Gravel Locos had a successful debut in 2022 and returns strong with the second annual event in 2023 in the front range of the Rocky Mountains in Pueblo, Colorado, Gravel Locos Pueblo. This event will raise funds for the Red Creek Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Four-course options are available, with registration ranging from 30 miles to 170 miles and up to 13,242 feet of elevation gain. Many professional cyclists register for this event so register for your preferred quickly or sign-up on-site to volunteer.
The full-day event has four-course options. The easiest option, La Pequena, is non-timed and non-competitive and covers 30.3 miles and 1,324 of elevation. The next three course options are all timed and competitive. La Mediana is 64.8 miles with an elevation gain of 3,161 feet. La Gran Piedra rides 105.3 miles and gains 8,230 feet in elevation. The most challenging option is La Loca, which covers 170.1 miles and 13,242 elevation gain. Select the right one for you and prepare for a visually appealing ride in one of Colorado’s unique towns. The ride is Saturday, but packet pickup can be done Friday with a pre-ride and lunch with the multiple pros attending. The event ends Saturday evening with a Texan BBQ dinner and awards presentation for all participants and supporters.
Pueblo, Colorado, is known for its arts districts, year-round outdoor activities, and culturally diverse city. For local restaurants, travelers may enjoy American food at Country Kitchen, Italian cuisine at La Forchetta de Massi, or fine dining at D.C.’s on B Street. Lodging options include several Marriott hotels in the downtown area, like Courtyard by Marriott or a locally owned and managed hotel, The Abriendo Inn. Campgrounds are open in Pueblo through October; see Colorado State Park and Pueblo KOA Journey.
Gravel Locos events include Hico, TX, and now Pueblo, CO. The settings are very different, but the entire race series aims to help Volunteer Fire Departments nationwide. Presenters and sponsors are incredibly thankful for the local men and women who work to keep their communities safe.