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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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Encierro Velo

Encierro Velo May 6,2017

100 Kilometer and 50 Kilometer  timed gravel grinder with full results. Held on twisty, rolling gravel roads north of Monument and west of Elbert, Colorado. Starts and finishs at Peaceful Valley Scout Camp, 22799 N Elbert rd, Elbert ,Co 80106 ,south entrance.

Classes: Men and Women, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. No equipment based classes.

Awards and awards ceremony only for 100 Kilometer distance classes. A Colorado Gravel Grinder Championships event .


Event Fees

Event Prior to March 31 April 1-April 15 April 16-May5 Race Day
100 Kilometer $39.95 $49.95 $79.95 $99.95
50 Kilometer $29.95 $49.95 $59.95 $79.95

No refunds or transfers of entries

Starting Times, Peaceful Valley Scout Camp, Elbert,Colorado

Event Start Time Number of Feed Stations
100 Kilometer 9:00 AM 2
100 Kilometer pro class 9:00 AM 2
50 Kilometer 9 AM 0

Feed stations will have water, energy drink, a limited number of energy gels, granola bars, PB&J sandwiches and Lutefisk.

Course Details

Go to Garmin Connect. Look up Encierro Velo 2016 public roads. Here is lnk.

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/activity/998718766

This  will show  public road section of 100K course. After the event covers  53 miles on public roads it will enter Peaceful Valley Scout Camp and cover 3-5 miles of dirt roads, two track and single track. The 50K course will cover the eastern 26 mile loop of 100K course before returning to Peacefull Valley Scout Camp and cover the same 3-5 miles of dirt roads ,two track and single track as the 100K. There will be limited on course marking . Course maps will be given out at registration. With the wet conditions ,the 3-5 miles at Peaceful Valley Scout Camp may not be rideable and thus may be dropped .

Support Crews

Allowed but not required. May only give support at fueling stations. Support crews will be required to use specified non-race routes to fueling stations .Although we recommend having a support crew , we do not believe that they will provide a distinct advantage. Support crews may greet racers at the feed station by Lincoln Park or when they return to Peacfull Valley Scout Camp .

Required

GPS, working head and tail light (micro light is acceptable), helmet. Course maps will be given out at registration. Particapants are incouraged to mount map to handlebars so that maps are readable while riding. The combination of riding with your head up, haveing a handlebar readable map and course marking arrows, may be sufficient for successful navagation. Maps stuffed in back pocket have low value.

Registration is 7:30-8:30 . Racers information meeting 8:35-8:45 racers meeting.

 

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AntiEpic 160

2017 AntiEpic Gravel Grinder

Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017

It’s May…and it’s Colorado! So please expect sunshine, rain, snow, wind, cold, and mud! Please bring the appropriate riding gear, a good attitude, and a smile!

Course: We will offer two timed tours for 2017:

  • The AntiEpic Gravel Grinder starts and ends in Monument, Colorado, traveling northeast along undulating country roads through the town of Elbert en route to Deer Trail just off of I-70. The course then makes the challenging return to Monument via a different route, gaining a majority of its 8,400 feet of climbing en route back to Monument.
  • The 2017 Long Course will essentially be the same course used during the AntiEpic from 2012 – 2016 (+ an extra 34+ miles TBD) and will include the potentially nasty B-road, County Road 98. As past AntiEpic participants know, this 3+ mile B-road has the potential to make the AntiEpic Gravel Grinder truly EPIC in nature…..some would argue perhaps even too EPIC at times! That being said, we have created an alternate route to bypass the B-road if it is covered in 3 feet of snow, so muddy that a tractor cannot pass, or simply not passable. We will make a decision in the week prior to the event if we will use the alternate route.
  • As in previous years, the course will be unmarked. Riders are responsible for navigating the course using either the official cue sheet (which will be e-mailed to pre-registered riders during the week prior to the event) OR the Garmin file, which can be downloaded from the links above.
Start/End location: Pikes Peak Brewery, 1756 Lake Woodmoor Drive, Monument, CO 80132
Start time:
  • AntiEpic Long Course: Sign in: 5:00 am – 5:45 am. Ride starts at 6:00 am
  • AntiEpic Short Course: Sign in: 7:00 am – 7:45 am. Ride starts at 8:00 am
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Pedal 50

Pedal 50


**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.**

1st RIDER COMMUNICATION – 9/21/16

2nd RIDER COMMUNICATION – 9/23/16

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!

CLICK TO REGISTER FOR THE 2016 PEDAL 50

***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 and Trips for Kids Denver. We believe that they are great organizations with great people doing great things that can use the money very wisely.

