mkillwater

I'm new to the site and gravel riding in general.

I'm looking for some great routes near Fort Collins. I'd like to do some climbing, if possible. I've searched quite a bit on the web, and as best I can through these posts, but seem to be coming up empty-handed. 

I've heard Pennock Pass is a good ride, but it's still closed (last I knew). I've also heard Old Flowers Road just west of Rist Canyon is a great ride. Thoughts? 

Recently I've been riding on roads east of I-25, mostly in Weld County because it's extremely close to my workplace.

Bottom line -- I'm looking to find some sweet rides from Fort Collins that will maybe put me up in the mountains, or take me up north towards Red Feather, or anything else awesome.

Thanks for the help!

Mark

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drwelby
Two good resources:

Colorado Gravel Roads - the "Routes" dropdown (visible only on desktop browsers) has a bunch of rides from Fort Collins.

NoCo Gravel and Alt/Road Cycling Facebook group has ride information, including the Winter Ralleye Series that covers a lot of the better roads to the west.
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Demian Sage
Go north of Red Feather Lakes - I'm planning to be up that way quite a bit this next year. We have a small piece of property on the Wy/Co border so have explored a fair bit. Plenty of climbing up that way, if that's your thing. [smile]
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kennyd
In addition to the awesome "Colorado Gravel Roads" link sent by drwelby, buy a copy of Benchmark Maps Colorado atlas book.  This is my go-to resource for planning Colorado gravel rides because it has a larger scale than a Gazeteer map atlas and the map legend makes it easy to discern paved roads from gravel.
http://www.benchmarkmaps.com 
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drwelby
Bumping to let people know I added GPX route creation and downloading to https://coloradogravelroads.com/

It's pretty simple but it makes it a lot easier to design gravel routes and load them into your GPS device or upload to Strava.
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Zurichman
You could also check with some local LBS(local bike shops)

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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Zurichman
You forgot 

The Crippler
Gravel Worlds

Lots of other rides in Nebraska. Look at the calendar on this site. 

I would do the Gold Rush or any of the Wyoming series rides.

Zman
If it was easy it wouldn't be a memory. You just hope you don't have all your memories in the same ride. been there dun that Zman
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Vlanderen
Anyone have a source for gravel races/events in Colorado/Wyoming/SD/Nebraska--driveable from the Front Range . .   There doesn't seem to be a go to website, but I have compiled this list .
  1. Old Man Winter (Lyons, Feb 9)
  2. Wild Horse (De Beque, CO May 16)
  3. CO Gravel Series-Encierro Velo (Monument) and Pony Express (Trinidad) TBA in 2019 were May 4 and 18)
  4. Dead Swede (Sheridan, WY June 6)
  5. Elephant Rock (Castle Rock, CO, June 7)
  6. Gold Rush (Spearfish, SD, June 13)
  7. Robidoux Quick and Dirty (Scotts Bluff, NE June 20)
  8. Foco Fondo (Fort Collins, July 26 )
  9. Crooked Gravel (Winter Park, August 8)
  10. SBT Gravel (Steamboat, August 16) SOLD OUT 12/03/19
  11. Gravel Worlds (Lincoln, NE, August 22)
  12. The Crippler (Canon City, September ?)
  13. High Plains Grinder (Sept ?),
  14. Rampart Rager (Co Springs, October ?)
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drwelby
Panhandle Pedal Grinder in Chadron, NE, no date yet for 2020

https://www.facebook.com/pineridgetrailsrace/
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drwelby
FoCo Winter Ralleyes: http://kelpiecycles.com/winter-ralleye/

Denver Winter Ralleyes: https://www.totemcyclery.com/calendar/2019/11/17/denver-winter-ralleye-01
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Pipeliner
Buffalo Bill Rough Rider is a new race this year in North Platte NE 1st week of June. I’m familiar with the route, really nice country.
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