HIGH ALPINE GRAVEL

JULY 23, 2022
WINTER PARK, CO

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What kind of tires should I use?

The gravel roads around Winter Park are mostly smooth, with some loose gravel thrown in for good measure. While a 35c gravel tire would be acceptable for the most skilled gravel cyclists, we recommend something in the 38-42c range. This will ensure both comfort and traction in loose situations. 

 

Can I ride a mountain bike or do I need a gravel bike?

The best bike is the one you have! Mountain bikes are perfectly acceptable although not necessary. There is no singletrack on course, and the gravel roads are relatively smooth. 

 

What type of gravel is on this course?

The roads are mostly smooth dirt, with sections of looser gravel thrown in for good measure. Washboards are common on the more heavily trafficked roads, although heavily trafficked is a relative term in Grand County. 

 

What level of riding ability is necessary to ride this course?

Both the 67 and 25-mile courses begin at an elevation of 8,700 feet, which is not something to take lightly. Being adequately hydrated before, during and after the race is tantamount to your success! 

The gravel is not particularly technical so no MTB skills are necessary. However, riders should have the ability to climb and descend on loose gravel. 

These are mass start events, so placing yourself where you are comfortable at the start line is also something to consider. 

Finally, the 67-mile course includes 5,600 feet of climbing. 

 

How long will it take me to complete the course?

We anticipate that the fastest riders will complete the 67-mile course in 3.5 hours but that it will take up to 6-8 hours for the majority of riders.