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September 28th, 2024

The Rad Ride

Deep in the Southern Colorado plateau lies an untouched plethora of gravel unlike any other. The towering Spanish Peaks and expansive mesas serve as the backdrop for the 3 unique courses of the ‘Rad Dirt Fest.  The courses are all more than 90% maintained, gravel roads and mostly rolling routes. It is all really scenic and unlike any other region in Colorado! Don’t be fooled though….the elevation and climbing will humble you, especially on the longer ride! We mean it when we say you’ll truly become one with nature out on these courses and see an abundance of wildlife! Jump in and see for yourself, it’s gonna be ‘Rad.

2024:

110 Miler: $175

70 Miler: $110

40 Miler: $75

FRIDAY, September 27th, 2024

2:00pm-7:00pm – Expo & Packet Pickup Hours

  • Photo ID is required
  • Packets must be picked up in person
  • Packets will not be mailed or given to others
  • Location: 218 W Main St

5:30pm – Rider’s Meeting

SATURDAY, September 28th, 2024

7:00am-9:30am – Race Morning Packet Pickup Hours

9:00am – Elite Men 110 Mile Race Start | Start / Finish

9:05am – Elite Women 110 Mile Race Start | Start / Finish

9:30am – Mass 110 Mile Race Start | Start / Finish

10:00am – 70 Mile Race Start | Start / Finish

10:30am – 40 Mile Race Start | Start / Finish

3:00pm – Awards

  • Elite/Life Time Grand Prix
  • 70 Mile
  • 40 Mile

6:00pm – Awards

  • 110 Mile
113 miles & 10,613′ of elevation gain! Tackle buttery smooth gravel and high alpine riding.

NOTE: Each course incorporates a 2 mile section of more technical gravel, on South Shore Trail, after you come into Trinidad Lake State Park. This includes a few pitchy hills with loose gravel, coupled with mostly smooth gravel. 

 

Drop bags are only available for the 110 mile distance. 

Drop off location: 218 W Main St

  • Friday Sept. 29th from 2:00pm  – 7:00pm 

On course Location: 

  • Spanish Peaks Inn Aid @ Mile 42.8

Drop Bag Pick-up Location 

  • Finish Line @ 218 W Main St
  • Must be picked up by 8:00pm on Saturday Sept. 30th.

 

Course Marking Color:

  • Pink and Black with Reflective tape & Pink and Black Arrows

Aid Station Mileages: 

  • 5.7 – Trinidad Lake State Park
  • 22.4 – Burro Canyon Aid
  • 42.8 – Spanish Peaks Inn Aid
  • 70.8  – Earth Mtn Farms Aid
  • 89.5 – Burro Canyon – Aid
  • 106 – Trinidad Lake State Park – Aid

Course Cutoffs:

  • Outbound
    • Mile 42.8 / Spanish Peaks Inn – 1:20 pm 
  • Inbound 
    • Mile 89.5 / Burro Canyon Aid – 6:00pm 
    • Mile 106 / Trinidad Lake State Park – 7:40pm

Crew Locations:

  • Mile 5.7 & 106 – Trinidad Lake State Park – Note: day use fee required
  • Mile 42.8 –  Spanish Peaks Inn

Crew Map 2023 Rad Crew Map

68.2 miles of desert terrain mixed with snowcapped mountains, gradual climbs and champagne gravel.

NOTE: Each course incorporates a 2 mile section of more technical gravel, on South Shore Trail, after you come into Trinidad Lake State Park. This includes a few pitchy hills with loose gravel, coupled with mostly smooth gravel.

Course Marking Color:

  • Blue with Blue Arrows

Aid Stations:

  • Mile 5.7 – Trinidad Lake State Park Aid 
  • 22.4 – Burro Canyon Aid
  • 33.7 – 4 Corners Aid 
  • 44.2 – Burro Canyon Aid
  • 61.6 – Trinidad Lake State Park Aid 

Course Cutoffs: 

  • Turnaround
    • Mile 33.7 /  4 Corners Aid – 1:00pm 
  • Inbound
    • Mile 61.6 – Trinidad Lake State Park – 3:45pm 

Crew Locations:

  • Mile 5.7 & 61.6 @ Trinidad Lake State Park – Day use fee required
  • Mile 42.8 @ 4 Corners / CR 44

Crew Map 2023 Rad Crew Map

The 40 mile route is the perfect first race for new cyclists, or those looking for a chill day! Smooth gravel, scenic views, and gradual climbs.

