125-Mile Riders Manual Co2uT 2022
This supplement contains information, rules, and details specific to your course.
You must also read the general riders manual for full event details.
Welcome to the UtahRaptor Course. Don’t tell everyone else but this is our favorite course. The additional 25 miles after the 100 course is the bomb (unless the Raptor Traps are in bloom – in that case, it can be a dusty bomb) you get it all.
To make it you will have to ride smart, push hard and plan well. If you do, you’ll experience a deep sense of accomplishment and satisfaction knowing that you tamed the fiercest monster of Co2uT.
Things you need to know
Start time: 7:00 a.m. Downtown Fruita – Peach Street and Aspen.
The official end of 125 race: 9:00 p.m. Downtown Fruita. Peach Street and Aspen.
All distances Begin in the parking lot on the north side of Civic Pavilion Park 325 East Aspen Avenue
7:00 a.m. UtahRaptor – 125 Miles
Parking for all distances is Fruita Monument High School. 1102 Wildcat Avenue, Fruita, CO 1.5 miles from the start. Be sure to allow enough time to ride safely to the start and obey all road rules and laws.
All Packets must be picked up Friday. There will be NO race day pick-up.
Packet pick location. Fruita Recreation Center 324 N Coulson St, Fruita CO
2 p.m. – 8 p.m. Friday, April 22nd.
Neutral Start – First 7 miles is a Sheriff’s lead escort. Nice and easy
You will roll out of and back into Fruita on paved city streets. To keep you safe and give you time to find your groove the first 7 miles is “Neutral.” NO RACING. Just after hitting the gravel on 18 road be prepared for a right turn off the main road. Inbound be extra cautious when you re-enter this busier 7 miles and ride back into city streets and traffic. Remember! All roads are open and will be busy with cars the closer you get to town! You will finish right at the park.
Important course notes.
At mile 23 you will approach State Highway 139. You MUST stop before entering the highway. It is just ½ mile to aid station #1 and back on gravel. Please, use extra caution on this road. The median is wide. Use it to stay far right.
When you are coming inbound. You repeat this same ½ mile in the opposite direction. Again, use caution and stay far right.
Mile 36. CAUTION You will be coming down a very long, rugged downhill. At the bottom of this hill, you abruptly enter a busy, paved road, open to the public. STOP! Check traffic before turning right and heading to aid #2
Aid #2 mile 38. Course Split!
You and the 100 riders turn left into the aid station and continue to the west. The 75mile route continues straight (North) on the asphalt.
Mile 44. Course Split!
This is where the 100 and the 125 depart. 100 milers slight left, 125 – hard right. From here on you get to ride well into Utah
Aid #3 Mile 61
HEAVY VEHICLE TRAFFIC ON THIS PAVED 3 MILES. Very cautious here as aid station support vehicle traffic could be heavy.
Aid station #4 (same as aid station #2 outbound) mile 84. If severe weather moves in we may institute a cut-off here at 10 hours.
Aid Station #5 (Same as aid station #1 outbound, 25 miles from the finish.) Race mile 100, 13 hours after the official start time.
- Additionally, any rider leaving aid station #5, between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. will be required to have an operational front light.
- Official finish line, Downtown Fruita. Final cut-off 9:30 pm.
If you get to the course split at MILE 44 and feel like 80 more miles isn’t in the cards for you today you can “drop-down” to the 100 route here.
Take the 100 mile left turn to continue on the 100-mile route. In doing so, you will officially finish as a 100miler. You will not be eligible for age group awards and you MUST notify an official at the next aid station before continuing, providing your bib number and name.
You are required to have a flashing red taillight on and operational for the entire event. Any rider on course after 8 pm is required to have a white front light on and operational through the finish.
You will be allowed one drop bag that will be delivered to aid station #2. This is mile 39 outbound and mile 84 inbound.
You must CLEARLY LABEL the drop bag with your name and race number. Mark it well – you will be required to find your drop back on your own. The better you label it the more organized we’ll have it.
It needs to be a reasonable size (such as a race-tote, musette bag) or 6 pack cooler. Drop bags need to be dropped off prior to your start on Saturday morning at the start/finish area (this zone will be marked). Drop bags may not be retrievable until after the race, Sunday morning, 8am. at the finish area. Any items/bags not claimed by end of day, 5pm on Sunday, April 24th will be donated.
Course Splits and two-way traffic.
Your course rides with the 75 and 100 to mile 39 aid #2. Here the 75-mile course continues up the asphalt road. You and the 100 turn left, going through the aid station and heading west on gravel.
At mile 44 the 100 milers continue straight, you go right (west).
At mile 61, Aid #3 you turn left (south).
Lastly and most importantly…
125 miles and almost 7,000’ of gain is no joke. Add in wind, Raptor Traps a heck of a lot of twists and turns and the Utah Raptor will represent her reputation. Not if, but when, she gets you down… Doubt begins to creep in, your tears trail dust tracks down your cheeks and the dino breeding grounds have rattled your confidence. Remember this. You are brave. You are strong. You are healthy. Just a few months ago you told yourself “I would give anything to just go to the desert and ride my bike.!” That day is here and so are you. Look up, take it in. Truly – LOOK around you… and remind yourself how blessed you really are. Then, breathe deep, smile, and pedal on. We are waiting for you at the finish.