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Sarlacc Attack 50K! This 50K loop course combines The Edge, the Sarlacc and Cicada trails in Fruita, CO to make an epic adventure for endurance mountain bikers. Throughout this 50K, you’ll ride on the edge of cliffs, push your limits on world-class singletrack, uphill grinds, and flowy descents of the Edge Loop.

This desert 50K course is an early season test of stamina and provides the perfect reason to train through the winter.

Bruncher - Finish in less than 3 1/2 hours, before noon, and receive a Bruncher award.

Luncher - Finish after noon and within the official 8 hour cut-off time to earn a Luncher award.

Springtime in the Fruita area is the perfect time to rip in the desert! These fun mountain bike races are just two of many races at the Adventure Fest at 18 Road.

 

Zippity 22K! This 22K provides all the flow with no major climbs. Chutes and Ladders, Frontside and Western Zippity combine to make a beautiful course that is good for beginners and sprinters alike. The course is 13.8 miles in length and features almost 1000′ of climbing. You will enjoy the open desert with short steep climbs and descents alongside many beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas. It will be run in a counterclockwise direction that contains all kinds of switchbacks and challenging terrain and will have one aid station (Frontside) at 7.5 miles to help you cross the finish line.  

 

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Join us on Saturday for a group gravel ride and women's gravel clinic! There will be beer, hot food and music. See old friends and make new ones! Family, friends, and crew are invited, so bring everyone. 

Adventure Fest is a weekend of celebrating everything we love about the outdoors and this includes our community. We hope to see you at the awards ceremonies!

Rock out at the après ride with beer, hot food and music! Brunchers and Lunchers finisher mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line for the Sarlacc Attack. Placer's awards and KOM will be handed out at the awards party at 1:30. Both the men's and women's Pro/Open winners will receive comp entries to next year's race.

Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers of the mountain bike races in the Sport and Pro/Open categories. The following age groups will receive awards:

  • Under 29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+
  • Single Speed

Customized finisher awards will be awarded to all finishers as they cross the finish line. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.

Key Event Details
Zippity MTB
Sarlacc Attack 50K
Date

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Saturday, May 11th, 2024

Start Times

9:30 am

8:30 am

Start Location

Trailhead off 18 Road

Finish Line

Same as Starting Location

Cut Off Times

No Cut-Off

3:00 pm (official finishes) & 4:00 pm (unofficial)

Take Interstate 70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn north onto Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and then travel north. The street will turn into 17.5 Road. Take a right on N.3 Road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately 7 miles on 18 Road to the trailhead and look for signs/markers for our 50K MTB race in Colorado.

Pricing
Zippity MTB
Sarlacc Attack 50K
Early (until 1/1)

$50

$105

Standard (until 3/14)

$60

$115

Late (until 5/9)

$70

$125

Race Weekend

$80

$135

Entry fees for the mountain bike races include place winner awards, race mementos, aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento, post-race refreshments, and admission to all of the weekend events and activities. The entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.

See more information on our refund policy below.

Register

Spots are limited for the Sarlacc Attack 50K and Zippity 22K. Register now before prices increase!

Courses
Sarlacc Attack 50K

The Sarlacc Attack 50K is a challenging course that’s packed with uphill grinds, beautiful singletrack, and some grueling hike-a-bike sections. You’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and the edge of your endurance limits throughout this 50K. Compared to the Dirty Edge Gravel 50K course on Sunday, the Sarlacc Attack is a tough challenge with 3,800′ of climbing and rewarding views and trails. Every rider loves the namesake section of the Sarlacc Attack 50K, which allows a scenic perspective way above the starting line area. This single loop course combines the Edge Loop and Sarlacc Trails for an unforgettable racing experience.

This fun 50K course is an early season test of stamina and gives a reason to train through the winter. With the combination of many short ups and downs and a big climb up the mesa, this event will definitely test your fitness and you’ll quickly see why it’s one of the best Colorado MTB races.

Racers will travel 34.8 miles in total and experience a total elevation gain of 4,100’. There are three aid stations throughout the loop course: Coal Gulch (5.7 miles), Sarlacc (17.3 miles), and Mesa (23.8 miles).

Zippity MTB

Zippity 22K is a fun and exciting loop on the breathtaking singletrack in Fruita, CO. The course is 13.8 miles and has almost 1000′ of climbing. During this event, riders will enjoy the open desert with short steep climbs and descents with beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas.

It will be ridden in a counterclockwise direction and has all kinds of switchbacks and flowy, challenging terrain. There will be one aid station, Frontside, at 7.5 miles

Riding The Dirty Edge will make you realize why 18 Road is famous for world-class biking. With expansive views of the beautiful Book Cliffs, you will ride through the endless gravel roads of the North Fruita Desert before attacking the back canyon section of the Edge Loop, hence the race name. This mix of smooth gravel, sporty fun, and gorgeous vistas will make The Dirty Edge a Fruita classic and an unforgettable 50K gravel event.

