Skip to content

February Rally: Ghost Rally

ghost_rally_logo

The Rodeo Rally is notorious for epic adventure and a good time. Most of that, however, includes some epic climbs and leaving some comfort zones some would rather not leave. This February Rally is an attempt to make a ride that is more inclusive and more social while still providing some adventure and fun. As a plus, is has a chance to draw in a lot of people who may have been put off by previous rallies. 70+ miles, a little over 1k elevation, and a few turn off points along the way. The goal is to hit a few abandoned towns out east of the front range and explore some less-traveled dirt while admiring the mountains from afar.

Date: February 20th

Distance: 77 Miles with turn around/shortcut options

Meeting Place: Gray’s Cafe in Ault, CO @ 8 A.M., caravan out to the start at 8:30 to roll out by 9/9:30. Parking is open ended at the moment, but we may need to figure it out day of.

Est. Ride Time: 5-7 Hours

Est. Pace: Two groups, two paces. It will be a no-drop ride in the sense that if anyone is getting dropped, it will be me! Haha. I will be in the 13-15 mph group, and anyone wanting to go faster can pull ahead in another group and we can establish meeting points. We are still looking for anyone interested in running a higher paced group (Stephen, I believe, will lead this one if no one else would like to)

Terrain: Dirt roads with some asphalt

Other Misc. Info:

Few to no stops for goods; Recommend extra bottle or camleback to be safe on water. Edit: There is a market 41 miles in at the town of Grover. Water and snacks/food available. Thank you to those who called them to make sure they were open.
– As long as road conditions hold as they were last time, road bikes with 25s+ should suffice. Cross bikes or even MTB would be the most comfortable, though, based on mud and weather up to the date.
– I don’t anticipate passing sunset, but lights probably wouldn’t hurt.

Being my first organized rally, I would love to have this be as inclusive as possible. I know that I am not as fast as some, but I also don’t think that speed alone should dissuade people from coming out and enjoying a ride with people who share a passion of getting out on bikes. Weather looks like it will hold until then, so I am hoping for a good day on the bike and good quality roads out there. Hope to see you out there!

– Jacob

Edit: After posting this I realized that a GPX file would be, well, not in the style. So, in place of that, I am considering other options (possibly some route sheets the day of). I think going into the ride not fully knowing what you are actually getting into can be part of the fun, so I’m going to keep that part open ended.

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on print
Share on email