The inaugural race in 2015 was the brain-child of Sydney Schalit and Brink Messick of Salida.  They stitched together the miles of mobius singletrack at Penitnete Canyon near Del Norte, CO to create a 17-mile course which captures the best sections of trail this network has to offer.  Intermediate riders will be delightfully challenged, advanced riders will be completely entertained.  How hard can you push for 12 hours?

Fast forward to 2018, the race has evolved to incorporate all racer camping, entertainment, food/drink, etc. in the main Penitente Canyon campground.  It’s a family-friendly, festival-type atmosphere all day long while racers are racking up miles on the course.  Pack up the tent/van/camper for a fun-filled fall weekend in Southern Colorado.  Proceeds from the event benefit local youth cycling (like the RGC Rattlers high school MTB team) and outdoor recreation initiatives in the San Luis Valley.  $50 of every race registration fee directly benefits these kids!

Have Questions? Want to Volunteer? Want to Sponsor? Email the Race Director at for all your answers.



Jerry Duran has been a core advocate of cycling in the San Luis Valley for 30+ years.  His success as race director of Riders Del Norte in the ’90’s and early 2000’s laid the foundation for mountain biking trails and advocacy around Del Norte, CO.  Currently Jerry is the Head Coach for Adams State University’s collegiate road and mountain cycling teams.  We are excited to have him on board as the 2018 race director!



Friday: Racer arrival, registration, test rides, and campsite designation

  • 10AM-10PM: Packet Pick-Up & Camping Registration/Check-in
  • 8PM: Pre-Race meeting with all Racers (meet at the main stage)

Saturday: (RACE DAY! Final registration & results/awards)

  • 5AM-6AM: Late Registration/Packet Pickup
  • Up to 6:45AM – Pit setup*
  • 6:45AM: Racers start lineup at entrance to Penitente near CR38A for bib scan
  • 7AM: Race START (the start line is NOT at the finish/timing area – race starts at the county road)
  • 2PM-9PM: Live music by Blue Sky and Maggie Rains and the Crooked Keys
  • 5:00PM:Final lap cutoff (No Exceptions!)  Lights required after for laps starting after 4pm!
  • 7PM: Race END
  • 7:30PM: Results/Awards

Sunday: Course and campground cleanup (10am-2pm)

*Any vehicles that will not be parked in the canyon ALL day must be out of the canyon (i.e. past the cattle guard) by 8AM on Race Day!!.  After that, the canyon is bike traffic only.

Food, Vending, Beer, and Entertainment

Believe it or not we have two reliable food vendors this year!  Cocina Jire will be serving all day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Saturday with a great selection of burritos, tacos, and more!  Gosar Natural Foods will be on-site in the afternoon grilling their famous fresh gourmet sausages.  All racers receive a voucher good for one meal from either of our food vendors.  Additional meals can be purchased (we suggest bringing cash).

If you want to take extra 12HOP swag back home, we’ll be selling logo’d Hydroflasks, hats, socks, pint glasses, koozies, and stickers.  Please bring cash or check if you’d like to purchase any of this great race memorabilia.

Big thanks to Three Barrel Brewing and Square Peg Brewerks for providing beer Saturday afternoon.  All racers will receive two beer tickets.  Additional drinks may be purchased by anyone 21 or older – must present valid photo ID to consume alcohol.  Bring cash.  No outside alcoholic beverages may be brought into the beer garden (past rest rooms and KMS mechanic trailer).  No unfinished drinks may leave the beer garden.

Live entertainment kicks off at 2pm on the stage!  Music by Blue Sky and Maggie Rains and the Crooked Keys until 9pm.



  • Winner = The most laps, in the least amount of time (including alternate route penalty times).
  • Finish times after 7:00 pm will not be counted.
  • All solo riders and at least one racer from each team must complete at least one Joker Lap through Penitente Canyon.  Any rider choosing to ride the alternate route (avoiding the canyon) will receive a 25 minute time penalty.
  • Racers shall complete the entire race on the same bicycle upon which the race was begun.
  • Be kind to everyone. Nobody likes “that guy”. Don’t be that guy.
  • If somebody is hurt on course and you find them, it is YOUR responsibility to find a course marshal and let them know or use a cell phone to call in the emergency (emergency contact numbers are included on race maps distributed at registration). We have an advanced medical team with helicopter and ambulance support if needed, but we need to know of the injury before help can be summoned.
  • Only registered racers may compete in an event. Each racer must display an official race number plate.
  • All competitors must wear a properly secured helmet, complying to DOT or CPSC Standards at all times during competition.
  • Competitors are responsible for having their bike in good operating condition. The racer or a 3rd party may make repairs during the race.  Kristi Mountain Sports will be available in the main base-area for neutral support.
  • Deviation from the marked course will result in disqualification unless the competitor reenters the course at point of exit.
  • Designated aid stations are available; please try to use them to avoid interference with other racers; there are no restrictions on when or where you eat or drink on the course.
  • Do not litter the course with a gel packet, food wrappers or other waste. Use designated waste receptacles within the campsites. Keep our trails beautiful.  Leave no trace principals are enforced!
  • A competitor on their bike has the right-of-way over one pushing their bike.
  • It is the responsibility of an overtaking rider (or passer) to pass safely. No racer is expected to stop their race to allow other racers to pass. However, no rider shall intentionally impede the progress of another. A rider should make his/her presence known when overtaking a slower rider (i.e. “On your left. Please!” – remember rule #1).
  • The race director, in case of severe injury to a rider, threatening weather or emergency issue, may stop the race.
  • Racers must heed the instruction of medical personal and/or course marshals attending to an injured rider or in the case of extreme weather.
  • Protests must be reported to or filed with timing official within 30 minutes of your race completion. All results become final as of the presentation of awards.
  • Racers must notify the timing crew when deciding to end their race.  No racer may begin a final lap after 5:00pm – no exceptions! All riders beginning a final lap after 4pm are REQUIRED to have a bike light.
  • Final interpretation of the rules is up to the race director. These individuals have control over all competitors, scorers, and officials at their event and their decision on these rules, and any situations not specifically covered by these rules is final.



From Monte Vista, travel north on US-285. Continue for about six miles and turn left onto G Road. At the fork in the road after the La Garita Trading Post, bear left onto County Road 38A. Continue for about 0.5 miles and follow the signs to the turnoff for Penitente Canyon Recreation Area.

From Salida, travel south on US-285. Continue for 57 miles turn right onto County Road G, (La Garita Trading Post is on County Road G and is <1 miles before Penitente Canyon entrance). Continue for 5.5 miles on G, stay left at the fork in the road, Penitente Canyon Recreation Area is on the right.

Our friend Ryan Michelle {instagram: @ryoutside} took this sweet shot of her pal killing it on Rock Drops at Penitente Canyon.

Sam Scavo killing it on Rock Drops at Penitente Canyon.

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