26th Annual Tour Of the Valley

The information below was sent by Morgan Taylor on behalf of Tour of the Valley:

Few general reminders for Saturday: 

6-8:30 am - Rider Check-In at Canyon View Medical Plaza Ample parking will be available; however, Canyon View Medical Plaza will be open to serve patients and all vehicles must park in designated TOV parking. The facility itself will not be open to non-patients. Porta-potties will be available for ride participants at the start/finish. 

6-9 am - Light breakfast will be served

7:00 AM - New this year! Group roll-out led by the RMCC Division 2 National Championship CMU Cycling Team members for those who are interested! However, riders my start any time between daylight (6:30 am) and 8:30 am. 

Rest stops are located approximately every 15-20 miles. Each stop will offer water, SKRATCH Labs sports drink, Honey Stinger gels & waffles, fruit, and other food. Porta potties will also be available. Check course map for aid station closure times. Maps will be available at check-in.

The course will officially close at 4 pm. 

Few safety reminders:

All riders must wear a helmet and obey traffic laws.

If you are riding the 55 or 100 mile course over the Colorado National Monument, don't forget to have a visible white light on the front of your bike and red light on the rear. In the Monument, you must ride single file and do not cross the yellow line. 


Sag wagons will be on course provided by Board & Buckle Ski & Cyclery. 

Few FUN reminders for Saturday! 

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Post-ride meal catered by Fisher Meats will be served at the Canyon View Medical Plaza parking lot. Tents, tables, and chairs will be set up - guest are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the post-ride party, music, food, and beverages.


Drawings for prizes, including a cruiser bike donated by Board & Buckle Ski & Cyclery, will be made at approximately 2 pm. Must be present to win! 

Free mini-sports massages will also be available from 11:30 am to 4 pm.

HAVE FUN!

Morgan Taylor, Marketing Specialist

(970)[masked] direct • (970)[masked]

2021 N. 12th Street

Grand Junction, CO 81501

http://www.YourCommunityHospital.com


Let's make this a HUGE GVO event by achieving a 100% "Enthusiast" representation of GVO. (I know this is a HUGE reach but what the heck!)


The start/finish will be on G Road near 23 1/2 Road at the Canyon View Medical Plaza, near the new Community Hospital campus. (This means less weaving through town as compared with the old start on Horizon Drive, and no riding on Patterson Road!)

There will be a family/new rider friendly 30 mile route through the farms to Fruita and back, as well as a "moderate" 55 mile route and, of course, the century route. New for this year is that the moderate distance route (the 55 miler) will also go over the Monument just like the 100 mile route, with both routes taking on the Monument from the Fruita side. Once over the Monument, the 100 miler heads to Palisade and East Orchard Mesa (and, of course, up Puke Hill), while the 55 miler heads back to the start on a cyclist friendly route through Grand Junction. 

Learn more and sign up at the Tour of the Valley website. Keep up with the latest news and information about the Tour of the Valley by liking their Facebook page.

Donna & Michael have registered for the 55 mile route! Join us for what will be an awesome ride! (Please only RSVP if you register using the link below):

Click Here To Register


Saturday, September 6, 2014 - Tour of the Valley

Cyclists who have enjoyed the Tour of the Valley over the past 25 years know what spectacular cycling the Grand Valley offers. Our beautiful valley encompasses an inspiring variety of landscape that is sure to rouse your cycling spirit; from the rolling vineyard hills and peach orchards of Palisade and the farm fields of Fruita, to the spectacular sculptured canyons and red rock spires of the Colorado National Monument, you will be in awe of the landscape diversity of this magical valley.

We are excited to announce that the 55 and 100 mile route will include the ride across The Colorado National Monument along the spectacular Rim Rock drive. This allows riders to enjoy the legendary Tour of the Moon ride as part of our century course.

Ride Description

Tour of the Valley, 2014
The Tour is not a race; we encourage you to set your own pace and enjoy beautiful Western Colorado. New this year, the Tour will include a 30, 50, route options and the full century. Both the 50 and 100 mile route will include the famous ride over the Colorado National Monument.

