The New Colo Race is a self-supported, mixed surface, bikepacking race, starting and ending in Durango Colorado, traversing a diverse and rugged ecosystem, along the border of Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. A grand departure date is slated for August 27 2022 @ 6am MST. A final GPX and RidewithGPS.com route will be published and shared in early 2022.
The mission of the New Colo Race is to bring riders from across the bikepacking community together in a timed event as the route highlights the diverse ecosystems, rugged landscapes and small rural communities of Southwestern Colorado and Northern New Mexico. The race travels through a mixed media route with the goal of around 1,000 miles on a wide variety of surfaces (mainly off-road), aiming for minimal vehicle traffic, and favoring singletrack trail. At times the route follows segments of the Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Boggy Draw, Phils World, Pinion Mesa, Alien Run and the GDMBR, in addition to a variety of other pre-established routes. The event is to follow the ethos of self-supported bikepacking events like the Tour Divide, CTR, ATR ect. Live tracking for the New Colo Race will be supported by trackleaders.com- and SPOT trackers will be available for rental.
This is an inaugural event, and registration will be free for 2022. Registration will be hosted as a Google Sheet. Participants can register as a solo rider, or duo. 2-3 months prior to the grand departure- a liability waiver and Trackleaders/ Spot rental info will be sent out to registered participants. In addition a Facebook live event will be created to review the route and address participant questions.
The route surfaces will include paved highways, smooth gravel, mild chunk, moderate chunk, boulder gardens ,high alpine single track, desert single track, sand pits and everything in between. Some of the dirt roads will be passable by passenger vehicle, some roads will only be passable by highly modified 4WD vehicles. There will be hike-a-bike sections which will vary for each rider depending on your “true grit” There will also be extended segments with no service and the need to filter water in the backcountry. Suggested water carrying capacities a minimum of 4-6 liters.
The route starts and ends in Durango, Colorado. Durango is a full service town and there are several long term parking options. Grand departure on Aug 27 2022 will start from Buckley Park @ 6AM. Friday Aug 26 @ 530pm we’ll meet across the street @ Durango Cyclery for beers and pre-ride hype.