If you want to drop a few miles and elevation gain, Shavano marathon distance may be perfect for you. Shavano will start in downtown Salida. After a small flat section, racers will make the right turn onto County Road 175 and start the climb up to some of the best views in Colorado. This course promises to deliver a great mix of climbing, great power sections and a variety of terrain. Take advantage and travel light as plenty of food will be available at the Feed zones. Perhaps, buffet style food stop is a better term for it. Sag vehicles will be on course for support and there will aid stations in the very unlikely event you get a boo-boo on your leg. Plenty of climbing awaits you on this course as you churn out 6500 feet of vertical. The last 5 miles will look familiar to you as you descend back to town and be welcomed by the post party at Absolute Bikes. You just rode 70 miles. You worked hard for this so come hang out, enjoy a refreshment, and talk to your buds about what you just accomplished.

Shavano is the ‘Goldilocks’ of the three races. Everyone gets to do the 10+ mile climb after the short flat section on the way to CR 175. Prepare yourself for 2800 feet of climbing, and views.


Take the nice descent down prior to getting to Feed Zone 1. Make sure to take in enough food/water to start the next segment. Lots of undulating but fun terrain as you work your way to Feed Zone 2. Say bye to all the Antero folks as you make your way back to Feed Zone 1 in preparation for the final descent.