The plan is to start and end in the heart of Cortez. The route will be a century (100 miles total) traveling through historic and beautiful McElmo Canyon as participants ride around Canyons of the Ancients National Monument. Riders will meet in Parque de Vida at 7:30 a.m. for a pre-ride meeting, then take off at 8:00 a.m. Registration will be available on line until October, 6th. Registration will be available the morning of the ride, although, only cash and checks will be excepted.
The starting elevation for the ride is 6,183 FT, and the max elevation is 6,695 FT. There is a total elevation gain of 4,287 FT.
Not ready for a century? Team categories are available with a reduced cost per rider.
Detailed Route Description
The ride will begin in Cortez, CO at Parque de Vida. Cyclists will head north from Empire St. along Mildred Ave. Two miles later, riders will take a right on County Road M.
The route will continue one mile to cross HWY 145, where it will continue another two miles to County Road 29. From there, cyclist will turn right and travel about 2.5 miles towards HWY 160.
At the junction of HWY 160 and CR29, riders will make a right turn and continue back towards Cortez for 1.5 miles. From HWY 160 cyclist will take a left at the light and follow a frontage road to CR 27, where they will head south.
After 1.8 miles, riders will make a right on CR H and travel west for about 2 miles. After making another right turn onto CR 25, riders will travel about 1 mile south and make a right on CR G (McElmo Road).
After riding 1 mile west on CR G, participants will cross HWY 160. Riders will then continue west on CR G for approximately 30 miles, crossing into Utah.
From BIA Road 5068 (McElmo Road), riders will turn right onto San Juan County RD 2416 (Hatch Road). From Hatch Road, cyclists will make another right onto BIA 5069 (Hovenweep Road/ CR 10), and continue north for approximately 26 miles.
Cyclists will then make a right onto CR BB and ride east for 6 miles to HWY 491. At the junction of HWY 491 and CR BB, cyclists will turn right and head south.
From HWY 491, cyclists will make a left turn onto County Road M. After approximately 2 mile, riders will make a right turn onto Mildred Ave. (County Road 26) and head south for approximately 2 miles.
Riders will next turn left onto Empire Street. From Empire, cyclists will take the first right onto Roger Smith ending at Parque de Vida.
Aid Station Description and Mileage
Cyclists will enjoy four official aid stations with food, drinks, first aid and bathrooms.
Aid Station #1 Battle Rock Charter School:
This is the first aid station and will be approximately 30 miles from the start of the ride. Water, electrolyte mix, fresh fruit, candy, and snacks will be available.
Aid Station #2 Hovenweep Turn-off:
This is the second aid station, and will be approximately 50 miles from the start.
Thanks to Walmart, one of our awesome sponsors, riders will benefit from cold drinks, great snacks, both salty and sweet, as well as bathrooms.
Aid Station #3 Henes Farm:
This is the third official aid station, and will be approximately 70 miles from the start.
There will be water, electrolyte mix, fresh fruit, and Subway sandwiches available. Riders may choose from ham, turkey or a vegetarian option. Bathrooms will also be available.
Aid Station #4 Gayel Alexander Ranch:
This is the fourth and final aid station. It is approximately 82 miles from the start.
Water, electrolyte mix, fresh fruit, candy and snacks will be available. Cyclists must reach this aid station by 5:30.