Organizers of the newest cyclist-centric festival to hit Los Alamos – “Rock-n-Roll EnduroFest” – are hoping the event will gain speed among festival goers with many family-friendly activities for cyclists and non-cyclists alike, including guided rides, kids races, live music, microbreweries and bike races.
The event is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 1-3.
“The trails surrounding Los Alamos and the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area trail system are mostly an undiscovered gem for all types of mountain biking,” organizer Steve Watts said. “We wanted to showcase our trails, our people, and our orientation around fun and adrenalin sports by putting on this family-friendly event. We also enjoy good food and handcrafted beer, so we had to sneak these into the weekend’s events!”
The concept of “Enduro” originated in France and is based upon racing downhill, and on non-timed up-hills. All Exhibition Enduro racers at the festival will get to experience four timed runs, beginning on the crest of Pajarito Ski Hill (elevation: 10,440 ft.), and onto the Free Ride and XC trails which connect to the single-track set in Los Alamos below.
For beginning cyclists, guided rides will be available on county trails where rides are not timed and cyclists can ride at their own pace. Enduro skill seminars along with industry and retail expos, clinics, and vendors will be available at the event on Saturday.
The registration deadline for both the Enduro race and guided rides is Aug. 1. Registration can be completed online at newmexicosportsonline.com; click on “location” and find “Los Alamos.”
EnduroFest kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 with kids’ races at Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos, with prizes for all participants. Adults 21 and over can enjoy a cool craft beer at the beer garden and live music starting at 7 p.m. with Austin-based band, Shinyribs.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, Enduro Exhibition races and Guided Rides will gear up at the Pajarito Mountain lodge. After the races, participants in both the Exhibition Enduro and Guided Rides will receive a commemorative pint glass for use at the festival’s brew tent, which includes a pint of local craft beer (age 21 and older), discounted barbecue food, and entry to the event which includes an all-ages concert.
Finally, Sunday, Aug. 3, another event will be born in Los Alamos: the Valles Caldera PyroClassic. The PyroClassic will be one of the most scenic and challenging mountain bike races in the state as the race courses will cover the stunning landscape of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, idyllic valley meadows, and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of 11,000-foot Redondo Peak. The PyroClassic offers race categories for every level.
Free shuttle service to Pajarito Mountain will be available Saturday (only), compliments of Atomic City Transit. Pick up location is the Sullivan Field parking lot west of Los Alamos High School.
EnduroFest is sponsored by Los Alamos County, Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, Los Alamos Tuffriders IMBA Chapter, the NM Enduro Cup and the Valles Caldera PyroClassic XC Mountain Bike Race. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/losalamosendurofest to receive updates on events.