A 24 hour race in New Mexico? In June? Are you crazy?
Nope. It’s a perfect idea and the 24 Hours of the Enchanted Forest is in the perfect location – The Zuni Mountains, southeast of Gallup. I rode the 16.1 mile track on Saturday, May 15th and Sunday, May 23rd. It’s sweet. Better yet, it’s unique. The course is fast, it’s wide open, it’s not too technical, it may be a bit scary – in the middle of the night with all the creatures lurking in the trees. Overall, it will be a perfect race to challenge your endurance. And that’s the point, right?
I’m excited. This race will be wicked.
Check the official website for the specifics on the course. The gpx file is available at the 24HITEF website. The link: 24HITEF – A Race to Solve CFS.
I made a few assumptions during my ride, below are the basics.
16.08 miles, ascent = 1457 feet. descent ? You figure it out.
Start / Y2k:
1.27 miles, ascent / descent = 120/ 132
2.07 miles, ascent / descent = 369 / 102
Lost Lake Rim Trail:
5.72 miles, ascent / descent = 452 / 451
1.60 miles, ascent / descent = 129 / 145
Burma Trail Road:
2.64 miles, ascent / descent = 50/ 479
0.71 miles, ascent / descent = 81 / 32
Y2k / Finish:
2.07 miles, ascent / descent = 257 / 60
The Start, Y2K – West Section: The Video
Turkey Nest Trail: The Link
This is a substandard video. My head is less than stable, so just close your eyes and enjoy the music.
Burma Trail Road: The Video
Final Thoughts: The Video