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COLORADO’S PREMIER 43 MILE GRAVEL BIKE RACE

RACE DATE: May 16, 2021
DISTANCE: 43 MILES
VERTICAL: 2,750 ft
REVOLUTIONS: 11,000
HEART BEATS: 25,000
START TIME: 9:30am
REGISTRATION: $85

RACE DATE: May 16, 2021
DISTANCE: 43 MILES
VERTICAL: 2,750 ft
REVOLUTIONS: 11,000
HEART BEATS: 25,000
START TIME: 9:30am
REGISTRATION: $85

Course Elevation

Race Categories

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, 2021. 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.

Open Men

16-29 Men

30-39 Men

40-49 Men

50-59 Men

60+ Men

Open Women

16-29 Women

30-39 Women

40-49 Women

50-59 Women

60+ Women

Pre-Race Packet Pickup

Packet pickup will be available at Bike Source on Friday night, May 14 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. If you can’t make it by then, we will be open at race location Saturday May 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and also Sunday morning (race day) at 5:00 AM. Please follow us on Instagram and make sure to follow our Mad Gravel News for the most updated race details.

Your Safety

Safety is a top priority for us. Please abide by these rules and restrictions and all will be good at Mad Gravel!  We expect each and every one of our competitors to uphold the highest level of sportsmanship for fellow racers and the Mad Gravel staff/race personnel. This race course is open to traffic! Do not cross over center line at any time. Not adhering to this important rule could result in disqualification. Please follow the rules of the road. We know you will!

What you can expect

  • Fully stocked feed zones with water, energy gel and bars, cookies, pretzels, chips, pickles, soda, etc.
  • Sag vehicles
  • Medical support throughout the course
  • Professional Timing
  • Post Race party and awards on the massive patio deck at Peaceful Valley
  • Plenty o’ food, drink and beer by provided by our sponsors
  • Custom Mad Gravel swag
  • Good times with your buddies

Terrain: MG Sprint is on 100% gravel and dirt roads. You will leave the Peaceful Valley Ranch right across and only feet away from the main patio and headquarters. Expect a nice short climb out followed by variable terrain as you leave the area and connect to the awesome gravel roads of Elbert county. It’s a challenging course with its fair share of climbs and short quick descents. There are some great wide open sections of road as you had east. As you turn back west, you’ll be blown away (hopefully not literally) by the views. The finish will bring you back to Peaceful Valley with a photo finish in front of the giant patio. Let the party begin.

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 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: The main patio is a great place to watch the start and finish. If you choose to cheer on the course, the first aid station is a 2-way where riders come back to. There are many ways to get around the county roads. Please consider routes that don’t interfere with riders as you make your way to a spectating spot. A map will be provided as we get closer to race day.

Lodging: Castle Rock has several hotels and is approximately a 40 minute drive to the start. Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Ranch has amazing camping and tons of room, and you’re just a few feet from the start line. There is room for large RV’s down to small tents. Facilities nearby. $20 per night. If you want to camp please email events@rattlerracing.com to secure a spot.

Parking / Camping

Mad Gravel Race Rules

  • Number plates must be handlebar mounted. DO NOT CUT, FOLD, WRAP OR BEND YOUR PLATE.  Number plates will have a disposable timing chip attached to the back.
  • If you do not complete your registered race distance, DO NOT cross the finish line, and immediately inform the timing team for results accuracy
  • Helmets: Mandatory
  • No E-bikes
  • No headphones. Work with your group to entertain yourselves.
  • Motor pacing is not allowed.
  • Littering, don’t do it.
  • Make sure you start at the correct time for your distance.
  • Family and friends, please try to keep the course clear during the event.
  • Unregistered riders are not allowed to ride with race participants
  • Please ride smart, it’s just not worth taking chances.
  • In the event of an on course emergency, call 911 and locate a marshal or sheriff.
  • Race officials reserve the right to delay or alter course due to unsafe weather conditions.
  • We will provide sweep if you need a ride back to the finish line due to injury or mechanical. Remote areas could take a while.
  • Please let race officials know if you have to drop out.
  • Please lock up your bike if left unattended.
  • Electronic results will be submitted by Rattler Timing. Your time starts when your wave starts, not at the mat.
  • Although unlikely, we reserve the right to change the course prior to race day. Updates will be made to the website ASAP.
To get the GPX file for the course, click on the map below. 
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In the upper right, select ‘menu”
Select “Download”
You will see options for file download. 

43 MILES