Get ‘Rad! Life Time Reveals ‘Dirt Fest’ Race For Gravel Rides, Running

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Life Time quadruples its commitment to hosting well-known events in the small American town with its latest bike / run offer: the ‘Rad Dirt Fest’. The organizers see a particularly bright future on the dusty gravel roads of Trinidad, Colorado.

In October, the sleepy desert city of Trinidad will experience a sudden population boom. Almost 2,000 suffering racers – some runners, some cyclists – will ride the hilly web of yellow gravel roads spinning out of the city center.

Racing drivers experience the quiet, picturesque expanse of Trinidad past the ruins of old mining structures and the strange oil derrick. And it’s an experience that the Life Time Organizers believe that the city with around 8,000 full-time residents will soon rely heavily on the collective radar of gravel enthusiasts.

“When looking for a new host location, we were looking for a community that was equipped for a big trail running and gravel bike event, but also had a cool atmosphere,” said Kimo Seymour, President for Events and Media at Life Time in an opinion.

“We found this in Trinidad, whose local officials welcomed us with open arms and an invitation to join them on their way to the next major outdoor resort in Colorado.”

The opening event will take place from October 2nd to 3rd. Registration will officially open on April 13th, but Life Time has unlocked early bird discount registration exclusively for drivers who identify as female, non-binary and BIPOC – from now until April 12th.

We did a preview drive to get a feel for the terrain, the route and the vibe in the city. Here’s what you need to know about that ” Rad Dirt Fest.

‘Rad Dirt Fest: gravel ride or run

The first Rad Dirt Fest will host 1,300 cyclists and 600 runners. Bicycle events include three routes:

  • The Frijole: 38-mile short course with 2,720 feet of profit ($ 65)
  • The Anteloop: 90-mile course with 5,000 feet of incline ($ 100)
  • The stubborn Delores: 162 mile course with 10,800 feet of profit ($ 160)

The bike gravel ride

Runners can tackle one of two mixed-terrain routes (pavement, gravel, singletrack): a half marathon with a gain of 1,000 feet ($ 65) and a 50 km marathon with an incline of 3,200 feet ($ 105).

Hidden in the foothills of the jagged white caps of the Spanish Peaks, Trinidad is planning quietly to become one of the Centennial State’s premier outdoor recreation centers. Those in the know probably took the hike (Trinidad is about 3 hours south of Denver) to enjoy the smooth, even gravel that borders the city.

The historic Santa Fe Trail runs right through Trinidad. And this year’s kickoff event coincides with the bicentenary of the trail – translation: big, big party after the ride or the run!

The city home to a surprising number of art galleries (including the must-see ones) Art Cartopia Motor Museum) has planned several celebrations for the 200th anniversary. And Life Time won’t skimp on the celebration.

The bike gravel ridePhoto credit: Tim Mohn

“Trinidad as a city has reinvented itself over and over again in the course of history and has shown our strength as a community. We were a community of miners, natural gas, art and, most recently, outdoor recreation, ”said Wally Wallace, director of economic development for Trinidad.

“Drivers and runners can come to the city for the event weekend in October and expect not only to have a great time on the dirt roads and paths, but also to celebrate festivals that celebrate all the cultures that make Trinidad what it is we are.”

The Rad Gravel bike tour

The wheel gravel ride through ruinsPhoto credit: Tim Mohn

On a preview drive we covered roughly 70 miles to get a feel for what Trinidad has to offer. Although it was the beginning of April, our day of driving was over 80 degrees.

And just as early spring can bring summer temperatures, so can Colorado’s fall. So bring sunscreen and plenty of water as October can offer some scorching days.

In addition, Trinidad has a high feeling of desert. The parched earth makes an iconic gravel ride, but it also shows the demands on your body. Expect chapped lips, a dry throat, and empty bike bottles – Hydration is crucial here.

The Rad Gravel Ride RoutePhoto credit: Tim Mohn

As for the route itself, Trinidad has some champagne gravel. The vast majority of our ride – greater than 90% – provided a satisfactory crunch with minimal washboard or slack.

That said, the longer trips will take you up to higher altitudes where melting snow can make for muddy stretches. And since these areas are also rural neighborhoods, some sections have deep 4 × 4 ruts that require a bit of technical skill.

If you’re not trying to set a course record, bring your camera. The ‘wheel gravel ride takes the riders through some incredible views and photo ops.

There are many echoes of bygone eras – old railways, rundown brick houses, and other ruins of Americana – and you shouldn’t be taking some memories with you. And almost every strenuous ascent is rewarded with a fascinating view of sharp, snow-capped peaks and long, windy descents.

Trinidad Colorado signPhoto credit: Tim Mohn

The Rad Dirt Fest will feature Trinidad along with Leadville, Colorado, Emporia, Canada and Bentonville, Ark., In the cities that host the Life Time series of events. Historically, these events show the unique character that each of these destinations has to offer. From an economic point of view, the races give local companies a reliable boost.

The trick, of course, is to maintain that small-town character while expanding the events at the same time. But with its cowboy-meets-steampunk decor, Trinidad beats its weight class well above its weight class when it comes to mood. Visitors will find lots of funky art, lively water holes, historic architecture, and much more here.

Learn more about the ” Rad Dirt Fest. Early bird registration with a 20% discount on entry fees is now open to female, non-binary and BIPOC individuals. Full registration begins on April 13th.

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