Rad Dirt Fest

2021 marks the inaugural Rad Dirt Fest produced by Life Time Fitness, owners of the Leadville Race Series and Unbound Gravel (formerly Dirty Kanza).  The event spans the weekend of October 2-3 and comprises a Gravel race with three distances on Saturday and Trail race with two distances on Sunday.  The gravel routes, all held on fast and clean gravel, span 165, 90 38 miles with elevation gains of 10,800 ft, 5,000 ft, and 2,700 ft respectively. The routes each offer breathtaking terrain and scenery in this southern Colorado region bordering the San Isabel National Forest and Spanish Peaks Wilderness Area.

The event takes place in and around Trinidad Colorado, a small city that sits at 6,000 feet elevation in the Purgatoire River valley of Southern Colorado, close to the New Mexico border.  Trinidad is a classic old west town with a strong mountain vibe and vibrant outdoor culture including 1,500 miles of gravel roads spidering in every direction!

Life Time’s inspiration for Rad Dirt Fest starts with their passion for creating events that enrich the lives of participants and the community event hosts.  They believe the future of cycling and running is on direct, where it is safer for the athletes and easier on the body.  In Trinidad they found a community well equipped to host a large scale event and a desire to develop the town and surrounding area as the next big outdoor recreation locations.  In recent years the town has made sizable investments to develop its recreation infrastructure. In 2019, the city of Trinidad, in partnership with the The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Great Outdoors Colorado, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, purchased 19,200 acres of private land to become Colorado’s newest and second largest state park, Fishers Peak. Now managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife, plans are underway to build a network of trails for bikers, hikers, and equestrians.

The inaugural running of the Rad Dirt fest coincides with the Trinidad’s celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Sante Fe Trail.   From September 27 to October 3, the communities of Trinidad, Colorado and Raton, New Mexico will offer historic tours of the trail and the Santa Fe Trail Museum, period reenactments including the Buffalo Soldiers, as well as theatre productions, art exhibits, and more.

 

 

Route map for Stubborn Delores by Timmy Brosious on plotaroute.com

Route map for The Rad – Anteloop by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

Route map for The Rad – Frijole by Michael Melley on plotaroute.com

Tour of the Moon

The 9th Annual Tour of the Moon was made famous in the 1980’s Coors Classic and later in the cycling movie American Flyers. Its legacy continues as one of the premier road cycling events in the Rocky Mountains.  Tour of the Moon is produced by Roll Massif, a collection of 9 signature road, gravel and trail sportives.  This event is extremely popular.  The National Park Service caps participation at 2,200 and the event sells out every year.

The route starts and finishes at Two Rivers Convention Center in downtown Grand Junction. The ride begins with a spectacular trek through the Colorado National Monument. After exiting the Monument, riders may elect to tackle a metric century through the beautiful farm country and surrounding areas of Fruita or opt for the classic 41-mile loop back to Grand Junction.

The Tour of the Moon is one of the most important fundraising events that benefits Bicycle Colorado and One RiverFront.

Stick around after your ride for the Harvest Moon Celebration, complete with an expo, lunch, live entertainment and beer garden. Check out the latest cycling gear, accessories and nutrition products. You’ll find great bargains on apparel, equipment and more. Inform your friends and family that the expo is also open during the ride itself, so while you are on the course, they can enjoy the exhibits.

Golden Gran Fondo

The Golden Gran Fondo is a signature Gran Fondo National Series event with a start/finish in historic Golden Colorado, a short distance from both Denver and Boulder, and a gateway to the spectacular Rocky Mountain region.  This event features more elevation gain per mile than any other GFNS event, all at elevation spanning 5,600-11,000 feet . Typical for the Rocky Mountains, individual climbs are 30+ minutes long, with substantial descents. This is one of 4 events in 2021 to have the elevated Super Gran route.

GFNS has been producing premier one day events since 2012 and currently hosts 8 national events including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo Championship.  What’s unique about GFNS events is that they offer a mix of personal challenge and serious competition on roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery.  Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course.  There is not start to finish as in traditional racing formats, but rather timed sections count towards a rider’s competition time.

The Golden Gran Fondo traces some of the same roads used in the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge and the Coors Classic, one of the largest professional stage races during the 1980’s when cycling really started to gain popularity in the US.   Golden and some of the course route were also featured in the movie American Flyers (Kevin Costner’s classic cycling film that was set in Golden).  The route feature 3 ride options: Gran Route – 91 miles and +10,860 ft climbing; Media Route — 63 miles and +6,750 ft climbing; 18 miles and +2,000 ft climbing.   This course is sure to test your climbing prowess while treating you to some of the most ruggedly beautiful landscapes anywhere!

