If you're looking for fun on a bicycle, look no further than the 2009 Palisade Bike Festival. This event combines the Palisade Classic Mountain Bike Race and the Fruit Loop Cycling Tour in a single day of bicycling activity. The event takes place Friday, Saturday, & Sunday May 8, 9, and 10.
The Palisade Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Palisade, and Rapid Creek Cycles are teaming up again to produce this year's festival.
The Palisade Classic Mountain Bike Race may be just your thing if you like off-road competition. Or, if more sedate touring through gorgeous scenery on paved roads appeals to you, try the Fruit Loop Cycling Tour, which features three routes from easy to challenging. Better yet, ride in both events and enjoy the best of both worlds.
The festival starts at Palisade Park and finishes with the Grand Finale and Bike Rodeo at the Palisade Brewery and Peach Street Distillers. We look forward to welcoming biking enthusiasts from throughout the state of Colorado and beyond, to Palisade for a fun-filled day of activities. This year, the Fruit Loop Cycling Tour will also include a Scavenger Hunt. For those seeking optional activities, we are offering the opportunity to paddle the Colorado River from Palisade to James M. Robb Colorado River State Park at Corn Lake. Grand Finale activities will include lunch, a Grand Valley Bike Swap, bike shops and other vendors, bike rodeo and live entertainment by the band, Influx.
The Fruit Loop Cycling Tour starts and ends in Palisade. Ride through a pastoral setting of orchards and vineyards with Mt. Garfield, Grand Mesa and the Book Cliffs as your backdrop. Choose from 3 tour routes based on your abilities and desire: Easiest/16 miles, Challenging/20 miles, and Advanced/30 miles. We provide maps and each route is signed. The 2009 tour includes a Scavenger Hunt. Stops en route include area shops and wineries.
The Palisade Classic Mountain Bike Race departs from Palisade south around the flanks of Grand Mesa and around Horse Mountain. Course length will vary from 20 miles for beginner & sport to 35 miles for expert.
Mammoth Marathon Races include the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K courses and allows runners to see some of the most historic and scenic areas in the Grand Valley. Participants run along the Colorado River, base of Grand Mesa, the historic town of Palisade, and along vineyards and orchards.