3rd Quartz Crusher MTB Race

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The Third Annual Quartz Crusher MTB Race follows historic logging and mining roads of Cibola National Forest. While our race course is primarily two track with a little bit of single-track peppered in, it will eventually transfer over to the Quartz Hill trail network.

The Zuni Mountain Trails Project will create 30 miles of new-single track trail in the East Zuni Mountains, and is expected to break ground this summer.

The race is on June 6 and is a really fun ride on a mountain or gravel bike. The racecourse is mostly two track dirt roads with some punchy climbs, loose rocky sections and at least one super fast downhill. There are three course options, 11 mile (beginner), 15 mile (intermediate), and 27 mile (advanced). The advanced option is more technical and adds a cross country element.

The Quartz Crusher MTB race is a fundraiser for the Cibola Trail Alliance, organized and pioneered by Christopher Baca and Pat Valdivia. All proceeds from the event allow the CTA to advocate for, develop and maintain multi-use trails in the Cibola County area.

We understand that not everyone is here to compete and we respect that.

There will be food and refreshments available at the staging area as well as activities for the kiddos.

Entry Fee: $50.00

Cash or checks will be accepted on race day. Please Make Check payable to Cibola Trail Alliance.

View course.


2018 Quartz Crusher

Race Info


Our Beginner ride option features smooth and sometimes loose two-track roads, several moderate climbs, and one awesome descent! Total Route is 11.3 miles with 525 ft. elevation gain.


Our Intermediate ride option follows the beginner route with an additional 3.7 miles and 325 ft. of elevation gain. Total route is 15 miles with 850 ft. elevation gain.


Our Advanced 28-mile ride starts by cutting up through La Jara Canyon and down Trail Canyon, which feature excellent climbing and descending. Experienced riders could get away with a gravel or CX-style bike. Once you have made your way through the stream bed be prepared for several hundred feet of elevation gain before peaking at 8,500 ft.

The initial climb is steep and sometimes loose, watch for pedal strikes as you navigate your way up La Jara Canyon.The downhill can be a bit loose and rocky. Once you get back onto the hard pack it’s easy to pick up speed again. Proceeding around the beginner/intermediate route will be a breeze but conserve your energy,because you will have to hit the advanced route one more time before crossing the finish line.

Total Route is 28 miles with 2,290 ft. of elevation gain. All mileages and sums are approximations based on GPS.

Packet Pickup and Registration

Friday, June 5, 2020

Time and Location TBD

Late Packet Pickup

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Start Finish Line

Mandatory Race Day Rider Meeting

Saturday, June 6, 2020 @ 7:45AM

Start/Finish line


8 a.m.

Start/Finish line


Take Hwy 53 south for .3 mi. turn west, or right, onto Zuni Canyon Road Continue on Zuni Canyon RD 13.8 Miles to Start Finish Line.

In Google Maps you can put in the coordinates 35.085337, -108.058190, which should take you to the Start/Finish line.

There are several hotels in Grants, NM to choose from, including: Best Western, Holiday Inn, Days Inn, Quality Inn, Motel 6 and Super 8.

Camping at the course is permitted, but NO FIRES and the area is not designated for camping so it is dispersed camping only.

Contact us at info@cibolatrails.org.


Thanks to all of our great 2019 sponsors