
Thank you for choosing the 2016 Icon TOUR of the MOON Grand Cycling Classic. Our goal is to make your ride with us the highlight of your cycling schedule. If we can do anything to help you, please let any staff member know and we will do our best to make your experience a better one. There is so much going on throughout the weekend. Be sure to read the enclosed Ride Guide with a course overview, expo details, fun kid’s activities and ALL of the important ride-day details. On behalf of the Icon TOUR of the MOON team, we hope you enjoy this amazing ride through the Colorado National Monument and thanks again for adding the Tour of the Moon to your ride calendar.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
COURSE MAP AND INFO
LIGHTS ARE REQURED
The Colorado National Monument (a unit of the National Park System) requires all cyclists (regardless of whether they are in a cycling event or on their own) to have a white light that is visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and a red light that is visible from at least 200 feet to the rear. The Monument has three tunnels, bored through solid rock, that are not lit, thus the reason for the safety requirement. Also, all cyclists and support vehicles are required to use the lights in the three tunnels (you may turn them off once you’ve exited, but for your safety we would advised to leave them on during your ride).
WE HAVE SOLD OUT OF LIGHTS – WE ADVISE YOU TO PURCHASE LIGHTS BEFORE YOU ARRIVE IN GRAND JUNCTION
RIDE START TIME
This is NOT a race, you can start your ride between 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. ALL riders MUST be on the road by 9 a.m. All riders MUST have a front and rear lights in order to ride through the Monument.
REST – AID STATIONS
There will be three aid/rest stations on the course. Each aid/rest station will be stocked with water, energy drink, energy bars/snacks, fruit, bagels, trail mix etc… Please note that not all items will be available at all aid/rest stations:
Aid 1 – Shelledy Elementary School in Fruita (closes at 10:30 am)
Aid 2 – Rim Rock Elementary School in Fruita (closes at 11:30 pm)
Aid 3 – Saddlehorn Picnic Area (closes at 1:30 pm)
Bathroom/Water Stop – Red Canyon Overlook (closes at 2:30 pm)
Riders must wear wristbands (supplied with registration) to obtain food.
Staff will be at the west entrance of the Monument to check if you have wristbands and lights. Both are required to enter and continue your ride per our permit with the National Park Service so please make them visible to our crew. PLEASE NOTE: This is not an aid station and does not have refreshments or toilets as the road needs to remain clear for the Park’s daily visitors. The next aid station is at the Saddlehorn Picnic Area (in the Monument) and is 5 miles from the wristband/light check.
Sag wagons will drive the course with water and be available to assistance riders experiencing mechanical trouble or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared to handle your own flats and minor repairs.
For the safety of all riders, private sag vehicles are NOT allowed on the course.
The Count Down!
COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT
The Colorado National Monument (a unit of the National Park Service) preserves one of the grand landscapes of the American West. Bold, big, and brilliantly colored, this plateau-and-canyon country with its towering masses of naturally sculpted rock, embraces 32 square miles of rugged terrain.
CNM Interpretive Rangers will be on-site during the ride at various locations along Rim Rock Drive.
The Monument offers a variety of activities for visitors of all abilities and interests. Daily ranger guided talks and walks, Junior Ranger program for kids, hiking, bicycling, camping, picnicking and sightseeing are just a few of the exciting choices awaiting visitors.
Can I change my Jersey size?
After September 1, Subject to availability, exchange it at the event at the merchandise booth. Please note that availability will be limited and so we can’t guarantee that all sizes will be available. Come see us at registration and we will do our best to help you.
Where can I pick up my packet?
If you did not choose to have your packet mailed, you can pick up your packets at Two Rivers Convention Center on Friday September 30 from 4-8pm or on Saturday Oct 1 from 6:30pm to 9am.
Can I change my course?
No worries on changing your course distance, we just want to plan for who is riding what course, but if you want to change it, its ok with us without letting us know. Enjoy the ride if its 41 miles or 62 miles.
What to do in Grand Junction?
From breathtaking red rock scenery and thrilling outdoor adventure, to cultural attractions and farm-to-table dining, Grand Junction is a premier destination on Colorado’s Western Slope. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore local trails at the Colorado National Monument or Grand Mesa from a bike or horseback. Skiing, golfing, rafting and hiking abound in Grand Junction. Local wineries and produce growers supply restaurants and farm stands with fresh flavors. There’s something for everyone to enjoy here.
POST RIDE LUNCH & HARVEST MOON CELEBRATION
POST RIDE EXPO AND LUNCH
Stick around after your ride for the Harvest Moon Celebration and Lunch. Check out the latest cycling gear, accessories and nutritional products. You can find great bargains on apparel, equipment and more. Tell your friends and family that the expo is also open during the event. So, while you are out on the course, they can enjoy the exhibits.
The lunch is FREE to all Icon TOUR of the MOON participants. Your wrist band will act as your ticket for your lunch.
Tickets to the lunch will also be available for friends and family for $20 each. You may purchase them at the event or when you register.
MASSAGES AFTER YOUR RIDE
What better way to cap off your 62 or 41mile ride than getting a massage from The Sports Massage Team, Colorado’s premier sports massage group. We can work out the kinks in those muscles before you get back into your car to head home, or get you ready to enjoy some more cycling the next day. We have 15, 30, and 60 minutes massage sessions available to work out whatever muscles need attention. With a price of just $23 for a 15-minute session and $45 for a 30 minute session, you can afford to treat yourself right post ride. We accept cash and all major credit cards for your convenience. We’ll be outside in the expo area under the red tent. If you want to sign up for the time you want before the ride, please firstname.lastname@example.org. Enjoy the day, enjoy the ride!!