West Elk Classic
135 mi, 128mi tarmac, 27 packed dirt. 9300’
The West Elk Bicycle Classic is a true classic covering 135 miles of the best back roads in Colorado. This timed gran fondo leaves Western State Colorado University campus in Gunnison at 7 am sharp. You will ride as a large group in the crisp mountain air along Blue Mesa reservoir. Turning on the north rim of the Black Canyon you will encounter the best road anywhere. Huge canyons, skies and mountains. Twisty roads with significant climbs. Finally you will descend very fast to Crawford and Paonia. Can you say local fruit at the aid stations? These are the lowest points on the ride before you climb up 5000 feet to 10,000 feet at the top of Kebler pass. Oh yeah did we mention that this is a packed dirt pass? The timed section ends here. If you finish under 8 hours you will receive a special finishers medal. You will also receive a medal for finishing under 11 hrs. Now you can coast down to the party in Crested Butte. Beer, great food and relaxation. You are a bad ass!