As CO2UT implies, the event takes you from Colorado, along the I-70 corridor across the border to Utah, and back covers some very remote and stunning Southwestern landscape. This event is also known as Rexy, Queen of the Desert, and the presenting sponsor is Salsa Cycles. Picked as one of our best gravel cycling events in Colorado, this event, produced by Team Evergreen Cycling, has become a very popular event with upwards of 1500 participants each year. Five mixed surface course options spanning 30, 50, 75, 100, or 125 miles. The longest Utahraptor course comes with 7000 feet of elevation gain. All complete course options balance challenging and easy climbs and cruises; roughly 70% are dirt or actual gravel, 15-20% is Hardpack or less packed dirt road, and 5% are well-maintained true gravel roads, like HWY 50. The race designers have ridden all of them personally before confirming the registration route; riders must study their routes carefully. There are Aid Stations on all courses, every 15 to 20 miles apart, with water and snacks to keep all participants hydrated and energized. These key aid stations have mechanical support and allow friends and family to gather for the participants, but the actual courses are not open to anyone aside from registrants.
Registration includes swag and age awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each 10-year category. There are overall male and female winners for the two longest courses. Every rider receives a promotional t-shirt, and those registering for 50, 75, 100, and 125 milers receive socks and a course-specific finishers’ award. The post-race celebration will be full of beer and food and plenty of CO2UT accessories available for purchase.