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The Rad Dirt Fest

September 30, 2023


Deep in the Southern Colorado plateau lies an untouched plethora of gravel unlike any other. The towering Spanish Peaks and expansive mesas serve as the backdrop for the 3 unique courses of the ‘Rad Dirt Fest.  The courses are all more than 90% maintained, gravel roads and mostly rolling routes. It is all really scenic and unlike any other region in Colorado! Don’t be fooled though….the elevation and climbing will humble you, especially on the longer ride! We mean it when we say you’ll truly become one with nature out on these courses and see an abundance of wildlife! Jump in and see for yourself, it’s gonna be ‘Rad.

The Rad is an experiential event. It’s not just a race- it’s a weekend full of festivities and camaraderie with fellow cycling enthusiasts. The weekend consists of shake out rides and other cycling activations, a vibrant finish festival, live music, and after-parties throughout town.

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Solo gravel rider biking past old truck

Large group of cyclists at the starting line downtown

Solo rider biking through fall background on rural gravel road

Route details



– Stubborn Delores: 110 Miles
– Anteloop: 70 Miles
– The Frijole: 40 Miles

Course Features

– Champagne gravel
– Desert terrain meets snow-capped mountains
– High alpine desert riding
– Gradual climbs, but will still put your legs to work! Stubborn Delores has 10,000 ft of

Partners and Supporters


The town of Trinidad comes together to help support this event, and a lot of locals lend a hand whether it’s through volunteering (they had a local marching band volunteer out on the course last year to pump up riders), hosting after-parties, playing music at our finish fest, creating the awards (they work with local artists), providing coffee and donuts for our shake out rides, offering special deals to our athletes during the weekend, and more. Trinidad is full of local artists and musicians, and a big theme you’ll notice at The Rad is art and music. The winners of Stubborn Delores get real, hand-painted guitars. Other awards include painted vinyl records and mini wooden guitars.


Registration is now open for 2023!

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Event Details


Saturday, September 30, 2023


08:00am - 04:00pm


Trinidad, CO
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