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50 Mile Riders Manual -Co2uT 20222
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 Pterodactyl Course, the newest edition to Co2uT. She’s fun, she’s sassy, and our introduction to gravel, desert style!
Your route contains some of the best, varied terrains within Co2uT. Beautiful views a few breathtaking climbs, an awesome sample of desert gravel. Twists turns, climbs, descents, and views that take in the Book Cliffs and the Desert. This won’t be the easiest 50 miles you’ve ever ridden. Perhaps it won’t be the hardest. Neither was our aim. What we have strived for is the most unique, fun, diverse experience we could squeeze into 50 miles. We hope this inspires you to come again and chase an even larger dino!
Things you need to know
Start time: 8:45 a.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
8:45 a.m. Pterodactyl – 50 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 are “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.
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 when you depart the aid station. Again, use caution and stay far right.
Your route is an “out and back”. Meaning you’ll ride 25 miles out to your aid station and turn around to ride 25 miles back, on mostly the same route. Trust us It will look completely unfamiliar on your way back and, the climb after the turnaround is a doozie! Use caution after you turn around as you will be in two-way traffic with outbound riders.
You are required to have a flashing red taillight on and operational for the entire event.
We hope this is your intro to gravel. But, be it your first ride or one of many we thank you for joining us. As our stepping stone level route, we want Pterodactyl to be a fun sample of what gravel riding in our region is like. If we’ve done it correctly perhaps this will be the first step towards more gravel. We hope so. May you journey far and wide always knowing you have friends in the desert. Gravel on and we’ll be waiting for you at the finish line!