BE WILD, BE FREE
MAY 11, 2019
DE BEQUE, CO
All riders on both routes start together, headed westbound on a wide gravel road for a good warm-up.
If you are up for a big day, the 72-mile route will not disappoint. How does 7,100 feet of climbing on dirt and gravel sound? We hope you weren’t expecting a bunch of pavement!
Our Wild West gravel goes deep into the backcountry, taking in the full gamut of conditions: smooth, rugged, rutty, rocky, sandy, steep. Be ready for a challenge! On this route we climb up to 7,000 feet – twice.
There are two timed segments. The first – The Valley and the Goblins – starts at mile 5.1 and finishes at mile 11.8. The segment begins on a gentle-grade county road. Towards the top, the road gets steeper, but be careful for the rough descent at mile 10.1. Zoom past the Goblins rock formation on your right (be sure to stop on your way back!), then get ready for the final uphill grind to the finish of the segment. We’d suggest waiting just past the finish for your buddies, taking on some water and taking in the views.
At this point, you’re at the highest point of the day. Be careful on the descent, and enjoy the rollercoaster ride into De Beque at mile 36, where you can enjoy the aid station. Here, you make the Call of the Day: Do I turn around and climb back up to 7,097 feet for 72 miles, or do I want to take the 45-mile route back to the High Lonesome Ranch?
If you opt to dig in for the full 72 miles, you’ll take in the second timed segment – The Long Grind – at mile 45.1 to mile 59.5. It finishes back where the first segment did. It is, as advertised, a long grind. Pace yourself.
Check out the interactive map below for details and photos. To ensure Wild Horse Gravel is welcomed back, please stay on the designated routes only and respect the environment.