New race series to kick off in October

Area mountain bikers will have a chance to compete in the Mountain and Desert Race series when it begins on Oct. 1.

The Mountain and Desert Race series, Urban Tread Adventures, is gearing up for the upcoming season, which starts on Oct. 1.

This five-race series features cyclocross and running races on challenging courses from Palisade to Fruita. The races, which are starting about two weeks later than last year, run until Dec. 3.

The cycling races will be 50, 40 and 30 minutes for the A, B and C divisions. Running races will have courses up to two-mile laps, depending on terrain and course difficulty, with runners going two laps. Races will use the cycling course and will start after the cyclists are done.

Kids races will be available for both cycling and running.

Multiple age divisions in cycling and running races will be provided, with top-three awards given in each division.

The first race is the Studt’s Corny Treads race at the Studt’s Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze, which is scheduled for Oct. 1.

Then comes the Palisade Produce Orchard Treads race on Oct. 16.

The race course zips through fruit orchards and takes riders along dirt and gravel roads.

The Creepy Treads race, the third race in the series, is scheduled for Oct. 28 at a course to be announced.

Salt Treads is Nov. 20 in the Little Salt Wash Park in Fruita. Then, the season will come to a close on Dec. 3 with the Merry Treadmas race at Las Colonias Park.

There will be an end-of-season party on Dec. 4.

Race registration is now open and runs until Oct. 14. Participants can sign up for the entire season or for individual races.

The bike courses are all challenging with a number of obstacles and a variety of different terrain.

Last year, the series drew riders from around the region.

Go to for more information, including registration details.


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