350 km / 7 Days

May 15-21, 2023

Gravel Fest 350

Gravel Fest 350 is a 7-day 350 km gravel riding challenge from May 15-21, 2023.

It’s a week long festival celebrating dirt roads, riding buddies, and our faithful right to ride often and ride far. And we look to spread gratitude and awareness for nurses along the way — because not all heroes wear capes!

Dirt Roads + Nurses + Bicycles
#gravelfest | #grindforthefrontline

Location:  Planet Earth
CostParticipation Is Free

DatesMay 15-21, 2023
Duration7 Days

Gravel Fest 350 Challenge









Becoming a Nurse Is One of the Most Selfless Acts a Person Can Undertake

In a society of so many different races, cultures, customs, and beliefs, nurses are a universal gift to all, and the dedicated work that they do and the kindness they deliver on a daily basis should serve as a reminder of the fundamental humanity inside us all.

60% of RNs work in hospitals, with 18% in ambulatory care, 7% in nursing and residential care facilities, 5% in government, and 3% in educational services.

~Bureau of Labor Statistics

A third of nurses plan to leave their jobs in 2022, a survey finds.

Burnout and stress from working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are taking a major toll on nurses and it could lead many of them to quit their jobs.

~American Nurses Association

The nursing shortage is due in part to the rapid 73% increase of the 65+ population, which grew from 41 million in 2011 to 71 million in 2019.

~National Library of Medicine

In Gallup polls, nurses have been identified as the most honest and ethical professionals for the past 19 years.
They won 89% of the vote in 2020.


“When I think about all the patients and their loved ones I have worked with over the years, I know most of them don’t remember me, nor I them. But I do know that I gave a little piece of myself to each of them, and they to me, and those threads make up the tapestry that is my career in nursing.” —Donna Wilk Cardillo

Thank a nurse!

Let’s see if we can make a difference. Please consider making a small donation below.

Northwest Colorado Health does not turn away people when they are in need of healthcare due to their current financial situation. Please consider making a donation. Under Fund Designation Type:

The American Nurses Foundation advances the nursing profession by serving as a thought-leader, catalyst for action, and funding conduit. By identifying the most pressing issues facing nurses, and collaborating with leaders both inside and outside the profession on solutions. 

Gravel Fest: Steamboat

Ride Schedule


The town of Steamboat Springs provides an ideal base camp, and the surrounding dirt roads of Northwest Colorado offer some of the best gravel riding in the state!

Each day’s ride departs as one group. For the first 30-minutes of the ride, the pace is meant to be “social” — we want all rider abilities to have a chance to ride together during this time. After that, it turns into a “friendly/spirited pace!” We encourage multiple re-groupings throughout the ride but don’t count on it.

With that being said, you are ultimately responsible for directions. We recommend you download the routes onto a GPS device before the ride.

The groups will naturally split and we will eventually meet back in Steamboat for a social/story hour at a local brewery.

Here’s what to expect:

  • A daily group ride
  • Informal post-ride social hour (limited seating)
  • Ride on your own time. Routes are available from The Dirty Roads

Destination:  Routt County
Base CampSteamboat, CO.
Participation CostFree

DatesMay 16-22, 2022

Lodging:  Book Your Own
Transportation:  On Your Own

Monday 5/16

Gravel Fest 350 km Challenge – Begins

5 p.m. – Ride Start Time
Featured Brand: The Dirty Roads
RIDE: Airport Plus Loop
Ride Start Location: The Historical Steamboat Springs Depot 1001 13th St, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Thursday 5/19

5 p.m. – Ride Start Time
Featured Brand: Moots Cycles
RIDE: The Darkside of Fly Gulch
Distance: 31.3 miles
Climbing: 1800 ft.
Ride Start Location: Moots Cycles

7 to 9 p.m.
Post Ride:
Storm Peak Brewing

Friday 5/20

5 p.m. – Ride Start Time
Featured Brand: Veloscapes
RIDE: Emerald Circuit
Distance:  27.4 miles
Climbing:  1746 ft.
Ride Start Location: Mountain Tap 

7 to 9 p.m.
Post Ride:
Mountain Tap Brewery

Saturday 5/21

11:00 a.m. – Ride Start Time
Featured Brand: Bingham Built Bikes
RIDE: Wet Weather Built
Distance: 46.3 miles
Climbing: 2604 ft.
Ride Start Location: Bingham Built

5 to 8 p.m.
Post Ride:
Mountain Tap Brewery

Sunday 5/22

10:00 a.m. – Ride Start Time
Featured Brand: The Classic Crank
RIDE: Il Corso D’oro
Distance: 46.5 miles
Climbing: 2568 ft.
Ride Start Location: The Classic Crank

3 to 5 p.m.
Post Ride:
Location: The Barley

Gravel Fest 350 km Challenge – Ends


Routes Provided By: The Dirty Roads

Based out of Steamboat Springs, The Dirty Roads features a ride library containing northwest Colorado’s premier dirt and gravel road rides! 

You will find casual 20 mile routes … to epic 100 mile routes.

View and download these routes for free!

Gravel Fest: Steamboat

What’s On Tap

Group Rides

Departing from downtown Steamboat, this is a great way to connect with new friends and discover some of the area’s top rides!  LEARN MORE…

Ride On Your Own

For information on some of Steamboat’s best gravel rides visit The Dirty Roads. You can view and download these routes. LEARN MORE…

Gravel Fest 350

The challenge is 350 km in 7 days with a “gravel road theme.” Riding in support of frontline nurses! Coming to a dirt road near you… #grindforthefrontline

How Far Can You Go?


350km | 7 Days

May 15-21, 2023

Coming to a dirt road near you…