Howdy, It is about to get real in the land of Dino’s and Jackalopes!
May this email find you winding down, lubing up, and getting stoked. I can’t quite express how pumped we are to see you all this weekend. I’m even more pumped to share that the course is in its best-ever condition. Yes, a bit of sand, sadly no epic Raptor traps (sand pits), Yes 2.5 miles of Dino Breeding grounds (bumpy as shit) but that is all of it in one dose. The weather is looking incredible, perhaps even a bit warm.
These are scarce this year!
A few very important reminders – The course is marked but markings are BACK-UP. We take it seriously and do it well but, we have had a bit of cowboy mischief and signs may not be where we put them or point where we pointed them. Please, use your GPS.
DANGER – Danger warnings on your GPS or our signs are LEGIT. If we say it or mark it we mean it! These are primarily marked at abrupt rain ruts/washouts (about 500 fewer of these this year than last) but they are out there, they come up fast and can be very hard to see. PAY ATTENTION every time you see a steep down followed by a steep up type of ravine or drainage.
Currently, there is only one of these big ones out there (mile 125 for 200, mile 23 for 100, but small ones come up unannounced!
Key course markings are as shown below.
Directional arrows are primarily the large pink arrows.
XX indicates the WRONG WAY.
Arrows pointed towards each other tip-to-tip also mean DANGER/Caution
Provisional aid – Due to the warmer than usual temps and stretched-out aid stations we will allow crew support (and it’s ok to help other riders beyond your own) on the 200 course at the I-70 interstate crossing mile 39 and there is a convenient (super unusual gas station at Cresent Junction) 200 course mile 49. We will also have 12-15 ATV side by sides patrol the entire course with very basic patches, tubes, and Stans for neutral support.
Packet Pick Up – Remember packet pick up for any distance is Friday night 5-8 pm at Over The Edge bike shop in downtown Fruita OR 30 minutes prior to each start at your starting line. YES – someone can pick up your packet for you. NO, you do not have to come to Fruita Friday night.
Finish line and Shuttles – For those of you who have ridden Co2uT or Rexy in the past. This year we are at a different Park. Little Salt Wash Park for the finish, and festivities and for the 200 and 100 shuttles to your start. Don’t show up at the incorrect park.
Last but not least – This will be harder than you have planned for. That is our point. This is much more about facing and overcoming the challenge than it is about â€œracingâ€�. Pace yourselves. Any of the distances will likely be the hardest 50,100 or 200 miles you’ve ever ridden. Embrace the journey.
And, when you’re down and suffering, had enough, and don’t think you can take one more hill, one more sand trap, or one more stupid FUXXING Dino Breeding ground, breathe deep, relax those shoulders and look up, look around you, take it in – it truly is amazing out here. Then smile, suck it up and pedal. (Repeat as necessary)
Peace, love, and Dino’s see ya all soon.
Morgan and the Fruita Dino Wranglers
Just under two weeks to go and it’ll be time to Tame Your Monster! Below you will find your rider’s manual. This document contains important information that could be critical to your survival. Please, carve out 30 minutes or so, grab a strong cup of coffee or an NA beer, and take it all in.
Additionally here are a few important reminders for you.
Shuttles – If you need a shuttle ride race morning to the start of the 200 or 100 you MUST REGISTER prior to the end of the day this Friday, Sept. 29. Go here to sign up
Beta Group – We’ve created a Facebook group for beta sharing, carpool connecting (for you 50 milers) tire size recommendations (43’s at least!) etc. Find it here
Registration closes – This Friday, 9.29.23 – It is a big desert out here and we have room for a few more brave souls. Rally those friends and get them to join you. www.bikereg.com/rexy
Whether this is your first ride or fifth ride with us at Desert Gravel we promise you, this year we’ve pulled out all the stops to make this REXY the best yet. Incredible views, people, terrain, and adventure. A true Desert Oddessy. We thank you for joining us.
Spend this week training hard, then rest up, pack up, and eat up – REXY is ready and she is hungry!
See you soon,
Morgan and the Dino Wranglers
Greetings Rexy riders,
Just about 30 days out from you meeting your monster in the Utah/Colorado desert! We hope this finds you training hard and ready to take on this incredible journey!
Several key updates for you.
1 – Shuttles: We provide a shuttle for those in need from the finish line in Fruita to the start of the 200 near Moab and the start of the 100 in Cisco on race morning. (We do not shuttle to the 50 and strongly encourage you to connect together to carpool and shuttle each other to the start of the 50 – Info to follow).
You MUST reserve your shuttle spot in advance, prior to 9.27.2023. Use this link to register. https://www.bikereg.com/rexy
200-mile riders, Emergency Services have mandated this year that we add cut-off times to the 200 for the final 3 aid stations. We’ve pushed to make them as lenient as possible (and reserve the right to amend as needed with weather and conditions on the day). If this is a problem for any of you we understand and will offer a refund or deferment to Co2uT 2024 if you notify us prior to 9.15.2023 email@example.com
200-mile cut-off times
Aid #2, Cisco Mile 98- 4:30 pm (9.5 hours)
Aid #3, Bryson Canyon Rd. Mile 135 – 7 pm (12 hours)
Aid #4, Highway 139/Mitchell Rd. Mile 177 – 1 am (18 hours)
3 – Event Schedule
Friday 4 pm – 8 pm Packet Pick up. Downtown Fruita Over the Edge Bike Shop.
Saturday 4:30 am, bike drop and shuttle load 200 miler to Moab Fruita, Little Salt Wash Park, Fruita Co.
Saturday 6:30 am, 200-mile Starting line, the morning of packet pick up, all 200 riders check-in and shuttle drop off. Moab Giants. The intersection of highways 313 and 191.
Saturday 7:00 am 200 Miler start Moab Giants.
Saturday 9:00 am, 100-mile bike drop off and shuttle load Little Salt Wash Park, Fruita Co.
Saturday 9:30 am, 100-mile shuttle depart
Saturday 10:30 am, Cisco Utah. Buzzard Belly General Store.100 miler day of packet pick up and shuttle drop off. Mandatory rider check-in
Saturday 11:00 am, Cisco Utah, 100 miler start.
Saturday 2 pm, 4rd and Prairie Canyon, 50 miler packet pick up and 50 miler mandatory rider check-in.
Saturday 2:30 pm 50 Miler start.
Saturday 4:00 pm Finish line food and beer open. Little Salt Wash Park, Fruita Co.
Saturday 4:30 pm. 200-mile cut-off, Aid #2 Cisco. 98 miles
Saturday 4:30 pm first finishers expected.
Saturday 7 pm 200-mile cut-off aid #3, Bryson Canyon 135 miles
Saturday 7 pm award ceremony, all finished courses and divisions
Saturday 11 pm award ceremony, all finished courses and divisions second wave
Sunday 1 am 200 mile cut-off aid #4, highway 139/Mitchell Rd. mile 177
Sunday 7 am All courses and venue closed
Sunday 8 am – Take a nap.
In 10 days or so we’ll get the most current course conditions update out to you and continue to update more details.
We’re working on the final camping arrangement for those of you taking that option and will update you soon.
Riders manuals and crew manuals will be out 9.22.23
We will post all updates on our website www.desertgravel.com/rexy beginning now through the race date under the Rexy 2023 updates tab
Morgan and your Fruita Dino Wrangler Team