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The Race
  • Gran Fondo format, mass start timed ride with awards for top 3 finishers in each category (Men’s and Women’s for each distance).

  • Full aid stations with water, Hammer Nutrition products (electrolytes, gels), fruit, salty snacks, PBJ sandwiches at approximate 12-18 mile intervals with intermediate water stations (un-manned) along the route as well. All rest stops will have portable toilet and hand washing facilities. The 117-mile Ruby Loop will also include a lunch stop in Ruby Valley.

  • Emergency sag and minor mechanical support (flat tires, broken chains, minor adjustments). In the mountain bike race tradition, please be prepared to complete any needed repairs on your own. Our sag support and rest stops will have pumps, chain tools and limited hex wrenches, but will likely not have trained bicycle mechanics on hand.

  • Road Surfaces for all routes include smooth pavement, smooth compacted dirt/gravel, loose gravel, washboards and firm, rough surfaces. Water crossings are possible depending on the winter snowpack.

Ruby Loop

Highlights:

  • 117 miles, 6,270' elevation gain

  • 60 miles gravel, 57 miles paved

  • elevations between 5,457' and 7,230'

  • grades between 7% climbs to 10% descents

Details:

This ride circumnavigates the central, highest elevation part of the Ruby Mountains on 57 miles of lightly traveled pavement and 60 miles of gravel. The loop has one significant climb, though most of the 6,270' elevation gain is over the rolling hills along the flanks of the range at elevations between 5,457' and 7,230'. Late morning and afternoon winds may play a significant role on this ride; they are often out of the southwest or northwest depending on the movement of frontal systems. However, the mountain terrain interacts with weather systems, and everyone who has ridden here has experienced headwinds of every direction on a given day.

 

The ride begins and ends in scenic Lamoille at the mouth of Lamoille Canyon and heads south along the west flank of the range. As you leave the pavement on Pleasant Valley Road, the highest peaks of the Ruby Mountains including Lee Peak, Mt. Gilbert, and Ruby Dome (11,392’) dominate the eastern skyline. Continuing south toward Lee, you’ll cross a small portion of Te-Moak Shoshone tribal lands, then into the headwaters of the South Fork of the Humboldt River. You may encounter a couple of water crossings along this section. The first rest stop is at the historic Lee Schoolhouse. From Lee, you’ll continue south towards Jiggs, home of the world famous Jiggs Bar (an advertising campaign for the original VW Van was photographed here in 1965, there’s a photo inside). From Jiggs, you’ll begin the most significant climb of the ride – Harrison Pass (1,760’ elevation gain). Harrison Pass marks the southern end of the Central Ruby Mountains and south end of the Ruby Crest Trail. The road surface changes back to gravel just before the final assault on the summit, then down the twisting, often loose and washboarded descent to Ruby Valley. At the base of Harrison Pass, you’ll turn north on Ruby Valley Road. The steep east side of the Ruby Mountains make up the western skyline with hay pastures full of happy cows on your right. This section of "gravel" is well maintained and often smoother than some of the pavement people are accustomed to riding. At the community of Ruby Valley, you’ll continue north on a lightly traveled paved road toward Secret Pass. This deceptive summit marks the north end of the central Ruby Mountains and the south end of the East Humboldt Range looming ahead of you. Soon you pass the Secret Pass Ranch and begin a fun, wide open descent along Secret Creek. At the foot of the canyon, you'll turn south on the Fort Halleck-Lower Lamoille gravel road for the final 18 mile grind over a number of deceptive rolling hills on what can be the roughest gravel of the route back to your finish at Lamoille.

This drone footage shows the Ruby Loop route. Facebook @skyfallvideoservices and Instagram @skyfall_vs.
Ride Along and Check Out Drone Footage of Ruby Loop Route
Lee Loop

Highlights:

  • 36 mile out and back route with 2,015' elevation gain

  • 28 miles gravel, 8 miles pavement

  • elevations between 5,610' and 6,102'

  • maximum grade of up to 7.5% for short distances

 

Details:

This ride is an out and back from Lamoille to Lee along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains, passing by the highest peaks of the range. Don’t let the short distance fool you, this ride is 28 miles of rolling, hilly gravel and only 8 miles of paved road at elevations between 5,610' and 6,102’. Total elevation gain is deceptive at 2,015’.

