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Firebird 50

Intermediate/Difficult
 5.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is a challenging 50K link up of local trails.


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31.7

Miles

51.1

KM

85%

Singletrack

9,141' 2,786 m

High

6,609' 2,014 m

Low

5,745' 1,751 m

Up

5,744' 1,751 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This course has amazing views, challenging uphills and flowy downhills. There is one section the you'll ride twice but it's the best downhill on this course and totally worth it!

Description

The Firebird 50K starts in the heart of Eagle, next to Color Roasters coffee shop. Racers begin by riding two miles on the bike path along Eagle Ranch Road and Haystacker Drive, where a right turn onto the Turniphead Trail marks the start of dirt miles until the finish.

Just shy of a mile after turning onto dirt, riders pass through the Arroyo trailhead, at mile 2.4. From Arroyo, the course continues steadily up, first on doubletrack on Third Gulch Trail, then veering left onto singletrack on Pipeline Trail. Throughout this climb, riders travel from sage-covered high desert into beautiful aspen groves on the Pipeline Trail. 1,300 vertical feet above Arroyo, riders reach the location of aid station #1, Firebox, at mile 6.5.

Racers leave the aid station and continue uphill on Hardscrabble Road briefly to a hard right turn onto Firebox Road. After two miles with some steep climbs through forest and pastureland on Firebox Road, riders veer left onto singletrack and descend toward Dead Cow.

A very steep but short climb awaits riders as they get onto Mike's Night Out. The course rewards with sweeping views as it continues on Mike's Night Out gently descending to aid station #2 location, Spring Creek, at mile 13.0. A short and beautiful ride on Itch will take you to the World's Greatest downhill much of which is fast and flowy and some is just steep.

After a sharp left turn at the Schoolhouse trail, the course brings you back up to the Spring Creek aid station through Star Wars and Easy Rider. After reaching Spring Creek #2, riders once again get to experience World's Greatest. From here, the fun isn't quite over, as the course heads up one final 200-foot climb.

From the top of this punchy climb, the trail makes a serpentine descent to the Horton Street Trailhead. Riders head down the neighborhood street and turn left onto the bike path. A short 0.4 miles along this path lead back to your car.

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Gemini Reid

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The sign says it all
Oct 24, 2013 near Eagle, CO
World's Greatest, with decent scenery as well.
Oct 24, 2013 near Eagle, CO
One of the steep drops on World's Greatest
Oct 24, 2013 near Eagle, CO
The climb to Pipeline.
May 31, 2016 near Eagle, CO
World's Greatest to Elmer's  |  Total descent experience.
Oct 11, 2019 near Eagle, CO
Easy Rider going down!! Woot! Woot!
Sep 12, 2016 near Gypsum, CO

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