Colorado’s Next Big Gravel Race, the ‘Rad Dirt Fest in Maybe Colorado’s Next Big Boom Town–Trinidad?Submitted by Bill Plock on April 5th, 2021
The time capsule of Trinidad and the surrounding Spanish Peaks makes for the perfect back drop for what might become Colorado’s newest bucket list gravel bike and trail run event—Life Time’s ‘Rad Dirt Fest.
The city of Trinidad, nestled at the base of Colorado’s newest state park, Fishers Peak, located on the North side of Raton Pass, will host this event in early October. Trinidad, one of Colorado’s oldest and most preserved cities still flourishes with about 10,000 people but it feels like it hasn’t changed much since its heyday in the early 1900’s.
But it has changed–tons. As in tons and tons of coal that used to roll through here after being mined near the roads the ‘Rad Dirt Fest follows. Thousands of miners and their families lived in the Spanish Peaks area northwest of town leaving hundreds of miles of smooth gravel roads to play on a hundred years later. Read more
“Gravel” refers to essentially any non-paved road: jeep trails, utilitarian public or private country roads for farming, ranching, or oil/gas companies, and even roads that have been decommissioned. Surfaces can be gravel, mud, packed dirt, sand, and pebbles. Gravel bikes are ready for anything: washboards, singletrack, bikepacking, and pannier-loaded errand runs.
One of the biggest differences between road, mountain bike and gravel riding are that conditions can vary more on gravel rides. Due to weather, the different types of gravel roads, and the limitations of skinnier tires when compared with mountain bikes, gravel riders must be ready for any adventure. Several gravel events have required the participants to carry their bikes for miles due to mud and difficult terrain. This is all part of the “unknown” adventure that appeals to many gravel riders! Read more
This is an excellent article by Neal Rogers of Cycling Tips. At the recent Endurance Exchange, the future of “Gravel” was a hot topic and it was suggested that 2020 will be an interesting year…this offers some great insight as to why……
The gravel phenomenon that’s taken root in American cycling shows no signs of slowing down in 2020. New events are selling out in a manner of minutes. Bike brands are marketing gravel-specific wares ahead of other disciplines. Former WorldTour pros are finding a new home in a friendlier, dust-covered peloton. Gravel triathlons are popping up across the United States. There’s even a gravel-racing commercial slated for the upcoming Super Bowl. Read more
Steamboat Springs A gravel bike or Cyclocross bike fitted with 30-35mm tires. Road & mountain bikes are welcome. For road bikes, come fitted with 28mm minimum and mountain bikes a slick 1.25-1.5 inch tire would be best. It’s timeRead More
Durango Event details and registration here
Looking for a holiday gift for the bike packing or gravel riding enthusiast on your gift giving list? Read this review of the Mag-Tank 2000 by Revelate Designs and check out the other frame bags and accessories in their product line. Read more
Gravel riding is one of the fastest-growing styles of cycling, and for good reason: it takes riders off-road, but not too far. Lauren Costantini shares some tip and ideas for gravel riding. Read more
Held Saturday, January 27, the Old Man Winter Official Course Pre-Ride, hosted by Old Man Winter Rally and Sports Garage Cycling was a great success, according to Full Cycle Liv Ambassador Shelley Hartman… “Sports Garage put on 4 amazingRead More