For 2024 the Adventure Fest at 18 Road will also host a free gravel clinic for women on Saturday May 11th. The clinic will be followed by a group ride and everyone is welcome to join for a preview of the course. These events will be led by pro biker, Reese Ruland. Signup is available now on Ultrasignup. 

Check the schedule for all of the details for the weekend events!

Sunny and dry, springtime in Fruita is the perfect way to satisfy your spring fever. Join us at the Adventure Fest at 18 Road weekend for trail fun, hot food, and microbrews.

 

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Finisher’s mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be awarded along with raffle prizes at approximately 11:30 am for both of the Sunday races. Both the men’s and women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s race.

Please join us on Saturday for a group ride and women's gravel clinic! There will be beer, hot food and games. See old friends and make new ones! Family, friends, and crew are invited, so bring everyone. 

Adventure Fest is a weekend of celebrating everything we love about the outdoors and this includes our community. We hope to see you at the awards ceremonies!

Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers of the Dirty Edge Gravel 50K in each of the following age groups/categories:

  • Under 20
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+
  • Single Speed
  • Class 1 e-bike (non-competitive)

All gravel bike racers will receive customized dog tag finisher awards as they cross the finish line. Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.

Key Event Details
Dirty Edge Gravel 50K
Date

Sunday, May 12th, 2024

Start Times

9:00 am

Start Location

North Fruita Desert Event Area (18Road)

Finish Line

Same as Starting Location

Cut Off Times

N/A

Take Interstate 70 west to Fruita (exit 19). Turn north onto Cherry Street and take the first right onto Aspen Avenue. Go through the roundabout and continue on Aspen to Maple Street. Take a left on Maple Street and then travel north. The street will turn into 17.5 Road. Take a right on N.3 Road and then a left on 18 Road. Travel approximately 7 miles on 18 Road to the trailhead and look for the signs/markers for the Adventure Fest event.

Pricing
Dirty Edge Gravel 50K
Early (until 1/1)

$105

Standard (until 3/14)

$115

Late (until 5/4)

$125

Race Weekend

$135

Entry fees for the Dirty Edge Gravel 50K include place winner awards, race mementos, aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento, post-race refreshments, and admission to all of the weekend events and activities. The entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.

See more information on our refund policy below.

Register

Sign up for The Dirty Edge Gravel 50K race in Fruita. The sooner you register, the cheaper it will be.

Registration is also open for the Women's Gravel Clinic and All-Comers Course Preview group ride. If you'd like to participate, reserve your spot today!

Join us for a free women's gravel clinic the day before the race. Led by our expert coach Reese Ruland, the clinic will get you on your bike to hone your handling skills and she will share some tips on how to feel your best on race day. Snacks will be available while you hang out with other women gravel riders in a supportive and inspiring environment. There will be a 50 person limit so register now. 

Enjoy a free group ride for all riders led by expert gravel riders Reese Ruland and George Simpson. Pre-ride a section of the gravel course, enjoy on-course support and an apres ride hangout with food and beer cheering on the Sarlacc Attack finishers. There will be pace options and the ride will take approximately an hour in length. The Pre-Ride will be available to anyone interested in shaking out their legs the day before the race and meeting other gravel riders. This is a fun and supportive environment whether you are a seasoned rider or this is your first race. There will be a 50 rider limit so register now.

Courses
Dirty Edge Gravel 50K

The Dirty Edge Gravel 50K is entirely on non-technical gravel roads. With a fun loop leading into a beautiful out-and-back, you will have just enough rolling hills to keep things interesting and challenging. Racers will travel roughly 50K and experience 2700′ of climbing while enjoying an open desert with short steep climbs and descents, backed by stunning picturesque views of nearby buttes and mesas.

Throughout the course, racers will hit the 16 Road aid station twice at miles 5 and 13, and face a challenge up to the Sarlacc aid station at mile 20 for the out-and-back turnaround. No other gravel race gives you so much support, which makes the Dirty Edge Gravel race one of the best 50K gravel races in Colorado.

The north Fruita Desert is an epic place in the springtime and we’ll help you get the most out of your experience. Get ready for a fun weekend of riding and socializing!

