Tuesday races and a few other miscellaneous races near Albuquerque, NM
Upcoming Weekend Races and Results
TT for Tuesday 8/11 is on as scheduled. I am planning on a gravel race on 8/30 see full info above.
This is the tentative COVID specific plan:
A. Do not gather in groups of more than 5 at any point.
B. Start times will be posted the morning before, just ride up and start. You do not need to check in. If you sign up and can't make it, email, PM, or text me.
C. Riders must start one foot down.
D. Signup online if at all possible. If you have to sign up a the race, wear a mask. Wear masks if you need to interact with other participants (borrow someones pump or the like.) We also ask that riders wear a mask at least at the start of the race, beyond that, if they are off by themselves on the course, it is their own business and their own risk. Try to print and pre-sign releases if you have not done one since 8/8/2019.
F. No awards ceremony, partial results will be posted on FB ASAP after the race, full results later that night. We might do some small prizes like chocolate which I will hand out afterwards.
G. If you pass your minute man/woman give then 6 feet of space. Obviously you can't draft, it is an ITT.
H. For now, all events will have a 30 rider field limit.
8/11 Gravel ITT at Mesa Del Sol. On as scheduled.
Neutral socially distanced preride at 6:30. First rider off at 7PM. Let's try this again and I will try to get the word out better.
Directions: Take University south from Rio Bravo past the snakes and the Isleta Amphitheater to the soccer fields on the right. We will start behind the soccer fields.
Course is slightly rolling, mostly smooth hard dirt road loop, with a little bit of tarmac, a bumpy grass section, and and a little sandy bit. Course will be marked.
There will be a minimum of 8 non junior riders for this event. Please sign up here by midnight 8/9 to make sure we have enough riders. If you can it would help if you could make a voluntary donation of say $13. Please pay online on 8/10 or 8/11 AFTER we are sure there are at least 8 non junior riders.
Online Signup, just put your name on the list.
8/18? We will see how turnout goes for 8/11
8/25 Definitely no race, I have other commitments.
Want to try a couple of cool new gravel rides that you probably haven't done before?
I have been taking some time to explore new gravel routes. I have come up with a couple for starters. These will probably be race routes at sometime in the future. GPS files below. Have fun. :)
About 11 miles, mostly flat with a few hills. The biggest climb is mostly paved, but that can't be helped. It is a really a beautiful little loop. There is even a little artificial waterfall. If we do it as a race, I was thinking of about 4 laps. I would park either at the Family Dollar or at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by the Tome Plaza. I think it should go counterclockwise.
tomeloop.gpx or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32498139
A 4.5 mile loop near Rio Bravo (Dennis Chavez) and Coors. I call it the Velodrome Loop because at the north end there is a curved AMAFCA drain that is shaped like half a velodrome. Be really careful the first time you ride it as if you are too high on the banking at the NE end it drops off a 3 foot wall. It is pretty obvious, but would be a scary crash if you were not paying attention. I was thinking of doing the start/finish with an out and back on the spillway or Hubbel Dam. You have to get off your bike about 4 times per lap to cross gates. After you exit the first long concrete section (which is a two way section) you have to cross a little rock and sand blockade. It has several little short hills. This would probably be a midweek race. There are a few goatheads, so make sure your sealant is fresh. Clockwise loop. I would park on the north side of the parking lot for the Presbyterian Clinic on Las Estancias, and then you can use the light to get across Coors. Then you can push your bike up the levee and access the spillway from there.