TEAMS & SEGMENTS

TEAM COMPOSITION

You can have a team with 3 riders or you can have a team with 4 riders in any gender combo – it’s all the same category = teams. If you only have 3 team members, at the registration screen select “Team of 3” and pay $50pp ($150 total). If you want to ride as a team of 4, it’s the same category but on the registration, you’ll select “Team of 4” and pay $50pp ($200 total). Whether you have 3 riders or 4, male/female/or z gender, you’ll all be in the same category – Teams. Comprende?

DUOS & TEAM TRANSITIONS

There are three aid stations on the course that will also double as the team transition spots. While we provide the aid station with a tent and stuff to drink and munchies/fuel, you are responsible to get to the aid station and to make that transition. We also don’t monitor your transitions. We suggest you have a “team vehicle” and leap frog teammates between the aid stations/transitions. But, it’s really up to you. Just know that we’re not providing vehicles and bike racks to bring you and your cool bike out to the course to swap riders with your teammates. Let us know if that’s not making sense.

For those riding in either a duo or a team format, there are 3 aid stations on the course where your transitions should take place. You choose if you take a rider swap at an aid station or wait until the next. Here are the details on those distances and elevations:

  • Segment 1 (Start line to Aid Station/Team Transition 1 at the top of the JohnDunn Bridge): 21.8 miles, elevation gain 1,934 ft
  • Segment 2 (John Dunn Bridge Aid Station to BFE Aid Station): 25.7 miles, elevation gain 2,200 ft
  • Segment 3 (BFE Aid Station to Lobatos Bridge Aid Station): 24 miles long, with an elevation loss of -561 ft
  • Segment 4 (Lobatos Bridge to Start/Finish): 44.5 miles and all downhill

SEGMENT DESCRIPTIONS

SEGMENT 1
Riders leave the historic, Spanish Village of Questa, New Mexico along scenic and challenging forest roads. Heading south into the foothills of the Sangre de Christo mountains and through the 1996 Hondo Fire burn scar, gravel grinders skirt the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Area to the east with views of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument to the west. Upon arrival in Arroyo Hondo, riders turn west crossing the Rio Grande at the scenic John Dunn Bridge. Then begins the scenic 600ft climb up and out of the Rio Grande Gorge to the rim of the canyon. Once on top, emjoy some refueling at the first of 3 aid stations. Duos and teams have the option to swap riders here. It’s 22 miles from the start to this aid staion.

SEGMENT 2
It gets real as riders head north entering the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The roads in the national monument are rough and unimproved but the views are dramatic and sweeping of the high desert. Gravel grinders must negotiate rocky sections of two-track, sometimes rutted or sandy. Concentration and speed control are vital to avoid mechanical failure or crashes. The route heads up the middle of the Taos Plateau Volcanic field so take some time to look around at the stunning, enormous vistas. Riders near the volcanic peaks of Cerro de la Olla and Cerro Chiflo. Ute Mountain, at just over 10,000ft, dominates the view to the northeast. Ute is your destination. At about 26 miles past your first aid station will be aid station #2 full of fuel and your 2 transitions location for duos and teams.

SEGMENT 3
After crossing into Colorado, the roads improve and speed increases. Your second river crossing of the Rio Grande occurs at Lobatos Bridge marking the home stretch. The idyllic Lobatos Bridge is your 3rd and final aid station and the final spot for duos and teams to swap riders. The distance from Aid station two to the Lobatos Bridge is about 24 miles.

SEGMENT 4
Riders follow fast, fun and gun-barrel straight dirt farming roads east then south back to Questa navigating around the highest free-standing mountain in the western hemisphere, Ute Mountain. Locals say this is the mother mountain and she emits a powerful energy, hopefully enough to pedal you back to homebase. The dirt exit in Cerro, New Mexico starts the five mile paved finish into Questa where you are welcomed with copious amounts of goodness. From aid station 3 to home is about 44 miles and all downhill.