Grand Junction Off-Road Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival

 Photograph by  Cat Mayer

Photograph by Cat Mayer

Two Grand Valley passions converge in downtown Grand Junction May 18-20 for a weekend teeming with mountain biking, music, and more.

    “Epic Rides is very excited to return to Grand Junction for our sixth annual Grand Junction Off-Road,” says Zoe Loffreda of Epic Rides. “All are welcome to enjoy an epic three-day weekend full of mountain biking, free live music, camaraderie, and soul-satisfying personal achievements.”

    More than just organizing an event, Epic Rides celebrates the bicycle, enjoying the outdoors, connecting the mountain biking community, and “spreading the gospel of mountain biking.”

 Photograph by  Devon Balet

Photograph by Devon Balet

Professional and amateur riders from all over the country choose from 15-, 30- or 40-mile distances that begin and end in downtown Grand Junction. The courses traverse some of the area’s favorite tracks, both in the famous Lunch Loops trail system and beyond. Boasting a 93-percent finish rate, Grand Junction Off-Road offers technical, but attainable, world-class courses with mesmerizing views.

    Bikers and spectators alike will enjoy the concurrent Four Peaks Downtown Music Festival — now in its 29th year. “There’s nothing better than pairing pleasant May weather with a glass of beer or wine, and enjoying music downtown,” says Caitlyn Love, event coordinator for the Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District. This free event encompasses four blocks of Grand Junction’s Main Street, offering beer, wine, and three stages with a variety of music — inlcuding soul, funk, country, hip hop, and rock. Vendors spread throughout the festival will feature a huge outdoor bike and gear expo, along with plenty of food and arts. 

 Photograph by Cat Mayer 

Photograph by Cat Mayer 

This family-friendly event has activities for all ages, including a Kids’ Fun Ride (but please leave pets at home). For event details, visit epicrides.com/grandjunction and downtowngj.org.