image001 15Race Description: The True Grit Epic is long, tough, and technical. This is not a joke, for an ultra- endurance season opener this is a tough race. It is a mountain bikers race. The first 20 miles are over rocky and steep terrain that requires excellent bike handling skills and upper body strength. But don’t expect the course to let up. This course is a roller coaster of desert riding with over 70% of the 89 miles on single track and slightly over 13,000 ft. of gain.

Grit: fortitude and determination; guts, moxie, backbone, gumption, - strength of mind that enables one to endure adversity with courage. Do you have True Grit?


2017 Press and Video Highlights


MTB Race News Marathon Coverage


Dirtwire.TV video highlights 


MTB Race News 100 Mile Report 



Registration Limit: 600

Date: March 11, 2017

Location: St. George, UT



True Grit  Official Website


Course Map


Course Description:

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 outcroppings,  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  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.

 The 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 ( in order), Cove Wash Trail, the Red Bluff Competitive Area, the Barrel Ride, the Zen trail, the Bear-Claw Poppy Trail, Stucki Springs Trail, The Rim Runner and the Barrel Rolls Trail.

 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 tight turns that may require riders to get off their bike.  There are also 3 ‘step over’ gates that require dismounting to lift your bike to the next region of trails and terrain.

 The 2015 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. The race starts at 8:00 AM MST and must be finished in 11 hours or by 7 PM. In addition, there are 3 cut-off point you must make to continue to the finish .. 3:30 PM –heading to the Poppy Trail, 4:30 –Stucki rd and Rim Runner access junction, 5:30 Start of the Barrel Rolls . The course travels in a generally clockwise direction ( except for the Zen loop which is counter clockwise) and has 2 loops to complete. The course begins at the Santa Clara Town hall and heads out to dirt on Gates Ln to Stucki Springs Rd. The second lap is the same as the first, including Zen, except you transition to the second lap at the Stucki Spring rd/Gates Ln Junction, not at the Start /Finish. This makes for a very smooth transition all on dirt.  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, 81, and 85.8 .


Payout: (max payout based on 400 participants)

  100 Open Male and Female 50 Open Male and Female
1st $600 $300
2nd $400 $175
3rd $250 $100
4th $125 $50


Press Coverage:


2016 Press and Photos:

 St. George News video Coverage

MTB Race News Coverage

 Dirtwire.TV video highlights coverage

 Laprensalibre Coverage

 Yashinqueseda Coverage 

March 27, 2014 Mountain Bike Radio

March 21, 2014: MTBR Race Review

 March 19, 2014 Full Coverage by MTB Race News

 March 17, 2014 St. George, Utah News

 March 16, 2014 St. George, Utah News

 March 13, 2014 St. George, Utah News

 March 18, 2014  Cycling News

 March 14, 2014 MTB Race News Race Preview

 March 23, 2013 Endurance Experience Race Report