Crested Butte Classic (CB100)


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NEW COURSE IN 2014 DUE TO ROUTE/TRAIL/ACCESS ISSUES.  

11th Annual Crested Butte Classic as hosted by Dave Ochs!

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No more than 74 people allowed for this event!  This is intended to be NON-COMMERCIAL, Recreational-Use Activities that are held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.  Please make sure to read all rules for this.  This is fully unsupported and you will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this.  The rules are located HERE.

When: Saturday, July 12, 2014

Hang out at the Brick Oven Pizza for post party celebration!

What: Singletrack, high elevation, back country self supported endurance epic.

Maps Needed:  Latitude 40 Maps

Crested Butte Trails”, 1st Edition

Start:  6:00AM start/sign-in/meeting with 6:40 meeting with 6:50 roll out, at the Post Office Parking Lot adjacent to the Brick Oven Pizzeria.  Sign-in here after each Loop.

Finish:   Parking lot adjacent to Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub (223 Elk Ave, Crested Butte, CO) , and remember to sign in after each loop!

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Special Note:  We won’t be at the Brick Oven this year, but at the Post Office parking lot, that shares the Brick.  However the post party will be at the Brick Oven!! That way, we are a bit out of the Brick’s hair on a busy weekend, but still near the Brick for excellent beer and pizza.  Also you may park at the Chamber of Commerce as in years past.  Riders can park anywhere else in town that is legal, and we’ll have to meet at the PO Parking lot to start.

They Brick Oven is mighty grateful to always lend space and support for this race, but racers need to know it’s not their public shower or base camp area.  You can most certainly go in to buy slices, get drinks etc, but don’t count on them for water, bottle refills, bathroom, etc.

Please also be sure to tip your waiter/waitress and make this whole thing worth while for the crew working at the Brick.

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Description of Route:  NEW COURSE IN 2014 DUE TO ROUTE/TRAIL/ACCESS ISSUES.  

3 Separate Loops from Crested Butte with the ability to self-support yourself via support bags at the 4-Way or from your parked car, house, or even your entourage.

Loop 1 – Lupine Trail, Lower Loop, Green Lake, Carbon Creek, Ohio Pass, Wagon Trail. Hardly as complicated as it sounds, and duplicating track with the finish down the Wagon Trail back to the Brick Oven and Crested Butte. Wagon trail is only the LOWER, or East side of the Wagon trail. ONLY the portion that parallels Kebler Pass.

With the first loop, the Classic will take on another 1500′ of climbing than in past years and about a 1/2 hour to the first lap, and a whole bunch of more true CB riding. That first lap is CRAZY hard. Hard technical climbing on Green Lake and Carbon Creek, and hard descending on Carbon Creek. Lupine and Lower Loop are a hoot, beginner trails, but climbing Green Lake Trail, let alone the 12 times you need to get off on the climb up Carbon Creek, let alone the CLIMB DOWN Carbon Creek!  Be prepared to walk, be prepare to be humbled, but also be prepared to be in a one SICK place, just outside of town, and the future connection area to the Gunnison to CB trail.

Loop 2 – Butte Ave to Peanut Road, to Lower Loop. Take the track, not the Horse trail (wide path) and stay low on the trail out to Gunsight bridge, and across to Slate River Road. Slate Du’Huez to FS Road 811 across to 403. Up Gothic Road to 401 – exit 401 at Rustlers, (no lower 401) take Gothic road back to town and then check-in.

Loop 3 – Dyke Trail.  Head up Old Kebler to Kebler pass all the way to the ‘Y’, then head right at the ‘Y’ and go up towards the Irwin town site.  South of the lake, and then over to the Dyke trail.  After the Dyke, head up Kebler Pass road again towards the top of the pass and take the  Wagon trail (LOWER) or East side of the Wagon trail. ONLY the portion that parallels Kebler Pass Road.

Congrats you have just finished the CB Classic!

As usual, the good folks at Avery Brewing will be supplying the libations for the event.  Always remember to hug your local Avery rep, and do make sure to tip the Brick Oven staff who take care of you.  Feel free to email Dave at redridgedesign@msn.com for any questions.

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25 responses to “Crested Butte Classic (CB100)

  • davidochs

    Sorry for not much updating, just had a kid so obviously distracted. Ramping up for the 8th Edition – only a few weeks away. Definitely some changes, as we are trying to make sure we have the least impact to keep the all looking eye away. The loops are going to reverse this year, Dyke Trail first, then 403/401, then Strand/Deer Creek for the final loop. For Missy’s Mini, it will go up towards the Dyke with the big group, but do just the Wagon trail, then the Lower Loop, then Strand. I will get a poster together with more details, and any questions feel free to email me at redridgedesign@msn.com.

