Date: 2019 Date TBD, likely early September.
Ride Stats: 69-miles, 8,500 ft of climbing <—-not a typo
Route & GPS downloads: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28347039
From the co-founder of the iconic Trans-Iowa comes the Humper Mixed-Terrain. A rough, rowdy and pointy drop bar backcountry adventure ride!
This self-supported and self-navigated backcountry ride gives you a buffet serving of the numerous dirt/gravel roads that Eagle, CO and the surrounding backcountry have to offer. This isn’t Midwest gravel. This is Rocky Mountain gravel! Everything here is bigger, badder and rougher! Bring your sense of adventure, as this ride is demanding on all levels. Riders can plan for a 5+ hour day on a 69-mile route that is mostly US Forest Service roads, questionable rocky jeep road, 3 long climbs, water crossings, some hike-a-bike, a few rough white-knuckle descents, likely a run in with a cow, bear or moose, and a fast flowy singletrack descent that’ll make your cheeks hurt you’re smiling so hard as you roll back into Eagle! The views, like the climbs will be ginormous!
When you get done, which will be 5-8 hours later. <—-also not a typo.
This is a mass start group fun ride. You are self supported and self-navigated. Ride the route as fast or slow as you like. While not a race, some riders may choose to “ride fast.” This is 100% up to you.
This ride is fully UNSUPPORTED and you will need to be SELF-SUFFICIENT in order to complete this route. We cannot say this enough, YOU are responsible for YOU. Plan on carrying everything you need to get from the start to the finish. A water filter is highly suggested, unless you want to carry all your water with you. If you’re going to carry all your water, start with no less than 100oz. There are NO SERVICES on route! There is NO CELL SERVICE on route!
The route will NOT be marked. With that said, nearly all of the USFS roads in Eagle are signed or labeled. Be ready to self-navigate. A GPS with the track is highly advised. Do yourself a favor and upload the GPX or TCX to your favorite navigational device. You can get that at https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28347039
Want to see pictures of the route? Please visit the GPS page: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28347039
Riders are encouraged to ride as little or as much of the route as they feel comfortable with. There are 2 bail out points to get back to Eagle…should you choose you bit off a little more than you can chew. These 2 points are labeled on the route map with a brown icon: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28347039
EQUIPMENT CHOICES. The spirit of this event is taking on this challenge on a Gravel or CX bike. Suggested bike for the Humper Mixed-Terrain is a CX or Gravel bike with a minimum of 40c tires. Tubeless tires are highly recommended. We also suggest carrying 2-3 spare tubes, patch kit, tire plug, CO2 and pump, and a rain jacket. The course is rough in spots, mostly going downhill! We highly suggest going larger with tires, thicker with the bar tape, and running gearing that is equal to or easier than 50/34 x 11-34. If you are fortunate to own front suspension for your cx/gravel bike, we suggest bringing it.
A ROAD BIKE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS COURSE !!
LEAVE YOUR ROAD SHOES AND PEDALS AT HOME!! YOU WILL HIKE-A-BIKE AT SOME POINT ON THIS ROUTE!!
NO AEROBARS!! THEY ARE OF NO ADVANTAGE ON THIS ROUTE AND ARE A SAFETY RISK FOR YOU AND THOSE AROUND YOU!!
Where can I park for the day? Please see the MAP
Pack it in. Pack it out. Don’t litter in the backcountry!
This is intended to be non-commercial and is a recreational-use activity that is held on parts of USFS lands in compliance with USFS Special Use Rules and Regulations.
This is NOT a closed route. Other trail users, including cyclists, hikers, equestrian, and the motorized community may be encountered at any time. Please show respect and be nice out there.
Questions? Shoot them our way!