Herald Staff Report
Space is still available for mountain bikers to participate in the Durango Dirtfondo, an event hosted by three-time Olympian and longtime Durango star Todd Wells.
The event is noncompetitive and gives riders a chance to ride alongside pros such as Wells on home trails in Durango.
There are three routes for the Dirtfondo. The 40-mile loop is the most difficult and costs $45. The 20-mile loop will cost $35, and an easier 8-mile route is available for $25.
Riders on the 40-mile route will depart Buckley Park around 8 a.m. The 20-mile riders will depart shortly after 10:30 a.m., and the 8-mile group will depart around noon. The goal is to have all the riders arrive back at Buckley Park around the same time to culminate with a post-ride party.
There will also be a kid’s event at Buckley Park.
Wells will be behind the grill to flip burgers provided by Grassburger.
Volunteers are also needed, and all volunteers and riders will receive a swag bag, a beverage and a burger. To volunteer, contact Gaige Sippy at firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, go to https://www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com/fondo-registration.
“The community has been so good to me and supported me so much,” Wells said. “This is something I can do to give back. What Durango does really well are cross-country mountain biking trails, and this showcases that and gives everyone a taste of mid-country trails without having to be too far from town. People are going to love it and ride trails they either rarely ride or maybe have never ridden.”