500-MILE STAGE OVERVIEW
Brief Route Description
Same course as the Hoodoo 500; same weekend, but held over 3 days with mandatory overnight stops in Escalante and Panguitch (hotel rooms included in both locations). Each day will be a mass start and the clock will stop when you reach each of the two overnight locations and then at the finish line. Rider with fastest accumulate time will be the “winner!” Generally speaking, the event follows a course starting in St. George, and traveling through Hurricane, Colorado City, Kanab, Carmel Junction, Bryce, Tropic, Escalante, Boulder, Torrey, Panguitch, Cedar City and back to St. George. It’s a loop course on wonderful, well-maintained, quiet roads with little traffic and breath-taking scenery.
Day One – Friday: St. George to Escalante (approximately 203 miles)
Day Two – Saturday: Escalante to Panguitch (approximately 171 miles)
Day Three – Sunday: Panguitch to St. George (approximately 153 miles)
300-MILE STAGE OVERVIEW
Brief Route Description
Same course as the Hoodoo 300; same weekend, but held over 2 days with a mandatory overnight stop in Panguitch (hotel room in Panguitch included). Each day will be a mass start and the clock will stop in Panguitch and again at the finish line in St. George. Rider with fastest accumulate time will be the winner! Generally speaking, the event follows a course starting in St. George, and traveling through Hurricane, Colorado City, Kanab, Carmel Junction, Panguitch, Cedar City and back to St. George. It’s a loop course on wonderful, well-maintained, quiet roads with little traffic and breath-taking scenery.
Day One – Saturday: St. George to Panguitch (approximately 153 miles)
Day Two – Sunday: Panguitch to St. George (approximately 153 miles)
JUST SOME OF THE REASONS WHY THE HOODOO 500 IS THE BEST
ULTRACYCLING EVENT (AND ONLY ULTRA STAGE EVENT) ON THE PLANET
The route is a perfect loop, starting and finishing at the race headquarters, the Best Western Abbey Inn in beautiful St. George, Utah.
Our headquarters is a nice, clean, roomy, modern and very reasonably priced hotel. The check in, meeting, start and finish lines, and awards banquet are all in one central location.
St. George is about ninety minutes from Las Vegas and only a five to six hour drive from most of southern California. You can fly directly to St. George or take an inexpensive shuttle from Las Vegas. Rental vehicles are readily available in either location.
Not a single inch of the route is repeated. The scenery is amazing. The route goes through, around or by three National Parks: Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef; three National Monuments: Pipe Springs, Grand Staircase-Escalante and Cedar Breaks; countless Utah State Parks including Anasazi, Coral Pink Sand Dunes, Kodachrome and Snow Canyon, and meanders in and out of the Dixie National Forest.
Other than the very short stretches of road getting in and out of St. George and Cedar City, and the ten or so miles before Panguitch, traffic on over ninety-eight percent of the route is virtually non-existent. There are only a handful of traffic lights and stop signs, and zero urban blight.
Road conditions are stellar! Utah takes wonderful care of their roads and highways. Generally speaking, the pavement is smooth, without potholes or expansion gaps or long stretches of rough road where cracks have been filled in but remain bumpy and uneven. The roads are virtually litter and glass free!
The Only Ultra Distance Stage Race in the USA!
There’s nothing else like it. Period. So come join the fun!
Support crew required for Solo riders (but Solos may share crew). 2-Person teams may self-crew or bring crew.
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