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The High Plains Gravel Grinder

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!

 

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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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Frost Bite Gravel Grinder

<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 […]

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AntiEpic Gravel Grinder Pictures Posted

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, […]

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AntiEpic 160 Final Course Map Posted

“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 […]

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AntiEpic Course Scouting

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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