Elevation gain 1,616m
Apache Junction, AZ to Lake Roosevelt, AZ
Race Format: Solo Enduro
Surface: 50% tarmac 50% off-road
Transfer: Joshua Tree National Park to Apache Junction 424km / 4hrs
The start of the second stage will be on the Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction, and riders will quickly head into the Tonto National Forest. The road winds around Canyon Lake before a tight switchback climb where the pavement ends at a scenic vista. The ensuing dirt descent sets the tone for a saw blade elevation profile that equates to some hard fought miles all the way to the breathtaking Roosevelt Dam. From the Dam the pavement returns and the road follows Theodore Roosevelt Lake. While still hilly, it offers a break from the tortuous profile of the previous 60km.