As the route features attest, this is an extremely challenging event both in terms of elevation gain, but also in terms of riding at elevation.  GFNS strongly recommends bringing the easiest gearing you have and event if super strong want a minimum of a 27 on the rear with a compact crank.  It is also recommended using high volume road tires as there are two gravel road sections on the long course (just 1 on the medio route).

Typical for a GFNS, the ride is very well supported in terms of feed stations and SAG support.  The route is well marked and marshaled, supported by law enforcement, safety motos, and mechanic/sag vehicles.   After a long day in the saddle you can also look forward to the post ride party and shady beer garden in Pack Square Park.

Triple Bypass Gran Fondo

The Triple Bypass Grand Fondo is a signature Colorado cycling event in operation since 1988.  It was founded by a group of avid cyclists who thought it would be fun and challenging to ride from Evergreen to Vail, Colorado, and has turned into a premier bucket list event.  Fast forward and the event is now produced by Team Evergreen cycling, the oldest and largest cycling club in Colorado.  Team Evergreen produces several other signature events in the region include the Mt. Evans Hill Climb and the Beti Bike Bash.  All proceeds from the Triple Bypass are given back to local and national non-profits.  In total, over $3M has been donated to groups ranging from High School Cycling to Bicycle Colorado.

The Triple Bypass is also Gran Fondo National Series partner event. GFNS has been producing premier one day events since 2012 and currently hosts 8 national events including the official USA Cycling Gran Fondo Championship.  What’s unique about GFNS events is that they offer a mix of personal challenge and serious competition on roads with challenging climbs and incredible scenery.  Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections of the course.  There is not start to finish as in traditional racing formats, but rather timed sections count towards a rider’s competition time.

This year’s Triple Bypass route is a climber’s dream.  There are two routes to choose from.  The Triple route spans 107 miles and three passes:  Juniper (15.4 miles — 3,444 ft Elevation gain); Loveland (3.8 Miles — 1,165 feet Elevation gain); and Vail (4.1 Miles — 764 feet Elevation gain).   The Double spans 65 miles and starts in Georgetown covering Loveland and Vail passes.  Total elevation gain for the Triple and Double is +10,644 feet and +6,292 feet respectively.

The majority of the route is on closed roads or bike paths and escorted by Colorado State Patrol.  The route includes 4 aid stations with great food and drink.  Swag includes a complimentary jersey, full ride support, finish meal and beer, and timing.  As this is a point to point race you’ll need to manage logistics, however Vail as your ride destination offers an amazing opportunity to relax and stay the night after a long day in the saddle.

It’s hard to find any prior year participants with something bad to say about this event.  Previous riders love the high alpine scenery and mostly car free riding.  Any event spanning 100 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing is a difficult event, but one important consideration for anyone considering the event for the first time is Rocky Mountain elevation.  The event start in Evergreen is 7,000 feet and peeks at nearly 12,000 feet over Loveland pass.  If you don’t live at altitude, it is recommended you allow enough time before the event to acclimatize.

Mt Evans Hill Climb

The Bob Cook Memorial Mt. Evans Hill Climb is an iconic bicycle race that takes place on the highest paved road in North America on July 24, 2021. It began in 1962 as the Mt. Evans Hill Climb and was renamed in 1981 to honor 5-time race winner Bob Cook who died of cancer at the age of 23.  The event is produced by Team Evergreen Cycling and in partnership with the Gran Fondo National Series.

The race starts at an altitude of 7,540 feet and climbs to 14,130 feet, 130 feet below the Mount Evans’ summit. Due to the altitude, the event requires special preparation. Unless you’ve had 5-7 days to acclimate to high altitude, a common technique is to arrive and complete the event within 24 hours. Also, you need to be prepared for inclement weather. Even in the middle of summer it can be cold at 14,000 feet, not mention wind, rain, or snow potential.

Over the years, the race has attracted significant professional riders. Riders come from all over the United States and the race commonly attracts riders from France, Switzerland, Germany, and Australia compete. The age range of the participants is from nine to eighty-five years. The race is also supported by volunteers from the Colorado cycling community who help marshal, drive support, officiate and work the picnic. The event includes categories for all levels of racing and encourages riders of all abilities. Between six hundred and a thousand riders compete each year in a number of categories. You can read more about the history of the event at Wikipedia.

