The Colorado Trail Race: A Self-Powered Adventure

Every July, a small group of bikepackers lines up for the backcountry race of a lifetime. This is a film about the Colorado Trail and the people who choose to race it non-stop and self-supported on mountain bikes.

The Colorado Trail Race is a 530-mile ultra-endurance bikepacking race along the Colorado Trail, which stretches from Denver to the small town of Durango in Southwest Colorado. The route is primarily singletrack, crossing eight mountain ranges and reaching elevations above 13,000 feet. With no outside support allowed, racers must face the trail and the elements completely on their own, and can take anywhere from 4 days to 2 weeks to traverse the length of the Colorado Trail.

  • Aaron Johnson
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Aaron Johnson
    Key Cast
  • Jefe Branham
    Key Cast
  • Neil Beltchenko
    Key Cast
  • Stefan Griebel
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes 4 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    December 27, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    2,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Aaron Johnson

Aaron is a San Francisco-based photographer who’s main passion lies in outdoor exploration, specifically long-distance endurance events, either by foot or by bike. He enjoys sharing these experiences through photography and film. Learn more about him at

Add Director Biography