Rumble Over the Knoll

Cibola Trail Alliance is pleased to host Rumble Over the Knoll. This event is timed for bragging rights. All rules of the road apply.

The course is not closed to vehicular traffic so share the road. We will be keeping track of times so that you can come back next year to compare. First through third male and female in each event will receive a prize!

There is no entry fee and CTA will gladly take cash , checks or other donations to help accomplish our mission.

7:30 A.M.

October 5 ,2019

Start/Finish: Grants Fire and Ice Park 9-11 Ave.

All riders must sign in at the CTA Event Tent before heading out on course

Parking: On Iron St behind Old County Convention Center

Come experience Grants, New Mexico, in the fall! While residents of Grants and Cibola County celebrate our fall festival downtown with chili cooks off, Crossfit Games, a car show and music, the CTA will be riding through the mountain as the leaves change from green to vibrant yellows and reds you will be inspired to come explore more of what Mt. Taylor has to offer - that is after you suffer from a 27 or 52-mile jaunt on your bicycle.

Rumble Over The Knoll has two courses to choose from. 

There is no entry fee and CTA will gladly take cash, check or other donation to our cause!

We have adopted 31 miles of continental divide trail that must be maintained, we also are advocating for new sustainable multi use trails in our community (Grants Ridge Trail). We are all volunteers and we love to be outside. Your contributions will help make all these projects possible!

So please help support us so we can continue to support the users of the trails.

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short course - 27 miles

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The Short Course, 27 miles, is a local favorite on a road bike. It is also the first leg othe  Mt Taylor Winter Quadrathlon. You will ascend 2,340 in just 13 miles. At the top, and end of the paved road, you will spin around and begin you short descent back into town.

Short Course 27 Miles = 2,340 of Elevation Gain

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27224996

Start – Corner of 9-11 Ave and High St, you will head east on High St to First Street, Take a left on First Street head North to Roosevelt Ave., right on Roosevelt to Lobo Canyon RD, Left on Lobo canyon road (NM Road 547)  Follow NM 547 for 11.5 miles to the end of the Black top At the end of the Black top you will refill you water and return back to Grants via NM 547. NM547 to Roosevelt, right on Roosevelt stay on Roosevelt till you come to Iron St, take a left on Iron and Iron takes you back to High St.  Take a right on High St and proceed to the finish at corner of High St and 9-11 Ave. The short course is a challenge for sure but if your up for a longer day in the saddle sign up for our 52-mile course.

Long Course - 52 miles

The Long Course will not disappoint! It will start off paved turn to gravel and soon mountain road. As you make your way up the mountain through junipers, pines and eventually golden aspen leaves, you will be awestruck of the natural beauty that Mt. Taylor has to offer. The long course will test your endurance and strength for sure. We recommend the use of a gravel bike or mountain bike to complete the long course.

Long Course 52 Miles – 5,191 Ft of Elevation Gain

https://connect.garmin.com/modern/course/27225474

Start – Corner of 9-11 Ave and High St, you will head east on High St to First Street, Take a left on First Street head North to Roosevelt Ave., right on Roosevelt to Lobo Canyon RD, Left on Lobo canyon road (NM Road 547)  Follow NM 547 for 7 miles and take a right on county road 18 or forest rd. 193. Stay on forest road 193 for 16 miles, which loops around to NM 547 at NM 547 or forest road 239 you will turn right and proceed for 4.5 miles to forest road 239G to 239GA, to 239H which loop around for 2 miles back to forest road 239, once at forest road 239 you will turn right and proceed for ¼ mile to forest road 239I on your left,  you will descend 6.5 miles to forest road 544 back to NM 547. Once back to NM 547 you will follow the black top back to Grants. NM547 to Roosevelt, right on Roosevelt stay on Roosevelt till you come to Iron St, take a left on Iron and Iron takes you back to High St. Take a right on High St and proceed to the finish at corner of High St and 9-11 Ave.

The Long course will be flagged with Orange & Pink Flagging tied together.  Each intersection will be flagged but you are responsible for navigation and ensuring you do not get lost.

Rules (We have to have a few, or someone will get their feelings hurt)

  1. All riders must be friendly and must always display a good attitude before, during, and after the ride. Please, no whining or no complaining

  2. All riders are always entirely responsible for themselves during the ride. The routes are suggested here, and people will be expected to follow the entire route.  Self-sufficiency is a must.   Navigation through the route is entirely up to the individual!  Bring your own maps, GPS, notes, etc. and do not expect others to wait for you.

  3. One Aid Station will be at the end of the pavement of NM 547 until the last rider to passes through.  Once the last rider passes through the Aid station will be closed and riders out on the long course must ensure they have enough water and fuel to complete their journey.  The aid station is half ways for both the short and long course. Riders must plan to carry all of the nutritional supplies. Self-sufficiency is a must on these rides– this cannot be stated enough here. Cell phones will not always be a viable means of communication on the course.

  4. All riders should have a GPS or map, cell phone, etc. You never know if/when you will need these items. Cell Coverage is limited do not expect to use it.

  5. All riders must carry proper identification and personal emergency contact phone number at all times while cycling.

  6. All riders must wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet at all times while cycling. No exceptions!!!

  7. All riders are responsible for knowing and obeying all laws.

  8. All riders must follow the basic rules for safe cycling: When on the road – Ride to the right, single file. Stop at all stop signs and red signals. Protect and warn one another about road hazards and traffic. Don’t overlap wheels. Practice safe pace line and group riding etiquette. 

  9. All riders must carry and use legal bicycle lights when cycling at hours of darkness. Know your abilities and carry a light if at all a chance of finishing in the dark.

  10. All must begin riding at the designated start times available for the ride. Finish area will be at the Cibola Trail Alliance event tent at Fire and Ice Park.

Since this is a ride participants are asked to keep track of their own time via a watch and cycle computer to verify mileage. There will be sign-out and sign in sheet with a watch at the Cibola Trail Alliance tent so everyone is on the same clock. Please Record your own time of day when you finish at the tent and verify with the judge. Some swag will be given for order of finish. Honesty is a must and for 99.9% of the participants this will not be a problem.

Believe us – we know these routes – and the vast majority of the participants know each other, therefore it will be pretty easy to determine if you are cheating. If you understand these rules and can handle yourself in the back country, then the CTA’s Rumble over the Knoll will not be a problem for you. If you question your ability to complete such a ride, we suggest you pre-ride the course and use that as your determination for participating.