12 Hours in the Wild West

April 12, 2014
Ruidoso, New Mexico

2014 Online Registration Closed

12 Hours in the Wild West’ers:

We hope you’re excited for a weekend full of riding! We’re anticipating 76 and sunny on race day, low of 48, and 149 racers. Sounds like a darn good time to me! Here are some last minute details to get you ready for race day:

  • The final race roster is listed on our website here. We will also have it at packet pickup on Friday evening to peruse. If you need to change or update any info, please do so at packet pickup. No changes can be made until Friday night packet pickup.
  • Packet Pickup is on Friday, April 11 from 5pm-9pm at Rio Grande Grille & TapRoom, 441 Mechem Drive, Ruidoso, 88345. Phone: 575-808-8456No race-day packet pickup. You can speed up the packet pickup process by downloading the race waiver, attached below, and bring a signed copy. Those that would like to pick up packets for teammates can do so with a signed waiver from their teammate.
  • Race start 7:00AM. Racer meeting is at 6:40 in the staging area.
  • There will be no food vendors at the race, so plan accordingly. We will bring in pizza from Dominos on Saturday at 5pm and will sell slices for $2, bring cash.
  • If you have extra folks you’re bringing to the race that have some time to donate, we could certainly use the extra help. Volunteers get a free t-shirt or cantina and a big pat on the back :). Seriously, if anyone is available, come find us at the race.
  • The course is getting marked on Friday morning/early afternoon. You can pre-ride anytime, just be cautious of our trail folks working on Friday. Course maps are available on the website course & venue page. Same course as last year.
  • Camping is available on Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. $5 donations on the honor system will be taken at packet pickup. All camping/parking donations go toward EcoServants, the AmeriCorps group that helped build and maintain these trails and staff the course during the race. Camping is first come first served. There is a TON of space and easy access for RV’s. No electricity is provided. There will be portable toilets.
  • Trash is pack in pack out. We don’t have access to the dumpster this year.
  • In the past we have had activities for kiddos, this year we don’t have anything planned, but if the weather holds up and we have enough kids we will do a little free kids race again.
  • A bit of sad news, we are not allowed to distribute or sell alcohol. Plan to supply your own brewskies.
  • Dogs are welcome as long as they are nice. There is Verizon cell service at the staging area. I’m not sure about other providers. Capitan has a small convenience store and is about 10 minutes away. Ruidoso has a lot of stores, including a giant Wal-Mart, and is about 25 minutes away. If you need bike service, get is taken care of before you head to Ruidoso, there is no longer a shop in in town :(

Please jot down my number and feel free to call or text with questions. Safe travels and we’ll see you soon!




Welcome to the official website for 12 Hours in the Wild West - New Mexico’s season opener for endurance mountain biking! On April 12, 2014 at the Ft. Stanton Recreation Area (just north of Ruidoso), this fourteen mile pure and sacred singletrack with 1700 feet of climbing are a guaranteed motivator to get your buns in shape!

Registration includes a t-shirt or a Wild West cantina for those last minute mtb’ers. Feel good knowing that your registration is going somewhere! EcoServants, an Americorps program that helps build trails and teach young people life-skills, has helped build, maintain, and staff the race course. They will receive 25% of all profits from this event. And they deserve every penny!

Don’t know what you’re getting into? Peep event coverage from racers:


Is your whole posse coming with you? Do you live in the Ruidoso or Capitan area and want to be part of the event? Would you like to shamelessly ogle some fine posteriors clad in biking chaps? Then come volunteer and Contact Us! We’ll promise you our undying devotion and the best hoedown this side of the Rio Grande!