The Maverick Classic kicks off the return of public events

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After dominating Grand Junction downtown Saturday, the Maverick Classic takes Road Race Sunday to the Whitewater area. Having a big help from community partners, the Mav Classic returns prepared for anything.

Hundreds of cyclers from all over registered this year, including CMU’s national championship team. Given a brief planning period, Race Director Ben Snyder is proud this event pulls off as a success and gift for the public.

“We really did it in less than two months which is kind of a testimony to all the parties involved,” Ben Snyder reflects, “The pure participation numbers show that people were ready for events to happen again, especially the cycling event so, ultimately, it gives a great platform to build upon.”

The Maverick Classic doesn’t just build a community for cyclists, it builds a positive impact on Downtown Grand Junction’s economy. Local businesses went uphill in profit having a surplus of guests in town for the race.

Events like this allow hotels like Hampton Inn to be booked solid during the pandemic. Manager Camren Thomas appreciates how the maverick classic gives his staff a glimpse at the future.

“My staff is definitely being pushed to the limits because we haven’t been able to experience being sold out.” Camren Thomas shares, “It’s been kinda a good jump off point for us to see in areas; like maybe we do need another housekeeper on the weekends or maybe we do need another breakfast attendant so it’s been really good for us.”

The Maverick Classic returns as a hit and pedals to what next year will bring.

If you think events are done with the classic, it’s time to saddle up for rodeo weekend! Tickets are available now for the Maverick Stampede Rodeo happening April 9.

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