Bicycles Unlimited offers TREK factory demo rides

ST. GEORGE – This weekend, Bicycles Unlimited is offering TREK Bicycle Factory Demo rides for anyone interested in seeing how the new TREK bicycles handle the tough trails of Southern Utah, as well as the road conditions on new TREK road bikes. Demo rides will take place on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Green Valley Trailhead and Sunday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the JEM Trailhead, otherwise known as Sheeps Bridge Road.

All riders are required to bring their own helmet, a photo ID and pedals in order to demo the new TREK road and mountain bikes.

For more information please contact Bicycles Unlimited at telephone 435-673-4492.

How to get to Green Valley Trail

Green Valley: Take the Bluff Street I-15 exit in St. George and turn west. Immediately turn south (left) at the first light. Go over the hill and at the T intersection at the bottom of the hill turn right. Head northwest about two miles on Dixie Drive. Turn left at Canyon View Road, heading uphill toward the Green Valley Spa. (If you reach a “Green Valley Market” with gas pumps, you just passed it. Turn around and backtrack to the second road on your right.) Drive past the spa onto dirt at the end of the road. Turn right at the top of the mesa, then immediately left to drive down into the deep valley. You can park here and ride to the road that climbs the RIGHT side of the little sandstone canyon. Or, you can stay in your car and turn right on dirt, then drop left down into the valley 100 yards later. Follow the improved gravel road up to the parking area about 3/4 mile later. Trailhead N 37° 05.509’ W 113° 37.689’

How to get to JEM Trailhead

The JEM trail is part of the BLM Hurricane Cliffs trail system that forms a 20 mile loop. This segment starts at the trail junction with Sheep Bridge Road (at a point 0.4 miles east of Utah highway 59) and heads southeast for 1.3 miles. When you complete this segment, you can retrace your steps, or continue 1.2 miles further to the Utah highway 59 junction with the JEM trailhead. The trail is popular with mountain bikers, so if you are hiking it you will want to keep alert to clear the trail when they suddenly appear. There is no water nor shade, but parts of the trail are in dry creek beds. You should check the weather forecast before going to prevent getting caught in one of the unusual, but occasional, flash floods. Fall and spring are the best times to go, with mostly sunny days in the 70s and 80s. Summer temperatures are usually above 95 and occasionally reach 115. The immediate terrain is desert scrub, but you will be rewarded with panoramic views ranging from the Pine Valley Mountains to Kolob Terrace to some of the colorful peaks of Zion National Park. Most of this segment is a steady uphill 4% grade, but there is one short section at the end where you will climb 60 feet in about 300 feet … a 20 percent grade.

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