FOUR SEASONS OF HORSETOOTH MOUNTAIN BIKE STAGE CHALLENGE – SPRING STAGE

The Four Seasons of Horsetooth Mountain Bike Challenge is a grass-roots un-event with no entry fees and no real start times and is ridden on the two solstices and two equinoxes in Horsetooth Mountain Park and Lory State Park. By being required to complete at least three seasonal stages, we hope it encourages you to come ride if your schedule doesn’t permit on any given stage. The course is designed to offer what we think are the best sections of trail in our backyard. The course should take about 2-3 hours. Had fun in the winter? Bring a friend for the spring stage! Don’t own a fancy team kit or 20lb race bike? Neither do we! Come ride for the fun and challenge of completing all four events! Check out the rules in the link below.

  • Winter – December 20-23, 2019
  • Spring – March 20-23, 2020
  • Summer – June 19-22, 2020

Smith Mountain Rally

Friday – Bill Heddles Short Track Race
Details: Early packet pickup will get the chance to participate in the Friday night short track race around the Bill Heddles Recreation Center’s trails and park (1 lap of 1.5 miles for 18 & Under / 3 laps of 2.8 miles for anyone daring the pain cave). Then afterwards, participants will be given dinner, top 3 winners in each gender given prizes, and a presentation about the Smith Mountain trails coming to the Delta area soon and as well about the ride following the next day.

Friday Night Schedule (open to public unless stated otherwise):

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Packet pickup / late registration / Short track course open for previewing
6:00pm – 6:15pm: 1 lap Short Track Youth Race
6:30pm – 7:30pm: Bill Heddles Short Track Race (Sunset @ 7:45pm, so no lights needed)
7:30pm: Delta Rec Center closes. Come before for your shower!
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Dinner & Saturday ride(s) review meeting / presentation *RECOMMENDED TO ATTEND FOR DETAILS*
Dinner will consist of pasta (spaghetti and salad – meat and veggie sauce options available)

Saturday – Smith Mountain Rally Ride & Sidewinder Short Loop
Details: Ride from Bill Heddles Recreation Center (approximately 11 miles) to the roads surrounding the Smith Mountain (approximately 14 miles loop) while being supplied a couple of aid stations for your comfort. Enjoy the views and the concept of new mountain bike trails coming to you soon within the Smith Mountain Roads triangle! Ride back to Bill Heddles or ride a portion of the Sidewinder Trail (see details below). Smith Mountain Rally cap at 80 riders.

For this year, riders are suggested to check out a portion of the Sidewinder Trail up 2.5 miles one way from the trailhead. If you want to keep riding it, you’re welcome to do so on your own support.

Take a shower, soak in their lazy river / hot tub afterwards. And wrap up the visit to Delta by stopping by some of the great local businesses and BRING YOUR BIKE PLATE TO SHOW YOUR PROOF YOU PARTICIPATED IN THE EVENT AND GET A DEAL from the list of involved businesses provided in the packet bags!

Saturday Schedule (open to public unless stated otherwise):

7:00am – 8:00am: Last minute registration / packet pickup
8:00am: Rollout from Bill Heddles / load up Smith Mountain trailhead shuttle(s)
8:30am: Shuttle(s) to Smith Mountain trailhead roll out
12:00pm: Shuttle from Smith Mountain to Rec Center starts
2:00pm: Last shuttle from Smith Mountain trailhead leaves
7:30pm: Delta Rec Center closes. Come before for your shower!

The Pueblo Classic

A Weekend to Promote the Sport of Cycling in Pueblo
The Pueblo Classic is a United States Cycling Association and Rocky Mountain Collegiate Cycling Conference sanction event. We aspire to offer college cyclists an opportunity to compete and develop their skills. Pueblo has a history of favorable weather in March and a bustling downtown area sure to entertain collegiate and non-collegiate riders. Shake off the winter and come down to Pueblo this March by registering today!.

