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Pedals and Pueblos

Summary

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Explore the land of the Ancient Puebloans and the incredibly diverse landscapes that inspired Georgia O͛Keefe’s legendary works in the enchanted state of New Mexico. Ride along desert ridges overlooking massive valleys, expansive deserts, and through many of the states 19 historic pueblos. Make an included trip to the incredible Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO world heritage site regarded as the oldest continuously inhabited community in the US. Keep your balance while crossing 800ft above the powerful Rio Grande River on the Gorge Bridge. Recharge in the mineral rich natural hot springs of Ojo Caliente. If the springs aren’t enough,feed off the fallout in Los Alamos, the birthplace of the atomic bomb. The Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway will put your lungs to the test as you cycle the state’s highest peak, Wheeler Mountain, while looping through valleys, mesas, and national forests. New Mexico is a state full of wonders and surprises. Push your limits as an athlete and as an explorer as you discover the true enchantment of this region.

Road bike
6 days
437 km / 272 mi
$ 2,595.-
  • Specialist cycling guide and ‘on the road’ support staff and vehicle.
  • Custom Fitting on 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
  • Use of Garmin GPS Unit.
  • 5 nights’ accommodation.
  • Luggage Transfer each day.
  • Supported Nutrition Stops, Snacks/Drinks for Ride.
  • Chimayo Dinner, Los Alamos Dinner and lunch in Eagles Nest
  • Entrance to Taos Pueblo.
  • Ojai Caliente Spa Entrance and Treatment.
  • Please note that the tour meets at 10 am on Monday morning, so please plan accordingly.

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Details

Type
Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Moderate
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
60-80 km / 37-50 mi
Total distance
437 km / 272 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, room & breakfast
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
26 May 2019 - 31 May 2019
02 Jun 2019 - 07 Jun 2019
08 Jul 2019 - 12 Jul 2019
14 Jul 2019 - 19 Jul 2019
18 Aug 2019 - 23 Aug 2019
25 Aug 2019 - 30 Aug 2019
29 Sep 2019 - 04 Oct 2019
06 Oct 2019 - 11 Oct 2019
Start
Santa Fe (10.00 AM)
Finish
Santa Fe
Airport at start
Santa Fe Regional Airport
Airport at finish
Santa Fe Regional Airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,595.-
pre night hotel
Optional upgrades: Pre/post night hotel and transfer Pre nights are offered at the Nativo Lodge in Albuquerque. Bookings at the Nativo Lodge also include a private transfer on the morning of the tour by the support driver. Cost is xxx(apx. $130 for the room) per room and transfer.
$ 130.-
Optional
post night hotel
Additional pre nights are offered at Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe, which is the starting point of the tour. Transfers are not included. Cost is xxx(apx $180) per room. Passengers wishing to extend their time in Santa Fe at the end of the tour may book a post night at the same location.
$ 180.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 659.-

Itinerary

Day 1 - Santa Fe to Chimayo

Meet your fellow rides and the cycling specialist this morning in the charming city of Santa Fe for a custom bike fitting, and briefing on the adventure to come.
We start our journey today climbing 2.5 miles north out of Santa Fe before enjoying a long 13 mile glide down to the valley below. You’ll wind through rolling hills and wind carved hoodoos before dipping down to the farming valley of Chimayo. Our destination for the night, Chimayo, is renowned for its chili, and its incredible examples of traditional art and weaving. Be sure to visit some of the local plazas before rejoining your group for an included dinner. Don’t be afraid of the spice!

Day 2 - Chimayo to Taos

Whether it’s the altitude or the beauty, today’s ride along the Taos Scenic Byway will leave you breathless. Before climbing into the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, pass through a number of small, historic farming settlements, often populated by families that have lived there for generations. The renowned San Francisco de Asis Mission Church will greet you upon your entry to Taos, as you are reminded of the famous depictions of this area by Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, and Georgia O’Keefe.
If you’re ready to hit the sites, and are too tired to cycle, enjoy a shuttle ride out to the Taos Pueblo. If you’re feeling strong, enjoy the bonus miles and extend your ride out to the Pueblo and back. Taos Pueblo is home to nearly 4500 people, and has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years making it the oldest of New Mexico’s nineteen Pueblos. It has maintained an incredible sense of tradition and history which is visible in its architecture, cuisine, and arts.

