Course, Venue and Other Details

Course Map & Profile

Course Map

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.

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Course Specs:
19.7 miles
Starting Elevation 7850′
Highest Elevation 8350′
Lowest Elevation 7600′
Total Climbing: 1800′ (Download course .GPX file to the right)

Staging Area

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!

Staging Area Map

Directions to staging area/campground from I-40:

  1. Take I-40 to New Mexico exit 33 (McGaffey/Ft. Wingate/Hwy 400)
  2. Head south off the exit onto Highway 400.
  3. 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.)

View the location on Google Maps, or see directions from Gallup.


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$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.

Sleep Inn
$74.95 (one bed) $79.95 (two beds)
(Say, “Lindsay said to call you, I’m with the Bike Race.”)
3820 E. Route 66
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 863-3535

La Quinta Inn & Suites
$89.00 (one Queen) $99.99 (one King)
(Say, “I’m with the bike race.”)
3880 E. Route 66
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 722-2233

Comfort Suites
3940 E. Route 66
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 863-3445

Holiday Inn Express
$120-$130 (two queen beds, no discount)
E. Route 66
Gallup, NM 87301
(505) 722-7500

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.

Bike Rentals

For those who want to fly in for an awesome race, we understand that it is expensive to fly with a bike and can be a pain to take it apart, box it up, and then put it together. So, we want to make you aware that our good friends at BikeSmith in Albuquerque rent really nice mountain bikes at reasonable prices. They even have fat bikes available. As an added bonus, if enough folks rent bikes, they will even pack up the trailer and deliver them to the race venue. Now, that is service!  Check out BikeSmith at: Or, just give them a call at (505) 242-9253.