30, 55 and 100-Mile Route Options
This impressive and classic ride offers views of the entire Grand Valley and all it has to offer including the Colorado River, the Colorado National Monument, Mt. Garfield, the Grand Mesa, and Palisade fruit & wine country. All three routes start in Grand Junction and take riders north and west along the rural farm roads of western Colorado to Fruita.

30-mile Route
For those selecting to ride the FAMILY FITNESS 30-mile route, you will meander out of town heading west towards Fruita. You will enjoy the quiet and scenic farm roads of Fruita with the distance vistas of the red rock cliffs and the spires of the Colorado National Monument in the distance. Enjoy a rest stop in Fruita, hosted by the Fruita Chamber; this is also the turnaround point for the 30-mile riders. Parents please ride with children that require supervision to complete the event safely.

55 and 100-mile
The 55 and 100-mile routes proceed over the Colorado National Monument, home of the world-famous Coors Classic “Tour of the Moon” stage. With just over 3000 feet of climbing, the Colorado National Monument affords breathtaking highdesert views of the valley while riding on the twisting and turning Rim Rock Drive along sheer-walled, red rock canyons. Once over the monument, the 55 and 100-mile routes separate at the Botanical Gardens in Grand Junction. The 55-mile route makes its way to the finish through the historic district of Downtown Grand Junction. The 100-mile route continues east to Palisade through Orchard Mesa with the majestic Mt. Garfield and Grand Mesa in sight. Once in Palisade, the route winds its way back to the Botanical Gardens through orchards and vineyards full of peaches, apples, and grapes and proceeds to the finish through the historic district of Downtown Grand Junction. You won’t want to miss this!

Maps!

30 mile route

55 mile route

100 mile route

Click here for the downloadable course GPS Files

Tour Schedule - Saturday, September 6, 2014

Tour of the Valley 

6 - 8:30 a.m. - Rider Check-In at the Canyon View Medical Plaza 2373 G Road, Grand Junction, CO. Detailed course maps for the Tour will be provided during check-in on Saturday. The entire course - except the Colorado National Monument - is marked.

6 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast served in the Canyon View Medical Plaza parking lot. Breakfast includes yogurt, fresh fruit, and breakfast breads.

6:30 a.m. - Daylight - Cyclists may start at any time between daylight (6:30 a.m.) and 8:30 a.m. We strongly suggest that all participants riding the longer routes get an early start.

7 a.m. - This year we will be having a group roll out for those interested.

11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Massage. Sign-up for a free mini-sports massage after your ride provided by local massage therapists. Offered on a first-come, first-serve basis.

11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Post ride meal served at the Canyon View Medical Plaza parking lot. Tents, table and chairs will be set up, guest are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the post-ride party; music, beverages and snacks. Live music provided by Jack and Jill, beverages provided by Kannah Creek Brewery. Drawings for prizes will be made between 1 - 3 p.m.

General Rider Information - Safety, Proceeds, Parking, etc.

For Your Safety

Each rider will be required to wear an approved helmet whenever you are on your bike for any reason. For your safety, riders must abide by all traffic laws throughout the ride -no riding three abreast or you are likely to be ticketed.

Where does all the money go?
Tour 2014 registration fees: 
Past proceeds have gone to support the health education and wellness activities offered free to the public by Community Hospital, the Neil Bradford Exercise Science /Sports Management Scholarship fund at Colorado Mesa University, the Colorado Mesa University Cycling, and the Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association (COPMOBA).

Parking - There is limited parking at the Canyon View Medical Plaza. There will be designated parking areas and volunteers available to assist the day of the event.

Volunteer - Not planning on riding? Please help by volunteering! Many volunteers are needed to support an event of this size. All volunteers will receive an official Tour of the Valley T-shirt, a ticket to enjoy the post-ride activities, which includes lunch and the deep appreciation of all our cyclists.