A Full Weekend of Bike Racing
The Pueblo Classic will host the Steel City Road Race on Saturday, March 14th. This race will be an out and back course starting in downtown Pueblo and follow the sweeping turns and rolling hills along the US Department of Transportation’s rail test tract. On Sunday, March 15th, we will host the Pueblo Chilly Criterium. This circuit road race will take place right in the heart of Pueblo — offering a great opportunity to view the excitement from the comfort of local businesses and restaurants.

A New Venue for Collegiate Cycling
The Pueblo Classic is designed to provide a new venue for collegiate cycling in Colorado. Unfortunately, Colorado’s unpredictable weather can limit the number of competition opportunities for college cyclists. Pueblo sits in a sweet spot for weather in Colorado — offering a great stage for an early season bike race. By registering to race at The Pueblo Classic, you can start off your 2020 season strong by earning points this march 14th and 15th!

Bring Out Your Bike for the Community Ride
Join the mayor and chief of police in Pueblo on Sunday, March 15th for a community ride through downtown. In between the morning and afternoon sets of races for the Pueblo Chilly Criterium, we invite the local community of Pueblo to join the fun by riding your personal bike throughout the racecourse of the criterium. Pull your bike out of winter storage, and join your local city officials for the community ride.

Earn Cash or Collegiate Cycling Points this March!
Whether you are a USAC or RMCCC rider, break out your bike for some spring racing. The Pueblo Classic awards points for collegiate cyclists and cash prizes for non-collegiate competitors. Start out your bike racing season strong by registering today!

Grand Enduro

The Grand Enduro will challenge you on three demanding stages in and around Grand Junction’s Lunch Loops trail system. For those unfamiliar, the nature of these trails is very technical and require expert handling skills as well as solid fitness.

What to expect:

  • Chunky, desert terrain that’s hard on body and equipment – bring sturdy tires and spare tubes!

  • Stages will lose significant elevation, but lack sustained steeps – be ready to pedal! However, this is no XC race, so bring your well equipped all-mountain bike. You’ll hate it on some of the punchy, short climbs but wish you were on an even bigger bike at some points!

  • All stages feature at least a few “moves” – sections of trail that are particularly precarious. Where possible we’ll have go-arounds, however these will generally cost you time! Pre-riding all stages is definitely recommended and required for stages 1 and 3.

  • 25-40 minutes of racing over 7.2 miles of trail. 2.5-4 hours of total ride time covering ~23 miles.

 

US Bank 18 Hours of Fruita

LIMITED TO FIRST 100 TEAMS and 30 SOLOS!!! 5-8 PERSON CATEGORY CAPPED AT 35 TEAMS!! EXPANDED CATEGORIES!!
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS APRIL 25 -Unless cap of 100/30 is reached earlier.

All teams receive

colorful commemorative t-shirt
post event party with Oskar Blues refreshments
free camping Friday noon thru Sunday 10 am @ Highline Lake Park
Price Increases reflect Colorado State Parks increase in camping fees & staffing statewide.

Entry Fee’s
EARLY BIRD FEES thru September 30
Solo $225
Duo $400
3-4 Person $575
5-8 Person $750

FEES beginning October 1-January 15
Solo $230
Duo $425
3-4 Person $600
5-8 Person $800

LATE FEES beginning January 16-April 25
Solo $235
Duo $450
3-4 Person $625
5-8 Person $850

Entry Fee Includes
2 days of camping Friday & Saturday night at Highline Lake State Park for registered participants-(this does not include family & friends), commemorative t-shirt, post event refreshments & Oskar Blues beer at conclusion. PLEASE NOTE-entry fee’s are NON-REFUNDABLE.

Registration closes April 25 unless cap of 100 teams/30 solos is reached earlier (2019 event closed Nov 15). Team captains may register their team and then complete their team member information later. HOWEVER, all teams must be complete by April 1 (any team changes/additions beginning APRIL 2 will require complete team member information upon sign-up). Team changes for registered teams beginning April 2 will cost $10 per change and must be made online until noon, April 25.

