Greetings Gravelers – And Happy Mothers Day to all the moms in the group!
Only 14 days until Co2uT – Can you feel it?
Plenty of news – Grab a coffee, sit back, and read on.
Most importantly – PACKET PICK UP LOCATION CHANGE! You asked we listened. Packet pick up is Fruita at the Community Center 324 N. Coulson St. Fruita, Co. 81521
Friday 5/21/2021 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
NO race day pick up. Yes, someone can pick up your packet for you. They will need your name and registration number, located in your confirmation.
Updates and announcements as race day approaches – Save this page as this will be the official update and announcement platform from now until race day! https://www.desertgravel.com/co2ut-updates/
We also encourage you to follow us on Instagram and Facebook @desertgravel for breaking news and additional information.
Reminder to read your riders’ manuals – These have been UPDATED since our last email.
ALL riders MUST review TWO manuals. The general manual applies to every participant, PLUS each distance has a specific manual. To review and/or download both of your manuals
go to the Desertgravel.com/co2ut webpage. Upon arrival scroll down the page to the event icons for each distance (shown below). Under your distance, you will find a pdf link for both of your manuals.
Official course maps are 99 % complete, awaiting one final edit from the town of Fruita.
As you know, you are required to carry and use a GPS-enabled device to navigate Co2ut. As there are many options for devices and ways to handle this we will send a separate email devoted to this topic. The email will contain links to official map GPS files, links to how to load files to various devices, and links to turn-by-turn directions (which we strongly recommend you print and carry on race day).
Our official files are created in the RideWithGPS app. We strongly encourage you to utilize this app on your smartphone for race day as a backup device for navigation. They do offer a 7 day free trial for the premium account with turn-by-turn directions, and a free basic account offering course navigation.
Important Course Insight Videos:
Chief Dino Wrangler Morgan Murri has been out on the course highlighting many of the critical locations and decision points for each course. Check them out. Or, don’t say “we didn’t warn you!” This playlist will continue to grow until race day so check back regularly.
Tires – The question of the month is without a doubt – TIRES. We are stoked to announce a great promotion from Kenda Tires. We’ve been out on the dinos and their rubber is Sa-Weet!
Both the new Alluvium and the tried and true Flintridge. Just in time for Co2uT use promo code KENDAPRO25 at https://shop.kendatire.com/Default.asp for a 25% off discount.
In any tire choice, we like at least 40’s and personally, we’re all on 43-45’s.
Your support person, rescue, and volunteers.
IF you have a medical emergency call 911! EMS is on standby for emergencies.
Otherwise as defined during registration and the riders’ manuals each of you is required to have a support/rescue person on site should you need to be rescued from the race.
WE WILL NOT COME TO RESCUE YOU!
If you need help for a non-emergency you call your support person to come and get you.
We will send a separate email with the most current course conditions, forecasted weather, and map links for your support person as well as an emergency bail-out map for each course during race week.
Several of you have let us know that your local COVID and travel restrictions have made it tough to bring someone with you.
To that end, we’ve created a Facebook group to match those of you with willing support persons to be on call for other riders. We do allow “shared support.” Those of you in need of support can go to this group looking for backup. We hope in the Desert Gravel spirit of “we’re all in this together” those of you with good back up will lend a hand to these riders in need. We encourage those in need to offer cash, beer, pizza, etc for this kindness. The group can be found here. Click the pic to lend a helping hand!
COVID rules are continually evolving and will be updated as and if they change. Unless otherwise stated we are masks on for all race-related activities (except while actually riding) and no mass gatherings.
As we will not have a mass gathering in-person opportunity to welcome you and brief you in person, race week we’ll provide a video welcome, with last-minute updates and additional things you need to know. Until then – watch the short course videos and stay tuned into the website for continuing updates.
We are beyond stoked to see you all in Fruita!
GRAVEL ON ~
The Dino Wranglers