Crested Butte Classic (CB100)

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2017 – CANCELLED…. sorry.  

Crested Butte Classic as hosted by Dave Ochs!

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 a backcountry endeavor that will require mad Jedi skills, navigation skills, proper preparation, and remote single track shredding. Be prepared for all conditions, inclement weather, immense vertical and know you are on your own.  You will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete this.  The rules are located HERE.

When: Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

Crested Butte Classic 2016 Information
Saturday, September 2nd, 2017, 5:00am

Course Map, GPS, Description HERE

5:00am meet, put your name down at the CB Chamber of Commerce located at the 4-way (6th and Elk Ave) You can park here for the day – not overnight.

5:30 am SHARP depart.

Elk Avenue to 1st Street. 1st to Butte Avenue, Butte to Peanut Lake Road. Lower Loop to Gunsight Bridge to Slate River Road. Slate River Rd (#734) to Washington Gulch Road (#811) to 403. 403 to Gothic Road (#317) to Schofield Pass. 401 to Rustlers Gulch – EXIT at Rustlers, Gothic Road through the Town of Gothic (you MUST use brakes on the hill into Gothic – 15 mph max), to Deer Creek Trail to Brush Creek Road, Death Pass (shortcut on Brush Creek Road), East Brush Creek Road (#738.2B) to Trail 400, 400 to the TOP, then Crystal Peak Trail down to Cement Creek Road, to the Hunter Creek Trail where you get on Upper Cement Creek Trail. Upper Cement Creek Trail to Cement Creek Road, left turn to the Reno Divide Trail and Reno/Italian Road, Flag Creek, Bear Creek, and Deadmans Trails, back to Cement Creek Road. Left on Cement Creek Road to the Warm Springs Trail, up Warm Springs to the Wall, Hammer Trail or 405.2a to 405, to Point Lookout, to 409, then 409 to Strand Hill/Farris Road, and then finish with Strand BONUS (not Strand hill), Canal Trail, Brush Creek Road back towards the Town of CB. Then the Deli trail that parallels the highway back into Town, and ultimately finish and get your name back on that clipboard you saw last at 5:00am at the Brick Oven Pizzeria on Elk Avenue. (3rd and Elk)

Much of this course, and the other 450+ miles of track around here, are advocated for, maintained by, and often built by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association, the oldest club on our fine planet – since 1983!  The goal here is to focus on the miles and efforts of CBMBA in making this stuff friggin hero track, and la-la land riding – miles of it – and connecting drainages and valleys. Where we can, we’re on muscle powered only track, and so much of this have seen CBMBA volunteer tools – nearly every sq. inch has seen CBMBA advocacy.  Dig it – check it out…. CBMBA website (new one around the corner…)

Again, our homies and friends at the Brick Oven are psyched to have you finish on their deck, and then drink a glorious beverage for your efforts.  Do be kind to the folks there – don’t de-chamois in front of the family visiting from Georgia, and be kind to the waitstaff. Dan and Brian will be good to us, let’s return that favor!

Support vehicles will be at the Chamber at 5:00am, please bring your well-labeled bags/feeds for these vehicles, they will be ‘help yourself’ on course. Support vehicle #1 at the end of Deer Creek/Brush Creek Trailhead – mile 40. Vehicle #2 at the Deadman Trailhead – mile 75. Do keep a headlamp handy at this last feed in case you are pushing the sunlight and want to continue on.

Do know this is a self-supported (besides those vehicles put in place) race, where you can face extreme weather, and very much extreme backcountry conditions. BE PREPARED! Be safe. This event has no affiliations, course markings, or waivers – you are on your own.

Past course information below – DO NOT DO THIS FOR 2017…but good course if you come to the area for fun,

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.

The 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.

Avery Brewing is indeed taking care of us again this year, however, it’s July in CB, and we CAN NOT interfere with business at the Brick Oven. Dan and Brian are going out of their way to make sure each rider gets a beer for their efforts, however, it will not be the free for all of previous years, when business was slow enough to allow for salty and totally worked racers to be lounging around the Brick taking up space. Please do patronize the Brick as a paying customer, get a table, order pie, drink your beer and order more, but please no lounging around in spandex, laying down on the deck when there are TONS of paying customers around. Please also respect their facility, and their bathroom is not the place to take a ‘French Shower’ in between laps. RESPECT peeps, so we can keep doing this!!! This year is going to be FUN factor x10 with epic loops and big miles.


Description of Route:  NEW COURSE IN 2015 

Email me at for gps files.

Also to note! We will meet at 6:30 AM at the Brick Oven/Post Office Parking lot for a 7 AM start. Please come early to sign in, and get any questions answered.

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 –  Teocalli Ridge trail is back open after 2 years of being closed to MTB’s, as the FS has been doing some stellar work on it. Loop 1 will now be Strand/Teocalli/Canal trail, then back to the Brick. If you can navigate to Deer Creek as previously loop1, then it’s just a right turn onto Teo, instead of a left to Deer Creek. After Teo – and WICKED big smiles – then you head down Brush Creek road for a 1/4 mile, and get on the Canal trail heading back to town. Canal takes you to where you ended Strand Hill, and once you hit the road, you go left back to town. So it’s Strand and the Canal trail to Brush Creek, turn right and head to Teo. After Teo, it’s Canal trail all the way back to Brush Creek, then left and back to town. It’s quite simple. Ill get it mapped and post it.

Loop 2 – going big – it’s July and we have more time… sorry there’s more road in it… but the track is beyond epic – Reno, Flag, Bear, Deadman!

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 for any questions.


2015 Results



16 responses to “Crested Butte Classic (CB100)

  • Jeff K

    Any idea how ‘spot on’ this gps file is for this years route?

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

  • 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.


  • 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.


  • SWES

    Yo Dan – I updated as much I could. There will be announcements at the start meeting. But Wagon is out – just follow Kebler back to town. 401 is to the finish and not exit at Rustlers as in the past. Not sure about the Deli – ask that question if not answered at the meeting.

    Dave also has some information in the CB News:


    • hickstein

      Saw the news article about 10 seconds after posting this :). Looks like the order is going Deer Creek, 403/401, Dyke and that the whole 401 is going in. Any chance of an updated gpx file? Or am I better off just bringing the map and a sharpie to the pre-race meeting? Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to some great riding!

  • 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.

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  • bike2eat

    any idea what the 2013 route will be?

  • 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

  • Andy

    Hello, is this ride going off on Saturday? GPS track anyone. Page seems quiet?

  • davidochs

    Have a family issue, two kids, and a full plate this weekend, sorry last minute, but not happening. Unless of course anyone wants to come drop their own bags and do the loop – have at it!

  • Brad Hunt

    The Hippie Dave Appreciation 100 is on. Same course as last year’s Classic. 5:15 sign in at the 4 way. 5:30 depart. No aid. No support. You are free to stash your own drops out on course.

  • Keith Yzquierdo

    Any word on 2018? Happening? Date?

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