What an amazing display of athleticism. The premise of this race is to beat the train from Durango to Silverton and that almost seems trivial by today’s standard as athletes from around the world travel to the San Juan Mountains and the winner is typically coming in around 2 hours 30 minutes.
At just under 50 miles in distance, this is hardly one of the longer races that we host in our area, but when you consider that riders will have to ascend nearly 5,000 vertical feet to summit both Coalbank and Molass Passes before dropping into Silverton you start to realize what a challenge this is. Couple that with the fact that many riders treat this like a ‘sprint’ up two big passes, with a giant downhill leading to a rather flat run across town to a finish line that makes this race’s ending one of the more exciting around. Bring binoculars so you can watch the riders achieve insane speeds down Molass pass.
What you need to know:
Hwy 550 road closures:
Saturday May 27th from 8:30 am to 1:30
Where: Hwy 550 from Purgatory Resort to Silverton
Closed from 8:30to 1:30
**** Animas Valley redirect will take place from 7:00am to 9:00am. Southbound traffic will be rerouted onto County Road 203 from Hermosa To the start of County Road 203 just north of the city limits of Durango, Northbound traffic leaving Durango during this period will be traveling in Southbound lane of Highway 550 from the city limits north to Hermosa, then Merging back into northbound lane
Durango Downtown road closure information
When: Sunday May 28, 2017 6am to 6pm.
Where: Main Street between 8th Street and 10th Street, East Second Avenue between 8th Street and 9th Street
8th Street from Main Ave east to Eighth Ave (crossing allowed at Third Ave) Seventh Ave to Sixth Ave Intersection of 10th Street and Fifth Ave Eighth Avenue up to Fort Lewis College.
BMX Course setup Main Ave west side between 8th and 9th street parking lane and one southbound lane of traffic. 3:30pm to 2am Saturday May 27th.
here is a fantastic article from the Durango Herald about the history and origins of the race.