|September 11, 2010 – September 12, 2010|
|Salida, CO, USA [large map] 38.5347, -105.999|
Fun facts about the Vapor Trail 125:
10 PM Start!
125 miles, 20,000 feet of climbing (and descending). Pack an extra lung.
Aid stations manned by “absolutely fantastic” volunteers who’ll make you feel like the superhero you are.
More 14er’s than any other county in the lower 48—and we make you ride all over them!
Un-Arguably (over post ride brewskies) some of the best singletrack in Colorado.
Ghost towns, abandoned railroad depots, infamous mountain passes.
The Vapor Trail 125 is an ultra-endurance Mountain Bike Event. Those words are a sort of label that doesn’t really cover what the Vapor Trail 125 is. It’s a bike ride that starts at 10 PM on a bridge over the Arkansas River at 7,000 feet elevation.
For roughly 2 hours riders climb the slope of the Sawatch Range to over 10,000 feet. They ride through the night, and most of them through the next day never dropping back below 9,000 feet until the last 8 miles. It can rain, it can snow, it can be windy and/or cold. There are multiple climbs to the Continental Divide, one climb to 12,600 feet elevation. Roughly 20,000 of cumulative climbing.
There are 4 aid stations, and there are some people out on the course during the event, but people who get involved in this event need to know how to take care of themselves. On many parts of the course a rider can be 10 or more rugged miles from any kind of help. That rider needs to have the clothes needed, skills and tools for fixing a bike, water and nourishment, and good judgement.
This year, 2010, the event will start at 10 PM on September 11. Some will finish in the afternoon of the 12th, others will finish in the evening of the 12th.
The entry fee for the 2010 Vapor Trail 125 is $125. The fee is non-refundable, and your paid entry cannot be transferred to someone else. If you’re not completely sure that you want to participate, and you can’t afford to lose $125, you probably shouldn’t enter the event.
Because this event is unique in many ways, and because it is impractical for a rider without the necessary skills, experience and equipment to be participating, we require each entrant to submit a resume of endurance races and accomplishments. If you would like to participate, contact us and send us a list of the bike races, big rides, adventure rides, etc. Keep in mind; recent experience is going to be more relevant than races from years ago. Convince us that you’ve done things that are at least nearly as hard as the Vapor Trail 125.
Once we have approved your resume, we’ll ask you to fill out an entry form and send it in with a check for $125 made out to Absolute Bikes with “Vapor Trail 125” in the memo field.
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