CMU cyclists
Colorado Mesa University's cycling program boasts 10 total championships in recent years.


Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission to host multi-year national cycling event

The Greater Grand Junction Sports Commission (GGJSC) — a partnership among Colorado Mesa University, Mesa County, the cities of Grand Junction and Fruita and the town of Palisade — has a lot to celebrate lately. In January, the GGJSC received a reader’s choice award from the SportsEvents Media Group in the category of "Destination to Watch."

The award came just days after the commission's bid proposal to USA Cycling (USAC) was selected, making the Grand Valley the host destination for the 2017 and 2018 USAC Collegiate Road National Championships.

“The greater Grand Junction area is well known for its cycling and our college racers will have a great time,” said Micah Rice, Vice President of National Events for USAC.

The championships take place in early May annually and feature approximately 300 to 400 top road cyclists from Division I and Division II collegiate programs across the country. The event consists of three days of competition, including a road race, a Criterium and a team and individual time trial. Specific courses and event schedules are in development.

CMU’s cycling program is a perpetual qualifier for the Collegiate Road National Championships and boasts 10 total championships in recent years. The 2016 event will be held in Asheville, N.C., concluding the USAC’s two-year commitment to that city. The GGJSC’s bid proposal beat out a number of other communities vying for the championships.

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