Got bike, will travel? Here's a totally non-comprehensive list of upcoming biking events around the state. Races, bike swaps, fun rides—it's biker heaven in New Mexico. You have no excuses. Just get out and pedal.
By Amy Dalness and Genevieve Smith
Saturday, May 13
BikeABQ Bike Swap—Get rid of that old junker and find a new ride at the BikeABQ Bike Swap at Sport Systems (1605 Juan Tabo NE) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. Make sure to get there early, since over 50 percent of the gear sold in the first three hours last year. Call 224-3454 for more information.
Lorenzo's Pan Am-Organ Mountain Challenge Stage Race—Race a 30K time trial at the White Sands Missile Range at 11 a.m. today or a 135K Road Race around the Organ Mountain Range on Sunday, May 14, at 7:15 a.m. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Balloon Museum Air, Wind and Wheels Fair—On top of balloons and kites, your family can enjoy some fun bike races starting at 10 a.m. at Balloon Fiesta Park today and Sunday. It's $5 for adults and free for children 12-and-under. For more information, visit www.balloonmuseum.com for more information.
Sunday, May 14
New Mexico Adventure Racing Club's Sprint Series at Fenton Lake. www.nmarc.org.
Tuesday, May 16-Tuesday, June 27
Tuesday night's at Balloon Fiesta Park—Every Tuesday through June 27, enjoy a night of friendly races for women and men sponsored by Sportz Outdoor. The first race starts at 5:30 p.m. Entry fee is $10. 610-7960.
Wednesday, May 17
Live Strong Day New Mexico—Grab your bike and wear yellow! Sportz Outdoor, Live By Cycling and the Lance Armstrong Foundation celebrate cancer survivorship in Albuquerque from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bagel rides, tune-ups and a dedication by Mayor Marty.
Friday, May 19
Bike to Work Day—Save some gas money and ride your bike to work. As an added bonus, stop by the Alvarado Transit Center, the Uptown Transit Center, the Journal Center Bridge or the Erna Fergusson Library between 7 to 9 a.m. for a free breakfast. Check out BikeABQ.org for more information.
Saturday, May 20
Squash Blossom Classic—Race the old Route 66 in Gallup, or participate in some off-road mayhem in the High Desert Screamer. Interested? Check out www.squashblossomclassic.com.
Chile Challenge—Join in for the 18th Annual Chile Challenge in Angel Fire. Go to www.cyclecyndicate.com for more details.
Sunday, May 21
Santa Fe Century—Go 25, 50 or 100 miles from Santa Fe along the Turquoise Trail—competitive or not. Visit www.santafecentury.com to snag some details.
Wednesday, May 24
Bike Maintenance 101—Learn the basics of road and mountain bike maintenance at REI (1550 Mercantile NE) at 7 p.m. The class is free, but registration is required. 247-1191.
Saturday, May 27
Iron Horse Classic—“A race against the iron of a train in Durango, Colo.” What does that mean? Find out at www.ironhorsebicycleclassic.com.
Bike Tune-up Course—Done the basics and want to learn more? Learn one-on-one with a certified bike tech from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at REI (1550 Mercantile NE). The class is $50 for REI Co-op members or $65 for nonmembers. Call 247-1191 for more information and to register.
Saturday, June 3
La Tierra Torture—It's the Santa Fe Classic reborn. A mix of terrain on an eight-mile track. The race starts at 9 a.m. Visit www.sixhecklers.com/
Tour de Cure—Ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association in Bernalillo. Check out the Tour de Cure website at diabetes.org for more information.
Sunday, June 4
Sandia Crest Road Race—Race for prizes and bragging rights. For more information, call Bill at 235-8720.
Saturday, June 10
Albuquerque Century—One hundred miles of rubber, pedals and sweat. A biker's dream. Sign up now at www.abqcentury.com. Do it.
Sunday, June 11
Albuquerque Downtown Criterium—This is No. 9 of the New Mexico Road Series. Want in on the action, e-mail Corey at email@example.com.
Saturday, June 17
TP to TA Road Climb—Clip into your clip-less pedals and get climbing in Tres Piedras. For more information, e-mail Josh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 18
New Mexico Adventure Racing Series—It's race No. 3 in Gallup. Have you been training? Test your skills this weekend. www.nmarc.org.
Sunday, June 25
New Mexico ITT Championships—The Rio Grande Racing Team hosts the best time trial riders in the state racing down Hwy. 41. For more information, contact Bill at 884-1134.
Watermelon Mountain—Go off-road in Sandia Peak—No. 6 of the New Mexico Off Road Series. To learn more, e-mail email@example.com.
Tour del Bosque—Ride to help find a cure for AIDS. To sign up, visit www.nmas.net.
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