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GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO’S LUNCH LOOP BIKE PARK

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COPMOBA ANNOUNCES; The internationally renowned Monument Road Lunch Loop trailhead - A 5-month project led by Jen Taylor, COPMOBA, the City of Grand Junction & the BLM, the LLBP will be dedicated to the community and ready to ride on Sat, Oct 16th.
And a busy 2 ½ weeks it will be…
LLBP Schedule of Events:
• Sat, Oct 2, 9am-12pm: Volunteer Day #1 + Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day
• Mon, Oct 4: Construction begins
• Sat, Oct 9, 9am-12pm: Volunteer Day #2
• Sat-Sun, Oct 9-10, 11am-4pm daily: LLBP fundraiser Huktoberfest on Glade Park’s The Ranch
• Fri, Oct 15: Construction complete
• Sat, Oct 16, 9am: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony (raffle drawing at 9:30am – must be present to win!)

Here are the details…
As of Friday, September 24th, crews began stockpiling 1000 yards of dirt to build three the park’s four features, including a pump track, graduated beginner to advanced jump lines and a dual slalom (DS) course. Construction of the park’s features will officially start Monday, October 4th and will wrap two weeks later on Friday the 15th. Greg Mazu, owner of Singletrack Trails will oversee construction of the park with his 4-person crew. James Flatten of Grassroots Cycles will also play an integral part in design and construction as the ‘Minister of Flow’.

COPMOBA is hosting two Volunteer Days to build the park’s fourth element – alternate skills lines on the existing Kids’
Meal trail that circumnavigates the basin of the Lunch Loop trailhead. The Volunteer Days will be held 9am to 12 noon on Saturday, October 2nd (also Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day) & Saturday, October 9th. No experience is necessary and the whole family is encouraged to participate.

Volunteers will work with crew leaders to create obstacles that challenge and hone riders’ bike handling skills, balance, and technical maneuverability. Volunteers should bring water bottle, sunscreen, trail shoes and work gloves – and be ready to throw some dirt and move some rocks! As an added incentive, each volunteer will receive a raffle ticket for a grand prize drawing during the Ribbon-Cutting event for a deluxe Cove brand park bike plus gear. Donated by Grassroots Cycles, the raffle package is valued in excess of $2000.

Hosted by Grassroots Cycles, a special off-site fundraiser event for the LLBP will take place on Glade Park’s The Ranch on
Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10 from 11-4 daily. Huktoberfest will be a fun-for-all weekend of amateur and professional dual slalom races, pump track & big air ‘slopestyle’ jumping competitions, skills clinics, local beer and brats. For more information on Huktoberfest contact Grassroots Cycles at 970-243-2453 or visit www.grassroots-cycles.com.

Wasting no time, the Ribbon-Cutting event will take place Saturday, October 16th at 9am at the Lunch Loop Bike Park entrance. Members of the City of Grand Junction, the BLM, the Parks & Rec Department and COPMOBA will host the dedication, and will be joined by the many sponsors who helped make the LLBP a reality. REI will provide breakfast and Roasted Coffee House will brew and provide fresh coffee. At 9:30am COPMOBA and Grassroots Cycles will raffle off the park bike kit to one lucky winner – MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN! After that, professional dirt jumpers will wow the crowd in demonstration of the park’s features. There will also be skills clinics for kids of all ages (young and old) and abilities. This dedication will be a media event.

The LLBP will be a source of recreation and outdoor activity for enthusiastic riders – both young and young at heart. It will also be worthy of competition events. COPMOBA and the City of Grand Junction anticipate the park will be utilized to host regional and national competitions, such as the Mountain States Cup Series and collegiate events. According to the BLM, in 2009 the Lunch Loop trailhead experienced over 50k unique user days, contributing to an economic impact of over $24MM to our Grand Valley that year. The LLBP will be a welcome addition in supporting the recreation component to our Valley’s economy.

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