***ON LINE REGISTRATION***
April 20, 2013 Start Time - 6:00AM
is a long loop that starts and ends in Grants, NM. We chose this route for the remote and scenic countryside.
The route passes through El Malpais National Monument which is one of the largest lava flows in the U.S., El Morro
National Monument, the tribal lands of the Ramah Navajo and Zuni Pueblo, the North Plains, while crossing the Continental
Divide twice. The finish is along the Sandstone Bluffs with a direct view of La Ventana Arch in the Narrows
and volcanic Mt. Taylor.
The route is entirely above 6400', but never higher than 8000'. There
is approximately 5200' elevation gain for the 194 miles and most of that is in the beginning in a long gradual climb to the
Continental Divide. There are no particularly steep climbs and the finish is mostly downhill and should have a tailwind
on most days with a setting sun behind saturating the colors of the bluffs for the later finishers.
Traffic is minimal and and the road surfaces are good throughout the ride. There
are few services along the way, so we will have food and water available as well as drop bag (small) service at miles 55 and
114. Please stock things that you are used to eating and drinking as endurance events are not the time to
experiment. Having said this, it is courteous to buy something at the checkpoints if the businesses are open and you
want to use their restrooms. You may not want to eat or drink it is just then, but put it in your bag for later consumption.
be a relatively fast 300k due to the moderate amount of climb for the distance. The fastest riders will complete the
loop in less than 10 hours and nearly all riders will be in before sunset as we start at 6:00 AM. However, if you feel that
you are at all close to not being able to finish this in the allowable time, please bring lights and reflective gear.
The traffic at the finish will be light, but the drivers here don't see too many riders, except for crazy people like us.
Modern super-LED lights are light weight and bright enough to keep speed. They are hedge against unexpected events.
Most experienced randonneurs carry a few extra things that one might not during a race where one has continuous sag. Cell
phone reception is not available on all parts of the ride, so don't count on it as the assured failsafe. *A final note regarding
light - there will not even be any moonlight to help you out as it will be rising too late.
The ride starts and
ends in the parking lot of Days Inn/Holiday Inn Express. Please be ready and checked in 15 before the event so that we may
have a briefing on the current course conditions, weather, and your fellow riders.
- Noah Bankhurst : 13:41
Silas Bussman : 13:41
- Scott Griffith
- John Mazzola : 14:59
- Margaret O'Kelley : 15:59
Registration Form - '13
Accident Waiver Form
Route Sheet - '13
Grants 300km Elevation Graph
Check the Weather!
Map of Route
Google Map of General Area
Places to See/Things to Do