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Drop Bags and Race Results

May 23, 2021 |by [email protected] | 0 Comments | Uncategorized

Howdy Wranglers!

Lot’s to come as we wrap up Co2uT – But first. Drop bags are at the finish line between the motor home and the building.

If the motorhome is gone, bags will remain on the table until this afternoon then collected.

Race results posted. Here – Congrats all. You’ve officially progressed from gravel riders to Dino Wranglers!

Cheers and thanks!

 

Stay tuned…

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Co2uT updates 5.20.21!

May 20, 2021 |by [email protected] | 0 Comments | Uncategorized

Cheers riders!

We are getting right down to it!

Crazy road construction downtown Fruita! Please use this new route for the quickest/best route to get from the parking area, Fruita Monument High School 1102 Wildcat Ave, Fruita, CO 81521 to the start.

Map to start

All riders! Timing Chutes.

Each and every aid station will have a timing chute. You MUST pass through the chute each time you come by an aid station. Fastest riders, please remember this should you choose to blow through any of the aid stations. A quick brake check, slip through and crank on.

185 Riders. Verifying Endless.

 

The only reason this course is 185 miles long is that is what it takes to get out to Endless and back. To verify you made it you MUST ride around to the back of the tank and either take a pic, or remove a page from the Edward Abby book there. You then show this page or pic to the aid station team following Endless at mile 102.

BEER at the finish!

We are buying you all a beer. A cold and tasty toast with the support of Fruita Rotary and our Friends and Suds Brothers Brewery! Don’t forget to carry your beer ticket in your jersey so you can crash on the grass and sip a cool one after you tame your Monster! Choose the SOB (south of the border) Mexican lager or Zeplin IPA.

Keep checking in and travel safe!

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Welcome Co2uT Riders!

May 19, 2021 |by [email protected] | 0 Comments | Uncategorized

Howdy Gravelers!

Since we can’t gather together this year for a big warm desert welcome we hope you’ll join chief Dino wrangler Morgan Murri for this welcome message video.

We are beyond stoked to see you all Friday and turn you loose Saturday to tame your Monsters!

Grab a beer, a margarita or cold lemonade and take listen.

Click the pic and feel the desert love.

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Co2uT Map Day!

May 14, 2021 |by [email protected] | 0 Comments | Uncategorized

Here it is gravelers – Map day!

You ask, we listen. We will provide an official course sweep. As in 1-2 vehicles maximum, per course capable of transporting 4-6 stranded riders each. This means you are still required to have a support person on hand to extract you should you break down or have a non-emergency incident that prohibits you from continuing. But we will have limited backup on all courses. You may take support from these official on-course vehicles only. If they assist you in getting back underway you can continue as an official rider. They will have LIMITED tools and supplies. If they pick you up they will get you to the next aid station. From there you’ll need to call your support person to come to get you allowing the sweepers to continue with sweep.
Additionally for those of you still struggling with support, our Facebook group is connecting those in need with those willing to help out. Use it and encourage your support person(s) to lend a hand, earn some beer or pizza or cash!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/149113750514316

Maps, WOOT – WOOT!
Several hundred miles of courses, thousands upon thousands of feet in elevation gain, and a thousand or so left and right turns your Monster maps are ready!

We’ve put almost two years into creating the most interesting, most scenic, and most diverse routes possible for each of you. Please take the time to familiarize yourself and your support with this information and get your GPS devices loaded up, tested, and ready well in advance of race day.

If you are still on the cycling sidelines without a GPS device you need to bust a move. We’re here to help with a special incentive from our newest sponsor Stages Cycling, offering Co2uT riders a 20% discount on their awesome DASH computers. Order now and use coupon code desert20.

Official Maps and course information –
All riders are required to use GPS navigation at Co2uT.
We use Ride With GPS to create our master race maps, and this app will provide the most accurate and detailed map files.
We STRONGLY encourage you to download and use the Ride With GPS app on your smartphone as a backup to your cycling computer.
We STRONGLY encourage you to have your support person download and use the Ride With GPS app on their smartphone.
If you use the “premium” version of the app, you will also get “turn by turn” directions on the course.
The premium version has a free one-week trial – So downloading it Sunday or Monday would cover you for Co2uT without a fee.
www.ridewithgps.com

All riders must carry a cell phone for use in an emergency or to request help from your support. As GPS navigation can drain battery life, we encourage you to use a GPS cycling computer like a Stages Cycling DASH50 for your primary navigation. Your phone is available to be turned on in a backup situation. Or carry an external charging device attached to your phone.

If you have an emergency or need your support person, the most effective way for EMS or your support to find you is to provide them the course you are on and your mileage. This is why your support person should also have the Ride With GPS app and Map.

**A lesson we’ve learned the hard way…. It is an intelligent idea for longer course riders (and their support) to also download the maps for shorter courses to use in the event you drop down to a shorter course, mid-race!**

All riders must download and either print or carry as a pdf on your smartphone your courses Cue-Sheets. These “Cue-Sheets” provide written navigation instructions.

