Photos by Brian Leddy.
The twelfth annual Whiskey Off Road kicked off the Epic Rides Off-Roads Series over the weekend, 2,000 riders enjoyed perfect trail conditions and an estimated 10,000 spectators enjoyed the party along Whiskey Row in Prescott, Arizona.
- Friday’s 15 Proof Fun Ride guided riders of all skill level on a scenic course of mixed singletrack/dirt road. With plenty of climbing and an attainable descent back to Whiskey Row, riders enjoyed dropping into Whiskey weekend on a lighter note.
- The Pro Men’s and Women’s Fat Tire Crits were blazingly fast and highly contented. Thousands lined the streets and occupied the Sierra Nevada Beer Garden to cheer on the action. Chloe Woodruff and Sam Gaze proved strongest, respectively. See the full results here.
- Saturday’s 50 Proof and 30 Proof Amateur Rides guided about 1,500 riders on a tour of pristine Northern AZ singletrack. Spotty rains kept the dirt tacky and provided riders the perfect ingredients for fun.
- The Crosseyed Possum, Kenny James, Road One South rocked the main stage until rains took over Saturday afternoon, but weather didn’t spoil the party. Headliner Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers took it indoors and packed the house at one of Prescott’s infamous pubs.
- The Pro Men’s and Women’s XC events drew an international field of high caliber talent. More than 100 pros showed up to vie for their share of the $30,000 cash purse split evenly between the males and females. Chloe Woodruff and Howard Grotts took the top spots, and pocketed $5,000 each. See the full results here.
- The Bike & Gear Expo welcomed the industry’s most innovative brands including Shimano, Stan’s NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, Maxxis Tires, Camelbak, Endura, KMC, and more.
- Sunday’s Shimano Youth Series Kids Fun Ride drew over 170 kids to stride and pedal their way around Whiskey Row and Granite Creek
The next event on the Epic Rides calendar is the third annual Grand Junction Off-Road, May 29-31 in Grand Junction, Colorado.Tweet Print
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Music and mountain bikes create lasting memories, which is why Epic Rides events bring both together in a weekend-long experience that’s much more than just a good day on the bike. In an effort to help expand the appeal of mountain biking to new enthusiasts with common musical interests, Epic Rides is broadening its live music offerings at both Off-Road Series events with a full weekend of free music.
Featured this year is the much-anticipated return of headliner Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers at the Whiskey Off-Road and rising star Shakey Graves headlining the Grand Junction Off Road
For years, Arizona’s own Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers have rocked Prescott’s Whiskey Row with hard-hitting rootsy tunes ripe with wailing guitars, foot stomping beats and finely seasoned hints of reggae and mariachi. Holding all that unique energy together is Clyne’s unmistakable voice, regarded by many Arizonans as the Springsteen of the Southwest. RCPM will take the stage on Saturday, April 25 at 6 p.m. on the south courthouse lawn in the heart of downtown Prescott.
The day of live music kicks off at Noon with supporting acts including Road One South Blues Band and Phoenix-based cover band Furious George. With a new Friday music slot for the Whiskey in 2015, The Crosseyed Possum will be belting out tunes as racers zip by Whiskey Row during the spectator-friendly Fat Tire Crit. The Crosseyed Possum isn’t just any band either, they’re proficient 12-year-old musicians who have a strong following in their hometown of Prescott.
The 3rd Annual Grand Junction Off-Road presented by U.S. Bank will proudly feature Austin, Texas, native Shakey Graves, a one-man electric folk band with national acclaim recently seen on the Late Show with David Letterman. Witnessing Shakey Graves simultaneously stomping a handmade suitcase kick drum and a tambourine while belting out lyrics and strumming his guitar to his recent hit, “Roll the Bones”, gets respect from even the most discerning musician.
Shakey Graves will take the stage on Saturday, May 30 at 6 p.m., capping off an entire weekend of free music courtesy of a partnership between Epic Rides and Grand Junction Downtown Development Authority’s 27th Annual Downtown Art + Music Festival. The Grand will be held amidst three full days of free music and art on three different stages, with four entire blocks of Main Street open as a beer garden.
“Bikes, beers and bands; it’s a combination that brings communities together in celebration of the arts and healthy living,” said Todd Sadow, President of Epic Rides. “Epic Rides Off-Road Series events are intended to be more than just about mountain biking. We want them to be about making unforgettable memories with friends and family while supporting an arts and recreation-based economy.”