Grand Junction, CO. (April 5, 2017) – The community of Grand Junction, Coloradoprepares to host the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate and Para Road National Championships presented by U.S. Bank on April 27 through April 30, 2017. The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission (GGJSC) welcomes the public and members of the media to view the races and cheer on these amazing athletes for four days.

This National Championship race will feature the nation’s top collegiate and para road cyclists vying for an opportunity to win a national title after proving themselves in their respective regional events.

“We are thrilled to bring these two prestigious national championships to the Grand Valley,” said Kristi Pollard, Chairman of the Board for the Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission. “Hosting these races offers an excellent opportunity for exposure of the area on a national level.”

Events begin on Thursday, April 27 and conclude on Sunday, April 30, 2017. There will be roughly 350 collegiate athletes and 150 para athletes, plus friends and families, from around the country visiting Grand Junction and participating in this national championship event.

How can locals get involved? Here are 5 ways, see website for all details.
http://www.coloradomesa.edu/wp/sportscommission/event/2017-usa-cycling-collegiatepara-
road-national-championships/

1. Race in the Open Class – Downtown Criterium on Sunday, April 30
2. Purchase tickets to the Celebration Banquet on Thursday, April 27
3. Visit the Expo – Downtown Criterium on Sunday, April 30
4. Volunteer to help during the event, all four days
5. Cheer on the racers, specifically on the final day of racing in Downtown Grand
Junction while exploring the expo and beer garden near the finish line.

Schedule of the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate and Para Road National Championships:

April 27- Para Time Trial (9am-2pm)
• This includes three different classifications of Para cyclists: hand-cycling, cycling, and tricycle.

April 28- Para and Collegiate Time Trial (9am-4pm)
• The Collegiate team time trial will begin the morning with four different classes: Men’s club, Women’s club, Men’s varsity, and Women’s varsity.
• The last two Para time trials of Cycling and Blind and visually impaired will be in the middle of the day.
• The four classes of Collegiate Individual time trial will end the day.

April 29- Para and Collegiate Road Race (8am-7pm)
• Three classes of Para riders will kick the day off: cycling, hand-cycling, and tricycle.
• Blind and visually impaired, Women’s club, and Women’s varsity will follow.
• Men’s club and Men’s varsity will cap off the day.

April 30- Para, Collegiate and Open Class Criterium (8am-7pm)
• The Expo will be inside the course in the Alpine Bank parking lot and is going on from 11am to 7pm.
• Men’s 3, 4, and 5, Men’s masters, kids/ family ride will be the first three rides of the day. More information is provided below about the Open classes.
• Cycling and hand cycling will begin the competitive portion of the Criterium.
• Men’s club, Women’s club, Men’s varsity, and Women’s varsity will follow.
• Women’s 1-5 and Masters and Men’s 1 and 2 will finish off the weekend.

The greater Grand Junction area is known for its world-class roads, trails and courses for cycling of all types. The GGJSC’s history of success with cycling events — including hosting the regional collegiate championship for the past several years and assisting with hosting the ride headquarters for the 2015 Ride the Rockies tour — helped it to beat out several communities vying to host the races.

The Collegiate and Para Road National Championships will return to the Grand Valley for 2018.

Spectators are welcome at all four events, for more information visit grandjunctionsports.org.

**Attention Media: A press work room will be provided on Sunday for visiting and local journalists to utilize, hosted by the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. For details, please email Mistalynn Meyeraan.

• For more information or an entire schedule of events, contact Kiel Osterman at 970- 248-1378 or kiel@grandjunctionsports.org.
• For media inquiries, you may also contact Mistalynn Meyeraan with the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau at 970-244-1480 or mistalm@gjcity.org.

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The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission is a collaborative effort between Colorado Mesa University, the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, the City of Fruita and the Town of Palisade to promote sport tourism in the community. The organization’s mission is to represent greater Grand Junction in attracting new and enhancing existing sporting events that positively impact our economy and community, and provide event owners with exceptional customer service. www.grandjunctionsports.org

About Grand Junction (www.visitgrandjunction.com) – Grand Junction is the largest city in Western Colorado, located at the junction of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers, between Salt Lake City and Denver on Interstate 70. At an altitude of 4,586 feet, warm summers and moderate spring, fall and winter seasons allow for incredible year-round outdoor recreation opportunities. Among Grand Junction’s spectacular red cliffs and winding canyons are the 11,000-foot Grand Mesa and the breathtaking 7,000-foot Colorado National Monument. Surrounded by an abundance of public lands, Grand Junction is also a mecca for hunting, fishing, dirt bike and ATV riding. Other attractions include three national scenic byways, rafting, boating, golfing skiing, extensive public art displays, museums, and a vibrant downtown featuring creative culinary options, shopping, Two Rivers Convention Center and the Avalon Theatre. Grand Junction is known as Colorado’s Wine Country featuring 23 wineries nearby. The Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau is a department of the City of Grand Junction and is the official Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) for the region

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