Ride the Edge! This is a fitting description of the Sarlacc Attack 50K course and one of the trails featured on it. The entire 50K loop of this MTB race in Colorado combines The Edge and Sarlacc trails of Fruita, CO to make an epic adventure for outdoor mountain bikers. Throughout this 50K, you’ll ride on the edge of cliffs and push your limits on world-class singletrack, uphill grinds, and flowy descents of the Edge Loop. From there, racers will experience one of the most fun singletracks in the state: the Sarlacc trail. And all riders will be the first to experience the trail for the year because our event takes place on the season’s opening week!
This desert 50K course is an early season test of stamina and provides the perfect reason to train through the winter. If you’re looking for a challenging MTB race in Colorado, look no further than the Sarlacc Attack 50K with Gemini Adventures.
Springtime in the Fruita area is the perfect time to rip in the desert! This intense 50K MTB race is just one of many races at the Adventure Fest at 18 Road.
Rock out at the après ride! In the evening on Saturday, we will host an Adventure Fest party and Awards Ceremony at Colorado Backcountry Biker in Fruita. Join us for delicious food, tasty beer, fun games, and live music at 5:30 pm. See old friends and make new ones. Family, friends, and crew are included, so bring everyone!
Awards for the Sarlacc Attack 50K mountain bike race will be handed out at this event. Our ceremony is sponsored by Upslope Brewing, which means there will be free beer for rehydration. White Bison BBQ will be there with delicious eats and the Troy Douglas Band will be supplying folk-rock tunes. The Adventure Fest at 18 Road is a weekend of celebrating everything we love about the outdoors and this includes our community. We hope to see you at our Adventure Fest party and awards ceremony!
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers of the Sarlacc Attack 50K in the Sport and Pro/Open categories. The following age groups will receive awards:
- Under 29
- 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.
Saturday, May 6th, 2023
Trailhead off 18 Road
Same as Starting Location
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.
Entry fees for the Sarlacc Attack race 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.
Spots are limited for the Sarlacc Attack 50K race. If you want to participate in our annual MTB race in Colorado, reserve your spot today! The sooner you purchase your ticket, the cheaper it will be.
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 tougher challenge with 3,400′ of climbing and more 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 33.2 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).
5:00 pm-7:00 pm – Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration at Fruita Community Center
7:15 am-8:15 am – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at start/finish
8:30 am – Sarlaac Attack 50K start
10:15 am – Fitness Competition
12:30 pm – Cut-off for Sarlacc Aid Station
1:30 pm – Cut-off for Mesa Aid Station
3:00 pm – Sarlacc cut-off for unofficial finishes
4:00 pm – Sarlacc cut-off for unofficial finishes
5:30 pm – Adventure Fest party/awards ceremony
Male: 2021 Brian Smith 2:32:02
Female: 2021 Nicole Tittensor 3:11:12
Is There Camping Available?
There are 58 individual campsites available. Each site has a fire ring with a grate, a picnic table, and parking for two to four vehicles. Campers must bring their own firewood. There is no electricity, shade shelter, or garbage pickup for the campsites. There are vault toilets within walking distance of the campsites. Dispersed camping is allowed near the start/finish area and any dispersed campers will have use of the event toilets.
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 50K MTB 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 Hammer gels, HEED by Hammer Nutrition, 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 6.5-hour cut-off for official finish times and a 7.5-hour cut-off for unofficial finishes.
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).