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When: April 23, 2016
Start: 7:00 AM at Velorution Cycles. – New Location near Horse Gulch!
Do NOT park at the start location. Please ride over to the Start.
Finish: Whenever you make it back in town. Finish at Velorution Cycles.
Post-Ride Party: Carver Brewing located downtown Durango.
If you plan to drive to this ride, park cars near the Horse Gulch trailhead – you will pass through Horse Gulch Trailhead after ~70-miles for the 160, and ~50-miles for the 115, so use this area as halfway staging.
Eco-Time adjustment for locals: For those who will bike to the start – you may stop by your house between the loops with a 15-minute deduction on your finish time. We would rather no one drive to this event. :-)
What: Early season riding on dirt roads, paved road – no singletrack. Chose either the 160-miles, with 10,328-ft of elevation gain – or – 115-miles, with 8861-ft of elevation gain. Cross bike, or mountain bike – your choice. Magnesium-Chloride makes for fast dirt surfaces… the route purposely includes some very rough sections to keep the road bikes out of this. Sorry, but while there are great mag-chloride routes that a road bike can handle quite well, this is part of a mountain bike series. Specifically the rough areas are CR 117, CR 136, CR 237/Horse Gulch Road – and you will pass through here twice.
GPS Route: Located at Map My Ride
NOTE: The City of Durango Parks and Recreation Department has informed us that they do not want our route going through Horse Gulch anymore despite past acknowledgement. Their stance is confusing in that this is a county road and it only covers a couple of miles. We will comply however to avoid dealing with them and their request for a permit complete with the fees they want to extract from the free ride. So for the 2nd loop, we will instead head up Florida Road from town past Edgemont and onto CR 234. We will return the same.
In addition, even though the route map shows us returning on 160 from the 1st loop and through Overend Park – that has not been allowed in the past – again by intervention of the City of Durango Park & Recreation. We have made announcements in years past to not use this section and we will not have that part of the course again. We will start and return on Loop 1 via CR 210 as we have done in the past.
The route map may or may not be updated (it is a difficult and time consuming process). We expect everyone to follow the route we establish and will not be responsible for anyone riding through the Gulch or Overend. Sorry, but we just do not wish to deal with the city’s unreasonable demands for a permit and the money their department seeks. Mike Kelly approved of the Florida Road route via the phone.
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