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Gold Rush Bike Rally

Gold Rush Bike Rally

The Gold Rush Bike Rally is the sister event of the Old Man Winter Rally, an event experience known for its laid back vibe, adventurous course, cold beer, and great prizes. Starting above Boulder in Gold Hill, the fall colors and historic town will make you feel like you’ve gone back to the turn of the 20th century. The roads that make up the courses are 90% gravel with gorgeous views of the Indian Peaks and very little civilization in sight. All three loops start and finish on Main St, where a fun block party greets you in between laps and music fills the air. It’s a one-of-a-kind gravel race with limited spots for some very lucky cyclists.ike rally,ikeikikikike Rally

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FoCo Fondofest

The FoCo Fondo is a daring gravel cycling adventure that starts and finishes at New Belgium Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado. Choose family-friendly 12- or 25-mile routes and make those end-of-summer memories together. Or challenge yourself with the rolling 50-mile route or the ultimate Bite the Bullet 100-mile gravel fondo. Post-ride, enjoy the FondoFest festival full of food trucks, vendors, bike-demos, live music, and activities for the kids. A portion of profits go to support after-school and summer programs through Safe Routes to School, an FC Bikes program. *Mileage is approximate, pending final permits.

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Tour de Steamboat

The Tour de Steamboat is an annual bicycle event that brings together 1,200 cyclists for a one-day ride through beautiful Northwest Colorado. Names like Rabbit Ears Pass, Gore Pass, Yellow Jacket Pass, Stagecoach, Yampa and Oak Creek dot this incredible route. We host four different road ride routes—26, 46, 66 and 116 miles—and new this year, a 100 mile gravel route, something for riders of all ages and abilities. We are a non-competitive event, and participants are encouraged to ride at their own pace and enjoy the majestic scenery in our part of the world! We offer superb aid stations, support, and end of the ride barbecue and craft beer garden. All proceeds from the Tour de Steamboat go directly to our beneficiary non-profits.

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Ride The Cog – Hayden, CO

The Hayden Cog Ride is impressive both in its physical presence and historical prominence. Although ‘gravel grinders’ are currently a big trend for cyclists, West Routt County, CO has been gravel grinding for over a century, thanks to early Hayden pioneers and cycling enthusiasts Ferry Carpenter and Ernest Walker. The Cog Ride takes advantage of the Cog’s impressive climb along with the network of gravel roads surrounding Hayden. The Cog Ride has proven to be a colorful gathering of every level and age of bicycle enthusiast. From vintage models, single speeds, and tandems to fat bikes and high-end racing setups, and even to electric-assisted bicycles, you see it all at the Cog Ride, which benefits the Hayden Heritage Center Museum.

The ride has three options including a 31 mile scenic ‘Gravel Grinder’ that starts with a challenging ride on pavement up the Cog then circles west on gravel roads around Elkhead Reservoir; a 26 mile ‘Mud Route’, almost entirely on gravel and dirt, starts with a spectacular climb up the Middle Cog then heads along remote backcountry routes including the homestead of Ferry Carpenter; or the challenging 43 mile ‘Combined Ride’ which features the best of both routes. The Combined Route starts at 9:00am while the Gravel Grinder and Mud Routes begin at 9:30am. A short and very easy family ride at 11am lets the youngest riders participate both with bicycle decoration, and a fun obstacle course.

 HaydenHeritageCenter.org. Please also feel free to email the museum at haydenmuseum@zirkel.us, or call 970-276-4380.

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Wild Horse Gravel

Wild Horse Gravel showcases the unique high desertscape of the Western Slope. Hosted on the luxury High Lonesome Ranch, riders will be treated to a country cook-out, campfire, cabins, camping – or glamping – and the best local music. In short, there will be a Colorado country party to accompany the ride.

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Pony Xpress Gravel 160

The Race

Come discover the challenge’s Pony Express riders faced in the 1860’s. These earliest American racers speed across remote, desolate regions of America. They had to combine speed, endurance, and mental toughness just to stay alive. While at their physical limits, they had to keep a clear mind, to navigate, to read the weather and to manage their food. If they got into trouble, they had only their own wits and fortitude. So come challenge your ability to think and plan under pressure. Success will require the ability to combine speed, endurance, clear thinking and sheer dogged determination.

The course is made up of gravel county roads that travel northwest Trinidad,Colorado. Each distance has only 10k of blacktop. Unlike Leadville Trail 100 or Rocky Mountain Endurance series,which are loops or out and back, each distance contains mostly new terrain.  Consisting  of rolling foothills, forests and open plains with stunning views of Fisher Peak. At no point do you ride or even cross a state highway. 70% of the course is in tree sheltered or canyon areas that are less susceptible to wind. So it’s unlikely you’ll face the winds of Dirty Kanza. Roads are open to public vehicle traffic as well as cattle (open range). Early portions of the course travel thru historic mining areas including the nationally recognized  Ludlow memorial. Elevations range from 6,000 feet to 8,800 feet. Typical temps range from 50 degrees at start to 75 degrees mid day. Put away those heavy Dirty Kanza tires. These roads are fine gravel, so lighter tires can be run.  If you hate competing with cars and love riding quiet gravel roads, then this is your event. This course will not disappoint! All participants must have a GPS, as the course is unmarked . A Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships event.

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by Riding Gravel 2014