Registration for paid categories now LIVE. Peer to peer fundraising option goes live May 3, 2021.
Pro Men & Pro Women (you hold or have held a pro license and/or are pro level fast/fit)
Masters Pro Men & Masters Pro Women (you hold or have held a pro license, are pro level fast/fit, and are 40 or older)
Expert Men (Cat 2), Expert Women (Cat 2)
Singlespeed Men, Clydesdale (190lbs+)
*additional categories may be added based upon age breaks within registration data
The Red Rider HAF is proudly independent. No license is required.
Your racing age is determined by the age you will be on December 31st of the current year at 11:59PM.
FORMAT & TIMING
Red Rider's winners will be determined by general classification. It's a stage race, so lowest cumulative time wins. However...our timing crew will create up to six segments daily that will be course specific. Each will fall under one of the following categories; Climb, Descent, Gravel/Road, Neutral Zone. "Winners" of these sub-competitions will be recognized daily. GC winners in sub-competitions will also be recognized in official results.
WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH MY ENTRY?
Fully supported aid stations, personalized number plate, personalized RedRider HAF water bottle, three aid bags, RedRider HAF tee, RedRider HAF socks, RedRider HAF hat, finisher award, entry to final banquet, meal tokens for days ZERO, 1 and 2.
July 22-24, 2021 (permit pending-more info on that soon)
WHY EXPERTS (AND ABOVE) ONLY?
We believe in inclusivity as a general rule, but RED RIDER HAF is a stout challenge intended for fit, expert-level and above riders. The courses are very difficult. This makes the logistics of attempting to accommodate a wide spectrum of ability nearly impossible. We also feel that a selective race field improves the caliber of racing at the pointy end of the spear.
IS THERE A FIELD LIMIT?
Yes. No more than 300. Ever. This number allows us to produce a top-flight event, but one that keeps stewardship ideals firmly in mind and practice. There are many events out there with thousands of competitors. That's ok-it's simply not the experience we wish to provide. From our experience at Breck Epic, we've come to believe that bigger isn't better. Instead, BETTER IS BETTER. A 300-rider limit allows the race field to know itself and each other. It allows community to develop. Equally importantly, it protects the integrity of the trail system.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$699 per rider
THAT SEEMS LIKE A LOT.
On the surface? Yes. Red Rider is a small, premium event with concierge-grade service and partners. Our promise to you is to provide an uncrowded, selective race experience on some of the best backcountry terrain in Colorado and North America. This is not a short track. The price is reflective of our stance on keeping our numbers low. It's also directly related to the price we pay to keep our riders safe on course while providing them with a top-flight experience.
YOU CAN RACE FOR FREE BY FUNDRAISING
We encourage those for whom price is an objection to opt for the fundraising option (which essentially allows them to race for no charge at all).
Participants may opt to fundraise instead of pay the flat registration fee. This option may be selected during the registration process. By committing to raising just $999, riders gain free entry into the event. We've provided a variety of turnkey tools for fundraising participants to use, including a personalized event page for each racer, plus a one-button option to create an additional Facebook fundraising page. Best of all, we've pre-populated all of the fields for you. You're allowed to edit your page and message, or you can elect to use the responses we've provided.
WHO ARE THE BENEFICIARIES?
We're focusing on organizations that plan, build and maintain trails and those that save lives out there. Our primary beneficiary is Routt County Riders, a group whose body of work is as impressive as it is expansive. They keep the goods GOOD. Paired with them as a beneficiary is our motorized partner, Mountain Trails Axxess. We firmly believe that the backcountry's future is more secure when likeminded stewards link arms in the service of its protection. Plus, if you auger somewhere out there in the boonies, the person most likely to find you is riding a KTM or a Yamaha. Our second beneficiary group are the Search and Rescue teams who are extensions of the Routt and Jackson County Sheriff's Offices. These two organizations conduct world class field rescues on a regular basis for cyclists, climbers, dirt-bikers, equestrians and anyone else who finds themselves on the wrong side of Mother Nature. They are overqualified, courageous, dedicate and underfunded, often sacrificing their own equipment to bring someone home safely.
All entrants are allowed to defer, sell or transfer their registration for a period of three years from initial purchase at no additional cost. If for any reason the race is canceled, all participants will be given a full refund of their initial entry fee. Refund insurance may be purchased during the registration process.