This recently came across my radar. Sounds kinda cool, in a brutal sorta way…
What: Early season riding on dirt roads, paved road – no singletrack. Chose either the 160-miles, with 7316-ft of elevation gain – or – 115-miles, with 5761-ft of elevation gain. Cross bike, or mountain bike – your choice. Magnesium-Chloride makes for fast dirt surfaces… the route purposely includes some very rough sections to keep the road bikes out of this. Sorry, but while there are great mag-chloride routes that a road bike can handle quite well, this is part of a mountain bike series. Specifically the rough areas are CR 117, CR 136, the dirt road at Test Tracks, CR 237/Horse Gulch Road – and you will pass through here twice.
Date: April 16, 2011
Time: 6:00-AM start for the 160-miler, and 9:00-AM for the 115-miler, start at Durango Joes on College. Park cars over at Horse Gulch trailhead – you will pass through Horse Gulch Trailhead after ~70-miles for the 160, and ~50-miles for the 115, so use this area as halfway staging, or head back to Durango Joes for more food.
PLEASE GO TO THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE FOR ALL THE INFO: http://coloradoes.wordpress.com/swes-event-list/durango-gravel-grinder-100/