Welcome to the 2019 Edition
Ride Sponsor: Ian Altman
The Colorado Trail Classic is a point-to-point event in the COES. Bummer you can’t loop it out but the one-way route is just too classic to miss!
No more than 73 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.
This is fully unsupported and you will need to be self-sufficient in order to complete it The rules for this are located HERE.
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When: Saturday, August 17th, 2019 – 6:00 AM
What: Singletrack, high elevation, backcountry self-supported endurance epic.
Where: Course follows a 75 mile stretch of the Colorado Trail, beginning on Molas Pass (10,860′) in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. The exact starting point for our epic day is the tippy-top of the pass, on the paved parking lot with bathrooms- located just to the east side of Hwy 550.
Finish: Finish times should be recorded ( by you) at the western terminus of the CT, where it meets Junction Creek Road- all the way at the end, by the bathrooms and the first sign of pavement. Whenever you make it back to Durango go to Carver’s Brewing Company to sign out, have a brew on them and share stories of your rad day.
Post-Ride Party: Carver Brewing, a dedicated supporter of the Colorado Trail will gladly donate a free beer to all finishers and is holding space for us on their patio. Carvers ROCKS!
This 75-mile endurance mountain bike ride traverses across some of the finest alpine single track on the planet! Beginning on Molas Pass (10,860′), in the heart of the San Juan Mountains, the course will take riders over four mountain passes (all near or above 12,500′) by following the Colorado Trail to its terminus at the Junction Creek trailhead, just five miles from Durango. See the elevation profile for more details, but the route stays at or well above 10,000′ until the final ripping descent into Durango. Total climbing vert is 10,000+’ and total descending vert is 14,000+’.
Due to the length, commitment and isolated nature of this ride, this event is purely designed as a self-supported MTB Ride. All riders are expected to have the knowledge and equipment to sustain themselves for the entire length of the trail. So, be prepared for the worst and having fun is mandatory!
‘Do it Yourself’ Endurance Challenge
This solo, self-supported, endurance EPIC follows a simple code of ethics merely upheld by the honor system. Finish times are self-recorded and knowing the rules and following them are your responsibility. And, if you haven’t yet, please see- SWES and COES rules for more specifics.
- Ride begins at 6:00 AM sharp on the top of Molas Pass (paved parking lot just off and to the east of Hwy 550). Molas Pass is located 40 miles north of Durango and camping is available near the top.
- Shuttles from Durango are not furnished by the event but could be pre-arranged with Hermosa Tours. Shuttles with Hermosa Tours must be prepaid 48hours in advance and refunds are only offered if the entire event cancels due to extreme weather. Or let’s coordinate on the CTC Forum to arrange carpools!
- Feed and water drop provided at halfway point- at Hotel Draw, some 36 miles into the course. This is a potluck style re-supply, so bring your likes and some for others to the start! No other aid stations permitted unless we plan to make them available for everyone. Check the CTC Forum for updates as the ride approaches..?
- Drafting is a non-issue on this 99% singletrack course. 😀 While riding with one another for moral support or just chit-chat is awesome, completion ultimately hinges on your ability to do it yourself!
- Finish at the western terminus of the CT, where it meets Junction Creek Road- all the way at the end, by the bathrooms and the first sign of any pavement.
Bring a Light
Our ride this year begins at 6:00 am, August 17th. With sunrise at 6:29 am, you won’t need a light for long off the start, but you could easily need it 13+ hours later, with the sun setting that evening at 8:01 pm. As we endurance heads know, it’s all about our pace, break times and conditions. So with a big posy, and given the remote nature of the course, we highly recommend that all riders have a light of some kind with them
Alpine MTB and the Weather Factor 9er!
As with all alpine endeavors, inclement weather can quickly become a factor. And let’s face it…it often completely shuts us down! August has the potential to be peak monsoon season in the San Juans, so plan your dress and rain gear accordingly. While we may find loads of sunshine and nothing but the head-high wildflowers in our way, be prepared and stay tuned as ride day approaches. If forecasters predict a 60+% chance of severe weather that weekend, then we will most likely call it off for both group safety concerns and overall respect for the trail. Once a reliable pattern has emerged (and if it seems like an issue this year?), then updates will be posted 3-5 days prior to the CTC Forum and CTC Registration pages.
some backstory on the CTC
The CT Classic originated in 2008 as part of the Durango born CT Jamboree. Held annually since 2005, the CTJ is a homegrown Colorado fund and awareness raising MTB event for Multiple Sclerosis. To date, the CTJ and CTC have raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the nearly 72,000 Colorado residents affected by MS. This chronic and disabling disease of the central nervous system largely impacts motor, sensory and optic nerves, producing a wide range of symptoms in those individuals it afflicts. Although MS was identified over two centuries ago, the benefits of today’s medicine and lifestyle choices have drastically improved the lives for those coping with this lifelong illness. Among these discoveries, embracing an active lifestyle has proven to have a positive outcome for sustaining nerve transmission and even improving an individual’s prognosis. Ride founder Ian Altman has lived with MS for over fifteen years and has learned how this strategy works for himself by continuing to turn up the volume in his nerve impulses through extreme exertion in the mountains. The CTJ and CTC were hence born from this awareness and all riders involved chose to embrace this proactive treatment approach and spread the WORD to others. Not to mention pushing their own physical thresholds- MS or not!
Given that COES events require no entree fees, award no prizes and more importantly- do not operate under a USFS sanctioned permit, the CTC fundraising objectives are by all means off the table at this point. None the less, it is still encouraged that riders recognize the foundations this unique event and pay homage to those that rode before them. And if nothing else- find your own meaning and embrace our mantra of RIDING FOR CAUSE!