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High Desert Screamer (2009)

dates September 26, 2009
http://www.squashblossomclassic.com/screamer/packet.php Gallup, NM, USA [large map] 35.5191, -108.74
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The newly-developed High Desert Trail System is a series of loops on the pristine mesas overlooking Gallup. The course is primarily single-track, hard packed clay interspersed with slick rock, small climbs and technical sections.

The High Desert Screamer now in its fifth year is a must for riders from anywhere near the Four Corners. The race takes place on the wickedly fast and flowing High Desert Trail System. This 23 mile network of hard packed, rolling singletrack has gotten better every season since its inception in 2004 and is now in the kind of condition that the hearty souls who built it dreamed of as they sweated under the sun with shovels and picks in hand. You will rip through turns while spinning the big gear you always wanted to and will only touch the brakes in the rarest moments of duress. But this trail does bite back by way of three of the most infamous words in the mountain biking lexicon: climbs, switchbacks, and loose corners. By the time you get to the far side of the course you will realize that while insanely fast at many points, the High Desert won’t let you simply coast along while taking in the scenery.
The High Desert Screamer is a part of the outstanding New Mexico Off Road Series and will boast some of the top talent from the surrounding area so you will be pushed. We are also working on partnering with the University of New Mexico’s Cycling Team and making the Screamer their collegiate race. More informatino on that to follow as the details are worked out. Come out and test yourself on this up and coming trail system. Please see the Course Profile page on this site for more detailed descriptions of each category’s course.


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