The 5-8 person class is an open category-this means you may be all male, female or coed, and will be competing in one award category-OPEN (male, female and coed teams compete against each other). There are TWO awards presented which are OPEN & COED GEEZER. THIS CATEGORY IS CAPPED AT 35 TEAMS.

COED GEEZER CATEGORY-Teams age total must be an average of 50 yrs per person with the youngest age allowed is 45 yrs (i.e. 5 person must equal 250, 6 person 300, etc.). TEAMS MUST BE COED to participate in the Geezer category.

Minimum Age Requirement: All participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign the waiver. Additionally, all participants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present on site for the duration of the event. Participants must be a minimum of 14 years of age.

Bikerpelli

Trip 1: April 30 – May 3
Trip 2: May 7 – 10
Registration opens: January 15th @ 10:00am

The Kokopelli Trail was built in 1989 by COPMOBA, a small group of committed bikers who envisioned a single contiguous trail stretching from Colorado to Moab, Utah. It was named for Kokopelli, the magical flute player who wandered the desert and was able to drive back winter according to Hopi legend.

Bikerpelli is a series of two identical annual trips in late April/early May travelling the trail in a unique, intense style we’ve refined since 2002, and represents what we believe is the best way for an experienced biker to enjoy the entire trail in a realistic time frame. The idea is simple – we handle all the details & leave you free to ride for 4 days without having to worry about logistics, camps, meals or emergencies. Just show up with a bike, a tent & your toothbrush & we’ll handle the rest.

Without any additional loops, the Kokopelli Trail covers 142 miles total and limited to the first 90 registrants. The route has evolved thru the years to include several addt’l sections of unforgettable riding, and a couple pieces are commonly skipped for being less fun. We have all the inside info on this & our trips are built with rider’s experience in mind.

Rating the trail’s difficulty is a challenge as the terrain can vary widely from serene, meandering 2wd roads to steep, rocky & technical pieces best hiked thru. 95% of the trail is completely ridable by a strong-intermediate rider with average technical skills and a solid base of endurance training.

Still, this is considered a strong-intermediate to advanced ride and is not recommended for beginners.

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Brothers Tom and Jim Mayer concocted the idea behind the first Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. Jim worked as a brakeman on the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad, which had operated the steam-powered line between Durango and Silverton since the 1880s. Tom was a young bicycling enthusiast who enjoyed riding alongside the railroad tracks.

One day in 1971, Tom challenged his older brother to a race to Silverton. Steam engine versus bicycle. They wagered a candy bar on the results.

When Jim pulled into the Silverton station, there was Tom, waiting for him. He’d beaten the train, despite having a longer road and having to climb two mountain passes. He won his candy bar, alright, and he had no idea that he had just started a famous race that would draw thousands of riders to southwest Colorado.

You can read more about the story of the Iron Horse by visiting Tom Mayer’s website here: http://abundantadventures.com/IronHorse/IronHorseClassicOrigin.htm

Superior Morgul Weekend

Two of the most iconic course on back to back days, right in the heart of Boulder County!

Superior Morgul Time-Trial – May 16th
Superior Morgul Road Race – May 17th

On Saturday the action kicks off with the eight mile time trial event down Marshall rd & Cherryvale, with the added bonus of a team-time trial event on the same course. The action continue with Sunday’s road race! The Morgul Bismark race this year will once again feature the closed course used in 2016. This highly spectator friendly version of the course takes athletes up and down the “infamous WALL”, while eliminating the highway 93 and Marshall rd section (see course map for more details)

The Original Growler

  • Saturday May 23, 2020, The Half-Growler, around 32-miles on the dirt* (limited to 350 riders)
  • Sunday May 24, 2020, The Full-Growler, around 64-miles on the dirt*
  • Sunday May 24, 2020, Sunday’s Half Growler, around 32-miles on the dirt* (Sunday starters limited to 350 riders)

For the 2020 Growler, we have introduced a new team category for the main event. Two-person teams compete on the same course as the Full-Growler, with each rider racing one 32-mile lap at a time. The rider who starts the race from downtown Gunnison will tag their teammate at the Hartman Rocks base area after they have finished their 32-mile lap, where the second rider will then take off. The teammates combined lap times will determine their overall standing, with three team categories: Women, Men and Co-ed. The team category is great for those that want to experience the Growler, but prefer racing with a buddy.

