Rough Riders 200 Bike Run Starts, Ends In Angel Fire
A new two-day bicycle road race is set for June 29-30 starting and finishing at the northern New Mexico resort of Angel Fire.
The inaugural Rough Riders 200 allows competitors to pedal both days, or choose one of the two 100-mile-plus loops on which to ride. Cost is $80 per race, or $150 for both, with a deadline of 10 p.m. on June 27. Register online.
“Ride was organized to showcase the terrain and scenery of the Rockies of northern New Mexico,” said organizer Michael Martinez. “We rode tours in Colorado and thought to ourselves, ‘My ride at home is just as scenic and even more secluded.’ The ride benefits a few local non-profit groups, but we believe that people will fall in love with the cool crisp mountains as others have and the area becomes as well known as some Colorado venues as an outdoors mecca.”
Both rides begin at 7 a.m. at Angel Fire Resort, and challenge the steep terrain of the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountain region before returning to the base of the resort.The first day’s ride covers 104 miles and includes four major climbs of 5,860 feet in elevation. winds up Palo Flechado Pass and runs into Taos. From there, riders head over U.S. Hill and then 9,450-foot high Holman Hill into the small village of Mora. Turning north in Mora, riders hit the windy, tight run back into the Moreno Valley and Angel Fire.
The second day’s ride takes on a variation of the Enchanted Circle loop for 100 miles. Riders again top Palo Flechado Pass and roll into Taos on the first leg. Then, the ride diverts off of the main drag and into the villages of Arroyo Seco and Arroyo Hondo. Then, they pedal the rolling terrain of State Road 522 to Questa, where the route takes a right and heads into the town of Red river. After a break, the riders take on Bobcat Pass before sliding back into Eagle Nest and on to the finish line.
The course will be controlled by local law enforcement and race officials. Post-ride benefits include a free beverage and meal, and entertainment. A massage tent will be set up to ease sore muscles.