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The Lake City Alpine 50 is an approximately fifty-mile endurance mountain/gravel race starting in historic Lake City, Colorado.  This lung-busting race will take you by the iconic Lake San Cristobal before the long climbs to the two of the highest passes in Colorado: Cinnamon Pass (12,640 feet) and Engineer Pass (12,800) feet.  The race will feature over 7,500 feet of climbing through some of the most incredible sections of the San Juan Mountains.  

Lake City sits nestled in the heart of the San Juan Mountains at 8,671 feet.  Lake City is named after the iconic nearby Lake San Cristobal, one of the largest natural lakes in Colorado.  Lake City is located in a valley formed by the convergence of Henson Creek and the headwaters of the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River.  Lake City has a year-round population of around 400 people but swells in the summer months as people flock to this beautiful town to play in the surrounding mountains.  Lake City has five prominent 14,000 peaks in near proximity to the town.  

Human Powered Endeavors LLC is a Colorado limited liability company formed by John Coy and Michael Fleishman.  Human Powered Endeavors, as the name aptly states, is focused on bringing human powered events to Lake City, Colorado. 

Registration for the Lake City Alpine 50 opened January 1, 2019. The Lake City Alpine 50 will be a USA Cycling sanctioned race. 

$75.00 until May 31, 2019

$80.00 until July 30, 2019

$85.00 from August 1, 2019 until August 24, 2019.  

Packet pick-up will take place in Lake City on Friday, August 23, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The packet pick-up will take place at the Confluence Restaurant and Bike Shop – 131 Gunnison Avenue. 

While this is the inaugural Lake City Alpine 50 race, we suspect that the top riders will complete the race in between three and half hours and four hours.  At seven miles an hour for the entire race, you should likely finish in under eight hours.  At twelve miles an hour you will finish in just over four hours.  Near the top of Cinnamon Pass and Engineer Pass, as the elevation eclipses 12,000 feet, plan for very slow-paced climbing. 

If you do not reach the top of Cinnamon Pass (approximately 25.6 miles into the race) by 11:00 a.m., you will be asked to turn around and head back the same direction you came back to Lake City.  Obviously, if you do not think you can make it back to Lake City from the Pass, we will make provisions to get you back to town.   

Lake City is located at 8,671 feet.  The high temperature on August 24, 2018 was 73 degrees.  The low temperature was 44 degrees.  It did not rain on August 24, 2018.  The sun rises at 6:36 a.m. and the sun sets at 7:54 p.m.  The temperature at the start of the race will like be in the mid-forties. 

Given that you lose an average of 3.5º F for every 1,000 feet you go up in elevation, it will remain pretty cool the entire race, so dress accordingly (keep those toes and fingers and core warm).

Remember, this is Colorado and the weather can change and change quickly – especially in the high country.  So, it could rain, it could hail and it could even snow above tree line. It should be no surprise that lightning is hazardous, especially above the timberline where you are exposed.

Hypothermia can occur under the right set of circumstances – falling temperatures, wind, and precipitation.

We strongly suggest you bring the following items:

  • Rain gear
  • Windbreaker (with hood)
  • Polypro or wool socks, hat, and gloves
  • Fuel (whatever you think you will need beyond what will be supplied)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip protection

The race will start at 7:00 a.m. and leave from the Lake City Town Park (3rd Street and Silver Street). 

There will be three aid stations. 

The first aid station will be located at the Grizzly Gulch trailhead (approximately 19.3 miles into the race). 

The second aid station will be before you reach the top of 12,640-foot Cinnamon Pass (approximately 25.5 miles into the race). 

The third aid station will be right after you reach the top of 12,800-foot Engineer Pass (approximately 31.6 miles into the race). 

To keep the number of vehicles on the Alpine Loop to a minimum during the race, crewing will not be permitted.  The less vehicles on the route – the better things will be.

We will have well-stocked aid stations.  We will have hydration drink mix and various food options, including bars from Four Points, one of our sponsors.  No filled bottles will be handed out, so you will need to fill your bottles and bladders on your own.     

The Lake City Chamber of Commerce has great information on Lake City accommodations.  From yurts to bed & breakfasts to camping, Lake City has a little bit of everything.  Please visit

Yes.  The minimum age to enter the race is fifteen (15) years old as of December 31, 2018.  All age categories will be as of December 31, 2018.

This event will not have any refunds.  You may freely transfer your entry to another participant.  This event will be held rain, sleet, snow or shine.  In the event of extreme weather, or some serious unforeseen event that could endanger participants or volunteers, the race may be shortened, postponed, or canceled. 

The Lake City Alpine 50 will only have one recognized race category for purposes of prizes/merchandise – the “Fastest Town” category.  When you register for the race, you will designate your residence town.  We will take the top three overall times for the women and the top three overall times for the men from each town and combine them.  The town with the fastest three times from the women and the men will be crowned the “Fastest Town” and will receive a prize. 

All other riders will simply race.  Results will be broken down between male and female times and by age groups.   

The award ceremony will take place at 4:00 p.m. in the Lake City town park.

Lake City has its own medical center – The Lake City Area Medical Center located at 700 North Henson.  (970) 944-2331.

Gunnison Valley Hospital – 711 North Taylor Street, Gunnison, Colorado 81230. (970) 641-1456.  Gunnison is located fifty-five miles to the north of Lake City. 

The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy’s mission is to facilitate long term environmental and economic sustainability in the headwaters of the Colorado River Basin, focusing on the Lake Fork of the Gunnison and Cebolla Creek valleys. The Conservancy supports and implements collaborations that foster land conservation, ecosystem health, and resilient communities.  The Lake Fork Valley Conservancy will be the inaugural Lake City Alpine 50 beneficiary. 

Again, this is a USA Cycling sanctioned race.  The rules may be accessed at this following link: