The Good News
Pg 3 - The Sunshine Express
2012 May
Local Designer Wins Twice
ing, 683-mile course
with over 42,000 feet
Johnson Wins Montrose and National USA Pro
of vertical climbing,
Cycling Challenge Poster Contests
the second annual
Montrose resident Leanna Johnson has created
race will spotlight
the winning designs for both the national 2012
the best of the best
USA Pro Cycing Challenge poster contest, and the
in professional
contest to design a poster for the Montrose stage of
cycling and some
this summer's cycling race.
of America's most
A USA Pro Cycling Challenge judging panel
beautiful scenery.
selected Johnson's design from the top 10 voter
Referred to as
choices as determined in a public online vote on
"America's Race,"
facebook. Her design now will serve as the official
the USA Pro Chal-
commemorative poster for the second annual race,
lenge will take place
which will lead 135 of the world's best cyclists on
August 20-26, a
a race through the Colorado Rockies Aug 20-26. A
week proclaimed
separate, local, Montrose judging panel selected
by Governor John
her design for the city's poster. The City of Mon-
Hickenlooper as
trose will host the Stage 2 Start of the race on Aug
"Colorado Cycling
Holiday," and travel
For her winning national design, Johnson will
through 12 host
receive $500, four passes to the VIP hospitality tent
cities from Durango
in Denver and national and online recognition and
to Denver. More
exposure for her artwork. The commemorative
information can
poster will be available to race fans both online
be found online at
and onsite during the race. The USA Pro Cycling
Challenge will donate a portion of the proceeds
from each sale to America's Road Home. For win-
and on Twitter at @
ning the contest for the design of the poster for the
Montrose stage, she will receive $500 cash and four
passes to the VIP hospitality tent for the event in
68 Miles Of Fishing Access Open
about the conservation and restoration work on the
North Fork and Gunnison Rivers. After the float,
Delta County Opens up Fishing - Hartland Diver-
Johnson, a long-time cycling enthusiast, said that
participants will gather for lunch, live music, a
sion Project allows fishing on Gold Medal Waters,
she tapped into her lifelong passion for the sport
river gear silent auction, and river-themed educa-
from Paonia to Grand Junction.
and the rich cycling history found throughout the
tional programs. Call 970-527-5307, ex. 206 for more
Attention fishermen and women: the Delta County
town of Montrose in creating her designs. "Cycling
Tourism Cabinet announced on April 16, that it
has always played a big role in my life," she stated.
In addition to the Gunnison River, Delta County
is now easier than ever to fish the Gold Medal
"In my posters, I wanted to portray the huge feat
is also home to the Uncompaghre and North Fork
waters of the Gunnison River. Work is complete
the racers face while competing throughout the
Rivers, as well as 300 lakes on Grand Mesa, one of
on a passageway through Hartland Diversion Dam
Rocky Mountains."
the world's largest flat-topped mountains. Contact
in the Gunnison River, which provides safe ac-
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge agreed with John-
The Colorado Division of Wildlife for special regu-
cess around the dam for fish, boats and rafts. This
son's vision in selecting her design for the national
lations, licensing information and reports.
means anglers can put in near Paonia and fish the
poster. "The incredible poster design Leanna
The Hotchkiss National Fish Hatchery is also a
river all the way to Grand Junction. That's more
Johnson created captures the intensity of the riders
fun stop for kids of all ages. The hatchery is lo-
than 68 miles of uninterrupted fishing!
competing in the USA Pro Cycling Challenge in
cated about 20 miles east of the town of Delta near
"Delta County has always been an angler's para-
a very artistic and patriotic fashion," said Stacie
the town of Hotchkiss. The hatchery consists of a
dise, and this project means more access to prime
Lange, executive vice president of the organization.
hatchery building with a small visitor center and
fishing on the Gunnison River," says Delta County
"To see a local resident of Montrose win both the
tank room, residences, 32 outdoor concrete race-
Tourism Cabinet's Kelli Hepler. "We are thrilled
national contest and contest for the Montrose stage
ways, 24 nursery tanks, and six earthen ponds.
about the possibilities this opens for river recre-
is an incredible accolade and honor," added Kathy
Delta County, Colo., is located on Colorado's
ationalists just in time for the summer season."
Ellis, mayor of the City of Montrose and a member
western slope at the base of Grand Mesa, one of the
The Gunnison River flows through the Black Can-
of the Montrose poster design judging panel. "I
largest flat top mountains in the world. An agricul-
yon of the Gunnison National Park and the Gun-
speak for the entire Montrose area in congratulat-
tural and heritage hotbed, this region is home to
nison Gorge National Conservation Area. Hepler
ing Leanna."
the communities of Cedaredge, Crawford, Delta,
says fishing is good year-round, however the best
The USA Pro Cycling Challenge's nationwide con-
Eckert, Hotchkiss, Orchard City and Paonia.
fishing is from June to October. The June Stonefly
test invited artists to create unique posters for each
Hatch in the Gunnison Gorge attracts anglers from
of the event's 12 host cities, as well as a national
around the world, Hepler adds.
event poster. The organization received poster
Those who want to see the river for themselves
designs from artists in 23 different states, and more
should attend the 13th Annual River Awareness
than 4,000 individuals cast votes for their favorite
Float Trip, May 19. In partnership with Gunnison
designs. Johnson's winning national poster design
Gorge Anglers-Trout Unlimited and the NFRIA/
and Montrose-stage design, as well as the winning
WSERC Conservation Center, the event includes a
poster designs for the other cities hosting stages
half-day float trip through the newly reconstructed
during the race, are on display at the USA Pro
Hartland Dam that ends at Confluence Park in the
Cycling Challenge Facebook page.
town of Delta. Participants will learn first hand
About Montrose ( Mon-
trose is a uniquely authentic town that has carved
Win Cool Stuff From SunshineX
out a place for itself in the landscape and culture
of Colorado. The town is the gateway to the Black
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Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, where
Each month, from all the names who have `Liked'
National Geographic recently named the North
our Facebook page, we will draw 2 lucky winners.
Vista Trail a "Top 10 Canyon Hike in the U.S.
Win official Sunshine Express merchandise, bum-
Parks." Outdoor Life also has included Montrose
per stickers, t-shirts, travel mugs, as well as local
on its annual list of the 200 best towns in America
business discount coupons, gift certificates, and
for outdoorsmen. With 73 percent of the land
much more.
surrounding Montrose public land, the area is a
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magnet for hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, road
enter. If you've already `Liked' us, you're entered.
biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-coun-
Then stay tuned each month for more prizes and
try skiing and snowmobiling enthusiasts.
winners. The first drawing will be held on Memo-
About the USA Pro Challenge: For seven consecu-
rial Day so enter today!
tive days, the world's top athletes race through
Prize 1: A night's stay
the majestic Colorado Rockies, reaching higher
for two in a Deluxe
altitudes than they've ever had to endure as they
Room with private hot
ascend over three mountain passes, each exceeding
tub at Chipeta Solar
12,000 feet in elevation. After attracting more than
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1 million spectators in 2011, making it one of the
2: An official artistic
largest cycling events in U.S. history, the USA Pro
Sunshine Express Gel
Challenge is back for 2012. Featuring a challeng-