24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

June 14, 2014
Gallup, New Mexico

USAC Endurance Mountain Bike Nationals

Welcome to the official website for New Mexico’s first and only 24-hour mountain bike race and the last EVER 24-hour USA Cycling National Championship. You’ve read right, this is your last chance to ride a National Championship 24-hour mountain bike race.

We’re in high gear planning the last minute touches so stay tuned to this page for future updates. Recent updates:

  • June 11 – the pre-race email with lotsa details just went out. If you didn’t get it, see the bottom of this page.
  • June 10 – For those that didn’t register online, or that are unsure if you signed the electronic waiver at USAC’s online registration, it’s here: Click to Download. Feel free to print and bring completed to packet pickup to save time.
  • June 9 – Schedule of Events page has been updated, see link on the left
  • June 9 – TrailLED offer: Purchase a light and receive a second battery pack at no charge. With our 1 to 1 charging rates that means 2 battery packs is all you need to run all night long. Up to a $90.00 value. Email Info@TrailLED.com
  • June 9 - Special offer from Light & Motion for Enchanted Forest: 15% off to all 24-Hour Nat competitors to purchase the Seca 2000, Taz 1200, Urban 700, Urban 400, and Vis Micro lights! Check out the deals at the Light & Motion charging/rental station ORANGE booth!
  • June 4 – email sent to all racers regarding camping. Email Directora@ZiaRides.com to get the email. (All electric spaces have been reserved.)
    (summary) UNlike last year, the race course will not follow the road along the campground. View updated staging area map Camping will open at noon on Wednesday, June 11 and is available on a first come first served basis. If you arrive before Wednesday, June 11 at noon, you may be asked to move or relocate. Fees are $5/person at the entrance. Kids 18 and under are free, volunteers are free. Trailers/RV’s/anything towed or bigger than a truck are $20. There are 7 spaces with electricity for an additional $50 for the weekend. These are by reservation, respond to this email to snag a space. First come until they’re gone.There will be a small section of trail just past the staging/expo area for soloists unsupported.  For any on-course pits, whether solo or otherwise, you will need to transport your stuff via foot/bike to your pit area. No vehicles are allowed off the gravel roads.
  • June 4 – Official Race Rules have been updated, per USA Cycling, to the Race Rules tab on the right
  • June 3 – Close hotels with room rates have been posted to the Course and Venue page
  • May 28 – the Enchantedland Category has been resuscitated and transformed. Any young folk (9-18 years of age) is welcome to register for this new Junior Team of 5 open category. They will be following the juniors race course but will not be permitted to do night laps. Any parents wishing to ride alongside these juniors may do so by either entering another category, or by riding without a number plate – if choosing to ride without a number plate, you are not allowed to ride through the timing arch or finish chute. Email Directora@ZiaRides.com to register.
  • May 25 – Light Rentals/Charging options:
    -NiteRider will have rentals available at the venue, no reservations are being taken. They will support all owners/users of NiteRider Systems, including charging.
    -Light in Motion will be at the venue charging all LM products. Rentals will be available at the venue.

    -Trail LED rentals for $30.00, can be reserved in advance at http://www.trailled.com/24-enchanted-rental/ If not reserved in advance, lights will be available on a first come first serve basis at the event. Email info@trailled.com.
    -Trail LED will provide a solar powered neutral charging station; please label your lights and chargers in advance.
  • May 22 – Three lighting companies and a neutral charging station will be available to purchase, charge, and rent lights for your dark laps. We’re collecting their deets and will post here this weekend.
  • May 22 – The Mt. Taylor Ranger District is under Stage 1 fire restrictions. What that means:  http://publiclands.org/pdf/ExplanationofFireRestrictions.pdf

Beer is free. Green chili is optional. Enchantment is mandatory.

You have 24 hours…


Pedal, pedal,
The Zia Rides Crew


Pre-Race Email

Greetings Racers!

As you are gearing up for 24-Hour Nationals at Enchanted Forest, we’re tying up last minute details. Below are things to help you get here, and more.

Category Changes: The race roster will be posted to the event website on Thursday. There have been lots of issues with USAC’s registration website, so PLEASE CHECK TO ENSURE YOUR INFO IS CORRECT and that you’re registered. If you need to change your category or any registration information, email me. Otherwise, you can update info at packet pickup. If you lose a teammate, you can post info to our Facebook page to try and find a replacement.


Camping: We’ll be making the McGaffey Campground our home sweet home this weekend. Camping fee is $5 per adult, kids and volunteers are free. An additional $20 for campers or RV’s over 20 feet. And those with electric hookups $50. Please bring check or cash. There is a greeter station at the entrance to the campground to distribute camping pass. (If you arrive after hours, come back during the day to check-in.) Camping is first come, first served (except the marked electric spaces. There are some on-course solo spaces in the staging area that I just created today. Cars must keep at least two wheels on the gravel at all times (no off-roading it in the campground). There are no showers. There are vault toilets and a large trash container. Our water source is not so tasty, so best to bring plenty of your own for drinking. See the StagingArea map.