Even though the event is not a traditional gran fondo, Mt. Evans is a Gran Fondo National Series partner event. The series was established in 2012 and is comprised of eight European-style ride/races staged in the United States and six partner events. Traditional GFNS events offer courses covering 30, 60 and 100-mile journeys through some of the most beautiful and challenging terrain in endurance sports. Timed sections allow riders to compete in specific segments of the course, while casual cyclists can ride at their own pace. Participants can ride as individuals or on teams. GFNS awards special prizes to the top riders in every age and gender category. Each rider is assigned an electronic timing-chip to keep track of their progress throughout the course and to allow riders to compete for best time through highlighted sections.

Course Description

This epic climb takes place on the highest paved road in the United States. It’s a 7,000′ of climb from an elevation of 7,500′ all the way up to 14,100 feet. The start line is at The Old Middle School, 320 Chicago Creek Road in Idaho Springs. The finish is twenty-eight miles away at the summit. Juniors finish at Echo Lake which is eleven miles up the mountain.

Notes

There will be an aid station at Echo Lake with water, hydration mix and gels.  Water, hydration mix and gels will also be available at the summit. Be prepared to ride down to your car.

REGISTRATION CLOSES WEDNESDAY, JULY 21st at NOON OR WHEN THE OVERALL FIELD LIMIT OF TWELVE HUNDRED RACERS TO THE SUMMIT IS REACHED. REGISTER BEFORE MAY FIFTEENTH TO SAVE TEN DOLLARS  OFF OF THE FULL PRICE

Learn more at https://www.bicyclerace.com.

Audi Power of Four Trail Run

The Audi Power of Four Race Series is a premier endurance event utilizing the challenging and unique terrain of the four peaks of The Aspen Snowmass Mountains – Aspen Mountain, Aspen Highlands, Buttermilk, and Snowmass. The great thing about Aspen is that you most always find the local ski bums give the pros in town a run for their money. Designed for both the elite and recreational athlete, it is safe to say the competition is fierce. The event offers a 50K Ultra (August 1) and a 25k race (August 2) The 50k beginning at the base of Aspen Mountain and ending at Snowmass Base Village includes a combination of single track and fire roads with epic views throughout. With elevation climbs of just over 12,000 feet and starting at 8,000 feet, not to mention the four peaks, this is an event that is as mentally challenging as the physical but with views and camaraderie worth the pain.

Silverton Mountain Tours

Get ready for a unique lift-served ski adventure! Guided skiing and snowboarding at Silverton Mountain is similar to heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing, but really unlike anything else in the country. You will be accessing up to 1,819 acres of backcountry type terrain via chairlift, without the big crowds signature to other ski areas. There are no groomed runs and no cut trails, just loads of nature’s finest black diamond skiing in the U.S.A. During an average guided skiing day, you can expect to get in anywhere from 3-6 runs (roughly 10,000+ vertical) of some of the best terrain in the world. While we cannot guarantee top to bottom powder skiing, the snow quality is typically very good.

Each guided skiing group of approximately eight people can expect to hike anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour for each run, although you can also drop straight from the lift. Hiking 15 minutes to an hour allows access to large open bowls and steep, tight chutes. During heavy snowfall, most riding is done in the trees. After each run you will return to the lift by shuttle or foot. Walking for 10 minutes to return to the lift is possible.

In addition to strong skiing ability, Silverton requires and fitness and comfort hiking at elevation (9000+ Feet). Please be aware that if you are significantly holding up the rest of your group hiking or skiing, we may try to move you to a slower paced group. If it is determined your fatigue or skill level becomes a safety hazard to yourself or others, you may be asked by your guide to sit out the rest of the day without refund. If you are unhappy with your group please inform your guide.

Your day starts at Silverton Mountain base area promptly at 8:20am for check-in, a safety talk, and riding. Be sure to arrive at 8:15 if you are renting gear. Groups are formed at the start of each day, so there is no need to inform ahead of time who you’d like to ski with. Groups are created according to self-assessed skill levels (fast, medium, slower) and by grouping of friends.

Arriving early will not get you on the mountain sooner, however, if you arrive late you might miss the first run and may end up with little choice in terms of grouping. You will be able to connect with a group for the following run. If your group arrives late, we will try to keep you together, but we may have to split the group up. If you have reserved a private guide, this does not apply.

