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With the recent cold weather and snow in and around Grand Junction, it's been real hard to think about the fact that now is the time a lot of people, including myself, usually start bicycling. One of the reasons for getting on your bicycle this month is so you can get a few miles in before the first big cycling event of the season, Rose Hill Rally.The ride is scheduled for Sunday May 5 and for many recreational riders, myself included, it marks the official kick-off of bicycle season.

This is the 17th year of the annual event to raise money for the Rose Hill Hospitality House at St. Mary's Hospital.

Ed Lipton, one of the event organizers, says not only is this a fundraiser, but it's also a fitness event designed for riders of all ages and skill levels to get on their bikes, get some exercise and have fun. Lipton emphasizes this is not a race, so cyclists can pedal along at the pace they're most comfortable with. Plus, the race is fully supported with food and beverage, rest stops, and sag wagons.

The Rally starts and ends at Canyon View Park and riders can choose either the 50k or 100k ride. For most recreational cyclists, the 50k is the best. Get more information or sign up for the Rose Hill Rally here.

If you're looking for some paved off-street riding so you can get your cycling legs back in shape before the Rally, I recommend any of the area's Riverfront Trails.