Event Overview

The Grand Traverse Mountain Bike is no ordinary mountain bike race. It is a point-to-point from Aspen to Crested Butte, Colorado. In total, bikers travel 40 miles across the Elk Mountains with over 7,800′ of elevation gain. The course starts with a 3000′ ascent up Aspen Mountain before continuing deep into the Elk Mountains. This mountain bike race is not for the faint of heart.



2021 Pre-Registration Opening – December 1st, 2020

Due to continued uncertainty associated with the ongoing pandemic, we are opening 2021 registration entirely on a wait list basis.  We invite you to pre-register for the 2021 event, opening here – 12:01 AM, December 1st, 2020.  

No fee is collected by submitting your wait listed pre-registration.  When we have a high degree of confidence the event will gain permit approval, we’ll proceed in sending invitations to complete registration to wait listed athletes.

Individual MTB Registration Cost – $135
Dual Sport – Individual Registration Cost – $235


Grand Traverse Triple Crown

Individuals who will be, or have completed the 2021 GT Ski, may enter themselves into the 2021 Triple Crown by registering as a Dual Sport competitor through either online summer registrations. Please reference your Ski confirmation #, or Team Name.

The Racer Manual and this website outline all requirements, procedures, and policies for the Grand Traverse Mountain Bike race on a regular year. Given the ever-evolving circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic, all procedures and services are subject to change.

Racers should prepare for the following possible mandates and potential alterations to 2020 GT Mountain Run & Bike races:

  • Mandatory face coverings worn at Start Line & Aid Stations.
  • Multiple seeded wave starts with delineated start positions.
  • Outdoor socially distanced bib pick-up.
  • Virtual pre-race briefing held online.
  • Aid nutrition reduced to only pre-packaged items.
  • Possible elimination, or leisure time restricted Finish Expo.
  • Finish meal provided in a to-go fashion.
  • Possible elimination of Return Shuttle service.
  • Possible elimination, or reduced capacity of Sag Shuttles for cut-off racers.

Pandemic Cancellation Policy:
Should GT event permits be revoked at anytime due to Public Health mandates, we will offer a 50% refund on paid registration fees.

Deferred registration to future GT events (as was offered for the 2020 GT Ski event cancellation) will NOT be an option.

Summer 2020 FAQ

43.5 Miles / 8,900 ft.


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Friday, September 4th, 2020

Bib Pick-up  (Crested Butte)

1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Crested Butte Nordic Center — 620 2nd Street in Downtown Crested Butte.

6:00 PM
Virtual Pre-Race Briefing
Conducted as Facebook Live Event

Saturday, September 5th, 2020

Bib Pick-Up  (Crested Butte)

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Crested Butte Nordic Center — 620 2nd Street in Downtown Crested Butte.

Sunday, September 6th, 2020


7:00 – 7:15 AM
Town Ranch Trailhead (998 9th Street – back side of Crested Butte Community School)
*NO spectatorship permitted

Finish Line

11:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Summit Drive, Mt. Crested Butte
*NO spectatorship permitted
Athletes served complimentary meal at 9380 Tavern


IMPORTANT:  All information is subject to change.  For the safety of racers and volunteers, weather conditions may require a change in the race start time or location, the official course, or race rules – or may lead to cancellation.


Return Shuttles

Return transportation may be booked through online race registration. Capacity is limited, no additional shuttles will be added once sold out.


Our Lodging Partners provide diverse lodging choices for our Grand Traverse racers.

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