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Dirty Edge Gravel 50K

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The Dirty Edge Gravel
Fruita, CO
May 7, 2023

2023 Registration is open!


Riding the Dirty Edge will make you realize why 18 Road is world class. With expansive views of the beautiful Bookcliffs you will ride through the endless gravel roads of the North Fruita Desert before attacking the back canyon section of the Edge Loop. This mix of smooth gravel, sporty fun, and gorgeous vistas will make The Dirty Edge a Fruita classic.

Racers will feel supported with three aid stations, finisher medals and age group awards. Sunny and dry, springtime in the Fruita area is the perfect time to experience the desert on a bike. This race is part of the Adventure Fest at 18 Road and includes admission to all of the weekend events!


Pre-Race
There will be packet pick-up/registration at the Fruita Community Center on Friday from 5:00-7:00pm, as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings at the Start/Finish area.
Awards/Party
Finisher’s mementos will be given as racers cross the finish line. Placer’s awards will be awarded along with raffle prizes at approximately 11:30am. Both the men’s and women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s race.
Join us the night before for the racer party and mountain bike awards! Food, beer, games and live music at 5:30pm at Colorado Backcountry Biker in Fruita. See old friends and make new ones. Family, friends and crew are included, bring everyone! Mountain bike race awards will be handed out. Sponsored by Upslope Brewing there will be free beer. White Bison BBQ will be there with delicious eats. The Troy Douglas Band will be supplying folk rock tunes to go with it. The Adventure Fest at 18 Road is a weekend of celebrating everything we love about the outdoors and this includes our community. See you there!
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age groups:
under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+, Single Speed
Racers will receive customized dog tag finisher’s awards as they cross the finish line.
Awards and mementos will not be mailed after the event.


Start/Finish Area and Parking
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.
Accommodations
The Super 8 in Fruita is this year’s host hotel although most racers will be camping at 18 Road.
Camping
There are 58 individual campsites and each site contains a fire ring and a grate and has a picnic table and parking for two to four vehicles. Campers must bring their own firewood and there is no electricity, shade shelter or garbage pick up. There are vault toilets within walking distance of the campsites. Dispersed camping is allowed near the start/finish area and will have use of the event toilets.
Dogs
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 their runners.
Weather
Weather in the desert can vary. The averages for May are a low of 48 & a high of 79 degrees. While the weather is never a sure thing, typically in the Fruita area this time of year, you can expect highs of between 70-80 degrees with very little chance of rain.
Medical
At each aid station, there will be radio contact available and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Community & the Gemini Family
We want to continue to improve! Look for a post-race survey we send to each participant. Please take a couple minutes to fill out the survey with both positives and aspects we can improve on.
Keeping in touch with our racers is important to us! We love to hear how everyone’s training has been, what races are on the horizon, countdowns to Gemini Events, and support and advice each of you give to one another for new courses/distances, adventures, injuries, & more.
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Race Director Reid Delman will act as announcer on race day, and has the final say in any ruling. If there are any questions on race day feel free to ask staff members at the aid station/s and the start/finish line.
In order to be environmentally friendly and cut down on the amount of trash we produce, we will not have cups at the aid stations. So, please carry a water bottle, hydration pack or collapsible cup on the course.
Staying on Course & Leave No Trace/No Passing Zones
Racers must stay on the designated course. Shortcutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.
Some singletrack sections will be designated No Passing Zones (let’s help keep singletrack single).  There will be opportunities to pass that won’t harm the trails.
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. Stay the trail!
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 runners or officials.
Transfers & Cancellations
There will be no entry transfers. If you regrettably need to cancel your registration, please use UltraSignup. Cancellations are given credit of their registration payment toward any Gemini Adventures event within one year’s time, minus at 15% fee. Login to your account, go to Registration History, Edit for the event, and Cancel Registration.
Lost & Found
Items left at Aid Stations and lost & found items will be available at the Awards Ceremonies.
Local Laws
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
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 runners may also switch between distances. No refunds or credit will be given for dropping down in distance. If stepping up in distance, the added current pricing of the longer distance will be charged (excluding UltraSignup fees).
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.

Course

The Dirty Edge is 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. With 50K and 2700′ of climbing, you’ll enjoy open desert with short steep climbs and descents and beautiful views of the nearby buttes and mesas. You will hit the 16 Road aid station twice and face the challenge up to the Sarlacc aid station for the out and back turnaround.  No other gravel race gives you so much support.
Aid stations will be at 5 miles, 13 miles and 20 miles.
It’s going to be a fun weekend riding and socializing!
Aid Stations:
5mi – 16 Road #1
13mi – 16 Road #2
20mi – Sarlacc
At aid stations, racers will be supplied with Hammer gels, HEED by Hammer Nutrition, water, Skittles, and potato chips.
Aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs will NOT be provided.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.

Schedule

Schedule of Events

Friday:
5:00-7:00p – Packet Pick-Up and Late Registration at Fruita Community Center
Saturday:
7:15-8:15a – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at start/finish
8:30a –    Sarlaac Attack 50K start
10:15a –  Fitness Competition
12:30p –  Cut-off for Sarlacc Aid Station
1:30p   –  Cut-off for Mesa Aid Station
3:00p –    Sarlacc cut-off for official finishes
4:00p –    Sarlacc cut-off for unofficial finishes
5:30p –    Adventure Fest party/awards ceremony at Colorado Backcountry Biker with Upslope Brewing (free!), White Bison BBQ, and live music!
Sunday:
7:00-8:15a – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at start/finish
8:30a –  Fruita Trail Half Start
9:00a – The Dirty Edge Gravel Start
11:30a –  Half Marathon & The Dirty Edge Gravel Awards/Raffle – Finish Line

Register

Register now!

Pricing

Cost per person:
Early (until January 1st):
$105

Standard (until March 14):
$115

Late (until May 12):
$125

Race Weekend:
$135

Entry fees include: place winner awards, shirts (or other race memento), aid station goodies, a finisher’s memento and post-race refreshments.

Entry fee is non-refundable and nontransferable.

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.
To request credits, log in to your UltraSignup account, and go to Registration History. Select Edit for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.

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Results

Course Records
Male:     1:48:46 Vaughn Janckila (2021)
Female: 1:49:34 Tracy Kovaleski (2021)
Course Records
Male:     1:48:46 Vaughn Janckila (2021)
Female: 1:49:34 Tracy Kovaleski (2021)

Volunteer

Huge thanks to our 2022 partners!