 

The ride begins and ends in scenic Lamoille at the mouth of Lamoille Canyon and heads south along the west flank of the mountains. As you leave the pavement, the highest peaks of the Ruby Mountains including Lee Peak, Mt. Gilbert, and Ruby Dome (11,392’) make up the eastern skyline. After a gentle-moderate uphill grind and exhilarating downhill on some loose gravel, you’ll veer south toward Lee. Continuing south toward Lee, you'll cross a small portion of Te-Moak Shoshone tribal lands, then into the headwaters of the South Fork of the Humboldt River. You may encounter a couple of water crossings along this section – depending on the winter snowpack. The turnaround is at the historic Lee Schoolhouse, where you’ll re-trace your ride with spectacular views of the Ruby Mountains and those grueling hills you enjoyed on the way out.

See the Lee Loop from this great drone footage. Facebook @skyfallvideoservices and Instagram @skyfall_vs.
Cycle Along The Lee Loop by Way of Drone
Secret Pass Loop

Highlights:

  • 62 mile out and back route, 4,365' elevation gain

  • 41 miles gravel, 21 pavement

  • elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'

  • maximum grade of 8.9%

Details:

This route is an out and back metric century (100 km) along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains north of Lamoille and climbs and descends the northernmost pass of the Ruby Mountain Range. The ride is 62 miles of gravel and smooth pavement with total elevation gain of 4,365'. This ride has 41 miles on gravel and 21 on paved roads at elevations between 5,458' and 6,503'. Late morning and afternoon winds can play a significant role on this ride; they may be out of the northwest or southwest depending on movement of frontal systems - some have ridden against headwinds both ways.

 

The ride begins in scenic Lamoille, near the mouth of Lamoille Canyon. You’ll head north out of Lamoille and almost immediately turn on to smooth gravel as you pass by the historic and scenic Lamoille Church and a number of ranches. After passing the intersection with Lower Lamoille Road, the distance between ranches gets longer, and the road gets rougher with several short but steep climbs (up to 9%), but always with a great view of the Ruby Mountains. After 18 miles of dirt, you'll turn right on to the paved Secret Pass climb. This is a moderate grade climb, 3-5% for about 9 miles along Secret Creek. You’ll pass the Secret Pass Ranch and Secret-Starr trailhead as you exit the canyon and think you’re done climbing, but there’s still a couple of miles of 2-3% climbing ahead to the actual, very non-descript summit. Secret Pass divides the range into the East Humboldt Range to the north and Ruby Mountains to the south. Shortly after passing the summit, you'll turn left onto the gravel North Ruby Valley Road and ride another 3 miles to the turnaround (with a last bit of climbing). As you return, you'll have spectacular views of the northern Ruby Mountains, Soldier and Secret Peaks straight ahead and the East Humboldt Range - Humboldt Peak on your right. After the sweeping descent of Secret Pass, you'll turn back onto the gravel of the Fort Halleck road, retracing your route and enjoying the different perspective of seeing the other side of the views you had on the way out.

This drone footage shows the Secret Pass Loop. Facebook @skyfallvideoservices and Instagram @skyfall_vs.
Ride Along the Secret Pass Loop by Drone
Pleasant Valley Loop

​Highlights:

  • 20 miles out and back route with 870 elevation gain

  • 12 miles gravel, 8 miles pavement

  • elevations between 5,620' and 6,059'

  • maximum grade of up to 7.5% for short distances

Details:

This ride is a shorter version of the Lee School out and back. The ride begins and ends in scenic Lamoille at the mouth of Lamoille Canyon and heads south along the west flank of the Ruby Mountains with the highest peaks of the range (Lee Peak, Mt. Gilbert, and Ruby Dome at 11,392') dominating the eastern skyline. Don't let the short distance fool you; the ride is 12 miles of gravel and 8 miles of paved road at elevations between 5,610' and 6,102'. Total elevation gain is 870', most of which is gained after the turn around point.

 

Contact
 

Kerry Aguirre
Rotary Club of Elko Desert Sunrise
PO Box 1241
Elko, NV   89803

info@rubyroubaix.com

775-397-1922

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