The Dirty Century is a non-competitive, hilly bicycle tour of Colorado’s scenic Black Forest region. Four routes feature lightly traveled country roads traversing numerous sustained steep climbs. The Dirty Century visits three major watersheds off the Palmer Ridge; Running Creek, Kiowa Creek, and the mammoth West Bijou Creek.
The 30 mile and 45 mile routes are 50% pavement/50% dirt. The 100km and 90 mile routes are approximately 20% pavement/80% dirt.
Dirty Century riders can expect relentless hills, fast descents, and fully stocked rest stops in historic, small town locations.
The event starts and finishes at family-friendly Evans Park in Elizabeth, Colorado (18 miles east of Castle Rock, Colorado off Hwy 86). Elizabeth is 6448’ above sea level, and was founded as a logging center in 1859. Dense Ponderosa Pine forests still blanket the area, thickening into the Black Forest as topography slopes up the Palmer Ridge.
The 2009 event is limited to 500 pre-registered riders. Cyclists may opt to join one of five groups leaving at 7:30 am in a mass start at Evans Park: 30 mi, 45 mi, 100km, 92 mi, women’s, and vintage (click ride leader photos).