RIDE THE MOON
SEPTEMBER 9, 2023
GRAND JUNCTION, CO
HISTORY OF THE RIDE
Colorado is home to many classic road rides, several of which involve difficult mountain passes and extreme altitude.
The Colorado National Monument ride is different. Located on the northeastern edge of the Colorado Plateau on the far western side of the state, Colorado National Monument offers visitors endless vistas of dramatic red rock canyons and monoliths, pinyon-juniper forests, three seasons of wildflowers and a symphony of canyon wrens on most any given day.
The Tour of the Moon
For eight glorious years, between 1980 and 1988, the Monument was the location of the “Tour of The Moon,” one of the most famous stages of the Coors International Bicycle Classic. During its heyday, the Coors Classic was the largest men’s and women’s pro-am race in the world, attracting the top teams and top riders.
In 1981 and 1985, cycling legend Greg LeMond won the Coors Classic. Other famous participants included speed-skating legends Eric and Beth Heiden, with Beth winning the women’s division in 1980. In 1984, the film American Flyers, starring Kevin Costner, was inspired by the Tour of the Moon and filmed on site in Mesa County.