Knock ’em Dead Nebo

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Goshen Canyon with the first fall snow on Mt Nebo in the background.

Mt Pleasant start, RUSA Permanent #822, approved in February 2010 (RWGPS Link)

Santaquin start, RUSA Permanent #493, approved in October 2008

Introduction The ”Santaquin Start” version starts and ends in Santaquin, Utah, which is about 20 miles southwest of Provo. It travels through three counties, including Utah, Juab and Sanpete. It is composed of two loops tied together with a common road. Part of the route travels on the same roads used for day one of the 2008 Tour of Utah, touted as America’s Toughest Stage Race for professional Category-1 racers (although this is considered one of the flatter stages of this event). This brevet also covers roads used for the Sanpete Classic Bicycle Race (pro + citizen class race). Sanpete is ground zero for all my training rides — little traffic and only two stop lights in the whole county!

The route travels west to Goshen and then south through Goshen Canyon and then on to Nephi. From Nephi, it makes the longest single climb of the ride, as it heads up Salt Creek Canyon — a gain of 1200 feet in nine miles. This is also the busiest & most narrow part of the ride — fortunately this is not a common route for semi trucks. It then enters the northern end of the high valley of Sanpete County, where it makes a clock-wise loop through the small communities of Fountain Green, Moroni, Mount Pleasant, Spring City, Chester and Wales. It then returns back down Salt Creek Canyon to Nephi and goes straight north back to Santaquin traveling just west of I-70 on a quiet rural road. During the most of the ride, mighty Mount Nebo is visible from different angles.

The “Mt. Pleasant Start” version follows a similar path, but starts in Mt Pleasant.

Stats 200.5 km (124.6 miles) with 4915 feet of cumulative elevation gain. The lowest elevation of the ride is 4529 feet near Goshen and the highest point is 6337 feet at the top of Salt Creek Canyon, between Nephi and Fountain Green. Typical season is from March to November.

Start Point (Santaquin route) Exit 244 (Santaquin) off I-15 & go west on US-6 1/2 block.

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Sunrise on Mt Nebo with farms of Sanpete County in the foreground.

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