Please consider helping at a rest stop, being a marshal on the course or helping at the post ride event. Interested? Please contact Morgan at: [masked] or (970)[masked].

Tour FAQs

Are there course time limits?

The course will officially close at 4 p.m. At that time the event will be officially over and all support on the course and food service at the Canyon View Medical Plaza. will end. All cyclists who are still on the course will be asked to stop or make their own arrangements for support.

May I switch events after I register?

Yes, you may switch the distance you plan to ride at anytime, even while you are on the course. If you think there is a chance you may not be able to complete the route you started, please be sure and take a map with you.

Can I switch my T-shirt size?

You may switch your T-shirt size at registration however we may not have the new size you select in stock. In the event the size is not in stock, we will mail your T-shirt to you.

May I have someone pick up my registration and T-shirt for me?

All participants must sign a waiver at registration in order to start the event, so we ask that you pick-up your registration materials in person.

What is the refund policy?

All entry fees are NONREFUNDABLE. However we are happy to transfer your registration to another rider. There will be NO REFUNDS under any circumstances.

What do I receive with my paid entry fee?

Tour participants receive:

A chance to ride the famous Tour–of-the-Valley

FREE, limited edition 2014 Tour of the Valley Dry Fit T-shirt 

Well-stocked rest stops full of fresh fruit 

SAG support 

Post-ride party at the Canyon View Medical Plaza. 

Hot post-ride meal (Vegetarian options will be available) 

Live music from Jack and Jill

Beverages provided by Kannah Creek Brewery 

Free post-ride mini-massages 

Prizes

What support is provided on the course?

Rest stops are located at approximately every 15-20 miles. Each stop will offer water, sports drink, fruit and other food. Porta potties will also be present at the rest stops.

Are there awards?

No, but lots of great prizes.

What is the average temperature on event day?

The temperature that time of year in the Valley varies dramatically from morning to afternoon. The morning will be quite cool; 56-58 degrees Fahrenheit is typical, with temperatures in the mid-80’s to low 90’s by the end of the day. Our best advice: be prepared to ride in any condition, cool or quite warm. The event will take place rain or shine, so be sure to bring the proper apparel.

Can I buy extra meal tickets for the post-ride party on Sunday?

Yes, they will be for sale at the registration table on Sun and the cost is $10.00.

If I have other questions, who do I contact?

Please send us an email to [masked]


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  • Donna

    Instead of meeting at 7:30; I'm going to be there by 7:00 am so I can begin by 7:30 am.

    September 5

  • jim e.

    Good luck to all of you tomorrow. Have a great ride and have fun.

    Jim

    2 · September 5

  • Donna

    Don't forget chairs for after the event!

    September 4

  • Dan F.

    Nancy and I plan to do the 100 mile route.

    1 · August 15

    • Nancy L.

      Who is starting at 6:30am?

      September 3

  • Dan F.

    See my comments at Cyclepaths re ride plans and my congrats to Dan Thornton who trains for a century ride by riding a century, over the monument no less.

    1 · August 30

    • Donna

      Yeah, Dan Thornton!

      September 3

  • Donna

    Michael, Susie and I are going to put some lawn chairs in our cars so we can set ourselves "down" after the ride to enjoy the after ride festivities.

    September 3

  • don r.

    HI Donna,
    are you arriving at 7:30 am or starting to ride at 7:30?

    1 · September 3

    • Donna

      I am arriving at 7:30 am.

      September 3

  • Susie K.

    I'm riding the 55 miler. I doubt I can make it there by 7 am. Will pick up packet by 7:30 am and shoot to complete the ride under 4.5 hours. I will have to go home to take care of the dogs and will come back for the lunch and party at 1 pm. What is the ETD for the 55 miler riders?

    August 31

    • Donna

      We are meeting at 7:30 am!

      1 · August 31

  • Dan F.

    Nancy and I plan to start promptly at 6:30 since we are doing the 100 mile route. I don't know yet if we will eat there or at home.

    1 · August 15

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