You are officially sentenced to serve hard time at the BV Outlaw: 10 Hours Behind Bars mountain bike race. Ride your way through an 11.5-mile loop on some of Chaffee County’s most scenic, technical trails including Django, Fistful of Dollars and more. Escape solo or with a chain gang relay team – just make sure you’re caught with more laps than the competition.

The course contains a good blend of terrain for one punishing lap. Convicts can let loose and enjoy high-end speed on the flowing, fast-descending singletrack. The technical, challenging sections will keep even the most hardened criminals honest while a short road climb puts the power to the pedals. Join the Parole Party between laps to stock up on rations, jam out to jailhouse rock and get ready for more until your term ends.


Distance: 11.5 miles
Terrain: 75% singletrack
Difficulty: Intermediate/difficult
Elevation range: 7,916'-8,436'
Ascent: 949'
Descent: -953'

Begin this 11.5-mile looped race with a LeMans start followed by a short warm-up loop on the River Trail before hitting the Arkansas River Bridge to join Whipple Trail to Whipple South. Enjoy a great view of the Arkansas River and keep an eye out for some rad locals surfing in the rapids below!

Turn right on CR 304 for a short road climb with tons of passing opportunities. Go straight after coming to the CR304 parking area and turn right in about 100 yards onto Django, a well-built trail with just the right mix of techy sections and wide-open, fast and sweeping turns. Cross CR304 at the bottom of the trail to and re-join the singletrack directly across the road to start climbing Fistful of Dollars until you hit the Ramsour South sign and make a left.

Ramsour offers great mix of off-camber turns that will keep you honest and rocky descents that roll easily with some confidence. Make a left on Camp Elevation Road and watch for Camp Elevation Trail to bear right shortly thereafter. The fun factor climbs as you descend to the Arkansas River and watch for a SHARP left on Bridge to Bridge Trail. Cross the bridge and you’re only blocks away to temporary freedom at the start/finish before punishment resumes on the next lap.

5 p.m.
The Warden will close off the course to new laps at this time. There’s no Court of Appeals on this one, so don’t even try it.

The main aid station (The Infirmary) is located at the start/finish area (The Yard) and offers M&Ms, chips, pretzels, watermelon, pb & j, water, electrolyte drink, energy gels and complimentary bars of soap*. Neutral support from Boneshaker Cycles, drop bags and team transitions are also located here. A water-only medical station is available halfway around the lap (mile 5.75).
*Soap may or may not be provided. Prison life is full of surprises.

Participants may bring drop bags to access at the start/finish in between laps. Please remember to pick up your stash after the finish!

There are multiple spots available for spectators via CR304 as well as the Whipple Arkansas River and Ramsour bridges.


  • Please bring your ID to packet pickup.

  • Race plates must be visible on the front of every bike at all times. Please don’t fold your plate!

  • No pets are permitted on course, with the exception of service dogs.

  • Participants must be 14 years or older on race day to participate.

  • Unsportsmanlike conduct and/or contraband on course are grounds for disqualification/further imprisonment. You may be a filthy criminal, but let’s keep Buena Vista clean.

  • DNFs must be reported to timing, preferably at the start/finish line.

  • Relay team members must alternate laps.

  • No touching.


3 p.m. - 6 p.m. Registration & inmate booking at Boneshaker Cycles, 310 East Main
Get your inmate number (race plate) and prison garb. Please bring a mugshot so we know it’s you. No cavity searches necessary/wanted.

All race-day activities take place at the parking lot below the pump track on the corner of East Main and South Main unless otherwise noted.

7 a.m. - 7:50 a.m. Race-day registration & inmate booking
Get your inmate number (race plate) and prison garb. Please bring a mugshot so we know it’s you. No cavity searches necessary/wanted.

8 a.m. *RACE START*
at the softball field just east of the tennis courts at the end of South Main
LeMans start with good views and bad company.

5 p.m. - 7 p.m. Parole Party
Enjoy post-race chow and BV’s own delicious Eddyline Brewery beer. It’s more than you animals deserve.

5 p.m. Last lap cutoff

6 p.m. Race ends

6:30 p.m. Awards
Recognizing the most arresting performances of the day.

8 a.m.
BV Outlaw: 10 Hours on the Run race start
Do it all again on foot or cheer on your fellow delinquents in our sister race.

Race schedule may be subject to slight time adjustments as deemed appropriate or necessary by race/prison staff.

register & receive

All inmates are issued:

  • T-shirt (pictured)

  • Finisher pint glass

  • Thule pro card (good for 50% off a purchase of up to $2500)

  • Post-race rations and beer from Eddyline Brewery

**All early registrants are automatically entered to win a Thule T2 PRO XT hitch rack ($600 value - also pictured) for good behavior**

entry fees

Regular registration: $135
Juveniles (NICA only): $75

Chain Gangs (relays)
Men, women and co-ed divisions: $250
Juveniles (NICA only): $150

Please note that we do not offer refunds or deferrals if you cancel your registration for this event.


Solo awards are three deep in each age group/cell block, which are male/female in 10-year increments (19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, etc.). Additional categories include pros, NICA and singlespeeds, which are not eligible for age group awards.

Chain Gang awards are three deep in each division (men, women and co-ed).

charity partner

The Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition is a non-profit trail advocacy organization committed to collaborating with agencies, businesses, and locals in to build, maintain, and steward sustainable trails for muscle-powered users. They promote responsible recreational trail use in the greater Buena Vista, Colorado area by bringing together hikers, runners, equestrians, and mountain bikers to create a comprehensive trail network.


Buena Vista is located at an altitude of 7,965'. Considered by many to be the capital of whitewater rafting in the United States, the area is also popular for just about any outdoor activity that comes to mind. The beautiful scenery, acclaimed arts community and year-round mild climate make BV a great place to visit.

Buena Vista offers a variety of accommodations, including:

  • Bed & breakfasts

  • Cabins

  • Campsites

  • Motels

  • Resorts

  • RV parks



Do your own community service over the weekend by volunteering as a prison guard. Email us at for information on open positions and scheduling.



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