Colorado Trail Classic (CTC)


Welcome to the 2017 Edition 

Ride Sponsor:  Ian Altman

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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! 

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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.

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.

Join us on Facebook and a sometimes used email list to follow all updates and notices!

When: Saturday, August 12th, 2017 – 6:00 AM 

What: Singletrack, high elevation, back country 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.

Course Route and Profile:  Molas Pass to Junction Creek on Garmin Connect or .GPX File for strait download from Google Docs    

Maps Needed:  Latitude 40 Maps –   Durango Trails   or SingleTrack Maps- Durango Trails

Finish:   Finish times should be recored ( 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 first sign of pavement. Whenever you make it back to Durango go to Velorution Cycles (new location near the Horse Gulch) to  sign out and then come for a beer at Carvers!

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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!

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Course Description

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!

 

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‘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-arrange with Hermosa Tours. Shuttles with Hermosa Tours must be prepaid 48hours in advance and refunds are only offered if the entire even cancels do to extreme weather. Or let’s coordinate on the CTC Forum to arrange carpools!
    • Feed and water drop provided at half way 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% single track course. 😀   While riding with one another for moral support or just chit-chat is awesome, completion ultimately hinges upon 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 first sign of any pavement.

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Bring a Light

Our ride this year begins at 6:00 am, August 12th. With sunrise at 6:25 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 8:06 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

 

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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 an 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.

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Lovin’ it! on Indian Trail Ridge – CTJ 2009

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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 raising 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 todays 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!

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Riders descend Bolam Pass towards the Wilson Range, CTJ 2007

 


17 responses to “Colorado Trail Classic (CTC)

  • ianaltman

    CTC looks good for 2014!

    -Looks like the weather is shaping up to be a fairly typical monsoonal patten and a go for CTC this year! Although a pause in the pattern is predicted for the weekend, at this point it looks like 30-40% chance of rain on ride day. So bing the armor and be prepared for bail out routes, but it could be way worse!

    – I did a bigger ride on the CT this past Sunday and the trail was the best I’ve seen it all year. The San Juans have seen some rain in the past two for sure and this moisture is settling the dust, flattening out the boot holes and fueling the cabbage and wildflowers to head heights! It was buff-tack from Molas to Hotel Draw and fast. All trees have been cleared and only a few snow patches remain on the entire 75 mile course.

    – The group start is planned for 6am, but if folks would like to start sooner, just let us know and we’ll make it work.

    – Shuttles with Hermosa Tours are available but if folks would like to coordinate carpools to Molas, please speak up here.

    – Water and potluck feed is planned for Hotel Draw, so bring your booty to Molas Pass and we’ll get to Hotel Draw along with a huge water jug.

    – Group role out is planned 6am, but please get to the top of the pass by 5:30-5:45 to sign-in to the book and get ready.

    – At this point it looks like at least 40 riders, so it should be a hoot! Given the larger group, we’ll do a semi-neutral role out from the top of the pass following a bit of HWY and then a short section of dirt road to Little Molas Lake. This should help spread us out a bit before hitting the single track by the lake.

    If you have any direct questions for me, please just send me an email at
    ianaltman@hotmail.com

  • ianaltman

    I just posted our results from this year and please let me know if you see anything that is incorrect.

    Much thanks to everyone who came to join this year and congrats to those that finished! I’d have to say that was about the toughest I’d ever seen the course and I think our times reflect that..however we clearly had a faster group overall this year! I myself was plagued by mechanicals all day and I’m sure some that DNFed had similar issues with the wet and mucky conditions. Truly bad ass to finish given such conditions and all of should be proud of our efforts… DNF, first place or whatever.

    And my favorite part of this year’s ride was that there were three of us who have Multiple Sclerosis and all finished !!!!

  • MBR

    Web sites are saying the CTC is back for 2016, but any rumors on the date? Maybe I’m blind because I can’t find a date…

    • ianaltman

      Hi MBR, the rumors are correct and I chose plan our ride this year in August due mainly to an above average snow pack in the San Juans thus far. In addition, the course is usually allot faster by August, snow banks or not. So the date for 2016 is Saturday, August 6th. Its stated at the top of this main page, under the “When” heading. I might change the start time to 6:30am but at this point it’s 6am. Cheers and hope it fits for you!

      • MBR

        Ian, The ‘fit’ is going to be a couple weeks too late, but I understand your reasoning. For me, was hoping the CTC date would be early enough to do it as a social CTR training ride. However, unless I ride the CTR slower than my normally slow pace, will hopefully have ridden thru the week before.

  • ianaltman

    Hey MBR, I see this conflict with the CTR and was grappling with that big time. Mainly because I’m hoping to ride the CTR this year as well.. but think I could pull both off time wise.. but might be a bit too waisted. Don’t know yet, I might just do an ITT from Durango to Denver starting somewhere around 7/20..? All I know is if I do have enough recovery time after the CTR I think I’d set my best PR on the CTC. So who are you..have we ridden together before..? I’ve done the CTR in 2011,12 and 13.
    Cheers! Ian

  • Stuart Buergler

    Stuart Buergler is in.

  • T Sims

    Is there a set time prior to race date that entries open on line ? Don’t want to miss this one……

    • ianaltman

      You can sign up whenever you want to on the “CTC registration page”. Just make sure to sign out if your plans change later this season.

  • ianaltman

    Hey y’all,
    Getting stoked for the 2016 CTC in a week or so and starting to look for help with our feed at Hotel Draw. If any of you know of friends or family that might be able to help out please let me know. THANKS!

  • Barry

    I’d love to come up there and see the Indian Ridge/Highine to finish section in the daylight, after having just done that section in the dark finishing off the CTR 3 days ago, but don’t think I’ll be recovered enough. Too bad you guys didn’t schedule this 1-2 weeks before the CTR.

    • Champ

      Thanks, Bat.Good post. It appears you've reached a point of complete frustration and ditiapopntmens. Quite different than your recent posts of reasoned analysis. You're not alone, or in the minority, in your despair. But, if we're the ones to hire these people, there must be a way to fire them when the malfeasance becomes unacceptable. They do work for us, right?

  • ianaltman

    Hey 2016 CTC riders,

    As many of you from the Four Corners Region have probably noticed..it’s been wet this week. This trend got me super worried at first, but things look to be clearing out by the weekend. In addition, I’ve talked to a few recent CTR finishers( who finished after the rain began), and it sounds like the trail is really sweet… with some mud, most of it being below Kennebec Pass.

    SO THE RIDE IS ON FOR SATURDAY.

    Some logistics and details to think about:

    ~We start from the paved parking at the top of Molas Pass; right off the highway to the East. Please be there no later then 5:50am so you can sign in. I hope to start at 6am sharp and we have a few details to go over before we head out.

    ~ If you think it will be hard for you to finish in less then 13 hours, then make sure you have a good light with you.

    ~ I will have a cooler and dry box at the start for food and other stuff. Those boxes, along with H2O will be at the mid way point( Hotel Draw) by 10:30am. Bring some Cokes, beer, maybe some whiskey and extra food to share with peeps. I’ll have a bunch of bacon for everyone.

    ~ Your finish time should to be noted ( by you) at the CT terminus in Junction Creek. The true terminus is not at the first trail sign you’ll see, but the last one..by the bathroom and first sign of payment. To sign out, you’ll need to ride to Carvers for a brew and the book will be there to sign yourself out.

    ~ For those wanting to arrange a shuttle..Hermosa Tours is always an option. Otherwise, please just coordinate with your friends or post your requests on the forum.

    • Cherry

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