24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest: Course Data & Video

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.

Total Track:
16.08 miles, ascent = 1457 feet. descent ? You figure it out.

Start / Y2k:
1.27 miles, ascent / descent = 120/ 132

Turkey Nest:
2.07 miles, ascent / descent = 369 / 102

Lost Lake Rim Trail:
5.72 miles, ascent / descent = 452 / 451

Smoking Handlebar:
1.60 miles, ascent / descent = 129 / 145

Burma Trail Road:
2.64 miles, ascent / descent = 50/ 479

Quaking Aspen:
0.71 miles, ascent / descent = 81 / 32

Y2k / Finish:
2.07 miles, ascent / descent = 257 / 60

The Google Earth Stuff
The Staging Area & Stuff
The Profile
I created videos – in Back of the Pack fashion – the links are below. A subset of the videos are embedded in this post. Check them out. If you have any constructive criticism – keep it to yourself, I’m not interested.
A few things to remember.
1) I ride a single speed. I don’t have 27 options, you get it. Therefore, if I’m grinding up a hill, my head moves. So, go easy on the video quality.
2) The playback speed is optimized based on…. the music selection. That’s just the way it is.
3) This project was funded by Back of the Pack Racing. You get what you pay for.
4) I can be bought. $1000 / hour. Rates may go up.
5) Back of the Pack Racing is looking for sponsors. Beer sponsors to be exact. All we ask for is some cool patches and some beer.
So, here are the videos and the links.
The Drive In, The Zunis: The Video

Drive In – The Zunis from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

The Start, Y2K – West Section: The Video

24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

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.

Lost Lake Rim Trail: The Link

Smokin’ Handlebar Trail: The link

Burma Trail Road: The Video

Burma Trail Rd from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

Quaking Aspen: The Link

Y2K to the Start / Finish: The Link

Final Thoughts: The Video

24HITEF – Final Thoughts from Judd Rohwer on Vimeo.
24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

8 thoughts on “24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest: Course Data & Video

  1. That last video made me bust up laughing….”hope you make it back to camp!” love it….cant wait to be part of the crew again!
    you gotta be getting tons of traffic on BPR with all the great info on your rides! very inspiring!

    ps. i like the layout changes on the blog too!


  2. Hey. Yeah. Sometimes it seems like the B.P.R. blog is a full time job. At least it is a fun job. The race will be a bit scary. I'm not joking. The course is set in some major pine trees, beautiful. But the racers will be spread out in the dead of night – it will be lonely and freaky. I'm sure everyone will hear things, feel things, see things. Crazy stuff. But that is why we all do it. Hope you guys can make it out in August. There is some major B.P.R. stuff in the works, new patches, new shirts, new artwork (I hope – get your younger brother motivated, please.), and soon to be application for B.P.R. membership. I'm working on the algorithm now.


  3. Your gps route is a little wrong in a couple of places, on Y2K and Turkey Nest you got off route. I hope folks use the gpx file on the 24HITEF web site. Great write up tho, looking forward to seeing yall, hope ya show up a little early to share a campfire or two before the race!


  4. Hey Bill, yeah I figured that there was a good chance I would mess up Turkey Nest. I intentionally deviated on Y2K – just for fun. I'll probably head back out in the next few days to ride the track once again. My fellow Back of the Pack teammates will throw me off of the team If I'm not accurate to 3 decimal places, just joking – sort of. A group of us will be out there the Thursday prior to the race, probably leave the Monday after. Great job with the course layout. Totally Awesome. Judd


  5. When you come out check if I'm at the cabin up by the lake. I really like the course too and enjoy riding it and make a mean stew with dumplings.


  6. Hey guys I have a new gpx file with revised staging area return info. I found a cow trail that is perfect so check it out. I'll send it to… ?


  7. Cool! I will check it out. It may be 2 1/2 weeks til I make another trip out there. I can't wait for the race week. A few of us are headed to Texas in 10 days for a 24 hour 'warm up' race. Yep, we will show up in prime shape for 24HITEF.


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