Keeping in mind the currently uncertain nature of events we will be offering a 100% cash back refund policy for all Mountain RATS races until July 1, 2020. Participants can register now at standard pricing and you will be placed on a waitlist and not charged until then. At that time we will process the entry fee for the maximum number of participants allowed on our permit (number is unknown at this time). Entry will be determined by the date the registration was received. If you cancel your registration on Ultrasignup before July 1st or if you do not make it off of the waitlist you will not be charged the race entry fee. On July 1st we will go back to our standard refund policy of an 85% deferment to any future Gemini Event within 12 months. We wish you all well and can’t wait to see you on the trails this September.
Come celebrate fall in the mountains with a mountain bike challenge! An exciting weekend of festival fun and adventure on the trails near Eagle, Colorado. With the start/finish line right in the heart of Eagle friends and family can enjoy themselves while you ride this rugged 50K mountain race. Enjoy a weekend of relaxing with a beer, hot meal, music and a massage at the recovery station. Join the runners at the Saturday night party!
Experience uphill grinds and beautiful singletrack. This fun 50K course is a great test of stamina and gives a culmination of summer training. With the combination of many short ups and downs and a couple big climbs, this event will definitely test your fitness. Racers will have three aid stations and will receive a finisher’s memento and age group awards.
Proceeds will benefit The Cycle Effect, a local non-profit with the mission to empower girls through mountain biking.
Our packet pickup and start/finish area will be well provided for by our incredible sponsor – Color Roasters.
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. Please carry a water bottle on the course.
Our host hotel for the weekend events will be announced soon. There will be group discounts!
Start/Finish Area and Parking
Color Roasters (717 Sylvan Lake Rd) will host the packet pick-up. The start/finish line will be on the grass next to the store in the heart of town. Your race number and packet will be available at this location Friday night and Saturday morning.
Parking will be on the streets near the start/finish.
January 1 – June 30: $75
July 1 – Sept 17: $85
Race Day: $95
All registered racers will get their choice of a free beer or Color Roasters coffee.
Weather in Eagle can vary. The averages for September are a low of 42F and a high of 73F degrees.
Finisher’s mementos will be handed to you as you cross the finish line and awards will be given out at our Awards Ceremony (details TBD).
Don’t miss out on a chance to win raffle prizes and socialize with other runners.
Men’s & Women’s winners will receive comp entries to next year’s races.
Customized cowbell awards will be given to the top three male and female finishers in each race in each of the following age categories:
Sport: Under 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+, 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.
There will be emergency vehicles throughout the event and all necessary materials to nurse any bumps, cuts, bruises, or blisters will be at the start/finish area. In addition, a certified Emergency Medical Technician will be in attendance. Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
Staying on Course
Racers must stay on the designated course. Short-cutting will result in a disqualification. If you go off course, you must return to the same point you exited in order to continue.
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. This rule will be implemented in the most extreme cases for the safety of the riders or officials with no refund of unused portions.
Federal, State, and County laws and ordinances must be followed at all times.
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 a 15% fee. Login to your account, go to Registration History, “Edit Order” for the event, and Cancel Registration
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 Order” for the event, and scroll to the bottom of the page where Cancel Registration is linked. Follow the prompts.
The Mountain RATS course will be challenging, beautiful, and almost 100% dirt.
We will have three aid stations located throughout the course.
Aid Stations will have: gels, potato chips, peanut butter and jelly rolls, chocolate, bananas, ice water and Tailwind.
To reduce waste, cups will not be provided at the aid stations.
Aid stations will NOT have aspirin, ibuprofen or other NSAIDs.
31 mi with 6500’+ of climbing
Low Point 6607′ – High Point 9142′
The Mountain RATS 50K starts in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters. Racers begin by riding 2 miles on the bike path along Eagle Ranch Road and Haystacker Drive, where a right turn onto the Turniphead Trail marks the start of dirt miles until the finish.
Just shy of a mile after turning onto dirt, riders pass through the Arroyo trailhead, at mile 2.4. From Arroyo, the course continues steadily up, first on double track on Third Gulch Trail, then veering left onto singletrack on Pipeline Trail. Throughout this climb, riders travel from sage-covered high desert into beautiful aspen groves on the Pipeline Trail. 1300 vertical feet above Arroyo, runners reach aid station #1, Firebox, at mile 6.5.
Racers leave the aid station and continue uphill on Hardscrabble Road briefly to a hard right turn onto Firebox Road. After 2 miles trending up through forest and pastureland on Firebox Road, riders veer left onto singletrack and descend to Spring Creek. After veering left, the singletrack crosses the road again soon; watch closely and keep straight at this intersection. Once at Spring Creek, a left turn on Dead Cow Trail leads riders back uphill to Dead Cow, at mile 10.5.
A steep but short climb awaits riders as they leave the aid station on Mike’s Night Out. The course rewards with sweeping views as it continues on Mike’s Night Out, gently descending to aid station #2, Spring Creek, at mile 13.0. From the aid station, riders turn left and begin a 1.5-mile stretch of dirt road that again offers views northward across much of the trail system. This stretch begins with a gentle descent but soon climbs steeply over a saddle. Shortly after the saddle, riders leave the road with a slight right turn onto Easy Rider Trail.
A bit of climbing at the start of Easy Rider Trail leads to a cruisy 800-foot singletrack descent over 2.5 miles to an open field at mile 17.5. Riders cross the road and continue on double track that eventually merges with Star Wars Trail, a fun singletrack descent. The descent ends abruptly with a right turn onto Pole Road, where the climbing begins again in earnest. Racers ride straight up the exposed Pole Road to its high point then turn right onto a short section of singletrack that joins the Hockett Gulch Trail. Here, riders enjoy a smooth descent to a right turn onto School House Rock Trail. Riders follow this short section of rolling trail into a large three way intersection at mile 20.5.
Here, racers ride take a sharp right turn uphill onto Elmer’s Trail. Over the next 3.7 miles, riders veer left onto World’s Greatest Trail then right onto Scratch Trail, meanwhile netting 1100 feet of vertical gain (with some short, fun descents and wide open views in the mix). The course reaches Spring Creek Aid Station #2 at mile 24.0.
Riders then venture onto familiar territory, following the same route they covered already between Spring Creek AS and the three way intersection at 31.5 miles.
From here, the fun isn’t quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb. From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Riders head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead to the finish line and after party at Color Coffee Roasters.
5:00-7:00p- Registration & Packet Pick Up at Color Roasters
6:00-8:45a – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-Up at Start Line (Color Roasters)
7:00a – Marathon/50K start
5:00p – Marathon/50K cut-off
5:00p-8:00p – Pre race party at TBD
7:30-8:45 – Race Day Registration and Packet Pick-up at start line (Color Roasters)
9:00a – 50K Mountain bike start
2:00p – 50K Mountain bike cut-off