Ocate, NM 87734
From the Promoter:
Ocate Lion is a points stage mountainous gravel race.
Fine lodging at Wheaton Creek Ranch for lots of people in a beautiful setting right on the second-day route. TXT me for other options on camping or RV power.
First day is even amount distance to elevation numbers.33 miles with 3300′ of climbing. A nm state gravel road climbing to 10k feet atop the Ocate Mesa!
Saturday evening is an optional half points scoring circuit race. 3 miles 2/3’s gravel with 100′ per lap. fun spectating bet beers on who wins, showdown.
Second day is a very mixed bag on some of Wheaton creeks 15,000 acres of private land. Three creek crossings, Steep rocky sections down and up, buffalo grass and pine needle double track, hunters atv track, and smooth fast gravel roads. though only 40 miles plan for a 10/12 mph average speed. Passes by lakes, 150 year old rock sheep herders homesteads, abandon log cabins, and ranch homesteads. I’ve seen Bald eagles, Bears, antelope, elk, deer and maybe if we are lucky a mountain lion!