HIGH ALPINE GRAVEL

JULY 23, 2022
WINTER PARK, CO

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67-MILE GRAVEL


Let’s start with the numbers. 67 miles, almost entirely on gravel. 5600 feet of climbing, again, almost entirely on gravel. And a starting altitude of 8,700 feet. But riding gravel isn’t just about the numbers, is it? After a police-led rollout from downtown Winter Park, we bank left onto gravel and head into Arapaho National Forest. As we climb through pine and past creeks, the air gets thinner and the views get better.  All racers for both routes roll out together at 8:00 a.m.

The timing section starts at 4.5 miles and will end at 62.5 miles. That’s a whole lot of gravel!  The first climb, tops out shy of 10,400 ft. There, you’ll have your first opportunity to refresh and regroup at Aid #1.  Then it’s time for miles of smiles as you cruise down the rough forest roads that give way to wide-open, smooth-running dirt roads that you’ll swear are smoother than pavement.  Aid #2 will arrive just in time to power up before your longest most sustained climb of the day.  This one is a doosy with 2,500 ft. of vertical over 13 miles.  Take in the views and recuperate at Aid #3 before descending back down Crooked Creek to the timing mat. From there it’s a neutral cruise back into town / Hideaway Park via the bike path.  

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

 

Cash Winnings, $5,000 up for grabs 

No age categories, just Male and Female respectively

1st Place – $1,200

2nd Place – $800

3rd Place – $500

 

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: Route is subject to change pending permits and road conditions.

 

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