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Spots open for Todd’s Durango Dirtfondo

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Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 5:16 PM
This year’s Durango Dirtfondo will take place Sept. 15 with three distance options available and a post-ride party at Buckley Park.

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 director@ironhorsebicycleclassic.com. 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.”

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