How does it work?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Warbird Aluminum Frameset (Pedal of Littleton is then offering a discount on the build – 15% off parts and you pay labor)

Others:

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

Trips for Kids – 25 pairs of arm warmers and 10 pairs of knee warmers

Riding Gravel – Stickers and Tshirts

Mountain Bike Radio – Tshirts


 Details/Location

Date:            Saturday, September 24, 2016
Schedule: 

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: 55 miles

Elevation Gain: 4,000+ feet

Estimated Time: 3-5.5 hours for most riders.

Print Cue Cards:

3.5 inch wide x 2.7 inch height

Full page portrait

Full page landscape

CLICK TO GO TO THE FULL COURSE MAP, CUES, & SUMMARY


Riders will also be provided with course cues on ride day. There are NO course markings. You should be prepared and know the course.

Results:          2013   2014   2015

Pictures:        2013   2014   2015


Emergency Details

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.

Hospital Information:

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


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2016 Roster (as of September 22, 2016) :

Chris Walson

Cory Belcher

Dave Ratcliff

Paul Moore

Merry Vander Linden

Dan Reback

Robert McWhorter

Jim Bergantzel

Steve Ryan

Scott Simmons

Corey McDonald

Jared Shuttleworth

Dennis Coombs

Scott Zimmerman

William Kellagher

Jay Evers

Ian Starr

Todd Rabourn

Troy Young

Stephen Meszaros

Benjamin Sharp

Doug Broyer

Bill Harms

Jennifer Sharp

Regis Verliede

Brian Hutchison

Cheryl Moffett

Yianni Drako

Yousef Hamzeh

Troy Reynolds

Lew Perna

Ben Kramer

Steve Shaffer

Blake Herzog

Megan Hottman

Eric Truman

Michael Catterall

Tim Sommers

Derrek Massanari

Daniel Ebner

Giuseppe Berra

Kasey McClurg

Julia Duran

Luke Franey

Brad Prothe

Greg Deemer

Andy Kadlec

Greg Jones

Drew Wacker

Mike Rosser

Brandon Rock

Lindsey Watson

Steven Sawyer

Mark Raphael

Michael Haubert

Marc Duran

David Burke

Tim Whalen

Tom Torkelson

Bo Kristensen

Nick DiTulio

Mark Schenberger

Steve Beggs

James Gwyther

Tim Miller

John Kotrla

Todd Murray

Hugh Cockshoot

Bill Sullivan

Heather Romenesko

Rob Bielfeldt

Butch Stinton

John Blayter

Michael Inglis

Will Herold

Gwen Inglis

Matthew Cline

James Kelly

Darryl Sigman

Edd Lukens

Greg Moore

Mark Hanlon

Phil Tahmindjis

Jon Romenesko

Patrick Reichlin

Dawnya Gebhard

Jenny Henry

Victor Lira

Cody Wilkins

Laurie Edmonstone

Patrick Edmonstone

J Rubell

Josh Dougan

Mark Moore

Mark Braun

Dave Gonzalez

Arden Ferris

Brad Barber

Leo Perez

Michael Linde

Craig Horton

Julie Fisher

Noah Schabacker

Jared Thaut

Steve Crosby

Steve Machac

Justin Paulsen

Scott Smith

Mike Vannelli

Mike Vigil

Ross Borgida

Marcus Couchman

Eric Hemler

Shane Bergman

Chad Maxedon

Michael Giem

Kevin McDonough




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Rampart Rager

This course is sensational!! Phenomenal views, super challenging but brutally fun 63 miles, 80% Dirt, 20% paved and bike path. Starting at Criterium Bike Shop, following bike path to Garden of the Gods, thru the Garden, up Rampart Range Road to Mount Herman Road, down to Monument, back on path thru the Air Force Academy and finishing at Criterium Bike Shop. 5400 feet of climbing!

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Eddy Rando

**The Eddy Rando is a celebration of steel road bikes…new and old.  This event is a summer group ride starting at Creekside Bikes in Parker, Colorado.  Mass start roll out at 8am on three out & back routes (20/40/60 miles).  One common rest stop.

After ride awards party at Twenty-Mile Tap House in Parker.  Free-will donation format.

Ride info will be posted at creeksidebikes.com going into 2016.  The Eddy Rando is for steel road bikes only.  No steel mountain bikes.  No aluminum bikes.  Carbon forks approved.  Ten prizes in 2016.  The event spirit is retro and classical, grass roots and low budget… with classic bikes on display before and afterwards!

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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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