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    24 Hours in the Enchanted Forest

    Is anybody going to Gallop for the race this weekend? I'll be doing the race as one part of a duo team. Hope to see some of you up there. This will be my first time riding the Zuni mountains. The trails look to be in good shape and not terribly technical?

    Any first hand reports or tips would be greatly appreciated.
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    Trails will be fine, except they'll prob be dusty from all the traffic. Trails are not technical (once you know where the metal ramps are). You'll do most of the climbing in miles 4 thru 7 (~600' just in that section), and most of the descending in miles 9 thru 12. You'll be completely familiar with the course after your first lap (no learning curve).

    Bikeworks ABQ will be presenting the (in)famous Bacon Station (for the millionth consecutive year) at the Sheetrock Tank aid station about half way through the lap. Bacon on tap 24 hrs. Might even be a little whiskey to chase it (and those late-night blues). Free merriment (no limit) and (im)moral support. Be sure to stop. Your teammate will!

    The earlier you get to the campground, the better your choices. Give serious consideration to the late-day sun. It'll be very warm for the better part of the day. It's 8000' +/- and forested, but you'll still be riding in the sun. It'll cool down considerably after dark.

    Have fun!

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    Awesome; thanks for the info!
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    Bring a lot cooler riding clothes than you might expect. Last year it was during the same type of heat wave we're in now and I didnt bring enough cool weather clothing. I froze my arse off in during the middle of my night rides. Couldn't believe a 45 degree swing was possible!

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    Yeah, thanks. I packed an extra vest and jacket in addition to my arm warmers and leg spandex. A high in the 90's is forecast with lows in the 50's. This seems roughly analogous to riding in the Silver City area. Of course, I'll be physically falling apart by the time the lows hit, so I'll probably appreciate the extra clothing.
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    It was a brutal but fun time!

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    I rode there a few days before the 24 hr. I did not like climbing Qualing Aspens at all. Terrible trail. Smokin Handlebars and the fast looooong downhill (Burma?something like that)--those were great though.

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    ^Quaking Aspen is a climb?

    Lots more good stuff out there, you just barely scratched the surface. Next time you are in the area PM me a few days prior. I'm old and slow...
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