Colorado's Most Iconic Gravel Race

Saturday June 10th, 2023

Telluride's first gravel race!

Telluride Gravel’s first edition is a jaw dropping gravel race starting and finishing in the historic mining town of Telluride, CO. where the history is the only thing as rich as the gravel riding. Lore has it Telluride may have earned its name as a warning of the treacherous journey miners were to encounter to reach the remote town in the San Juan Mountain destination - “To Hell U Ride”! The whole town was designated a national historic landmark district in the 1960s and today is a world class destination in every respect for outdoor recreation, accommodations, arts, dining and of course, gravel. Come for the race and bring along your family and friends, everybody will find something to enjoy in Telluride, CO!

Telluride Gravel’s long and short course will provide an unparalleled two-wheel adventure for riders of intermediate to elite fitness levels. Timed to run during prime early fall October leaf peeping season the massive aspen groves will be a sea of magnificent yellow, orange, and red flanked by the high peaks which may have some snow. Course altitude range will be between 7,500 – 10,500 and will run primarily along well-maintained county roads, gently graded (non-technical) old railway lines, sprawling mesas amongst 14k ft peaks, and the “true grit” of a mining supply route.

Come race and ride real mountain gravel with enthusiasts from around the world and experience with your eyes, lungs and legs what Telluride and San Juan Mountain locals already know - Telluride Gravel is one of the richest cycling experiences in the world – To Hell U Ride!

It is a place of legend, nestled at the end of a lush canyon and surrounded by some of Colorado’s most rugged peaks. Nowhere else in the country, or perhaps the world, does such a place exist. To some, we are known for incredible alpine skiing. To others, summers are full of cultural events and endless outdoor activities. By everyone, we are embraced for our authentic mountain character, unpretentious attitude, and celebration of four...

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There are some classic long established rides around here that locals have been doing on 25c tires (just like nearly everywhere there’s gravel riding) long before riding gravel became a style. Now though, with “road bikes” that take 1.8-2.25+ inch tires and 1:1 or better gearing so much more becomes accessible and fun.

San Miguel County is notorious for well maintained dirt roads that wind endlessly throughout the surrounding mesas....

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The many aspen groves throughout the San Juan Mountains transform from verdant green to brilliant yellows and golds. You will find variations of color as you ride throughout the scenic San Juan Mountains. Typically, Fall colors start in mid to late September and last for through the second week of October.

This will be a memorable way to see the fall foliage as you ride through river valleys, aspen grove, high alpine lakes, and...

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