Gallery: Winter strikes again at Old Man Winter Rally

The Rocky Mountains first gravel race of the year put the riders through gritty conditions as snow from the previous day melted into slushy slop along the 75km course

Clock02:00, Tuesday 6th February 2024

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A look at the grit and grime of Colorado's first gravel race of the season

In the week leading up to the Old Man Winter Rally, it seemed as if the name of the race would be the only thing wintery about it as sunny and 60-degree Fahrenheit temperatures bathed the Front Range of Colorado.

While the race, which has occupied the first slot in the Colorado cycling calendar for the past decade, has had its fair share of fair-weather days, 2024 would not be one of those editions. Come the eve of the race, everything changed.

On Saturday, a heavy dose of wet snow hit Colorado, with the Boulder area that hosted the race collecting nine inches of new snow over 24 hours. In a day, the winter moniker of the race was back in a big way. A start time adjustment and a shortened 75km course to avoid the impassable Rowena Trail followed before the race rolled out of the small town of Lyons on Sunday.

Nevertheless, the conditions changed as quickly as they developed and instead of a dry, snowless trek around the roads of Boulder County, the peloton was treated to a race across rapidly thawing gravel roads that covered riders from head to toe in the gritty, slushy muck.

Old Man Winter is, after all, a moody character.

Here's a selection of the best pictures from the event.

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A tough day in the mud

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