We are currently looking at options to make the Humper Mixed-Terrain an official event in 2020 with aid stations, course markings, media, medical, permits, categories, etc.
Date: Late June 2020 – Eagle, Colorado
Full Hump: 69-miles with 8,500 ft of climbing
Half Hump: TBD
Route & GPS downloads: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28347039
From the co-founder of the O.G. gravel race Trans-Iowa comes the Hardscrabble Humper Mixed-Terrain. A rough, rowdy and aggressive drop bar backcountry adventure ride and race!
This backcountry event 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…or really the gravel that you are accustomed to from similar events around the US! Everything here is MUCH 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, rocky 4×4 roads, 3 loooooong climbs (aka Humps), some water crossings, possibly some snow drifts, a hike-a-bike or two, a few rough white-knuckle descents, a sighting of a bear or moose, and a fast flowy singletrack descent that’ll make your cheeks hurt because you’re smiling so hard as you descend back into Eagle! The views, like the climbs, will be ginormous!
Saturday, June 27, 2020 in Eagle, Colorado
A GPS with the track is highly advised. Do yourself a favor and upload the GPX 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
Video? Yeah, we got that as well! Check out the full course on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HardscrabbleHumper/videos/1950973038282670/
EQUIPMENT CHOICES. The spirit of this event is taking on this challenge on a drop bar 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 Tubolito spare tubes, a tube and tire patch kit, tire plug, CO2 or mini-pump, a way to scrap mud off your bike and a rain/wind shell jacket. The course is rowdy 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 or gravel bike, it might be a good idea to bring it. The climbing is what breaks people during this ride. When in doubt gear easier! You’ve been warned.
A TRADITIONAL ROAD BIKE IS NOT SUITABLE FOR THIS ROUTE !!
LEAVE YOUR ROAD SHOES AND ROAD PEDALS AT HOME!! EVERYONE WILL HIKE-A-BIKE AT SOME POINT ON THIS ROUTE, OVER BOTH ROCKS AND SNOW FIELDS !!
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 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!