Grand Enduro - Preview

Oct 19, 2016 at 11:55
by Devon Balet  

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The Grand Enduro will be featuring the Ribbon Trail as it's opening stage. This iconic trail of Grand Junction, CO has never had a mountain bike race on it, until now. Join us November 6th!

The first ever Grand Enduro is set to hit Grand Junction, Colorado November 6th, 2016. This one-day event will be showcasing some of the best trails in the valley as well as some of the most difficult terrain.

Anyone that has had the pleasure to ride the iconic Ribbon Trail high above the town of Grand Junction can attest it’s uniqueness. For the first time ever, the local BLM is opening up this trail to race! This trail opens with an amazing wide open slick rock downhill. You will want to be sure to have fresh pads because top speeds may exceed 50 miles per hour!

This three stage race rounds out with the Gunny Loop downhill, a local long-time favorite that is consistently maintained by COPMOBA. After completing Gunny Loop you pedal back to the top of the Lunch Loops to race what we are naming Max Gnar; Freelunch, Pucker Up and Moto. This race course comes with drops and big views; look at your own risk.

This is a real enduro race. There are no lifts and there are no flow trails. You will work hard going up and down with terrain that is raw and trails that are technical. You will need fitness, and this race will prove who is the best overall desert enduro racer.

With the event HQ basing out of The Camp, Grand Junction’s newest and only in town camping, you won’t need to worry about parking or a place to stay. A mile from downtown and two miles from the trails, The Camp is neighbors with a grocery store, liquor store, coffee shop and several restaurants. Come out for a weekend of great Western Slope fall weather and be one of the first people ever to race down the Ribbon Trail!

The dirty course details
• Ribbon - 2.2 miles @ 1,550' elevation loss.
• Gunny - 2.2 miles @ 900' elevation loss.
• Max Gnar - 2.1 miles @ 1,100' elevation loss.

For more info or to register visit the Grand Enduro website. Be aware of mandatory course pre-ride of stages 1 and 3.


MENTIONS: @devonbalet

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39 Comments

  • + 30
 Thought this song was permanently banned from all future use in mountain bike edits.
  • + 2
 I thought so too. Overusage
  • + 0
 @owlie: I know what you mean. I was looking through music and dropped that in on top of what I already had cut together and it fit too well. So it stayed.
  • + 3
 @devonbalet: well good edit. I liked
  • + 1
 It needs to be...
  • + 1
 @owlie: Thanks dude!
  • + 8
 Going 50mph down that ribbon looks much more dangerous than going 50 down the WHITE RIBBON OF DEATH that opens this Friday.
  • + 12
 Ski A-Basin, do you?
  • + 3
 Oh man I can't wait for the shitshow of gapers who "ski" once a year on opening day
  • + 2
 @jdeg: Yeah A-Basin
  • + 7
 $185 for a one day race with no shuttles or lifts to pay for is ridiculous. It looks fun, but not worth the money
  • + 2
 Agreed. The cost of enduros is out of control. Maybe more people will start racing downhill if the pricing trend continues... one can only hope!
  • + 2
 Race entry includes two shuttles for amateurs - practice and race day. Pros just get a practice day shuttle, but they are vying for a $5,000 cash purse.
  • + 4
 I did this with my friends a while back and one of their brakes was actually smoking near the bottom. I've never seen that in almost 20 years of riding. One of my favorite trails on earth...
  • + 2
 Confirmed smoking pads and burnt rotor every time I've ridden the ribbon.
  • + 2
 @Sycip69er: Lay off the brakes!
  • + 1
 my buddy was impaled by his brake on this trail. it is so fun.
  • + 6
 $185 is a bit steep for a one day event. Or am I cheap?
  • + 1
 Agreed. My wife and I really wanted to do this race but cannot justify that much $$ for a one day race.
  • + 1
 Yeah I did the single day BME event in Santa Fe. $125
  • + 1
 @Mandell: I want to do it too but in the same boat!
  • + 1
 it is worth looking where these fees go. i am sure there is a decent cost for the organizers, but a lot might go to trail advocacy and maintenance. I just did the race in golden and all proceeds went back into the trails.
  • + 2
 @adrennan: very true. There is some serious ground that has to be covered by racers, so therefor there needs to be a lot of medical. This course is comparable to Keystone BME as far as technical riding and risk is involved. It is much easier for medical team to get to someone on the side of ski resort. Much more difficult when we are talking about an area that can only be access on foot or bike. Plus you get two free shuttles to the top of Ribbon which has a value as well. That, plus free camping. When you start to look at what is all involved the cost is actually very reasonable.

@jdreynolds2 when you did BME Santa Fe, where did you stay? What was that cost? Be sure to consider that in your race total since this event includes free camping at the event HQ (awards and shuttle pick up). @Mandell it is a one day race, but you are required to pre ride the courses on Saturday, which includes a free shuttle. Many factors to consider besides the cost and number of days racing.
  • + 1
 @devonbalet: oh man you get shuttled to the top? i missed that. this looks like the best race ever. the ribbon is the tits.
  • + 1
 @devonbalet: we camped for $10 a night at the Santa Fe event (5 guys so really $2 a night). But yeah there were no free shuttles. You make valid points. I think if I could afford the $185, I would totally be there!
  • + 2
 Rode the Ribbon two weeks ago. Might have to start doing some laps on that Max Gnar segment.
  • + 0
 Cheater line at 0:19 braap
  • + 2
 @Sycip69er: If you can ride it you aren't cheating. Not an easy line to keep speed.
  • + 1
 @devonbalet: true. more of a Strava line Wink
  • + 2
 @Sycip69er: But for the race they are making everyone ride the far left entrance into the toilet bowl. Game on!
  • + 1
 Where is the Max Gnar?
  • + 1
 I used to live down the street. Ridden Ribbon a bunch. I get lost every single time. I'm sure they'll have it marked off well, or at least I hope!
  • + 1
 @devonbalet they aren't letting racers choose their line down the toilet bowl? ????
  • + 1
 Permitting is requiring only one route down it
  • + 2
 #7 of creating a sick edit video, use the song "Sail".
  • + 2
 Love GJ riding... so fun
  • + 2
 So stoked for this race!
  • + 2
 See you out here!
  • + 2
 Shhhhhhh

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