Mad Gravel

This is the inaugural year of Mad Gravel and we expect it to be one of the most challenging gravel events on the calendar. Three unique course options are sure to bring you epic roads, punchy climbs, quick descents, wide open spaces, and will take you back to remote and beautiful country in and around Elbert County. Starting from Peaceful Valley Boy Scout Ranch south of Kiowa, Colorado, riders will be challenged for sure, but still enjoy the amazing views and high peaks of the Colorado front range. That alone is worth the price of admission! As one of the first gravel races on the Colorado calendar, you will be glad you participated in this fully supported and ultra-scenic race

Race Date: May 16, 2021

Distance: 43 Miles
Vertical: 2,250 ft
Revolutions: 11,000
Heart Beats: 25,000

Distance: 78 Miles
Vertical: 4,250 ft
Revolutions: 21,000
Heart Beats: 45,000

Distance: 123 Miles
Vertical: 6,400 ft
Revolutions: 62,000
Heart Beats: 85,000

What to 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 swag, official Mad Gravel mug and more
  • 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.

Course Map: MG Ultra
Course Map: MG Marathon
Course Map: MG Sprint

Location

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.

Safety is a top priority for us. Please abide by these rules and restrictions and all will be good!  We expect each and every one of our competitors to uphold the highest level of sportsmanship for fellow racers and all event 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!

Mens Open Categories:
16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Womens Open Categories: 
16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

 

Click here to register for any of the selected courses (Ultra, Marathon, Sprint).

Mad Gravel will determine your age to be how old you are on December 31 of the current year.

No problem, please contact us using our contact us form and we will make the change. On the morning of the race day, be sure to let a race official know.

You can bring whatever bike you see fit. Mountain, road, tandem fixie, uni.

Yes, we will have 2 locations with full aid stations. For the Ultra and Marathon routes, it means you will see Feed Zone 1 twice. So in reality you will have 3 stations on course.

Energy bars, energy gels, water, power drink, cookies, PBJ’s, bananas, chips, pretzels, pickles, hugs, and more.

On Friday evening at 6:00 – 8:00, head over to Headquarters to pick up your swag bag.

Yes, but please provide a copy of registration receipt.

Yes, we will have vehicles heading out early to the designated feed zones. We will communicate as we get closer as to which vehicle you will put your items in.

We will allow full refunds up to 1 week prior to the race. After that, we will honor a transfer or deferral.

Please make your way safely to the next feed zone and a vehicle will bring you back when it is timely for our staff.

We can’t stop you from doing that, but you won’t get a time for it. Make sure you let us know before the race starts.

That’s easy, hang out on the awesome Mad Gravel patio, watch your friends come in, drink a beer and relax!

We will make immediate decisions to postpone the start, shorten the course or make a last minute cancellation if it gets really bad. We hope you can understand we won’t be able to offer refund. Party still happens though!

Yes, we would love to have you! Please direct all inquiries to Paul Raemer at praemer.co@gmail.com

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