A Self supported ride through Colorado. if you scratch from the race you will have to figure out how to get home. If you finish the race you have to figure out how to get home as well.
If the trail or road looks like its too technical or too scary and you want to go a different way, that is fine be safe and go a different way. Try to get back on route asap. I am thinking of the north fork trail and Rollins Pass with the trellises could be a bit scary for some. If this is to make the ride easier to win a race with no prize you will be DQ'd.
If you get lost stop take a breath get back on route. If this means you bypass a little bit of the route don't sweat it you probably lost 2 hours going the wrong way. Again if getting lost is part of your strategy for winning you will be DQ'd
This route will start in Fort Collins and take you to Trinidad Colorado. It has about 200 miles of pavement and 300 of gravel 15-30 miles of single track.
The first 110 miles water is along the course
mile 110 Gould may or may not be open
Some water on route leaving Gould to Granby no water once you hit pavement until Granby.
Granby to Fraizer we will be on the granby to fraizer trail which is a mix of every terrain
Fraizer to Central city big climb up and over rollins pass nice area to refill water at river before climbing to central city
Not a lot of water until you get to central city.
central city is only a few miles to Idaho springs which offers full services for resupply
Idaho springs to conifer has no water along the route
conifer will have lots of options may need to go off route
conifer to deckers follows platte river has 10 miles of single track with no water
Deckers has a restaurant but not much else.
Deckers to lake George has a few spots for water i heard the goose creek campground has water as well
lake george is really small if needed a resupply could turn and go to Florassant just use 46 to get back on route
lake George to cripple creek one gas station called evergreen station about 1/2 way no water along route
cripple creek to canyon city down shelf road through red rocks park will be warm
canyon has full options for resupply
canyon city to west cliff oak creek grade road 30 miles a couple of water refuel options
west cliff to Wassenberg not a lot of water options one in Gardner
Wassenberg 24h gas stations
Wassenberg to lavetta no water option
Lavetta has a gas station and restaurants
lavetta to cordova pass a few water options along way up
cordova pass to trinidad no water options other than 2 at start of decent
If you would like a GPX file of the route just let me know and i will send to you through email
Lights and safety stuff lets be safe and seen. I would recommend to get a reflective piece to wear or mount to you bike like a reflective triangle I get a ton of room when i have it on my bike
We will be in some areas that camping will not be a problem and some area would not be a good idea such as private property.
It looks around 100 miles in between resupply points other than the first one which is around 150 you will most likely want to get water in between these stops i will post on where to fill up at when everything gets finalized
I will post here but will make a Facebook page so we can all post about thoughts we have on the race.