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Let’s get dirty

By Lynne Marsala Basche

On April 26, the City of Castle Pines, partnering up with Dirty 40 Races in Vermont, will be getting messy at the first Dirty 40 Ride Wild event, sponsored by The Canyons.  Grab your mountain bike, road bike or your fat tire bike and head to Elk Ridge Park for the festivities!

Race or just ride at the Dirty 40 Ride Wild.  It is up to you, and there is a course and a surface for everyone.  Riders will not be bored pedaling on dirt, pavement, off-road tracks, crushed pavement and, given that springtime has multiple personalities, snow and muck are possible and would just add to the fun.  Whether you choose the 24-mile long distance course or the 12-mile short loop, smiles and challenges are guaranteed.  Even kids can get in on the fun with a 2K loop in Elk Ridge Park.

Ten miles of the course are on The Canyons development property east of I-25, which will soon be a part of the Castle Pines community.  Mark Nickless, General Manager of The Canyons, joked, “We get to be the dirty part of the race.”  Nickless is excited to be a part of the Dirty 40 Ride Wild and hopes people come out to see The Canyons beautiful property.  “We want to be a part of the great City of Castle Pines and be integrated into the community,” said Nickless, “and the Dirty 40 Ride Wild gives us that opportunity.”

The Dirty 40 Ride Wild event is a part of the Wild series, which also includes the Run Wild race.  The courses begin and end in Elk Ridge Park where there will be music, food, beer, sponsor vendors, bouncy houses and more.  Be sure to stay for the awards ceremony, too!

Tera Radloff, co-organizer of the Dirty 40 Ride Wild said, “We are excited to be adding this race to our ‘Wild’ series and create an event that is community oriented and fun for the whole family.  It’s a true partnership effort with Dirty 40 Races, The Canyons, and local riding group the ‘Village Idiots’ (see page 39).  It has something for everyone, including a $500 bounty setter for the fastest woman and the fastest man on the long course.”

No matter your skill or ability, come out to enjoy the fun and beauty of Castle Pines – and get dirty with your neighbors!  To learn more about the Dirty 40 Ride Wild, visit or



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