HIGH ALPINE GRAVEL

JULY 23, 2022
WINTER PARK, CO

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30-MILE GRAVEL

 

Gravel riding may be a pancake-flat affair in Texas, or a rolling-hill thing in Kansas or Nebraska. But here in Colorado we do things a little differently. The Crooked Gravel “mini”, 30 miles with just over 2,000 ft. of elevation, is a great way to get introduced to high mountain gravel, with a moderate climb on the backside of Winter Park Resort.  The course is mostly forest service roads that will flatten out prior to a jant back into town on the bike path. There is one aid station mid way through the course where you may catch your breath, replenish nutrients, have your biked wrench on and use the facilities. This course is not timed, so soak in the views and enjoy the high alpine air. 

See the images below for more detail.  You can also download trailforks to your phone for race day and follow along.  

 

Weather

Afternoon thunderstorms are a frequent summer occurrence in the Rockies. In order to avoid lightning strikes, don’t be the tallest object around or stand under tall objects. Move to higher ground in the event of a flash flood. Rain gear can help prevent hypothermia; a drop in body temperature that can happen even in summertime.

 

Animals

As people move into wildlife habitat, animal encounters occur more frequently and could happen in the back roads of Winter Park and Grand County. To avoid any encounters, keep your distance.  Here are some important information to learn about if and when you encounter wildlife. 

Click here to learn more about how to deal with wildlife on trails and gravel roads.

 

PLEASE NOTE: COURSE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING PERMITS.  

Click here for a larger map on trailforks and download to GPX.  You can also view the route here on ridewithGPX