Course Map & Profile
The course is 19.7 miles, a change made in 2013. It will be the same course as last year. The course is located among the ponderosa pines of the Zuni Mountains (just east, and up a few feet!, from Gallup, NM). For those that know the area, the course rips and rolls through the finest singletrack west of the Mississippi (in our humble opinion) onto Turkey Nest, Lost Lake Rim, Smokin’ Handlebar, Burma, Quaking Aspen, and lower Y2K. You read right, ALL singletrack, ‘cept for a small part of the connector from the campground and race staging area.
Starting Elevation 7850′
Highest Elevation 8350′
Lowest Elevation 7600′
Total Climbing: 1800′ (Download course .GPX file to the right)
USFS McGaffey Campground, with vault toilets, gravel roads, a few electric pull in spaces, and even a couple of water pumps. Welcome to our version of the Hilton!
Directions to staging area/campground from I-40:
- Take I-40 to New Mexico exit 33 (McGaffey/Ft. Wingate/Hwy 400)
- Head south off the exit onto Highway 400.
- Go about 11 miles to the USFS McGaffey Campground. The entrance to the campground will be on the right. (If you find yourself on a dirt road, you’re lost. All pavement.)
$5 per person and $20 per RV. Volunteers get in for free (4.5 hour shift!), primitive camping, which means: no showers and no electricity (unless you arrive early for the 7 pull in spots with electric). Toilets, dumpsters, and potable water are available. No campfires. Cooking on propane stoves only.
Food & Amenities
Food vendors will be announced closer to the race. No cell service in the campground, Verizon service just outside the campground, although it’s spotty.