Due to COVID 19 and State mandates around limits on group size, this event will be a high school team ride this year. The athletes will still be raising money to cover team costs so please support, if you are able DONATE HERE!
WHY ARE WE RAISING MONEY?
The TAOS AREA COMPOSITE HIGH SCHOOL MOUNTAIN BIKE TEAM is a cross country team based here in Northern New Mexico. An officially sanctioned NICA team that competes in the Colorado League’s Southern Division, Taos Area Composite is proud to be training in 2020 for the sixth year. Though the team is not able to travel or compete this year, there are 17 high school athletes riding and training. Scholarships and sponsorships allow access to all riders. The team is all about setting goals, improving skills, developing strong character and good judgment, and achieving personal bests.
Please support the team!
THE INFORMATION BELOW APPLIES TO WHEN WE ARE ABLE TO HOST THE FULL-SCALE, COMMUNITY EVENT AGAIN. HELLO 2021!!!! Mark your calendar for October 10, 2021.
This is (normally) a FREE, non-competitive mountain bike event designed to ALL LEVELS and ALL AGES of riders - the super tough adventurer, the regular weekend warrior and the parent and kids who ride a few times a year. The intent is to bring the Taos cycling community together for a fun, casual, non-competitive day of riding on some of Taos' most accessible singletrack. Build community, make new friends, ride one of Taos' best kept secrets, and enjoy nature and supreme BLM singletrack! It's FREE so everyone can enjoy. Brought to you by the Field Institute of Taos, sponsored by super cool, community minded local businesses (see below). Staging is at the end of County Road 110. Look for the tipis and go about 4+ miles to the end of the road (and we do mean the end of the road). Past UNM Taos and the golf course.
Check our Facebook page for updates.
We'll be ready to get folks started at 10am on event day but you are welcome to show up and start riding any time. That's how cool we are, ride as much or as little as you like. This event is for all levels of riding and all age groups. There are four different courses: a 12+ mile loop for more advanced and athletic intermediate riders, a 4 1/2 mile loop for novice adults and kids who can ride some singletrack and don't mind going uphill a bit, a shorter true beginner loop and a 1/3 mile kiddie loop for strider bikes, training wheels, and kiddos that aren't ready for full on singletrack. You can ride alone and do all the miles by yourself or you can ride on a 'team' with another person together or trading off between laps. There aren't any "official" prizes, but we do have swag for the folks who ride the most miles between 10am-4pm as well as other prizes to randomly selected participants. We will recognize the male and female adult and male and female junior riders who log the most miles (and smiles) during the event as well as the top fundraisers (see below). Helmets are required! EMS will be at the event, just in case. Neutral support will be available on site thanks to Taos Cyclery. Bring snacks, water, a chair, shade, and a cup for adult beverages post race! Don't miss out on the best dressed contest...win cool socks. Cool, que no?
Please be sure to clean your bike before the event as the BLM is requesting this as part of our permit (to prevent the spread of invasive species). Your bike works much better when it's clean anyway, right?
REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE ON-SITE ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT!
Yes, free registration! Preregistration is encouraged so we can be sure to have enough burgers and beer but you are welcome to register on site as well.
Donations are encouraged with funds raised going to the Taos Area Composite High School Mountain Bike Team. Check out the Team Facebook page HERE.
REGISTRATION and PACKET PICKUP
Sunday, October 13 9am-3pm
End of County Road 110
Taos, NM 87571
Any rider can easily join in supporting the cause and help raise funds for the nonprofit high school bike team, Taos Composite, by reaching out to family, friends and community for sponsors via an online fundraising page! Click HERE to set up your fundraising page or to MAKE A DONATION
THERE IS NO RAFFLE THIS YEAR.
Be FIT raffle drawing at the conclusion of the event! Tickets are $10. You do not need to be present to win but you do need to get a ticket to win. Tickets will be sold in advance as well as throughout the day of the event.
Prizes include a TSV Season Pass, a family membership at Quail Ridge Taos, a family season pass at Enchanted Forest XC Ski Area, a guided rock climbing trip with Mountain Skills Guides, 3 nights lodging at the Edelweiss Lodge and Spa and more!
Raffle proceeds go to scholarships for Field Institute of Taos environmental education programs.
Ride sweet, flowy singletrack (85% on long loop) mixed with double track (15% on long loop) along the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. Rolling terrain in sagebrush, piñon and juniper. The staging area is at the end of County Road 110 (past the Taos Country Club). This road used to descend into the gorge until a huge rockslide closed it for good in the '90s.
Directions to venue here.
Free camping at the venue from Saturday October 12 - Sunday October 13. It's a gravel parking lot and you must stay within the fenceline surrounding the parking area. We'll have portable toilets available. Primitive camping (no electric or water). If you need a bed and shower, there are plenty of hotels and motels in Taos, take your pick.
Trips for Kids Taos will be getting kids on bikes and providing plenty of encouragement! This is an IMBA Take A Kid Mountain Biking Event so bring your kids to ride! We believe strongly that we need to get our kids outside exploring and moving. Here's what IMBA has to say about it: "Bicycling is good, healthy fun, and a gateway to healthy lifestyles. IMBA strives to develop a connection between kids, bikes and the natural world around them while touching on themes such as bike safety, skills, rider etiquette, nutrition, & hydration."
A BIG HUGE "THANKS" TO OUR 2019 SPONSORS!!!
Thank you to our amazing title sponsor, TaosNet!
Aceq Restaurant is helping organize the barbeque at the event! Free hamburgers and hotdogs for all participants beginning at about 2pm.
Taos Cow will be scooping free ice cream!
Thanks to New Belgium Brewing, there will be adult beverages for the 21 and over crowd!
Cid's Market is supporting us with food for aid stations including the bacon station!
Taos Search and Rescue will be at the event to make sure everyone finishes the day in one piece.
Check out Ride the Rift on Facebook for things like sponsorship updates (free stuff!), event details and photos.
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