Adventure Ride Information
The following applies for all event rides:
There will be one to two hydration and nutrition stops on the course. You can leave a personal drop bag at the start and stop and fill up.
Saturday Event Schedule
7:00 Registration/sign in at Elm Street Train Depot (516 E.Elm Street)
8:30 Warm Up
3:00 - ? Finish at Elm Street Train Depot
Adventure rides are not races. They’re about having fun hanging with like minded people who want to explore and ride hard. Rides are timed, but not for competitive purposes. Again, all roads are open and you must obey traffic laws. See Explore Las Animas Dirt Series Rules.
Miners Classic - April 6, 2019
This ride gets its name from the number of former mines that dot the landscape along the course. Trinidad-Las Animas County was the supply and transportation center for the region's coal mines. The coal from these mines was highly prized for its quality in creating coking fuels for Colorado's smelters. Names like Berwind, Chicosa, Majestic, and Tabasco all speak of a bygone era that left its mark on Las Animas County’s history. A portion of the ride includes a stretch of the Pony Xpress 160 route. This route will not disappoint cyclists looking to get in some early season miles on dirt on rolling front range roads.
Distance 83 Miles
Elevation + 3732 / - 3733 ft
Max Grade 6.1%
Approx 70/30 Unpaved vs. Paved
We start by heading east on Highway 350 a couple of miles, then turn and cross the Purgatoire River before beginning a long stretch of dirt on County Road 75.0. Riding parallel to I-25, riders will turn west towards Ludlow, where the route makes its way into the front range mountains. The quiet county road climbs and then descends into Boncarbo where we’ll loop back around towards Ludlow. The climb is gradual out of and will give those getting a second wind the chance to speed down towards I-25. Once exiting the Front Range mountains, riders will pop out onto a Frontage Road that runs parallel to the highway before meeting up with Hoehne Rd., which will take you to C.R. 75 before making the straight shop back into Trinidad.
2. Apishipa Run - April 20, 2019
Another ride back in time The Apishapa culture, or Apishapa Phase, was a prehistoric culture from 1000-1400, based upon an archaeological site in the Lower Apishapa canyon of southeastern Colorado. It was formed by the Apishapa River, a tributary of the Arkansas River. This ride will take you into one of the most remote parts of Las Animas County. Truly a route for the explorer in all of us. A significant portion of the ride takes place on dirt, with pavement mostly confined to the front and back of end of the ride. You’ll ride through an area that will test your fortitude and take you back to the days of early hunter and gathers of the canyon and plains region.
Distance 87 miles
Elevation + 3008 / - 3008 ft
Max Grade 5.5%
Approx 80/20 unpaved vs. paved
We start out heading east of downtown Trinidad, following the Purgatoire River before navigating our way towards Hoehne into what is known as the Sunflower Valley. We’ll pass the Santa Fe Trail Crossing point before heading north on county road that run along the Apishipa River. After riding through the rolling hills, arroyos, and canyons, you’ll head north towards the Huerfano County border before turning east back towards the town of Aguilar. Riders will be exposed to abundant wildlife, views of Spanish Peaks, and historic ranches before turning south for the return to Trinidad on a long section of dirt on County Road 75.0 with Fisher’s Peak as the guide.
3. Sunflower Valley Tour - May 4, 2019
Trinidad-Las Animas County was originally founded on agriculture. In 1840, New Mexican settler Felipe Baca noticed the region’s potential for farming and grazing on a trip to Denver and decided to come back by 1862. He convinced 12 other families to migrate up from the Taos Valley resulting in the development of Trinidad. While it does not produce as it once did when the mines were in full swing, the Sunflower Valley is the perfect backdrop for rural countryside ride. Today it’s part of the Santa Fe Trail historic crossing and excellent destination for pedaling through historic ranch country.
Distance 73 Miles
Elevation + 2517 / - 2516 ft
Max Grade 6.9%
Approx 65/35 Unpaved vs. Paved
We start by heading east for a couple of miles, then turn north and cross the Purgatoire River before beginning a short section consisting of a mix dirt and pavement on C.R. 75.0. After turning north on 79.0 you’ll hit Hoehne Rd, 42.0, and begin the ride east towards the town of Hoehne. From there we’ll follow the historic Santa Fe Trail out to Model and then return westward back towards Trinidad. Along the way you’ll ride past historic Perry Stokes Airport. Until 1957 it was on Continental's route between Denver and Albuquerque, one DC-3 a day each way. Like most rides in the region, you’re likely to see a lot of cattle along the way.