The Bailey Hundo and HunDitO single track bike race will take off from Main Street in Bailey, June 15.
This annual event, which brings in close to 500 riders from all over, has been a staple in Bailey for the past 10 years.
There will be a dual start, with the Hundo racers taking the gun at 6 a.m. and the HUNDitO cyclists getting the gun at 9:30 a.m.
The Hundo is a 100-mile course and the HUNDitO covers a shorter 50-mile trail.
Both of these courses race through mostly single track in the Buffalo Creek trail system. The Hundo course will gain approximately 10,000 feet in elevation, and the HUNDitO course will climb approximately 5,800 feet.
The nexus of the race was conceived in 2010 by several state legislators including Senator Chris Romer, Greg Brophy, Minority Leader Mike Kopp and Senator Mark Scheffel.
The idea was to feature a challenging course that riders would want to be a part of, and then have these riders raise money to participate.
Over the years, although the course has changed from time to time, the basic purpose of the race has never varied. Every rider has to raise a minimum of $250 to participate in the race, with some top riders raising as much as $5,000.
In the 10-year history of the race the Hundo has given away hundreds of thousands of dollars to three major causes: Trips for Kids Denver/Boulder, Colorado Mountain Bike Association and Colorado High School Cycling League.
In addition, the Hundo has given money every year to local Park County organizations, including the Park County Sheriff’s Office, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, Park County Radio Club, Platte Canyon Area Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club of the High Rockies, Platte Canyon High School, The River CanyonGalley in Bailey and the Shawnee Historical Society
Over the last 10 years, the Hundo has donated over $430,000 to these various nonprofit organizations.
The shotgun start is something everyone in the area should experience once. The bikers fill Main Street in downtown Bailey and head out across U.S. Highway 285, down Park County Road 68, onto the Colorado Trail and into the Buffalo Creek area.
The finish is typically spread out and not as dramatic as the start. The riders finish in a meadow in the wilderness.
The Advance Colorado Fund, DBA The Bailey HUNDO, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which has the mission of youth development through cycling, as well as trail building and maintenance on the Front Range, Jefferson County, Park County and the Bailey community.
Hundo also relies on about 100 volunteers who help with the aid stations and everything else involved in this race.
Registration is now open, but there is a limit to the number of racers who can enter. Early entries are suggested. For more information on the race, including maps and information on how to volunteer, visit the Hundo’s website, www.baileyhundo.org.