Mad Gravel

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


Distance: 43 Miles
Vertical: 2,250 ft
Revolutions: 11,000
Heart Beats: 25,000
Start Time: 9:30am

Distance: 78 Miles
Vertical: 4,250 ft
Revolutions: 21,000
Heart Beats: 45,000
Start Time: 7:00am

Distance: 123 Miles
Vertical: 6,400 ft
Revolutions: 62,000
Heart Beats: 85,000
Start Time: 6:45am

We are super excited to share the Mad Gravel race gallery images with you.  We were lucky enough to lock down BeFeral Media to capture this event.  Feel free to look through the link below for the full watermarked collection.  Each folder is labeled with bib number. If you would like an original photo without a watermark, please contact BeFeral by clicking the logo below.

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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. If you want to camp please email to secure a spot.


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, 2022. 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+

GPX File Download

To get the GPX file for the course, click on the map(s) below. 
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View 2021 courses below
Course Map: MG Ultra
Course Map: MG Marathon
Course Map: MG Sprint


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Mad Gravel recognized by 5280 Magazine

Noted as an epic gravel bike race to look for by 5280 magazine, Mad Gravel is quickly becoming a legend in the Denver race community.  Learn more about Mad Gravel by visiting the full site here, or check out the full article by 5280 Magazine by clicking here