Guided Only Season— December- March; Thursdays-Sundays (plus Monday, Presidents’ Day)

Guided Only Skiing— $184. See pricing  page more more info.

Silverton Mountain Tours

Get ready for a unique lift-served ski adventure! Guided skiing and snowboarding at Silverton Mountain is similar to heli-skiing, snow cat skiing, and resort skiing, but really unlike anything else in the country. You will be accessing up to 1,819 acres of backcountry type terrain via chairlift, without the big crowds signature to other ski areas. There are no groomed runs and no cut trails, just loads of nature’s finest black diamond skiing in the U.S.A. During an average guided skiing day, you can expect to get in anywhere from 3-6 runs (roughly 10,000+ vertical) of some of the best terrain in the world. While we cannot guarantee top to bottom powder skiing, the snow quality is typically very good.

Each guided skiing group of approximately eight people can expect to hike anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour for each run, although you can also drop straight from the lift. Hiking 15 minutes to an hour allows access to large open bowls and steep, tight chutes. During heavy snowfall, most riding is done in the trees. After each run you will return to the lift by shuttle or foot. Walking for 10 minutes to return to the lift is possible.

In addition to strong skiing ability, Silverton requires and fitness and comfort hiking at elevation (9000+ Feet). Please be aware that if you are significantly holding up the rest of your group hiking or skiing, we may try to move you to a slower paced group. If it is determined your fatigue or skill level becomes a safety hazard to yourself or others, you may be asked by your guide to sit out the rest of the day without refund. If you are unhappy with your group please inform your guide.

Your day starts at Silverton Mountain base area promptly at 8:20am for check-in, a safety talk, and riding. Be sure to arrive at 8:15 if you are renting gear. Groups are formed at the start of each day, so there is no need to inform ahead of time who you’d like to ski with. Groups are created according to self-assessed skill levels (fast, medium, slower) and by grouping of friends.

Arriving early will not get you on the mountain sooner, however, if you arrive late you might miss the first run and may end up with little choice in terms of grouping. You will be able to connect with a group for the following run. If your group arrives late, we will try to keep you together, but we may have to split the group up. If you have reserved a private guide, this does not apply.

Guided Only Season— December – March; Thursdays-Sundays (plus Monday, Presidents’ Day)

Guided Only Skiing— $184. See our pricing page more more info.

Stages Cycling Leadville 100 MTB

This is it, the races of all mountain bike races.  One hundred miles and 10,000+ feet of elevation gain at high-altitude, extreme terrain of the Colorado Rockies. This event was created for the most determined athletes.  Starting at 10,152 feet and climbing to 12,424 feet, you’ll be challenged to catch your breadth — while the views try to take it away.

Registration is lottery based and you can register as an individual or as a group.  Group members need to register individually, but be sure to signify being part of a group.  This will mean that either your entire group will be successful in the lottery, or not, assuring that no one will be left out.

If you are unsuccessful in the lottery process and still wish to participate in the LT100 MTB, you have the option to race one of several Leadville Race Series qualifier events to earn your spot. Each Leadville Qualifying Series race provides 25-100 qualifying slots to the Leadville Trail 100 MTB, based on the total number of registered riders at each qualifier event. Half of the qualifying spots will be allocated based on the top age-group performances and half will be drawn among riders who have finished the qualifier race within the allocated cutoff time.

Qualifier events include:

The Leadville 100 is the culminating event of the Leadville Race Series, owned by Life Time Fitness, an organization focused on producing premier off-road Gravel, Mountain and Trail running events in spectacular locations across the US.

Breck Epic

As the name implies, this 6 day mountain bike stage race is epic. A mountain bike event with humble beginnings has become one of America’s top mountain bike stage races. With 6 big single track stages that range between 35 and 60 miles, makes this no joke. The Breck Epic is for the people out there who enjoy big rides; simple as that. There are many registration options for the event that opens the event to more people. These include options such as a 3 day variant, and also a 6 day duo. The daily race routes of the Breck Epic are thoughtfully chosen by local experts which gives the courses an extremely fun mix of big climbs and big descents. The stage race sees most participants holding up in the Beaver Run Resort. Here you will be treated by a pool, race meetings just downstairs, and 6 highly trafficked hot tubs; so accomodation here is preferred. The Breck Epic is now the USs premiere mountain bike stage race and many would say that it equals the famous BC bike race. For any mountain biker that enjoys big rides, or somebody who has his or her sights on the Cape Epic in the future, the Breck Epic is not something you are going to want to miss.