The Telluride 100 is a top-level endurance mountain bike race that is a part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), taking place in the incredibly scenic Telluride, Colorado. The pictures speak for themselves on this course, and some of the best views and single-track that Colorado and the United States offer are combined for this classy event, even if a lot of suffering is involved.
Riders have two length options: the 50-mile version and the 100. The course is a 50-mile mega-loop, so the ultra-endurance 100-mile racers will complete two entire course loops plus an extra 3 miles. There are 6,500′ feet of elevation gain throughout one lap for the 50-mile racers, bringing the total to a little over 13,000′ for the 100-mile race, according to past Strava data.
There is a terrific amount of aid stations along the course, which gives some rest and assurance, knowing there will always be some fuel nearby if you are crashing. The aid station on the course is located at miles 14, 23, 31, 42, and 50 for the marathon racers; and 63, 78, 84, and 97 for the 100 milers. It is also important to remember that this race caps out at over 12,000 feet in latitude, so if you are coming from sea level, it is ideal that you have at least four days at altitude to get your red blood cell counts up or unnecessary suffering is a guarantee 😉
The Carbasett 100 is part of the National Ultra Endurance Series (NUE), which includes some of the best mountain biking events in the country. NUE comprises an Epic Series, 100-mile events, and a Marathon series, which includes 50-mile and 75k length events.
- True Grit 100/50
- Cohutta 100 – Big Frog 65
- Mohican MTB 100
- Wilderness 101k
- Telluride 100/50
- Shenandoah 100
- Marji Gesick 100/50
- Ring of Fire 100
- Big Grizzly 100/75
- Carrabassett 100
Below there is a Veloviewer interactive map of the full 100-mile course. You can drag and play around with both the map and the profile. And if you want even more nerdy details about everything there is to know about the course, you can click on the link to view further information.