presented by ASSOS USA
Day 2: Friday, September 24, 2021
Approximately 40 miles + 5,500 feet of elevation
The Friday stage will be brand new for 2021—while we will keep with our tradition of a gravel-heavy first big stage, this time we will ride singletrack back down!
Leaving from the Town of Monument just 20 minutes north of downtown Colorado Springs, riders will head up Mt. Herman Road on a climb reminiscent of the Rampart Range Road climb in 2020 - although not quite as long. After gaining about 2,300 vertical feet, riders will cruise a few gravel rollers on FS 315 and 314 before hitting a singletrack loop in Lovell Gulch—a trail network just north of Woodland Park. After a couple of miles on Rampart Range Road (a section well north of the section we used in 2020), riders will head down a rowdy, double-track descent on Balanced Rock Road. After descending 1,500 vertical feet to reach the bottom, riders will head south on FS 715 through Limbaugh Canyon, with a beautiful singletrack ride up the valley behind Mt. Herman. A bit of climbing will then give way to another long singletrack descent, crossing back over Mt. Herman Road and riding trail 715 (with some technical rocky sections) all the way back to Monument Preserve where race timing will end.
A short 2 mile spin down into town will bring you back to the start line, with about 40 miles and over 5,500 feet of vertical climbing in your legs.
PLEASE NOTE: All 2021 course info is TENTATIVE until all permits are in place with agencies including El Paso County, USFS, and Colorado Springs Parks. We are in the application process now and everything should be finalized in the coming months.
Location & Parking Details
To be announced.
To be announced.