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Desert RATS Classic 100k MTB

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Plenty of fun in the sun to be had at this event.


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61.1

Miles

98.4

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Singletrack

5,415' 1,650 m

High

4,432' 1,351 m

Low

5,552' 1,692 m

Up

5,553' 1,693 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Family Friendly Nice long trails.

Moto are allowed so keep your eyes open.

Overview

60 miles of desert riding. Bring water and other stuff you might need because it's a long ways out there with few if any services. The route includes portions of the Kokopelli Trail, the Zion Curtain Trail, and the Western Rim trail.

Need to Know

It's the desert. It's either hot or cold. Bring water.

Description

Start to Zion Curtain Aid Station #1 (10.6 miles) – Rolling terrain with some deep sand, rolling hills and the occasional rock garden.

Zion Curtain Aid #2 (24.3 miles) - Right out of the aid station you'll begin a steep, loose climb.

Zion Curtain to Westwater Aid Station/ turnaround (30.3 miles - This section starts with a short (maybe rideable) climb where you'll gain over 400′ in just over a half mile. After a short easy section to catch your breath you'll begin the technical ledge-y descent off the mesa.

Westwater/turnaround to Zion Curtain Aid Station #3 (36.3 miles) – The ledge-y, technical ascent will give way to to a nice flowy trail right before you drop down the steep half mile descent to the Zion Curtain aid station. You'll need to keep your bike under control as there may be riders coming up that same section of trail.

Zion Curtain Aid Station #4 (50 miles) – You'll ride this loop in reverse with the flat section at the start. This is a strenuous section with a steep treacherous section (most will have to dismount) at the start of the descent to end the loop.

Note that this route travels mostly through the desert. Because of this, it's hot in the summer, dusty, and dry. This route uses a few roads, and quite a bit of trails. No matter where you ride, rocks abound. Lots of sky. This trail has all the crucial elements you've come to expect: elbow room, some mondo pitfalls to avoid, human conflict, and potential heroics, terrific shock value, and high drama 'round every corner.

Shout out to Michael DiGregorio for his assistance with this description. Damn I miss early and mid-90s Bike Magazine...

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Patrick Roenicke

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Photos

Western Rim is in dino' country.
Mar 23, 2017 near Moab, UT
On the Western Rim trail
Mar 16, 2014 near Moab, UT
One of the Castle Rock formations
Mar 16, 2014 near Loma, CO
View out over Rabbit Valley and the Colorado River
Oct 2, 2019 near Moab, UT
Enjoy phenomenal desert views from the cliffs along Zion Curtain.
Mar 4, 2017 near Moab, UT
The "four corners" intersection and start of the Western Rim trail.
Mar 16, 2014 near Moab, UT

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