SEPTEMBER 21, 2019
The 70 Mile Course Profile + GPS map
(title rounded up from 69.9)
Start with the full group out of Elbert and ride south on West Kiowa Creek and take it to Cty Rd. 72. otherwise known as County Line Rd. Ride west past the Rock Horse and stay rollin’ west climbing over the rollers thru the woods to Cty Rd 1. Then hang a right heading north where you’ll glide past the Dutch Heritage Gardens pedaling all the way to the crossroads that is Cty Rd. 86. Here you’ll go right heading east to Cty Rd. 9 and then swing north again, or take a break where we’ll have a feedzone setup at the turn. Ride 9 to 5 all the way to Cty Rd. 106 then hang a right an ride east again. The first right is where the pavement ends on 17/21 where you’ll climb south again to Cty Rd. 98.
:: The the long and short routes split here ::
Long riders take Cty Rd. 98 east to the Town of Elbert and make the first left at the North 40 Saloon heading out of town. Here’s where the day started, and for if the goin’ gets tough the day will end. To add to the mental challenge it’s also the parking lot where you mind may play tricks on you… And if you do call it a day? Please make sure you tell the time keeper you’re a DNF.
It’s basically the half way point, where there will be another feedzone before you make the short climb out of town. Here you hang a left and ride north to the bend that will take you due east. Those familiar with the terrain will know it from the Anti Epic, except this route you will ride Cty 102 all the way to little prairie town of Fondis; which is most famous for a now defunct post office, a legendary defunct hotel, and an iffy historical tidbit that that frontiersman who really got around Kit Carson spent some time there or some folksy thing like that. Point being — do not blink or you could miss it! It’s basically on the turn at Cty Rd. 69.
Here in Fondis we’ll put another feedzone before you attack the final leg of the course. From Fondis ride Cty Rd. 69 south to Cty Rd. 94 and turn it west. If you look at the map there’s a notch in the road that bends to Cty Rd. 90 where it will sort of Pac-Man’s around and putting you on the a short steep popper on Cty Rd 49 that ramps back up to Cty Rd. 94. Then the road is some fast rollers until the next left which is Cty Rd. 37.
Ride Cty Rd. 37 on more rollers south and to another horrible little steep hump that will drop you on Cty Rd. 87 where you’ll steer it right pedaling west again where you’ll cruise down around picturesque little bend in the road and then hit a drop where you will turn onto Cty Rd. 74/82 heading due west.
BE SAFE. It’s very easy to hit high speeds on this downhill and the turn at the bottom is almost 90º where if there are any oncoming cars and trucks they will invariably pinch off the turn. So keep your eyes peeled and your head up. CR 82 also crosses over pavement at the Elbert Hwy so follow the rules of the road!!
Take a nice pedal west where you’ll cross over Elbert Hwy and ride Cty Rd. 82 through the woods and up and over the rollers to West Kiowa Creek and then ride it north. Here you will retrace the road following West Kiowa Creek back to Broadway hanging a right turn on Wabash and then a left on to Eccles to ride dirt all the way to the finish line. Then it’s time for some lunch at the Naked Goat!
Afterwards we’ll have a podium for 1-2-3 M&W Open + Masters M&W 50+ but we will also want to recognize everyone for participating in our 2nd ever High Plains Grinder event!
We encourage riders, clubs, and teams statewide to come ride the High Plains Grinder. Represent Colorado, and challenge yourself, your friends, teammates, and fellow cyclists on unpaved country roads to help a great cause.
Foot Notes: Last year we got a little feedback from the sheriff posse and our super volunteers sweeping the course, that it would be way easier if everyone rode the same route for a few more miles instead of splitting so early on. Which for riders that didn’t bother to install a GPS file caused some irritating confusion due to our lack of signage, etc. So we lived and learned and think we have an even better option for riders this year. Just be sure you are aware there is still a split in the 2 groups at Cty Rd. 98 but we’ll do our best to mark this as obvious as possible. Maybe Salsa will bring their swank chaise for those super cool photo ops? Ha! But don’t count on it this year 🙂