TUCSON, ARIZ. (November 18, 2014) - A new year is right around the corner, and to celebrate, Epic Rides today announced a new event date for the Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank mountain bike event and new high-profile sponsors for 2015 that will reward event registrants and participants with some of the best gear the bike industry has to offer, with a total retail value of over $75,000.

Taking advantage of the glorious late spring riding weather in Western Colorado, Epic Rides is working closely with the City of Grand Junction and the Bureau of Land Management to move the 2015 Grand Junction Off-Road to May 29-31. The Grand new date will now be a month after the Whiskey Off-Road in Prescott, Ariz., enabling participants to gear up more easily for both events while enjoying a more temperate time of year for mountain biking on Colorado’s Western Slope.

“Most people don’t realize that the weather is different on the Western Slope of Colorado,” said Barbara Bowman of the Grand Junction Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Thanks to our high desert and canyon lands country with wildflowers and cactus in bloom, riding in Grand Junction is spectacular in May. We can't wait for everyone to come and discover springtime on the other side of Colorado.”

In addition to bringing the two events closer together, Epic Rides also announced the $60,000 Pro Cash Purse will be evenly split with $30,000 at each of the Off-Road
Series events. As in years past, the Pro Cash Purse will be shared equally between the Pro Women and Pro Men categories.

“Since we started this long strange trip nearly 20 years ago, Epic Rides has always been about connecting communities, participants and brands that share a deep passion for mountain biking,” said Todd Sadow, president of Epic Rides. “Regardless of finishing place, sharing excessive amounts of the industry’s best products with participants is a trademark approach for us.”

Maxxis0When it comes to tire tread, no other name is more trusted by mountain bikers than Maxxis. As the Official Tire of Epic Rides for 2015 and 2016, Maxxis Tires will not only be giving top finishers sets of tires, but quick-to-act registrants will also be rewarded with fresh Maxxis tread. Free Maxxis tires will be given out during promotional registration periods for the Whiskey and Grand Junction Off-Road events – an unheard of offer with a retail value upwards of $150. Upping the ante even more, through each Epic Rides event, one lucky person will win a complete set of light truck tires.

“Maxxis offers unparalleled tires for a wide range of terrain riders will be facing,” said Hulen King of Maxxis International. “A great tire combo is the Ardent up front for cornering paired with an Ikon or an Ardent Race in the rear. All of these tires are offered in 26”, 27.5” and 29” sizes and available with our TR (Tubeless Ready) constructions and EXO sidewall protection for rocky courses like the Grand Junction Off-Road.”

Pivot1Signing on for 2015 and 2016 as the Official Bike of all Epic Rides events, Pivot Cycles has built a stellar reputation thanks to designing revolutionary bikes like the new Mach 4 Carbon 27.5. What’s more, Epic Rides and Pivot share Arizona as their home state, making for a terrific grassroots partnership. To kick off this partnership, Pivot will give one lucky winner a complete VIP weekend treatment at the 2015 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, allowing the winner to ride a variety of Pivot bikes all weekend and ride away loaded with prizes.

“Pivot Cycles couldn’t be more excited about partnering with fellow Arizona company, Epic Rides,” said Lisa Cramton, Pivot Cycles Marketing manager. “We have participated in most of their events since the beginning, so joining them as the Official Bike Sponsor made great sense for us.”

Endura3Endura Clothing might be a new name to most U.S. based mountain bikers, but this Scottish clothing brand has been around for decades producing hard-wearing, no-nonsense gear. Endura has remained true to the belief that substance comes first. As the Official Clothing Sponsor of Epic Rides, Endura features a number of award-winning products and will be giving away Full Monty gloves and Multi Tubes to those who sign up for an Epic Rides event during promotional registration periods, and will supply official clothing for 2015 Epic Rides events.

“Endura is very excited about partnering with Epic Rides for such iconic events as the Whiskey Off-Road,” said Nadine McCrindle, USA Marketing Manager for Endura. “The Whiskey name ties in perfectly with the Scottish heritage of our brand and we’re really looking forward to meeting the riders who come out to have some fun.”

The “promotional registration periods” referenced above are part of the New Year New Gear promotional campaign designed to reward early registrants of the Epic Rides Off-Road Series. Complete details will be made available during mid December. Registration is set to open on January 1, 2015.

“I couldn’t be more excited about all that’s happening. We were able to reach registration capacity for The 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo in record time, and once January 1 hits, the New Year will bring awesome new gear for hundreds of Epic Rides event participants,” said Sadow, president of Epic Rides. “Here’s to dropping-in on a stellar 2015!”

About Epic Rides

Founded in 1999, Epic Rides has become world famous for producing events that celebrate the many positive aspects of mountain biking. Events such as the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, Grand Junction Off-Road Presented by U.S. Bank, Tour of the White Mountains and the Whiskey Off-Road are popular with participants because they offer challenging, fun riding and emphasize the joy and camaraderie inherent in the sport. – Epicrides.com

About Maxxis Tires

As one of the world’s most trusted tire brands, Maxxis delivers high-quality tire products to customers in 170 countries worldwide. Since its founding in 1967, Maxxis has become known for a commitment to quality and new technologies that measure up to the toughest real-world standards. For winning races or enjoying a safe daily commute, Maxxis is the tire company riders and drivers trust. – Maxxis.com

About Pivot Cycles

Pivot Cycles builds high performance mountain bikes that are continually raced to top World Cup, Pan American and National Championship finishes. The Pivot Cycles line of bikes enables riders to establish new benchmarks of speed, control, fun and enjoyment. – Pivotcycles.com

About Endura Clothing

Using only the best available materials to design the finest cycling clothing possible, Endura Clothing is a company made up of passionate cyclists who ride daily. By investing heavily in development and innovation and holding multiple patents, Endura has won numerous magazine product awards and industry awards for its cycling clothing. – Endurasport.com

*A portion of each Epic Rides Off-Road Series event is conducted on public lands under special permit from the United States Bureau of Land Management or National Forest Service

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