NOTE: Each course incorporates a 2 mile section of more technical gravel, on South Shore Trail, after you come into Trinidad Lake State Park. This includes a few pitchy hills with loose gravel, coupled with mostly smooth gravel.

Course Marking Color:

  • Red with Red arrows

Aid Stations:

  • Mile 5.7 – Trinidad Lake State Park Aid
  • 22.4 – Burro Canyon Aid
  • 40 – Trinidad Lake State Park

Crew Locations:

  • Mile 5.7 & 40  @ Trinidad Lake State Park – Day use Fee required 

Crew Map 2023 Rad Crew Map

No Drop Bags on the 40 mile course.

Let’s talk about race day support! We’re stoked to let you know that we’ll have you covered with fully stocked aid stations on course to make sure you stay fueled and hydrated. If your friends and family want to come support you, you’re allowed to receive support at select aid stations. If you need to abandon the race, make sure you have a friend on speed dial that can come pick you up from one of the support crew locations.

Note: Crews are only allowed to provide support at approved crew locations. If riders receive aid outside of official crew locations, they will be disqualified. 

CREW LOCATIONS:

1. STUBBORN DOLORES

Crew Area 1 & 3

  • Mile 5.7 & 106 @ Trinidad Lake State Park – Day use fee required

Access is I-25 South to the Starkville Exit – CR 69.1 south to CR 18.3 to The South Shore Trinidad Lake State Park entrance. 

Crew Area 2

  • Mile 42.8 @ Spanish Peaks Inn

Access: I-25 North to Ludlow Exit – Take CR 44 West to Spanish Peaks Inn. 

 

2. ANTELOOP

Crew Area 1 & 3

  • Mile 5.7 & 61.6 @ Trinidad Lake State Park – Day use fee required

Access: I-25 South to the Starkville Exit – CR 69.1 south to CR 18.3 to The South Shore Trinidad Lake State Park entrance. 

Crew Area 2

  • Mile 42.8 @ 4 Corners / CR 44 

Access : I-25 North to Ludlow Exit / CR 44 to 4 Corners about 9.6 miles from the I – 25 exit. 

 

3. FRIJOLE

  • Crew Area 1: Mile 5.7 & 40 @ Trinidad Lake State Park – Day use fee required

Access: I-25 South to the Starkville Exit – CR 69.1 south to CR 18.3 to The South Shore Trinidad Lake State Park entrance. 

 

CREW MAP: 2023 RAD CREW MAP 

The 2024 Athlete Guide will be available 60 days prior to the event. See the 2023 Athlete Guide below for reference:

View the 2023 Athlete Guide here!

Stubborn Delores and Anteloop awards will be 3 deep in each category:

Elite Men

Elite Women

19 & Under Men

20-29 Men

30-39 Men

40-49 Men

50-59 Men

60+ Men

Singlespeed Men

Para Men

Singlespeed Women

19 & Under Women

20-29 Women

30-39 Women

40-49 Women

50-59 Women

60+ Women

Tandem Open

Non-Binary Open

Para Women

The Frijole awards will be 3 deep in the following categories:

Open Men/Women

Non-Binary

Para Men/Women

E-Bike

We’re handing out 100 qualifier “coins” for UNBOUND Gravel to finishers of the Rad. Think Willy Wonka, but with bikes and more dusty goodness:
  • 50% Performance-Based: 50 coins go do top riders in each category.
  • 50% Random Drawing: 50 coins will be up for grabs in a random drawing. Everyone’s got a shot!
  • Distances: finishers of the 110-mile and 70-mile races at The Rad will be eligible for a coin, coins will be split evenly across those two distances.
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