Everything You Didn't Know About N C O M.   

NCOM begins October 12, 2019 at 7:00 am


Its' namesake comes from the Cormac McCarthy novel No Country for Old Men.  It is truly a race of endurance as well as physical and mental challenge. It is born from RAAM experience. You will discover parts of the route that are reminiscent of the moonscape terrain of Tuba City and Kayenta, climbs similar to the Yarnell Grade and the wide open vastness of the Colorado plains. Enjoy the ugly beauty, appreciate the desolation and respect the ruggedness of this immense land.


The race has 3 distances.

208 miles. 383 miles. 1000 miles.

All 3 races start and end in beautiful Alpine, Texas.

There are solo, tandem  and relay team categories for all 3 races.


The Ed Tom Bell 208 mile race  is an opportunity for those rookie ultra cyclists who may have never previously ridden their bikes over 100 mile but are now ready to step into the realm of ultra cycling.  Experienced ultra cyclists and rookie alike can enjoy this scenic challenge.  The Ed Tom Bell is a UMCA World Cup event.


The Anton Chigurh 383  The 383 racers will head to Study Butte from the Quarter Circle 7.  They will then enter Big Bend National Park where they will race the scenic Ross Maxwell road down to Castolon.  They will reach the highest point of the race as they climb the Chisos Basin with its' breath taking vistas.  After traveling past Panther Junction the racers head to Marathon and then return to Alpine.  From Alpine they race to Ft. Davis and ride the very scenic and challenging McDonalds Observatory loop.  The racers return to Alpine following the loop to conclude their race.  With nearly 19,000 veritical feet of climbing with elevations up to 6000', the Anton Chigurh will provide a true test of endurance for the racers.  Solo finishers of the Anton Chigurh 383 within the 32 hour time limit will become RAAM qualified.  The 383 is a UMCA World Cup event.


The  Llewlyn Moss 1000 mile race is the premier 1000 mile ultra race in America.  The route follows the same route as the 383 for the first 260 miles where they arrive in Alpine.  From Alpine the 1000 mile racers head to Marfa, Ft. Davis and then race the challenging McDonalds Obervatory loop.  Returning to Alpine, the racers then head West again to take in Marathon, Sanderson, Dryden, Ft Stockton and back to Marathon.  They head back toward Big Bend National Park where they race down the eerie and legendary La Linda highway.  Leaving La Linda they head back to Panther Junction through the Park, once again travel the Ross Maxwell Scenic road, Study Butte and conclude back at Alpine.  The 1000 mile race has over 41,000 vertical feet of climbing.  The  1000 mile race is truly an elite ultra event made for elite ultra racers. Solo finishers of the 1000 mile race within the 96 hour time limit will be Race Across America Qualified.  The 1000 is a UMCA World Cup event.





Follow vehicle and crew are required for all races.

1 person crew is required for the 208. 2 person crew is recommended for the 383 and a minimum of 3 person crew is recommended for the 1000 mile. Teams are permitted to crew themselves.  Special crew circumstances may be submitted to myself for approval prior to the race.


Don't forget the Relay Teams

NCOM isn't just about the individual challenge. It is also an opportunity to have some Team fun. West Texas is a great place for relay teams to come out and race. 2 person teams can even crew themselves in the 208 and the 383. 


The Llewelyn Moss 1000 mile race was introduced to target several new ultra racing opportunities:

  • A new challenge for the 500 mile racer that is looking for something more, Ultra racing isn't just about getting on a bike and racing around in a circle. Sure, loop races certainly have their benefits and place in the sport. But ultra racing is also about preparation, organization, logistics and communication.  A true multi-day training race for not only RAAM racers but also for their crew. Many RAAM crews show up at Oceanside with very little actual race situation experience. Some have never even driven an RV until they pull out of the RV rental at San Diego. NCOM offers the crew opportunity to experience leap frog, direct follow, mountain pass driving, etc on very remote, lightly traveled highways. It also gives the racer and crew an opportunity to determine how to set up their follow vehicle, work out the bugs and get a hand on racer to crew communications.

  • NCOM also targets the racer that wants to go beyond the 500 milestone but isn't quiet ready to commit to the needed 3 week vacation, extended crew requirements and a RAAM budget. NCOM offers this racer a chance for a multi day race with minimal vacation time, diminutive crew requirements and a manageable budget.

  • RAW is an excellent training race for RAAM. It offers the benefits of a multi-day race and being on the actual RAAM course. However, RAW is concurrent with RAAM. NCOM gives the racer and crew the option of doing both the training race and RAAM within the same calendar year.



The Murder Maverick Steer Award

The Murder Maverick Steer award will honor and recognize the No Country for Old Men racer, crew member, volunteer or official who displays the spirit of NCOM with true grit, courage, inspiration and sportsmanship.

The legend has been told many a times around a campfire. Supposedly the Murder Maverick is an omen of death. It is a big steer, sometimes red, sometimes black, sometimes another color. It is branded on one side with the word MURDER ‘in letters a foot high.’ If a man or woman gets close enough to read the brand, either that person or someone close to him or her will soon be murdered. According to the legend, two ranchers, at a roundup, disputed the ownership of the steer. The dispute became a difficulty and one of the men was shot and killed. The other escaped. Cowboys who worked for the dead man roped and tied down the steer, then branded it with the word MURDER. According to the teller of the tale, the brand didn’t truly scar the hide, but killed the color-producing cells in the hair follicles, so that when the hair grew back it grew in white. The Murder Maver-ick then began following the murderer everywhere he went, until he had to leave the country entirely. It then went off into the mountains in the trans-Pecos area. It only appeared occasionally, but when it did and the brand was read, someone would be murdered shortly afterward. As you race through the hills of NCOM, be on the lookout for the Murder Maverick Steer. Look away if you see him!


Are you rugged enough?

This is not just a catchy theme. Rugged is a word you need to take to heart; it describes the country and conditions you’ll be racing in. NCOM isn’t just about being able to ride long distance. Not only must you prepare yourself, but a resourceful and competent crew is essential. The phrase “no services” has a more sinister meaning in west Texas: there are none, zip, nada. Physical and/or mechanical problems will be yours to handle, and it may be hours before the cavalry arrives. No services, no civilization, no phone — just you, your crew and all the skill and cunning you can muster. More than just a bike race; this is No Country for Old Men.


Registration, route maps, rules, entry fees and other information can be found at ultradex.net. Just click on the NCOM tab. Please email dextooke@gmail.com with all questions, concerns or required assistance.