DUST2 fun race, adventure race and trail construction planned


By Annie Sewell

Developing Urban Single Track Trail and Teams (DUST2), a youth cycling team and trail advocacy nonprofit, announced its summer events to benefit the DUST2 team and trail programs.

Bush’s Pump Track
Fun Race

The Bush’s Pump Track Fun Race will take place Friday, July 16, at 6 p.m. at 601 Stevens Circle.

This is a backyard pump track fun race and cookout fundraiser.

Categories: Serious About Fun — four laps; All About Fun — two laps; and Kids one-lap race.

Entry fee: Members $15, nonmembers $25 and under 15 $10.

Day-of registration only, begins at 5:30 p.m.; race starts at 6 p.m.

Dig Where You Ride
Forest Service
Partnership Project

The 2021 Dig Where You Ride Forest Service Partnership Project will be held at Windy Pass Aug. 13-Aug. 16, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day.

The purpose of this project is to restore and reroute the portion of the trail that goes through Windy Pass, thereby allowing for better and more aesthetic flow and continuity to the Treasure Mountain Trail.

The Treasure Trail is the crown jewel of our area mountain bike trails. Seemingly endless miles of sweeping single-track descend 2,000 vertical feet from Wolf Creek Pass down to the East Fork road. 

Whether you hike, bike or ride a horse, please join DUST2 for a four-day trail building/restoration partnership project led by Tyler Albers, Trails and Wilderness, San Juan National Forest, Pagosa Ranger District, and his trail crew, that will focus on the mid portion of the motorized Treasure Trail, Windy Pass. 

This is a 0.75-mile long section of trail located in the middle of the motorized portion of the Treasure Trail.

Volunteers can expect to hike 3 miles to the work site. Though you can anticipate some pretty arduous work days, the trail crew and DUST2 wheel club will do its best to make it super fun and rewarding.

Project details are available at: https://www.facebook.com/events/167419862062939/.

Project sign-up: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c49a4a822a4fd0-treasure.

The camp/staging area will be set up at the Windy Pass meadow. You do not have to camp to join trail work days.

The DUST2 Wheel Club has accepted the challenge of providing 10 volunteers a day to join Albers and his trail crew for this four-day project. This year, we are looking for individuals to backpack into Windy Pass and stay one or three nights. The trail crew will provide meals and water for a daily fee of $10 per person to those who request them during sign up. While it is our goal to have 10 people camp for all four days, we realize that this may not be realistic, so we have broken the four work days into 40 volunteer slots to fulfill the same goal.

Camping volunteers are expected to be self-sufficient for as many days as you camp. You can camp for as many nights as you would like. The trail crew will proved a tent and tables and kitchen to serve as a gathering area for eating meals and hanging out in the evening. 

Day volunteers will need to arrive in time to join the 7 a.m. briefing and stay as long as they are able.

All volunteers will be expected to have work gloves; long work pants; sturdy, close-toed shoes; eye protection; sunscreen; and water.

Conquer the Springs
Adventure Race

New this year is the Conquer the Springs Adventure Race. Come out to the Turkey Springs Trailhead area and get ready for two to eight hours of adventurous fun. 

There will be two separate races. A beginner’s and kid-friendly sprint race that will consist of hiking, biking and paddling in and on some of Pagosa Springs’ best trails, then a six- to eight-hour race that will consist of hiking, biking, paddling and orienteering.

The Conquer the Springs Adventure Race is set for Saturday, July 17, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Turkey Springs Trailhead at Turkey Springs Road and County Road 600. 

View the map at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conquer-the-springs-tickets-154412432743fbclid=IwAR38AksuDveAHP9B55EPspWJatYjNVcxavCwZVERgu2e2afnxBJISJI2lxw.

For the Sprint Race, teams of two or three will run, bike, paddle and face team challenges and decisions along the way. This course is designed for the beginner in mind. Racers will need to have a boat, kayak or paddleboard; bike; helmet; and a Camelback. Be prepared for some paddling, 5-8 miles of biking, and 2-4 miles of trail running plus some surprises. The estimated winning time is two hours. This is not an off-road tri. This is a real adventure race. This race will be capped at 30 teams.

The Adventure Race is for teams of two or four. This year’s course will include paddling, mountain biking and special challenges. Be prepared for approximately 2-3 miles of paddling, 20-30 miles of biking and 5-10 miles of trekking. The estimated winning time is six hours. This race will be capped at 20 teams.

When signing up, please sign up as a team and send your teammates an invitation to join.

More information is available at: https://dustx2.org/events/.

Contact Lance Thornton at lancethornton@ymail.com with questions.