Friday:

5:00 pm-7:00 pm – Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration at Fruita Community Center

Saturday:

7:15 am-8:15 am – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at start/finish

8:30 am – Sarlaac Attack 50K start

9:30 am - Zippity 22K start

10:00 am – Women's Gravel Clinic

11:00 am - Group Gravel Ride

12:00 pm - Cut-off for Sarlacc- Bruncher award

12:30 pm – Cut-off for Sarlacc MTB Aid Station

1:00 pm - Sarlacc Attack awards ceremony

1:30 pm – Cut-off for Sarlacc Attack- Mesa Aid Station

3:30 pm – Cut-off for Sarlacc Attack- Luncher award

4:30 pm – Cut-off for Sarlacc Attack unofficial finishes

Sunday:

7:00 am-8:15 am – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at start/finish

8:30 am – Fruita Trail Half Start

9:00 am - The Dirty Edge Gravel Start

11:30 am – Half Marathon & The Dirty Edge Gravel Awards/Raffle – Finish Line

Course Records

Sarlacc Attack

Male: 2021 Brian Smith 2:32:02

Female: 2021 Nicole Tittensor 3:11:12

How do I reserve a campsite?

Campsites are reserved for our event and are available to reserve when you register online. Each site has a fire ring, concrete picnic table, 12’ x 12’ tent pad and graveled parking spaces. Vault toilets are within walking distance of the campsites. 

There is no water, electricity, or garbage collection service, so come prepared with plenty of water and trash bags. Additionally, campers will need to bring their own firewood. Each individual site is limited to ten people and two vehicles. 

The Super 8 in Fruita, CO is this year’s host hotel, so you can acquire discounted rates there. However, most racers will be camping at 18 Road for an easier start to the day for this mountain bike race in Colorado.

Are Dogs Allowed?

We love dogs! Well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome at the Start/Finish and aid stations. Unfortunately, we cannot allow dogs on course with any racers.

What Supplies Are Offered at the Aid Stations?

At the aid stations, racers will receive gels, sports drink, water, skittles, and potato chips. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and other NSAIDS will not be provided. And to reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.

Radio contact will be available at all aid stations with a certified EMT, and each station will be stocked with a WFR-standard medical kit containing all necessary medical materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, and/or blisters.

Three aid stations will be provided for the Sarlacc Attack 50K race.

Can I Go Off Trail at any Point?

Racers must stay on the designated course at all times. Any racer that goes off the designated course (i.e., shortcutting) will result in disqualification.

All singletrack is designated as No Passing Zones (let’s help keep singletrack single). There will be opportunities to pass that won’t harm the trails, so please be patient and wait for those areas.

Cryptobiotic soil is the foundation of desert plant life. This dark, knobby crust is made up of many different living organisms and plays a vital role in maintaining the desert eco-system. However, this soil is extremely fragile and can take decades to grow. Even a footstep can damage the crust for decades, having lasting impacts on the desert environment. Please on stay the trail!

Do Racers Need to Wear Bibs?

Racers must display their race numbers at all times.

How Long Do Racers Have to Finish?

There will be a 3.5-hour finish for the Brunchers, a 7-hour cut-off for Lunchers.

What Happens if I Need to Drop Out?

Everyone is different and sometimes not all racers will be able to finish. Please be self-aware and acknowledge your body’s needs, as you will most likely be the first to know if you can finish or not. There are a number of ways to cut out sections of the course to get yourself back to the Finish area and racers can always take a break for however long you need within the cut-offs. Our staff can provide transportation to the finish line, if necessary, when vehicles are available. This is not an event where we will leave you hanging. Be sure to tell a race official when you drop out; our team will be out on the course until every racer is accounted for.

What Weather Should I Expect?

Weather in the Fruita Desert can vary. The averages for May are a low of 48 degrees and a high of 79 degrees Fahrenheit. You can typically expect highs of between 70-80 degrees with very little chance of rain in Fruita during this time of year.

What About Unforeseeable Circumstances?

In the case of unforeseeable circumstances due to weather or other extenuating circumstances that prevents the safe continuation of the race, race officials may end the race at any given time without a refund of unused portions. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the racers or officials.

I Lost Something at the Event! Is There a Lost & Found?

Items left at aid stations and lost & found items will be available at the awards ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday.

Can I Transfer or Cancel My Registration?

There will be no entry transfers. If you regrettably need to cancel your registration, please use UltraSignup. Cancellations will result in a credit that will be applied as a registration payment toward any Gemini Adventures event within one year’s time, minus a 15% fee. To cancel your registration, simply login to your account, go to “Registration History,” select “Edit” for the Fruita Sarlacc Attack 50K, and select “Cancel Registration.”

What’s our Refund Policy?

  • 30 days or more prior to the event: 85% credit of registration fee (excluding UltraSignup fees).
  • Less than 30 days prior to the event: No refunds or credit given.

Credits may be applied to any future Gemini Adventures race and will be valid for 12 months.

Registered racers may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If you want to step up your distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding UltraSignup fees).