Welcome to the 2015 Edition – SEE BELOW FOR ALTERNATIVE ROUTE!
(Past Results below in comments)
Ride Sponsors: Matt Turgeon, Joey Ernst, Danny Powers
Photos and Blog Reports from the past:
Aaron Kimble (2011) Jill Heuckman (2011) Jeff Kerkove in 2011 2012 Video &Report Chad Cheeney (2011) Sonya Looney (2011) Matt Turgeon (2011) Tom Purvis 2012 2012 Mountain Flyer Article Crested Butte News
No more than 70 people allowed for this event!
June 27, 2015!
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, June 27, 2014 – 7AM – Start at Velorution Cycles
What: Singletrack, high elevation, back country self supported endurance epic.
Maps Needed: Latitude 40 Maps
“Durango Colorado Trails”, 3rd Edition
GPS Route: None developed. If you wish to develop one, please share it with the others.
Start: 7:00 AM at Velorution.
There will be no early start this year. Sorry, this is to avoid conflict with the BME going on the same day.
Do NOT park at the start location. Please ride over to the Start.
Finish: Whenever you make it back in town. A clipboard will be at the Velorution Cycles for you to sign out.
Post-Ride Party: Carver Brewing. Carver will donate a free beer to all finishers and is holding space for us on their patio!
Pot-Luck Style Support: The DDC in 2015 will have very basic support at the top of Hermosa Creek, Hotel Draw and top of Kennebec Pass. These will be very basic in the sense that what you donate, we will find a way for it to make it aid stations. Please drop off all food & drink donations at start location the morning of the DDC.
We also need people to volunteer to work the aid stations. If your spouse, family members, or friends wish to help out, please let us know. At each aid station they can go for a hike, bike ride or just hang out while the DDC riders roll through.
So if you like potato chips, cookies, soda pop, or even your grandma’s home cooked lasagna – please donate! Also the aid station workers like to drink beer, and sometimes lots of it, so ANY donation will be appreciated. This keeps them very interested in supporting you.
In addition, in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 Ska Brewing Company kindly DONATED beer which we gave to the aid station volunteers, and we hope to gain their support again in 2015! But this is not guaranteed, so please donate beer in addition to the food and drink if you can.
Description of Route: This route will start in Durango, CO and follow paved roads out to the Hermosa Creek Trail Head. Hermosa Creek Trail will be climbed to Bolam Pass Road and connect on the Colorado Trail at Celebration Lake. Follow the Colorado Trail all the way back into Durango.
* Average time to complete DDC – 14 hours. Only 1/2 that start will finish.
* Average time to complete B Option – 12.5 hours. 3/4 will finish.
This is NOT the ride to use for your first 100-miler. It is not for beginners or intermediate riders – experts only. The effort here will be about 2 times that to complete a Leadville 100. Indian Peaks Ridge is at high elevation and very exposed to afternoon thunder and lightning – and it is in the middle of a very remote ~25 mile stretch where you have almost no options on bailing. Many of the “trails” out of there are primitive – unless you go to the Dolores side of the mountain.
1. From the start location, we will ride through town * as a neutral roll out group * up to CR 203. Once on CR 203 there is no longer a neutral roll out. Follow CR 203 all the way to CR 201. From there follow signs to Hermosa Creek Trailhead.
2. At the Hermosa Creek Campground, follow the Hermosa Creek (lower) Trailhead to the Hermosa Creek (Upper) Trailhead at the intersection with Hermosa Park Road/Bolam Pass Road, turning left. Follow Bolam Pass Road up to Celebration Lake.
3. At Celebration Lake turn onto the Colorado Trail. Follow this trail down to the Junction Creek Trailhead. At Junction Creek, follow the paved road back into Durango via Junction Street/W. 25th. Turn right at W. 2nd and follow this to W. Park/Roosa. From here back to town with post ride party announcement to be made later.
If you made it this far, you have just finished the Durango Dirty Century!
Note: This one should be impossible to get lost on…although that means, of course, someone inevitably will. ;-) This will be an epic ride on the CT through Black Hawk and Indian Peaks. Expect ~97-miles and over 13.5 of climbing, with 12 of those miles paved road, 4 dirt road, and the remaining singletrack trail! Don’t miss the opportunity!
“B” Ride option: For those wanting a lesser route, after climbing Hermosa Trail, follow Bolam Pass Road to the left hand turn at Hotel Draw – climb here to the Colorado Trail. This will cut out ~3000-ft of climbing and ~15-miles of the Black Hawk loop. Estimate here should be around 82-miles total. Please note your intent to do “B” ride in the registration section.
PLEASE USE THE REGISTRATION PAGE IF YOU WISH TO ENTER.
2015 Alternative Route:
ATTN Everyone: 2015 Course Change (due to heavy snow up high)
A Ride: Town-Hermosa-Hotel Draw-Corral Draw-Hermosa-Elbert Cr / Big Lick – Dutch – Hermosa – Town.
B Ride: All of the above expect the Elbert Cr / Big Lick – Dutch loop.
Pot-Luck Aid Stations (you donate food and drinks) most likely at top of Hermosa and Hotel Draw. Possibly at the bottom of Hermosa is someone wants to volunteer for that one (afternoon/evening shift).
This keeps with the theme of simple to follow routes. The tricky part is the A Ride with Elbert Creek (also called Big Lick) and down Dutch. Elbert Creek is poorly marked. So if you wish to avoid this just do the B Ride. If you are genius with a GPS here is a site you can download tracks for Elbert Creek to Dutch. If someone makes up a complete GPS track, please post is here for others. This is a sharing community so any help is appreciated.
Post party at Velorution – Joey will open the doors and we will have beer than you donate and perhaps pizza if you wish to donate for the cash fund – which also covers gas and food for aid station volunteers. so if you want a lot of pizza at the finish please donate kindly!
Elbert Creek tracks located here:http://www.mtbproject.com/trail/5945636