Colorado Trail Race 2023: 527 high-altitude miles, a high drop-out rate, a rookie winner and a new course record

An original of the bikepacking world, this Colorado Rockies race is not for the faint of heart

Katya Rakhmatulina
(Image credit: Katya Rakhmatulina)

The Colorado Trail is a beast of an undertaking. Running between Durango and Denver, the Rocky Mountain trail is more than 520 miles long with 70,000′ of elevation gain, plenty of hike-a-bike and at an elevation ranging between 5500′ (1676m) and a very thin-aired 13,200′ (4,023m). It’s certainly not for the faint of heart and racing it is even harder. The annual  (CTR) has an average finish rate of around 25%, meaning three-quarters of the entrants drop out along the way.

The race is a favorite among FKT seekers, and like many of the other adventure races, there is no entry fee, no support, no registration and no prize money. It’s a self-timed race against the clock offering only bragging rights and one hell of an adventure.

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