NEW (MORE!) TRAILS AND LESS ROADS

We have shuffled the course deck and added the new Graceland trails and a new section of Skyline (both of which your entry fees helped to build), losing the Powerlines Road and the pavement of Gold Basin Road. Apologies, but this change up just added more techy singletrack! Check out the new map HERE.

MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL CATEGORIES

New Half Growler and (Sunday’s Half Growler, too) categories for young riders based on grade in school (as of fall 2020): 8th graders and younger; high school freshman and sophomores; high school juniors and seniors. We also have Collegiate and the all new CLYDESDALE category for both the Full and Half Growler.

ORIGINAL GROWLER KID’S RACES

ORIGINAL GROWLER KID’S RACES will take place on spectator, family friendly multi-lap courses at the Hartman Rocks base area on Saturday, May 23. While this event is free, we’ll still need you to stop by and sign a waiver before participating. Please visit the “KIDS RACE PAGE” for all the juicy details!

For ten years, the Original Growler has not wavered from our guiding principal of asking you to trade your hard earned dollars for three things:

  1. An awesome day on the bike. The Growler offers a challenging, singletrack heavy mountain biking experience on some of the finest trails on the planet.
  2. A killer party. Food, drink and camaraderie, post race, in downtown Gunnison (for those that still have some party left in them!)
  3. Top shelf trails, both existing and developing. Regardless of where you live, you become a stakeholder in Gunnison area trails as every penny of your entry fee goes directly to the 501c3 not for profit, Gunnison Trails, and Gunnison Trails’ mission is focused solely on improving and expanding area trails.

The Original Growler showcases most of the trails at the Hartman Rocks recreation area on BLM public lands. “Hartman’s,” as we call it, was chosen as one of the top 20 mountain biking destinations on BLM lands and offers a one-of-kind trail riding experience. If you have ridden Hartman’s, you know all about the magic of these high desert trails.

If you haven’t, you owe it to yourself as an experienced mountain biker to test your skills and fitness on the trails at Hartman Rocks. You’ll be forced to alternate relentlessly between fast and flow in seas of sagebrush and tricky and technical through weathered and twisted juniper on islands of granite and in the many micro canyons that pock this primal landscape. While there are no big climbs and the total vertical gain isn’t remarkable, the seesaw nature of the Growler course is a supreme test of all around mountain biking. Go ahead, commit. But be prepared to challenge your mind, your body and your skills.

 

Grand Junction Off-Road

All participants will climb their way out of downtown Grand Junction onto the Uncompahgre Plateau, while connecting some of the area’s favorite technically challenging singletrack, double track, gravel roads and the occasional paved segment in the world famous Lunch Loops trail system and beyond.

During your visit to Grand Junction, enjoy three days of festivities in the Downtown Music Festival while being submerged in the mountain bike industry. Mingle with bike-minded people and the Grand Junction community while enjoying the area’s wine country and its appreciation for the outdoor enthusiast.

Bonus: All Finishers receive an engraved stemless wineglass emblazoned with the distance they’ve finished, 3-days of outstanding free live music, a cold beverage (gratis) from Four Peaks Brewing Company, and the comfort of its meandering main street engulfed by industry expo + beer garden waiting at the finish for all Off-Road participants…this is one finish line worth achieving.

The ‘Grand’ has a 95% finish rate. Technical? Yes. But attainable, too.