Day 3 - Taos/Enchanted Circle Route

The Enchanted Circle is perhaps one of the best exposures to New Mexico’s unique northern landscape. Classified as an official United States Scenic Byway, you will be treated to sweeping vistas of valleys, mountains, and deserts as you circle Wheeler Peak. You will have three options of varying difficulty as you push yourself through these high altitude rides to end up in the perch of the Eagles Nest, or to complete the full circle.
The first route will take you up the southern climb over the Taos nest with nearly 3500 ft in elevation gain over 35 miles, finishing in the Eagles Nest where you’ll enjoy an included lunch. If you’re feeling squirrelly, continue North through the Carson National Forest to enjoy the shade of the plentiful spruce and aspen trees that line the Red River for another 45 miles. However, if you’re satisfied with the ride thus far, or are just feeling flat out exhausted, you will have the opportunity to shuttle back to Taos. If you were exhausted before the day begins and want a couple extra hours of sleep in the morning, you may also take it slow, relax, and ride out to the lunch stop with our shuttle to complete the 2nd half of the loop. Upon completing your ride, enjoy a free night in Taos to explore the Pueblo, its plazas, and its people.

Day 4 - Taos to Ojo Caliente

Ride west out of Taos and enjoy the sweet ride of Blueberry Hill to the Gorge Bridge. Hanging 800 ft above the powerful Rio Grande River, you may be faced with the challenge of enjoying the view while also attempting to maintain your balance. Once over, enjoy your glide down into the Valley to visit and dip your feet into the powerful Rio Grande. For your night stop, relax in the famous natural hot springs of Ojo Caliente. One of the oldest natural health resorts in the US, the Resort and Spa opened its doors in 1868, however, its Mineral Spring water has been deemed sacred by the eight local Northern Pueblo communities for nearly 3000 years.

Day 5 - Ojo Caliente to Los Alamos

Enjoy one last healing soak this morning before setting off south towards Los Alamos, the site of the first nuclear test. Our first route allows you a long slow decline before climbing nearly 2000 feet over the last 10 miles. Our 2nd option will present you with a bit more of a challenge as you climb the mountains into Los Alamos. Celebrate your success and charge up with the nuclear power of Los Alamos as you prepare for your final day with an included dinner.

Day 6 - Los Alamos to Santa Fe

Weave your way out of Los Alamos and cross the Rio Grande one last time as you retrace a familiar route south and prepare for the end of your final adventure. Don’t get too accustomed to the downhill though! You’ll have to earn your finish with a nearly 2000ft climb back into Santa Fe. The oldest State Capital in the United States, Santa Fe was formed sometime after the year 900.
Borrowing from the traditional Pueblo structures, Santa Fe has a very distinct style, with adobe style buildings and a trademark stucco color. Though Georgia O’Keefe has long passed, the city remains a major hub for artists and is still bustling with incredible galleries ranging from the classics to innovative designs such as the Meow Wolf House. Celebrate the end of your adventure with a sendoff at the 2nd Street Brewery and continue to challenge your taste buds with the regions unique Green Chilies.

Map & Routes

Map
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Bicycle

T Specialized-Diverge 2018 Specialized Diverge Comp Cycle.
The Specialized Diverge is not quite a cross bike and not completely a road bike. The Diverge is the perfect bike for this tour.
With clearance for up to 42 mm tires and a Future Shock that is geared specifically to riding smoothly over harsh terrain, Specialized notes that: “Sure, some have tried to make their cross bikes more road-capable and others have made their road bikes more adventure-ready, but we created one bike that makes no compromises between the two.”
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