Register today for the Grand Enduro on the Lunch Loop Trails this May 8-9,2021!
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.
Schedule (subject to change)
Friday 05/08: Packet Pick Up & Pre-Ride
8:00am – 5:00pm : Course pre-ride available at your own risk
5:00pm – 8:00pm: Packet pick up / Registration @ Bicycle Outfitters
Saturday 05/09: Packet Pick Up, Pre-Ride, & Prologue
8:00am – 3:00pm: Course open for pre-ride
9:00am – 12:00pm: Packet pick up @ Bicycle Outfitters
4:00pm: Grand Enduro Prologue
5:00pm: Live music starts @ Handlebar Tap House
7:00pm: Racer meeting @ Handlebar Tap House – get your start time slots. Prologue results will be posted.
8:00pm: Another set of live music @ Handlebar Tap House
Sunday 05/10: The Grand Day!
7:00am – 7:30am: Pros MANDATORY check-in @ Handlebar Tap House
7:15am 7:45am: Load amateur shuttles @ Handlebar Tap House
7:45am: Shuttles roll out from Handlebar Tap House
9:00am: Begin Pro @ 30 – 60 second stagger starts / Intermediate starts on another stage concurrently – details TBA.Seeded by Prologue results at Stage 1. Then thereafter, first come, first serve for stages 2 and 3.
9:30am: Begin Amateur / Master / Junior riders @ 30 – 60 minute second stagger starts. Seeded by Prologue results at Stage 1. Then thereafter, first come, first serve for stages 2 and 3.
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Live music @ Handlebar Tap House
4:00pm: Volunteer thank you ceremony – raffle and high-fives giveaway!
5:00pm (approx.): Race Awards Ceremony @ Handlebar Tap House
- entry into race
- FIRST 100 registered gets one Grand Enduro snapback trucker hat (we have plenty of previous years hats for additional entries)
- one food ticket good at any of our onsite vendors
- swag bag full of energy fuel and goodies from our wonderful sponsors
- ribbon shuttles (1 practice-day and 1 race-day shuttle for amateur categories and 1 practice-day shuttle for Pro/Open)
- close medical monitoring onsite (see our medical plan for details)
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.