REGISTRATION FEES WILL GO UP $25 AFTER JULY 11, 2020
We will have an open category and age group categories. Keep in mind that your age is how old you will be on December 31, 2020. We will consider running other specific categories like Single Speed and Clydesdale if we get a minimum of 5 racers signed up by race day.
Pre-Race: Packet Pickup
Come on over to Soulcraft Brewing on Friday night, July 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for race information and packet pickup. Don’t be afraid to load up on some liquid carbs either (but not too much). Soulcraft will be providing the beer for Saturday’s post race party. If you can’t make it by then, we will have packet pickup at Absolute Bikes on Saturday morning starting at 5:00 AM.
Soulcraft Brewing 248 W Rainbow Blvd
Salida, CO 81201
Absolute Bikes 330 W Sackett Ave. Salida, CO 81201
Race Start: Downtown Salida, Colorado
This is the inaugural year of Mad Gravel and we expect it to be one of the most challenging gravel events on the calendar. The three courses are sure to bring you epic climbs, descents, wide open spaces, and will take you back to remote and beautiful country in and around the Arkansas Valley. Mad Gravel will take you to the highest points of any gravel race in the country. Topping out at over 10,600 feet and set among one of the biggest 14er ranges in the state, the views alone are worth the price of admission.
What you can expect:
Three fully stocked feed zones with water, energy gel and bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, pickles, soda, etc. (Feed zone 1 you will see twice)
Medical support throughout the course
Post Race party and awards on the river patio deck at Absolute Bikes.
Plenty o’ food, drink and beer by provided by SoulCraft Brewing Co.
Custom Socks, official Mad Gravel mug and more
Terrain: All courses will be a mix of 95% + gravel/dirt roads. The only paved section will be at the very beginning and end of the course. Expect gravel road, dirt double track, tight corners, big climbs and big descents. Basically, everything!
Equipment: All bikes are legal for the race, with the exception of E-bikes. Maybe next year we’ll do that. We can’t overstate the importance of your bike running in top condition on the day of the race. Like you, it will be challenged. And, it’s your friend. Help a friend out.
Course 411: The course will be marked at all critical intersections. It is the rider’s responsibility to study the course and have directional backup. Remember, we must adhere to all traffic rules. Always stay to the right of the center, especially on the fast twisty descents. Weather can always be a factor in Colorado. Plan accordingly! We will have a medical team on course in various areas and roaming. As always 911 is your friend. Marshals will have radios as well. Good communication wins the day.
Spectating: Vehicles will not be allowed to start up CR 175 after 6:15 AM. If you choose to cheer on the course, find a place to watch, and plan on staying the day. Please do not descend the course during the high times of the race. Spectating map will be provided as we get closer to race day.
Lodging: We have several great options we’re working with in Salida. Check out our race lodging page for updates, links and contact info.
**NOTE: WHILE WE DON’T EXPECT ANYTHING MAJOR, COURSES CAN CHANGE PRIOR TO RACE DAY**