Santa Fe Haka
Race Details:


Haka: Traditional challenge/dance of the Maori people of New Zealand.

“We don’t own this place, we belong to it. We are guardians of this place.”

No entry fee (donations ARE welcome), no t-shirt, no podium, just bragging rights. The course WILL be something to brag about. It will be big. It will be in the backcountry on rugged single track. It will be a quality course if you don’t mind a bit of hike-a-bike and some downed trees. You will need to use your judgment and decide which parts of the downhill you should ride and which parts you may just want to walk. The course will be marked.

Short Course: 17 miles, 4,320 ft

Long Course: 31 miles, 8,100 ft

NOTE: The long course will be a serious undertaking. Don't let the mileage lull you into a false sense of security. This will be a big day for both groups. Anyone feeling up to the challenge is encouraged to participate.

When and Where:

Saturday, September 14 2019; 8:00am Roll Out

Staging Area Location

We will start from the intersection of CR 592 and Pacheco Canyon Road (FR 102) where the unpaved Pacheco Canyon Road starts. Park on the Pacheco Canyon dirt road.

Course Description:

The long and short courses will start together climbing Pacheco Canyon Road to Discount Trail. Ride Discount and descend Lost Wrangler to Winsor then climb Winsor. After about 2.7 miles climbing Winsor a sharp left will take you up Jawbone. After a short punchy climb you descend fast fun singletrack down Jawbone back to Discount which you will then backtrack on to Pacheco Canyon Road. There will be a water only unmanned aid station here. Riders can decide at this point if they have had enough and want to finish via the short course or fill up on water and continue on the long course.

The short course will descend Desert Chateau to the pavement, turn right and climb ¼ mile of pavement back to the start/finish.

The long course will turn right and climb Pacheco Canyon Road to Mineral Trail. Climb Mineral and descend to Rio En Medio via Tourmaline Connection, cross Rio En Medio and climb up to the Borrego Trail descent to Rio Nambe. This is a long, ripping downhill that seems to go on forever. You will not regret it At Rio Nambe turn left and follow Rio Nambe down to the confluence with Rio Capulin. Below the confluence you will cross Rio Nambe North to South and climb a double hump backcountry singletrack back to Rio En Medio, cross the trail and jump onto Double Discount which will lead you back to Pacheco Canyon Road and the start/finish ready for a tasty beverage.

Note: If you come from out of town and want to camp, you can drive up Pacheco Canyon road a couple of miles and camp on USFS land. There are pull outs along the road with unimproved camping spots.


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