One of our NATO Board members has been working all summer helping a group of people to make this event a reality, and it’s finally done! All the permits have finally been received and it’s going to become the biggest mountain bike event the riders of Boulder and Nederland have ever seen in this area. It’s the first year but the goal is to become a “classic” with the start/finish and expo area at the historic Caribou Ranch just north of Nederland. The Guercio’s wanted to create such an event – a ‘Coors Classic’ for mountain biking in Nederland! This will likely be the only time the gates of Caribou Ranch are opened to the public all year and it’s for a mountain bike festival!
This year, the event is run in conjunction with the BMA “Sufferfest.” It’s not a race, more similar to a “Dirt Gran Fondo.” There are two main rides to choose from, plus shorter rides for kids that stay on the Ranch itself. The main expo area is on the Ranch and there’s even camping available on site after you’ve ridden and partied with the rest of the riders and sponsors: Oskar Blues, Yeti, Honey Stinger, Acli-mate, Mountain Magazine, MSI, and Caribou Ranch.
The course starts with a 4 mile loop on Caribou Ranch and then heads south through Nederland, onto some sweet singletrack in the West Magnolia area, then west to the town of Eldora, and up to Caribou Flat. Once at the top, you can either head back down to the Ranch for a 37 mile loop, or continue north to the Sourdough Trail and la loop on South St. Vrain/north Sourdough Trails and end your ride at Brainard Lake Road (50 mile ride) where there will be a shuttle back to the Ranch where there will be food and drinks waiting.
The event poster is above and here’s the link to BMA’s website where you need to register.
A group of us will be marking the course this Thursday evening and again on Friday afternoon. If you’d like to help out, meet at the Nederland Park ‘n Ride at 5:15 on Thursday. We will post Friday information shortly.