• RACE : March 10, 2018 Registration Opens: 11/12/17


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The 2017 Course is the same as 2016. Expect improvements to the first climb and road, and a few variations in red Bluff –  otherwise the course is the same.

The race will start and finish in downtown Santa Clara. The first mile will be on pavement past tree lined shops and historic buildings.  The venue location will allow for a fun and lively finish line atmosphere we are sure the whole family will enjoy.


The Dirt -2016

The dirt portion of True GRIT takes place in the desert south west of the City of Santa Clara. You will travel through sandy washes, over sandstone and rock out-cropping’s,  through and around large boulders, over fast and flowy single track, up steep climbs to the top of 4 different ridges, you will see miles of  of beautiful desert plateaus, red mountains, and white cliffs . It will be one of the toughest , most technically demanding courses you have ever raced – and the most beautiful.

  • Map of Start Finish 
  • Map of 100 Mile 2nd lap transition
  • Detail Feed Zone Transition Maps showing Cut-offs and Check Point locations.
      • FZ 1- Zen FZ 1 plan ( this cut off is 2:30 for 2016)
      • 4:00 Cut-off and return 400cutoff ( this cut off is 4:00 for 2016)
      • FZ2 – Barrel FZ 2 plan ( this cut off is 4:30 for 2016)
  • Official 2016 50 Mile Download 2015 GPX and KML
  • Official 2016 100 Mile course  True Grit 100 NUE 2015

The Epic 50 -Course: 


The ’50 mile’ Course travels through 3 riding areas in St George – Red Bluff, Curly Hollow, and Boomer Hill area of the Santa Clara River Reserve – to create one long epic ride. The course uses the Red Bluff Competitive Area, the Barrel Ride, the Zen trail, the Bear-Claw Poppy Trail, Stucki Springs Trail, The Rim Runner, Cove Wash Trail, and the Barrel Rolls Trail.

The total 2015 course is 46 miles in length with 43 of it on dirt. The course is very technical and should be pre-riden, especially the Zen and Barrel Ride trail section.  There are several steep drops, climbs, and turns that may require riders to get off their bike.  ( please watch the videos ) There are also 3 ‘step over’ gates that require dismounting to lift your bike to the next region of trails and terrain.

The course travels in a generally clockwise direction ( except for the Zen loop which is counter clockwise) . There will be check points at each of the loops. There will also be 2 aid stations with food, water, first aid, and repair services that can be accessed at approximately miles 13.7, 19.6, 36.5, and 41. Total elevation gain for this course is 7604 Ft .

The Epic 100 – Course: 

profile-100 True Grit 2015

 The 2015 course is a full 2 laps on the course. The second lap is exactly the same as the first. Once racers finish the Barrel Roll and drop down to Gates Ln/Stucki Spring Road,  they will make a right turn, instead of left, and head  back down Cove Wash the same as the starting lap. Feed Zones are accessed at miles 14.4, 20.8, 38, 43.2, 57, 63.8, 81, and 85.8 .The actual course distance is 88.6 miles, with fast finish times around 6.5 hours. Total Climbing is 15016 Ft. Start elevation is 2739 ft and the highest point is 3615 ft in elevation.

Bad Weather Plan

In case of in climate weather we may have to close down the lower Bear Claw Poppy Trail. No other changes to the course will be made. We will only close this section of the course either prior to or after all racers have completed their lap. There will be NO double Barrel rolls Substitute, just a shorter course.

Course subject to change based on yearly permits

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