Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Grand Junction, CO
Bikes: Cannondale System 8
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I lvie in Grand Junction (10 miles away) and you are coming to one of the best places there is for road riding--mostly because there are lots of choices with relatively little traffic.
From Fruita, you will have to do the Colorado National Monument, a pretty good climb, absolutely beautiful, and they recently re=paved the upper part of the road--its like glaas. They will likely chip and seal it later this year but for a short time, it is just wonderful. Depending on the strength of your group, you could do an over and back which would be about 40 miles.
My favorite place to ride is an area 10 miles south of Grand Junction that exits Highway 50 at Whitewater. From Fruita, it would be better to drive to Whitewater. There are several nice climbs, almost no traffic, and pretty good roads. You will need some directions and maybe a local to ride with you to get the most out of this area. A college race is scheduled for this area this weekend.
The ride previously referred to in a prvious post called East Orchard Mesa which is an area between Grand Junction and Palisade that winds through the orchards. A little more traffic, but not bad. If you leave from Fruita, the round trip is a about 50 miles. The bad part about going from Fruita to Palisade is getting tthrough Grand Junction. But there is a bike path that will allow you to skip a lot of the heavier traffic.
From Fruita there are lots of farm roads to the north and the west that are paved and, the traffic is light, other than an occassional sore headed farmer who has hated spandex since its invention. One nice ride, but short is to Highline Lake--about 20 miles from Fruita round trip.
There is a group ride every Tuesday and Thursday that leaves from Canyon View Park in Grand Junction and goes north and west across farm roads--leaves at 6 p.m.
Enough for now--Email me if you want to know more.