The four event race starts in Grants, NM at an elevation of 6,500feet, climbs to the spectacular 11,301 foot summit of Mt. Taylor.
*Bikers travel 13 miles on a paved road, Racers start with a 13 mile bike ride on paved roadseeing the change from desert cactus to ponderosa pine. The coursewinds through the streets of Grants and begins the 1800 foot climb.
*At the end of the paved road, bikes are parked and racers mustrun the next five miles on gravel roads. The road generally startsout dry but usually runs to snow packed. This part of the course will climb 1200 feet in elevation.
*Runners then turn to cross-country skis to challenge the next 1200foot climb of the mountaineering ski course that covers two miles.During the final yards of this course you must face the notorious"HEARTBREAK HILL" that lays waiting for weary racers.
*The remaining one mile climb on snowshoes gains 600 feet toreach the 11, 301 foot summit of MT. TAYLOR where a person can seefor over a hundred miles on a clear day.
*The race is only half over. You must reverse the four events andrace the 22 miles back to the start/finish line in Grants-a Total 43 miles.