RIDE THE MOON
SEPTEMBER 25, 2021
GRAND JUNCTION, CO
All cyclists will start and finish at the Grand Junction Convention Center in downtown. The ride will begin with a spectacular trek through the Colorado National Monument. After exiting the Monument, riders will hang a right and wind their way back to downtown by way of quaint country roads and a trek through the Redlands.
LIGHTS ARE REQUIRED
The Colorado National Monument requires all cyclists (regardless of whether they are in an organized 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. 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 advise that you leave them on the duration of the ride.
This is not a race. You may start your ride anytime between 7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
There will be one water stop and two aid stations on the course. Each aid station will be stocked with water, Skratch hydration mix, nutrition bars and chews, fruits, and other sweet and savory snacks.
Water Stop – Cold Shivers Overlook (Mile 8)
Aid Station #1 – Saddlehorn Parking Lot (Mile 23)
Aid Station #2 – Wingate Elementary School (Mile 35)
Staff will be at the East entrance of the Monument to check if you have a bib and lights; both are required to enter and per our permit agreement with the National Park Service. Please make them visible to staff and park employees and know that this checkpoint is not an aid station and we will not have refreshments or port-a-lets. The entrance needs to remain free of congestion so not to inconvenience the Monument’s daily visitors.
SAGs will rove the course with additional water and supplies, while providing roadside assistance to those experiencing mechanical problems or those who become too fatigued to finish. Please be prepared however to handle your own flats and minor repairs. Volunteer road marshals, Colorado State Patrol and Rapid Response will be on hand to help make your ride safe and enjoyable.