GRAND JUNCTION,Colo. While the Grand Junction Off-Road Race has visitors packed into the Grand Valley for the weekend, the impact it is has on the Grand Valley and those who come to race lasts much longer than just the weekend.
Many of the competitions out of town visitors say they loved coming here last year and were excited to get back for this year's race.
"My boyfriend and I were just talking about how it would be nice to have a summer place here it's just a really really nice friendly town to be in," said 2nd time competitor Susan Snow.
The event features multiple races for amateurs and professional off road cyclists.
While the second annual event hasn't quite doubled in size, Todd Sadow president of Epic Rides who puts on the event every year said the race has grown to over 700 participants and brings in even more spectators many who spend cash in the community.
"Each year aside from the year round ad campaign and heightened awareness of the natural resources here for mountain biking, it also brings with it a lot of money for the community," said Sadow.
This year more than 85% of participants are from out of town and several of the professional riders are from out of the country.
The race has most of Main Street closed and there are dozens of vendors and a wine and beer garden. To see a full list of events and visitors visit epicrides.com.