For those of you riding the AntiEpic 50 or AntiEpic 160, the roads are looking good. We (me, Joe, and Nord) checked out a lot of the AntiEpic 50 course today. The 20-degree temperature made for a little chilly start (in spring mode, so everything below about 35 seems cold these days – more mental […]
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“The AntiEpic 160 is a free, unsupported gravel bike ride that begins and ends at Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument, Colorado. You can ride whatever bike you’d like – gravel-specific, mountain bike, or road. Go fast, go social, go however you’d like. Just realize that you are completely responsible for yourself. It’s early April, so […]
The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder was yesterday, April 5th in Monument, Colorado. For more information about the rides, check out the AntiEpic. 2014 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Pictures If you have any questions, comments, or want to share some pictures, check out the Riding Gravel Forum thread. Do you have news about an event, a race, […]
<Back to News Home | The Ride We recently received a note from the Colorado Springs Cycling Team about the first ever Frost Bite Gravel Grinder. 80 riders departed Pikes Peak Brewing in Monument, Colorado at 12pm on Saturday, December 20 under fair skies and relatively good temperatures and conditions for late December for 40 […]
<Back to News Home | J.Paks SnakPak: Quick Review by Matt Gersib It’s a very good time for those interested in getting out for extended gravel adventures. Never before have there been so many quality options for carrying your gear into the wild than there are today. One of the companies responsible for this trend […]
**Riding Gravel only reports this event for your information. Pedal of Littleton heads up the free group ride. You are responsible for yourself and required to sign their waiver before participating with their group. RidingGravel.com, it’s partners, and it’s partners are not responsible for your safety.**
What is it?
The Pedal 50 is a free, unsupported gravel bike ride that begins and ends in Monument, CO. You can ride whatever bike you’d like – gravel-specific, mountain bike, or road (you’ll be rattled and risk multiple flats with a road bike!). Go fast, go social, go however you’d like. It’s your chance to ride something different in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains!
(Please give up to 2 days to see your name on the roster below)
***NOTICE: RIDERS MUST PRINT, SIGN, & BRING THIS WAIVER TO CHECK-IN***
This ride is a fundraiser – Who does it benefit and how does it work?
We didn’t want to make this just another ride, so we went in search of a win-win-win situation. We found the answer we were looking for – the free ride, backed by Pedal of Littleton, with a raffle for a whole pile of great goods, with the proceeds going to two great organizations.
Who does it benefit?
This year the Pedal 50 will benefit Kids on Bikes. We believe that they are great organizations with great people doing great things that can use the money very wisely.
How does it work?
- Raffle tickets are $5 and that money will be donated – Bring cash or a check written to Kids on Bikes and/or Trips for Kids Denver.
- We will collect the money at check in and give you the raffle ticket. You hold onto the raffle until the 5pm raffle drawing. You have to be present to win.
- All schwag/prizes will be raffled off and only those who have purchased a raffle ticket will be eligible.
Raffle Prizes – Stay tuned for updates as we add them:
Grand Raffle Prize – 2017 Salsa Cycles Timberjack! (Pedal of Littleton is then offering a discount on the build)
Pedal of Littleton will have $100’s worth of goods, including a full box of Salsa Cycles gear, pumps, Cannondale helmets, and more
Kids on Bikes – Various swag – adult and kids jerseys, water bottle, socks, a kids bicycling t-shirt, and a brand new Panaracer cross tire
Date: Saturday, October 7, 2017
8:00am – 10:25am – Check-in
10:45am – Preride meeting in front of Pike Peak Brewing
11:00am – Ride start
4:00 – 5:00pm – Raffle drawing for a full pile of goods, including a Salsa Cycles frame out in the patio area
5:00 – ? – Hang around Pike Peaks Brewing and enjoy the great beer!
Start/Finish: Pikes Peak Brewing Company
Parking: The parking lot at Pikes Peak will likely be nearly full early on. Please plan on parking at the Park and Ride on Woodmoor Drive on the west side of the intersection of Woodmoor Drive and Lake Woodmoor Drive. It’s 1 block from Pikes Peak Brewing.
Course Info and Details
Distance: 50 miles
Elevation Gain: 4,000+ feet
Estimated Time: 3-5.5 hours for most riders.
Print Cue Cards:
PLEASE NOTE – THE FIRST SECTION OF THE ROUTE IS DIFFERENT FROM 2016. IT IS NOT GOING THROUGH GREENLAND OPEN SPACE THIS YEAR DUE TO A HORSE EVENT.
Riders will also be provided with course cues on ride day. There are NO course markings. You should be prepared and know the course.
Dial 911 for any emergencies. You need to be reliant on yourself and have a plan in place for anything that may happen to you. While there are many other riders out there, you should expect periods of time where you may not see others.
UCHealth Emergency Room (6.5 miles from Monument) – (719) 487-2060 – 13510 Meadowgrass Dr, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Memorial Health (13.5 miles from Monument) – (719) 444-2273 – 4110 Briargate Pkwy #445, Colorado Springs, CO 80920
For non-emergencies: You can reach Andy Christman at (303) 335-5055
PLEASE NOTE: THIS ROSTER WILL NO LONGER BE UPDATED AS OF 2:30PM MOUNTAIN ON 10/5/17 (WE HAVE THINGS TO GET READY) – You will need to sign up Saturday morning before the ride.
2017 Roster (as of 10/5/17)
Chris Van Patten
Trent Hovenga and tandem partner
Ron Harman King
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.
The High Plains Gravel Grinder
Come enjoy the challenging gravel roads around Elbert, Colorado featuring a variety of terrain from rollers to steep climbs.
Test yourself on long stretches of gravel with views of Pikes Peak, beautiful local ranches, and pine forests.
70 and 55 mile options
The High Plains Gravel Grinder website
Inaugural Event to Raise Funds for Elbert Parks and Recreation Youth Sports!