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ADV NewsDucati Launches “Dirty Dozen” Challenge For DesertX

Ducati Launches “Dirty Dozen” Challenge For DesertX

Conquer the Rockies and earn your Badge.

Published on 08.04.2023

Ducati is calling all DesertX riders to take on the ‘Dirty Dozen’ challenge – a journey across a dozen 12,000+ foot off-road mountain passes in the breathtaking Colorado Rockies. 

Each trail in the Dirty Dozen Challenge has been specially selected and presents a unique set of obstacles with ever-changing conditions. According to Ducati, those taking on the challenge “will experience picturesque landscapes while navigating these challenging routes and visiting the historic towns.” From grueling rocky climbs, river crossings, to steep descents, prepare for a thrilling adventure across some of America’s most stunning scenery.

Ducati DesertX Dirty Dozen challenge

To successfully complete the challenge, riders will need to conquer each of the twelve mountain passes by using the OnX Off Road app. At each pass, seek out the iconic “Signpost,” document your achievement with a photo and share your image on social media tagging @DucatiUSA and using the hashtag #DucatiDirtyDozen. The prize? Those who have successfully taken on each pass will receive a limited-edition badge to apply to their DesertX – a unique insignia that is only earned with this achievement.

Ducati DesertX Dirty Dozen challenge


Mountain Passes To Conquer:

  • Black Bear Pass – 12,840 ft
  • Cinnamon Pass – 12,620 ft
  • Engineer Pass – 12,780 ft
  • Corkscrew Pass – 12,220 ft
  • Hurricane Pass – 12,700 ft
  • California Pass – 12,900 ft
  • Stony Divide Pass – 12,588 ft
  • Tincup Pass – 12,154 ft
  • Cumberland Pass – 12,034 ft
  • Hancock Pass – 12,208 ft
  • Imogene Pass – 13,114 ft
  • Mosquito Pass – 13,185 ft

The challenge was created by North American CEO, Jason Chinnock who was able to conquer all passes in five days. To get a taste of what awaits if you take on the challenge, the journey was documented in a three-episode video series captured through the lens of MotoGeo.

Ducati DesertX Dirty Dozen challenge

And if you don’t already have the OnX Offroad app, Ducati has partnered with the mapping company to offer a free five-month trial for DesertX & Multistrada owners, providing them with the same tool to create their own adventure. Learn more information about the challenge and how to enter by visiting the official Ducati Dirty Dozen page.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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Scott Maxwell
Scott Maxwell
August 9, 2023 1:25 pm

This looks epic! I’m sure even those without a DesertX will be trying it out.

August 16, 2023 8:47 pm

What is the deadline? Posting August 4th will make it difficult to get to in 2023.


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