  • Jeff K

    Any idea how ‘spot on’ this gps file is for this years route?
    http://connect.garmin.com/activity/14510401?cid=639307

    Never ridden any of these trails, and like others have said, don’t want to spend the entire day route finding.

    • troy

      Jeff, that’s the course from 2 years ago, The right hand loop is totally different, as we are using the traditional strand/deer creek. Also, as you use the ‘play’ feature, we are doing the loops in opposite order, although each loop will be ridden in the usual direction. crankcollective.com has maps. Also there is a piece of singletrack taken out of the first(dyke) loop. Easiest to just have someone explain that part saturday morning.

  • Zness

    Dave,
    What a wonderful ride you guys put on! I hope you got lots of positive feedback. Thanks for cheering everybody on. The course was unbelievably challenging and I was really proud to finish. It was well thought out, very scenic, and awesome descents. Sick brother.
    Go Big Red,
    Zee

  • jeff hemperley

    Awesome event!! Thanks to Dave and all the volunteers signing us in/out and course marshaling. And to the so very awesome Jason Stubbe and crew for the Coke’s and morale support through out the day. Also a big thank you to the Brick Oven for sponsoring the finish venue with great beer and food. Kudos to everyone involved. I’ll be back.

    Freako!!!

  • Warren Schick

    I want to reiterate the sentiment…great job Dave, and thanks to all who volunteered their time to put on the event. Incredible course…I was so glad to finish. Thanks to Mother Nature for the great weather too.

    See you next year. Be well.

  • John Todd Mallow

    Just to echo the above statements… Dave O. you rule! Thank you to everyone out there who volunteered and took the time out of their day to make this thing happen! Thank you to the time keepers at The Brick and thank you to The Brick and Avery for the brew! Sick course! Best time I’ve had on my bike all season! Can’t wait til’ next year.
    John Todd Mallow

  • Zness

    I noticed a fella taking pictures during the race. Does anyone know where they might be posted? I’d really love to see ‘em.

  • Philip Schreiber

    Dave, and everyone else who helped put this together, this goes down as one of the most memorable, best, most challenging (longest) rides ever in my book. Lap 3 was a zen like moment. What weather, what colors, what an incredible climb. I am so happy to have done it, been there, experienced it. Thanks! This was real mountain biking.

    Phil

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  • hickstein

    I’m getting super pumped for the ride this weekend! Does the GPS file from Crank Collective include all of the trails? It looks mostly correct, but is the Wagon Trail included? The track looks like it just follows Kebler Pass Road.
    Over on the third loop, I can see that the track follows the paved road instead of the Deli Trail. Any more notable deviations from the GPS track that we should watch out for?
    Cheers, Dan

  • heyride

    Dave O and crew. Thanks again for putting on a wonderful event. I died a thousand deaths along the way, but kept riding in-search of the elusive Stubbe coca~cola hand up. It was worth the wait.

  • bike2eat

    any idea what the 2013 route will be?

    • davidochs

      Its changing!!!!! Stay tuned!!! May be a monster death loop, then a small finisher, or just may be a different first loop. Several things are pending, gotta play it by ear for now. I’ll get gps when its certain.

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  • Dan Hickstein

    New course sounds sweet! Is there a gps track posted somewhere?
    Cheers, Dan

  • SWES

    Hey all, sorry last minute, was hoping the goat and the chicken I beheaded last night would appease the snow gods and we’d be smooth sailing on dry trails come Saturday. Not at all the case. The snow we got last Sunday killed any chances of 403/401, other trails are holding water and are really messy, and it’s coming down again now. Including snow. Alternatives a bit down Valley, like Reno Flag Bear, and Doctors are also a muddy mess, and again, they are getting hit now too.

    We’ve had a good string of luck for 10 years, it had to happen eventually, and I’m super bummed to say it’s not on this year.

    Some of you may already be here, maybe even in transit right now. If there’s a crew here tomorrow, we could perhaps all go down to Gunnison for a fun group ride at Hartman’s. Otherwise, there isn’t a trail around that isn’t a mess.

    I hope Mama Nature didn’t kill anyone’s vacation plans or throw off a long time in planning. It’s supposed to be nice starting tomorrow, but too late. Lower stuff may dry out by Sunday, and it is Dan’s Birthday still. We have tons of Beer from New Belgium and Avery, and Dan is even thinking hot laps around town on townies, based out of the Brick! So if you’re here and still planning on doing something, we can rig up some damn good times just sitting at the Brick and drinking all this beer!

    Sorry last minute, and sorry that the government didn’t put one of those giant space magnets up and move those clouds! – Dave

  • Brian Brothers

    Dave, rode most of the first loop today. Showed up too late to finish it before dark. Bailed out down WildCat back to Kebler rd, that was a mistake heading down a muddy atv/moto trail, should’ve finished the loop. Just have to say that is a great new addition to the Classic.

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