While this may seem like a lot of work, the point is if you get it all done and have your systems loaded and functional, your race/ride will go smooth, the chance of getting lost or off-course minimized, and you can enjoy time riding, not worrying. And, like all essential systems, redundancy provides important peace of mind.

A quick perspective from Chief Dino Wrangler – Morgan Murri when he raced the unsupported 350-mile DKXL. “I was more freaked out about navigation than I was about the fact we had one section of more than 100 miles without access to water.” “To get rid of that fear so I could focus solely on racing, this was my setup.
A primary computer with a 14-hour battery life attached to a backup battery with 48-hour battery life. A backup computer with maps loaded. Ride with GPS on my phone with maps loaded. An additional backup battery device connected to my phone. Six double-sided minimized pages of laminated “cue-sheets.” I never missed a turn. I never had to activate a backup. I never worried about getting lost.”

Make an effort to CYA so you can go out and meet your monster, fully engaged.

Here we go!
All riders and crew – Ride With GPS app from your app store.
www.ridewithgps.com

RideWithGPS GPS Race Map Files
Fruitadens – 30 miler – Small but rugged
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31657814

Stegosaurus – 75 miler – Bit of a sting
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34683770

Triceratops – 100 miler – Big but kind
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31792319

UtahRaptor – 125 miler – Watch out for those traps
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31792452

Allosaurus – 185 miler – Endless here I come
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31732002

Route Maps with Cue-Sheets and Route Cue-Sheets only
are downloadable PDF’s and can be found on the Desert Gravel website here https://www.desertgravel.com/co2ut/#courses
Then look HERE under your distance for PDF links

To use the Map within the RideWithGPS app, simply open the link.

Support links for loading GPS file to various devices
Stages Dash – Find instructions here https://manuals.stagescycling.com/en/dash-m50-l50/user-manual/riding-with-the-dash/courses/420-2/

Garmin Edge – Find instructions here https://ridewithgps.com/help/export-routes-to-garmin-device

Wahoo – Find instructions here https://ridewithgps.com/help/wahoo-elemnt

Aid stations
All aid stations are stocked with:
Skratch Labs Energy Bars, Energy Chews, and their new Crispy Cakes!
Skratch Labs Hydration drink – Lemon & Lime and Grape.
Water.
Chocolate chip, Nutter butter, Peanut butter Ritz and Oreo, cookies.
Potato chips, Cheetos, BBQ chips, Doritos, Frito’s.

Aid station locations
Fruitadens 30 Miles
One aid station at your turn around mile 15.

Stegosaurus 75 Miles
Aid station 1. mile 22
Aid station 2. mile 39
Aid station 3. mile 53 (same station as #1 outbound)

Triceratops 100 Miler
Aid station 1. mile 22
Aid station 2. mile 39
Aid station 3. mile 60 (same station as #2 outbound)
Aid station 4. mile 77 (same station as #1 outbound)

UtahRaptor 125 Miler
Aid station 1. Mile 22
Aid station 2. Mile 39
Aid station 3. Mile 62
Aid station 4. Mile 86 (same station as #2 outbound)
Aid station 5. Mile 103 (same station as #1 outbound)

Allosaurus 185 Miler
Aid station 1. Mile 22
Aid station 2. Mile 39
Aid station 3. Mile 62  – Cut-off. Any rider after 6 hours from start time moved to the 125-mile course.
Aid station 4. Mile 102 – Cut-off. Any rider after 10 ½ hours from start time must abandon the race and call support.
Aid station 5. Mile 123 –  (same station as #3 outbound) Cut-off. Any rider after 12 ½ hours from start time must abandon the race and call support
Aid station 6. Mile 146 (same station as #2 outbound) Cut-off. Any rider after 14 hours from start time must abandon the race and call support.
Aid station 7. Mile 163 (same station as #1 outbound) Cut-off. Any rider after 16 hours from start time must abandon the race and call support.

There you have it, gravelers – Get those files load, get those maps and Cue-Sheets printed, get your support up to speed, and charge those phones and GPS units! That way, your ride will be heads up, taking in those views and taming your monster!

We cannot wait to see you all~
Prepare to Meet, and tame, YOUR Monster 🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖🦖!

Morgan and The Dino Wranglers

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PACKET PICK UP LOCATION CHANGE!

May 6, 2021 |by [email protected] | 0 Comments | Co2uT Updates 2021, race updates, Uncategorized

Packet pick-up change! – Fruita Community Center 11 a.m. – 9:30 pm Friday, May 21st.
324 N. Coulson St.
Fruita, CO, 81521

You ask – we listen. Packet pick-up HAS MOVED to Fruita! A big thank you to our sponsor Rocky Mounts for giving up the packet pick-up role and taking on an entire aid station. Tell’m thanks when you hit aid #2

And a huge THANKS to the town of Fruita for giving up their Community Center for packet pick up.

There will be NO race day packet pick up. You’ve got to make it Friday.

Covid rules in place – Please, no friends and family and masks on.

This location is conveniently located just northwest of downtown Fruita, walking or riding distance from most restaurants and lodging.

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