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Robidoux Quick & Dirty
June 22, 2019
Just 3 hours north of Denver, this 75 mile gravel race held in Scotts Bluff County, Nebraska is run through the heart of the Wildcat Hills. You can race it and gather a cash prize, or you can take your time and make it an adventure ride. Either way, the route takes you through piney woods and high plains grasslands nestled in a bluff system left behind by a retreating sea 70 million years ago. Look for fossils and cows; this is open range country. You won’t be the first to test your mettle through these parts. You’ll be riding on the Oregon Trail for much of the route, retracing the very steps of the western immigrants. The race is named after Antione Robidoux, who built a trading post during the 1840s, selling tack and grog to immigrants as they crossed over Robidoux Pass on the way to their demise or Oregon, whichever came first. In later years, immigrants struggled over the more direct Mitchell Pass. You’ll be riding over both. You’ll ride past the trading post as well as wagon train remnants, pioneer graves, and other key pieces of western history.
The route is run primarily on excellent, fast gravel roads. It’s a hilly course, with over 4,000 feet of climbing in 75 miles. The course is 88% gravel and 12% asphalt, with the final 5 miles climbing up over Mitchell Pass and through the Scotts Bluff National Monument.
-75 mile race – $55
-28 mile race – $20
-Equal women’s and men’s podium prize payout ($300 1st, $200 2nd, $100 3rd)
-Evening performance by Boulder’s Grant Farm with local Flyover Brewing Company serving on site
Event details and registration here
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