Drew Chapman and the Bike Peddler out of Greeley are organizing monthly gravel races in Weld County as part of a Spring/Summer gravel stage race The format for these free races is similar to the Four Seasons of Horsetooth Challenge except you have an entire month to complete the stage rather than just a long weekend. In order to participate, you must email: firstname.lastname@example.org ahead of time for details and submit your Strava ride to that email address. Stage One, May 1st through May 31st, is live now.
1.0. All riders must obey all traffic laws, at all times, period.
2.0. For a rider’s time to be counted, the course must be ridden in its entirety.
2.1. There is no limit on stage attempts, the best attempt by each rider will be recorded for GC at the end of each month.
3.0. All rides must be uploaded to Strava in order to be counted. (if it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen)
4.0. Each stage must be completed between the first and last day of the given month.
*Know the course. Orienteering is part of this race, being able to properly navigate the back roads of weld county is what this “race” is all about. The course will not be marked or marshaled, know where you are going and where you are at all times.
*Be prepared, many courses will have you riding in remote areas with no resupply stops and very little cell phone service. Make sure to have plenty of nutrition, and supplies to be self-supported.
*Tell someone where you are going, have a bailout plan.
*You are responsible for yourself, obey all traffic laws, and practice safe cycling.
* If you need a gpx file email, us and we will have it to you asap.
5.0 GC(general classification) Awarded to the ride with the lowest cumulative time over all stages.
5.1 GC will be counted for any and all categories/age groups
6.0 Stages can be completed solo or as a group, all times will be recorded individually(there is no team timing)
7.0 KOM that’s right, for our second edition we will be adding a KOM challenge, each category(or age group) will be able to compete in not only GC but King(or Queen) of the Mountains, through midcourse segments. KOM segments will be announced monthly along with the course.
7.1 Only KOMs made for the stage will be counted, most courses will have multiple existing KOMs on them, only KOM segments announced with the stage will be counted.
8.0 MVP will be awarded for each stage. Our MVP award will be completely unrelated to GC or KOM points. While out on course do something cool, impress us with some flashy photos or videos maybe, be creative and have fun. Maybe it should be MFP(Most Fun Player) instead of MVP…
9.0 Categories will be determined by participation numbers.
Categories will be decided and announced by the organizers(via email) at the conclusion of the first stage(when we know who’s participating).
Possible categories may be; under 65-over 65, Ladies, MTB(all stages must be completed on mtb), Tandem…who knows tell your friends to race to the more racers the more categories and fun stuff we can do.
KOM points on this course will be awarded for the climb starting north of highway14 and finishes atop the ridge on CR86.
KOM points will be awarded in each race category as follows;
1st place 5pts
2nd place 4pts
3rd place 3pts
4th place 2pts
5th place 1pt
As the segment name suggests there will be a bag of cereal in it for the winner of this KOM.
***Organizers side note***
Go have fun, yes this is a race, but its also just about getting out and exploring some dirt roads.
Have fun, don’t be too serious about it;)