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Yaateeh riders! Welcome to the 26th annual Chuska Challenge!
REGISTRATION – Online registration is now open through August 15. The race window
is open from August 16 through September 27, 2020. Racers may register and ride the
designated course any time within that window.
[The race window for Chuska coincides for two weeks with the window for Asaayi between
Sunday, August 16 and Sunday, August 30. Riders who live out of the area may opt to ride
both courses on the designated routes on the same day/weekend.]
THE COURSE – The race course begins and ends at Red Rock Trading Post in the community
of Red Valley and travels on paved Navajo Route 13 to Buffalo Pass, with return to the trading
post on the same route. The course is a total of approximately 35 miles and gives riders a taste
of some of the finest country in the northern Chuskas.
The route includes some very steep grades of 14%, which make for grueling climbing on the
outbound route and harrowing descents on the return. Please use caution on the steep
descents and hairpin turns on the ride from Buffalo Pass back to the Trading Post. The
start/finish at the Trading Post is just over 6000 feet elevation and the turn-around at Buffalo
Pass is 8455 feet.
We will have course updates and additional information posted here before the race window
opens in August.
AWARDS – There will be overall awards and age-group awards. The race is also the final event in
the Tour de Rez Cup bike race series.
The Chuska Challenge is brought to you by the Navajo Nation-based nonprofit organization Y.E.S.
for Dine’ Bikeyah (NavajoYES), with support from Manny Chavarria & Mesa Edge Bikes, Silver
Stallion Bikes & Coffee, Red Valley CERT, Beclabito Baptist Church and Kokopelli Bikes.
CONTACTS - Tom: 928.429.0345 || Rygie: 505.686.2300
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DIRECTONS – Red Rock Trading Post is your destination. PLEASE FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.
If you do a MapQuest or other sites for help, there is no telling where you will end up but it will likely
not be the start line. There are lots of places on the rez with “red” and “rock” in their names. Below
are the directions from a variety of locations.
From east (if travelling from Shiprock, Durango, Farmington, T’iis Nasbas, etc.) Head south on
U.S. Highway 491 out of Shiprock. Five-plus miles south of Shiprock will be the junction with Navajo
Route 13, with signs indicating Red Valley, Cove and Lukachukai. Turn right and head west 21
miles on N13. You will see the Red Rock Trading Post on the right and you have arrived!
From south (Window Rock, Ganado, Gallup, etc.) Travel 60 miles north on Navajo Route 12
from WR to the junction with Navajo route 13 at Lukachukai (aka “L.A.”), From LA, head east into the
mountains. From the junction, you will travel about 12 miles to Buffalo Pass, on your left as you
approach the summit. Head down the east side of the pass and you will go past NHA housing, Red
Valley-Cove H.S., the elementary school and finally, Red Rock Trading Post.
From north (Kayenta, Shonto, Black Mesa, Tuba City, Monument Valley, Page) Travel east
eight miles from Kayenta on U.S. Highway 160 to the junction with Navajo Route 59 at the top of
Church Rock hill. At the junction, turn right and head south 44 miles – past Chilchinbeto and Rough
Rock en route to Many Farms. At Many Farms, travel 16 miles east to Round Rock on U.S.
Highway 191. At the Round Rock, turn right and head south on Route 12. Continue 15 miles to
Lukachukai. From Lukachukai, head east on N13 toward Buffalo Pass. Head down the east side of
the pass and you will go past NHA housing, Red Valley-Cove H.S., the elementary school and
finally, Red Rock Trading Post.
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