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COURSE DETAILS

The exact stage Start/Finish locations will be determined closer to the event to minimize congestion of racers and to best take advantage of each stage’s unique characteristics. This is a long and challenging course…take your time and conserve energy on the transitions.

The entire course consists of 7 timed stages throughout Lory State Park & Horsetooth Mountain Open Space with un-timed transition stages

  • 3 climbing stages – totaling approximately 5 miles & 2200′
  • 3 descending stages – totaling approximately 6.5 miles & 3000′
  • 1 ‘tweener stage in the middle – about 3.5 miles, 1300′ descent and 400’ of a couple steep punchy climbs thrown in just for fun
  • Total Time for timed stages: 1.5 – 3 hours
  • Total Time for complete course: 3 – 5 hours

THE WHOLE COURSE

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STAGE 1

Description: Description: Uphill stage from Timber trailhead, up Timber to finish at junction of Timber and Kimmons.
Time Estimate: 11-30 minutes

Transition to Stage 2: Ride upper Timber to Westridge to start of downhill Stage 2. CAUTION: lots of steep & rocky switchbacks; enjoy your surroundings and the company; take your time going up this section…you’re gonna feel it! (Water Station at the top).
Time Estimate: 30-60 minutes

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STAGE 2

Description: Downhill stage, descend Westridge to Howard to bottom of Mill Creek. CAUTION: multiple tight switchbacks and technical rock sections with some exposure.
Time Estimate: 10-25 minutes

Transition to Stage 3: Ride South Valley through Arthur’s Rock parking lot (Aid Station) to east South Valley to Shoreline to junction with Sawmill and start of uphill Stage 3.
Time Estimate: 5-10 minutes

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STAGE 3

Description: Uphill stage from junction of Shoreline and Sawmill, up Sawmill to Loggers to Herrington to Towers Rd.
Time Estimate: 16-40 minutes

Transition to Stage 4: Ride up Towers (Aid Station at Carey Springs) to junction of Towers and West Ridge (Water Station) and down West Ridge to the start of Stage 4.
Time Estimate: 20-40 minutes

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STAGE 4

Description: Downhill stage from mid-West Ridge to bottom of Wathen. CAUTION: slick roots and Urethra Rock can cause some trouble.
Time Estimate: 9-25 minutes

Transition to Stage 5: Ride up Spring Creek to Herrington to Towers, up Towers to junction with Carey Springs and start of Stage 5 (Aid Station).
Time Estimate: 10-15 minutes

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STAGE 5

Description: Overall-only stage from Carey Springs to Loggers to bottom of Mill Creek. CAUTION: loose rock, tight switchbacks, steep & eroded trail sections.
Time Estimate: 13-40 minutes

Transition to Stage 6: Ride South Valley to Arthur’s Rock parking lot (Aid Station) to West Valley to junction with Kimmons and the start of uphill Stage 6.
Time Estimate: 10-15 minutes

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STAGE 6

Description: Uphill stage from junction of West Valley and Kimmons, up Kimmons to Timber.
Time Estimate: 9-25 minutes

Transition to Stage 7: None. Start of stage 7 is just after Stage 6 finish.

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STAGE 7

Description: Downhill stage on lower Timber to the Timber Trailhead.
Time Estimate: 7-15 minutes

Transition: You’re done! Whew! Well, almost…short transition over to Soldier Canyon Picnic Shelter where cold, delicious beverages & lunch await.

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