Please join us for the 25th annual Tour of the Valley bike ride. This is
a beautiful ride through the vineyards of Palisade, the red cliff
canyons of the Colorado National Monument and the farmlands of Fruita.
Your registration fee includes beverages and snacks at all the rest
stops, post-ride food, T-shirt and your access fee to the Colorado
National Monument (if you ride the Century)
Visit YourCommunityHospital.com for more information and to register online.
Tour of the Valley, 2013 The Tour is not a race; we encourage you to set your own pace and enjoy beautiful Western Colorado. As in past years the Tour will include 30, 50, 75 route options and the full century, 100-mile route, that includes the famous ride over the Colorado National Monument.
30, 50, 75 and 100-Mile Route Options
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.
50, 75 and 100-mile Riders warm up as you ride out of town heading east toward the majestic Bookcliffs, cruising the quiet country roads on the way to Palisade. It will be a relief to know that your first rest stop is only about 15 miles into the ride at Palisade Park. After your refreshing stop in Palisade, where you will enjoy those famous western Colorado peaches, you travel along the vineyards and then up over the scenic route of east Orchard Mesa. Your next rest stop is at the Eagle Rim Park, where you join the bike trail to cross the Colorado River.
The 50-mile riders turn off the bike path at Junior Service League Park, cross to 24 Road toward Canyon View Park and head back to the DoubleTree Hotel.
The 75-mile route will take riders along the BASE of the Colorado National Monument to the town of Fruita and return to the DoubleTree Hotel on relatively flat terrain.
The 100-mile course routes you OVER the Colorado National Monument. Rising 2,500 feet above the Grand Valley of the Colorado River, this is a very challenging and beautiful ride. The magnificent views of the spectacular sheer-walled canyons cut deep into sandstone, the rock spire monoliths, colorful rock formations and the spectacular Rim Rock Road all reflect the extraordinary environment of the plateau and canyon country of western Colorado. From a bike seat you feel every contour of the Monument's magnificent geology, challenging you in the climb and daring you in the descent. Just before the climb up the east entrance of the Colorado National Monument there will a water station. There are no rest stops along the Monument, but water is available at the visitors center. The next rest stop for the 100-mile riders will be after you exit the Monument in the town of Fruita, hosted by the Fruita Chamber. The remainder of the ride on the 100-mile route is a relatively flat ride (rolling hills) through the farmlands and back roads of Fruita to the DoubleTree Hotel.
Tour of the Valley 6 - 8:30 a.m. - Rider Check-In at the DoubleTree Hotel 743 Horizon Drive, Grand Junction, CO. Detailed course maps for the Tour will be provided during check-in on Sunday. The entire course - except the Colorado National Monument - is marked.
6 - 9 a.m. - Breakfast served in the DoubleTree Hotel Conference area. 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.
11 a.m. - 5 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. - 5 p.m. - Post ride meal served in the DoubleTree Hotel conference area and riders enjoy the post-ride party; music, beverages and snacks on the terrace at the DoubleTree Hotel. Drawings for prizes will be made between 1 - 3 p.m.