What is TrailQuest?
TrailQuest is a challenge to ride, hike, or run every mile of trail in the Gunnison Valley. From the Continental Divide to the West Elk Wilderness, our valley is comprised of over 2 million acres of public lands with one of the world’s largest trail networks.
Mountain Bike TrailQuest
Since the summer of 2017, riders from all over have been challenging themselves to explore new trail in the Gunnison Valley. Back in 2015, we calculated that we had 750+ miles of trails, but no one really believed us. In 2017, we launched TrailQuest and challenged the truly adventurous to try to ride (or hike) it all. We figured once at least one person had done it, it would settle the debate for good. By the end of 2018, there were three finishers on the leaderboard and we knew our total miles of mountain bikeable singletrack totaled 783 miles, with more being added every year by the trails clubs and public land managers. This is an ongoing challenge with most finishers taking multiple seasons to pass the 750-mile mark.
Weekly challenges and single year contests are also a part of the game, and each week we give out a prize pack to one lucky person who has ridden 10+ unique miles for the previous week. On November 1, 2019 we’ll also draw for larger prizes. To enter that drawing all you need to do is log 20+ unique miles in TrailQuest.
1st person drawn will win an Enve wheelset.
2nd person drawn will win a SRAM component or drivetrain. (details pending on this one)
3rd person drawn will win a riding apparel kit from Patagonia.
The TrailQuest Challenge area is huge, so it is comprised of 11 smaller contest areas, each having its own leaderboard. This makes it easier to plan rides, check your progress, and combine trails into larger unique mile chunks.
Any rides since May 24, 2017 can count towards TrailQuest. Once you sync your Strava (more on that below) you can download and import previous tracks to get unique mileage from previous rides. If you’re not a Strava fiend, you can sync a Fitbit or import gpx tracks from other devices or platforms, too.
With many TrailQuesters already running and hiking their miles, we decided that a new challenge was in order. Starting Summer 2019 you can now compete in Wilderness TrailQuest to run or hike as many unique miles as possible on our foot travel specific trails. This contest has a separate leaderboard, but the players and methods of playing remain the same.
Each week we’ll award a prize pack to a runner or hiker that has logged 10+ unique miles. You can also import previous tracks back to May 24, 2017 to see how many unique miles you’ve done since the start of TrailQuest overall.
On November 1, 2019 there will be a drawing for everyone with over 20 unique miles.
1st person drawn will win a Suunto X9 watch and a pair of Salomon running shoes.
2nd person drawn will win a Suunto watch and a pair of Salomon running shoes.
3rd person drawn will win a Patagonia running kit.
Occasionally we run smaller contests through TrailQuest built around specific weekends. For 2019 the Crested Butte Challenge is the biggest. For two days, June 28 and June 29, riders will compete for most unique mileage, most elevation, and time trials on skill-appropriate trails. To sign up go to CBBikeWeek.com and register.
Trails may be traveled on bicycle, foot, horse, or e-bike so long as your method of travel is approved for that trail. All trails count, but you will be disqualified for riding bicycles on any trail that you are not legally allowed on. It’s your responsibility to obey all posted signage and rules from the land managers in the contest areas. Any track you created by actually travelling a trail in person on or after May 24, 2017, counts towards your TrailQuest total unique trail mileage. Unique trail miles are credited the first and only the first time you travel a trail in a track recording.
How to Submit Tracks
There are three ways you can submit tracks:
- Sync your Strava account with your CBGTrails account.
- Sync another track recording account (e.g., Garmin Connect) that also syncs to your Strava account. This is worth the few moments it takes to set up. For example, all one has to do is record a track with a Garmin device. When you press "save" on a Garmin WiFi enabled GPS device, it will sync to Garmin Connect app, which syncs to Strava, which syncs to TrailQuest in a matter of seconds. Nifty.
- Manually upload .gpx tracks to your CBGTtrails account via cbgtrails.com (tracks must have the .gpx extension). This is the best way to gain credit for trails traveled on or after May 24, 2017.