Register today for the Grand Enduro on the Lunch Loop Trails this May 28 & 29, 2022!
The Grand Enduro will challenge you on three demanding stages in and around Grand Junction’s Lunch Loops trail system. For those unfamiliar, the nature of these trails is very technical and require expert handling skills as well as solid fitness.
The Course and Stages
PROLOGUE: WAVER ROCK > PUCKER UP > RAVEN RIDGE > CURT’S DOWN
Riders will be seeded based on Saturday’s Prologue race, which will take place on the last 2 miles of Stage 3. You will start at the Waver Rock, just below Widow Maker, and head straight to Pucker Up. After you complete Pucker Up, you’ll head straight across the saddle up Raven Ridge rather than down Moto as the first two years had been. You’ll be challenged to navigate through a short technical climb as you enter Raven Ridge. Then it’s mostly downhill with a couple of relatively smooth rolling climbs before you bomb down Curt’s Down into Curt’s Lane. Finish line is right at the wash area. Check out the Prologue Strava segment link.
STAGE 1: THE RIBBON, 2.1 miles
We’re so stoked we were able to secure the permits to take you down this legendary route. You’ll start on an otherworldly, humongous slab of rock and be hitting speeds in excess of 30mph in a matter of seconds. Click here to learn more about Stage 1!
STAGE 2: GUNNY LOOP, 2.1 miles
A local’s favorite and considered by many to be the best descent in the valley, Gunny Loop serves up copious amounts adrenaline pumping and grin-inducing singletrack. Used previously for the Gunny Enduro, this trail has all the key ingredients of killer stage: high speeds, technical maneuvers, and, if you get it right, flow. We’ve cutout the short, but brutally steep climb towards the end of the usual Gunny Enduro course and ended our stage just before that. There will still be plenty of pedaling, but we didn’t want to give the edge to the fitness junkies!
STAGE 3 (FINAL STAGE): FREE LUNCH > PUCKER-UP > RAVEN RIDGE > CURT’S DOWN, 3 miles
We’re throwing you right into it on stage 3, beginning on Free Lunch, the first BLM-sanctioned freeride trail in the nation. Following Free Lunch, you’ll descend down the Widow Maker, past Wafer Rock, and onto Pucker-Up. Pucker-Up is littered with jumps and a few drops, again, nothing too crazy. The final section of the stage 3 is a rolling section over Raven Ridge through Curt’s Lane onto Curt’s Down right to the Lunch Loop trailhead. Finish line is near the wash – no worries, you won’t have to ride up that steep hill entering the north end of the parking lot, we’re not that mean 😉 We wanted to provide an exciting finish with more shade options and entertainment. Learn more about the course and stages here.
- entry into race
- registered riders by Dec 31 is guaranteed a Grand Enduro snapback trucker hat (if you miss this deadline, we have plenty of previous years hats for additional entries)
- a food / drink voucher good at Handlebar Tap House
- swag bag full of goodies from our wonderful sponsors
- close medical monitoring onsite during race day(s)
- provided mandatory shuttle for Sunday event
Registration is capped at 300 participants and each category is capped as well. You can check out this link for more details. Here is a summary below:
Intermediate: This category is for experienced mountain bikers with little to no enduro racing experience / not comfortable with riding Toilet Bowl feature on Ribbon trail and Cathedral Drop feature on Pucker Up trail. Winners will be awarded next year’s entry to advanced levels.
Junior: This category is for experienced mountain bikers with advanced enduro racing experience / able to clean Toilet Bowl feature on Ribbon trail and Cathedral Drop feature on Pucker Up trail. Riders will be awarded in-kind product prizes.
Amateur: This category is for experienced mountain bikers (over 18) with limited advanced racing experience / able to clean Toilet Bowl feature on Ribbon trail and Cathedral Drop feature on Pucker Up trail. Riders will be awarded in-kind product prizes.
Master: This category is for experienced mountain bikers with advanced enduro racing experience, ages 40 and over / able to clean Toilet Bowl feature on Ribbon trail and Cathedral Drop feature on Pucker Up trail. Riders will be awarded in-kind product prizes.
Pro/Open: This category is for pro riders and very experience & advanced enduro racers / able to clean Toilet Bowl feature on Ribbon trail and Cathedral Drop feature on Pucker Up trail. Riders will be eligible for cash awards but no in-kind product.