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Epic mountain bike endurance in Rico, CO
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: 6:00-AM – Saturday, September 20, 2014
What: Same route as the previous two years. It’s too good to change.
Maps Needed: Latitude 40 Maps
Another great map of the SW Colorado here created by Shawn Gregory: http://bigloopmaps.com/
GPS Route: Garmin users can go here to Garmin Connect to upload: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/201879477
Start: 6:00 AM, Rico CO – in front of the Rico Firehouse (across from the Rico Hotel)
Finish: Whenever you arrive back in town – The Enterprise Bar & Grill downtown Rico.
Start in front of the firehouse in Rico riding North on HWY 145. Turn right on Hermosa Park Road/Barlow Creek Road 578 for approximately 7 miles. Once on top stay right at the Y on FS 149 for approximately 1 mile where you will connect to the Colorado Trail. If you go left at the Y it will take you to Celebration Lake adding more miles.
Continue south on the Colorado Trail up and over Blackhawk and beyond. Take a right on the upper Grindstone Trail to Bear Creek Trail 607 down to HWY 145.
****This will complete the 50 mile version. Sign in/out at the sign-in sheet located at the sag wagon. Any rider choosing to complete the 50 mile route will be responsible for their own way back to Rico. It is 13 miles back up HWY 145.******
100 milers will take a left riding south on HWY 145 4.4 miles and take a right onto FS 545 Taylor Creek Road. Up Taylor approx 13 miles and take a right on FS 569. Travel a short distance (1/2 mile or so) and look for the single track (Priest) on your left. Take Priest Trail 1 mile and take onto Calico/Highline Stock Trail.
Continue on Calico Trail taking a left turn onto Fall Creek 640. Cross the dirt road continuing on 640 taking a right onto Winter Trail (if you miss the right turn on Winter you will end up in Dunton).
When you arrive at the end of Winter Trail take a left on FS 471 for a mile and turn right onto Dunton Road 535 and down to HWY 145 where you will make a right turn and finish with a nice downhill on pavement to Rico.
Finish is at the Enterprise Bar!!
Total mileage is approx 95 miles and with approximately 14k plus of climbing.
****There will be a support vehicle for resupply at the Bear Creek TH (Mile 47). Please bring donations for the resupply. I will supply water and Hammer Nutrition has stepped up as a sponsor for the resupply. There may also be other sponsors as well. You can also place drop bags into the support vehicle the morning of the ride to have for the halfway point at the Bear Creek TH.
****Osprey packs will be donating some packs as well that will be given away to our top finishers. Thanks Osprey!
Questions? Please use the forum page.
It will be a hard long day but you will experience some of the San Juan’s finest singletrack. Lights are recommended. Don’t get stuck out in the backcountry without the correct gear and know-how to survive on your own.
PLEASE USE THE REGISTRATION PAGE IF YOU WISH TO ENTER.