Want to stay indoors? Check out the nearest hotels.


Directions from I-40 West

Highway 400 is smooth as butta, just watch for the cows on the road.


Fires: The Zuni Mountains are in Stage 2 closure (same as the last four years), which means no open fires, no fireworks, explosives, charcoal cooking, chainsaws, welders, torches, and especially no smoking. However, you may use propane grills, Coleman stoves, propane lanterns, generators, and you may smoke in cars as long as you don’t ash outside and the windows are all the way up. If you are caught violating these rules, we’ll steal your bike and kick your ass.


Pre-riding the course: The course will be ready to ride by noon tomorrow (Wednesday).


Packet Pickup:Friday 5pm-9pm, McGaffey Campground, staging area. Saturday, 8:30am-9:30am, same spot.

Championship categories: if you registered online, you likely already signed a waiver. However, if you are unsure, print this waiver and bring it to packet pickup completed. You MUST BRING a government ID or your USAC annual license to pick up your race number. If you do not have an annual license, you will be able to purchase one at packet pickup for $70. Bring cash or check. You can also purchase an annual license online before you arrive to the race at USA Cycling online. Teammates or friends are not able to pick up race numbers for championship categories.

Non-championship/Enchanted Forest categories:  If you registered online, you probably signed a waiver. If you’re unsure, print and bring this with you. Waivers must be presented in order to pick up race numbers. Teammates may pick up your race number if you give them your signed waiver. To have your teammate or friend pick up your race number and swag, print the waiver, sign it, give the waiver to your teammate/friend that is going to packet pickup. You do not need an annual license to race in the category. However, you will be required to purchase a $10 day-license. Bring cash or check.


Packet Pickup Pasta Dinner: Friday, 6pm-8pm, race staging area. Free for racers, $10 for non-racers, while supplies last. Thank you to Colavita Southwest Cycling Team and Pinnacle Bank for the pasta dinner!


Complimentary Bike techs: Shimano and Brakeless Support in the staging area.


Local Bike Shops

Sportworld (also a screen printing shop). Has some bike supplies.

1500 S. Second St.

Gallup, NM 87301



Gallup Bicycle District

Repairs by appointment, some supplies also.

Contact Dirk




Lights: Any laps started after 8pm require at least 2 lights. You should not go out on a night lap without at least two lights. If you’re smart, you will have at least 3 lights (it’s nearly a 20 mile lap).


Charging Stations: NiteRider is bringing their rig that includes a charging station, light rentals, and light sales. Light & Motion is also providing a charging station, light rentals, and sales. Trail LED is also bringing light rentals, sales, and providing a neutral charging station. If you need to reserve lights, check our website for contact info.


Food Vendors: Starting Saturday morning, Mexican & American foods, a coffee vendor,  and ice cream vendor. Yum! Gallup is a 30 minute drive (nearest restaurant). Again, bring cash.


Kids Bike Race: Saturday, 2PM


Finish & Results: The race ends at 11am on Sunday. Only laps completed by 11am will be counted. Although riders can begin a new lap before 11am, only laps that are completed before 11am will be counted.


Volunteers Needed: We still need lots and lots of help. If you volunteer for at least one shift (4.5 hours), you get into the event for free (no $5 camping fee) and a free t-shirt. Volunteer sign-up opportunities at the race staging area, main tent.



  • Temps: highs in the mid-80’s, lows in the mid 40’s. Pack warm stuff for the night.
  • The altitude is over 7,000 feet. Drink extra water this week and bring some aspirin just in case.
  • Showers: There ain’t any. The closest public showers are at the Gallup Aquatic Center for $5/person (505.726.5460 for hours and directions. Closed on Sunday), or the Gallup Fitness Center (open on Sunday 505.722.7271).
  • Cell Service: is very limited reception at the race staging area.
  • Bring your hammocks! Plenty of huge trees for lounging.
  • Bear Springs Plaza – this is the closet location for gas, toilet paper, and ice. The Plaza is located in Ft. Wingate on the way to the staging area.  FYI – Gallup is 30 minutes northwest of the staging area off I-40.
  • What to Pack - a crazy detailed list of things to bring to the race.

I’m certain there will be updates and changes to this information before the race, so please check Facebook and the event website before you giddy up to Gallup. Remember, put your fun caps on and enjoy the ride!


Safe Travels, all, we’ll see you soon,


Pedal, pedal,

Lindsay and the Zia Rides Crew

(505) 863-4228 (cellie)