The Race Course

  12 Hours of Penitence features a >16-mile lap that gains 2,000ft in elevation per lap.

For now, racers please use this map as a practice lap – the actual lap will not be made public until the week of the race in accordance with the BLM Permit.

Thanks to the BLM and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, we are working to create new trails that will make our laps amazing, raise enough money for signage and open some otherwise impermissible trails to 12 Hours of Penitence racers (only on Race Day!).

  • Solo riders will achieve as many laps as they can within the 12 hour time limit.
  • Duo and Trio Team riders will ride the course as a relay, having only one team member on the course at any given time. Once one team member finishes a lap, the next team member will start a lap.
  • NEW DETAIL! The final lap, by all teams and solos, will have to start by 530pm. We HIGHLY recommend bringing riding lights and headlamps.

RACE RULES 

  • Racers shall complete the entire race on the same bicycle upon which the race was begun.
  • Be kind to everyone. Nobody likes “that guy”. Don’t be that guy.
  • If somebody is hurt on course and you find them, it is YOUR responsibility to find a course marshal and let them know. We have an advanced medical team with helicopter and ambulance support if needed, but we need to know of the injury before help can be summoned.
  • Only registered racers may compete in an event. Each racer must display an official race number plate.
  • All competitors must wear a properly secured helmet, complying to DOT or CPSC Standards at all times during competition.
  • Competitors are responsible for having their bike in good operating condition. The racer or a 3rd party may make repairs during the race.
  • Deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification unless the competitor reenters the course at point of exit.
  • Designated aid stations are available; please try to use them to avoid interference with other racers; there are no restrictions on when or where you eat or drink on the course.
  • Do not litter the course with a gel packet, food wrappers or other waste. Use designated waste receptacles within the campsites. Keep our trails beautiful.
  • A competitor on their bike has the right-of-way over one pushing their bike.
  • It is the responsibility of an overtaking rider (or passer) to pass safely. No racer is expected to stop their race to allow other racers to pass. However, no rider shall intentionally impede the progress of another. A rider should make his/her presence known when overtaking a slower rider (i.e. “On your left. Please!” – remember rule #1).
  • The race director, in case of severe injury to a rider, threatening weather or emergency issue, may stop the race.
  • Racers must heed the instruction of medical personal and/or course marshals attending to an injured rider or in the case of extreme weather.
  • Protests must be reported to or filed with timing official within 30 minutes of your race completion. All results become final as of the presentation of awards.
  • Racers must notify the timing crew when deciding to end their race.  No racer may begin a final lap after 5:30pm – no exceptions!
  • Final interpretation of the rules is up to the race director. These individuals have control over all competitors, scorers, and officials at their event and their decision on these rules, and any situations not specifically covered by these rules is final.
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4 thoughts on “The Race Course

  1. How technical and/ or rocky is the course. I’m thinking about trying this race and not sure if I would use my geared hard tail or rigid single speed. What % is single track?

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    • The course, in general, is recommended for midlevel to advanced riders; it is a very diverse course, with rocky drops (up to 2ft) and sandy sections, technical climbing and beginner-level traversing. If you’ve ridden at Hartman Rocks in Gunnison, you’ll do fine as it is very similar to their 24 hour race lap (but, thank heavens, we’re only riding for 12!).

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    • For now, racers please use the map shown on the Course Route page as a practice lap – the actual lap map will not be made public until the week of the race in accordance with the BLM Permit. We are so grateful to the BLM and the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; because of them, we are working to create new trails that will make our lap amazing, raise enough money for signage and open some otherwise impermissible trails to 12 Hours of Penitence racers (only on Race Day!).

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