Outside Events Cycling Series presents a high alpine gravel ride in Colorado’s Winter Park, Crooked Gravel. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado, this is a 95-mile dirt road that starts in Winter Park and leads riders up long winding climbs into the high mountains covered in pine and aspen trees. There are two-course options. The long course is 67 miles timed with a large cash purse, up to $5,000 in cash prizes for best times of the top three male and female winners. The elevation starts at 8,700 feet, and riders will climb over 5,000 feet during this long course. There are three aid stations, with the third one set up right before the descent to the race finish. The shorter route, or Crooked Gravel “mini,” is only 30 miles but is still a challenge for any gravel rider. It also starts at Winter Park Resort at 8,700 feet and climbs 2,000 feet of elevation on the resort’s backside. This course is not timed or available for cash price but does have one aid station.
Crooked Gravel Registration includes event t-shirts, race support, an opportunity to win cash prizes and post-race celebration, Alpine Celebration, expo exhibitors, raffles, podium awards, massages, post-race meal, and a beer garden with live music. Many participants plan to stay the full weekend to enjoy Winter Park, which has multiple things to do all year long. Enjoy diversity in restaurants near the area, such as Boca Winter Park, Prato, and Bosphorous Turkish Cuisine. Outside Events site has a page dedicated to Travel & Lodging, and the area has many hotels and campgrounds near the start of the course or in the nearby towns of Dumont and Fraser. Hotels include Winter Park Mountain Lodge and Lawson Adventure Park. Nearby campgrounds are Idlewild Campground and St. Louis Creek Campground; both open in May for the spring and summer seasons.