THE 2019 SHOWDOWN COURSE https://analytics.strava.com/activities/2468781987/segments/62159676290 Bi-pass or no Bi-pass.... The Showdown begins with a LeMans style start, athletes will run up the NOSO trail to the bike racks. After going under the start line arches you will be off and racing. Riders will head west on the Blevins trail, follow this trail until you are able head south on Moon Rock(1.3 mi of fast flowy fun).
Next, jump on Levee trail (.5) heading south as it turns east. Follow Levee(1.3 mi) east to the end of Levee trail and make a very wide U-turn onto Channel trail and head back west again (.7). From here turn north on NOSO for .4 mi.
Set out east again on Blevins until the bike dismount area. Once your back on your bike, head south on Spillway to Ruidoso for 1.4 mi (this part is ripp'n fun!).
Next travel north again on County Line for a mile, catch Meridian going west for .7 miles and reenter the dismount area heading the other direction.
Jump back on your bike and head up Cat Peaks. Now you get to choose your poison. You can take the Cat Peaks trail around the peaks for 1.3 miles of steady climbing and descending or take the short cut by turning west on Cat Peaks Bi Pass this is .75 miles of double black diamond trail and not for the faint of heart.
The bi-pass adds little more of a raw and rocky element to the rider's journey to the finish.
Finally, get back on Blevins (1.0 mi) going northwest to the exchange/finish line.