The premier Los Alamos Rock n’ Roll EnduroFest will test the endurance and skill of the best mountain bike riders in the Southwest Aug. 8 and 9, with discounted early bird registration now through July 18.
This year’s event has been scheduled the second week of August to become an official leg of the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series. Enduro racing consists mostly of downhill racing, but with an endurance element.
“Los Alamos’ trails are some of the most rugged and challenging in the state,” EnduroFest Race Director Brad Nyenhuis said. “This two day, seven stage event features 2,100 feet of elevation gain and over 7,100 feet of descending. Besides being a fun filled weekend for competitors, there are lots of activities for anyone who wants to enjoy a cool, beautiful weekend in Los Alamos.”
Now in its second year, EnduroFest includes two days of events for families and spectators, including a Brewery Beer Festival, live music, after party with complimentary beer and food, and free camping.
The event also coincides with the Los Alamos County Fair, Parade and Rodeo, Aug. 7–9, which will be held at various locations throughout Los Alamos, including Ashley Pond Park, Fuller Lodge and Brewer Arena.
Pre-race events begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7 at Ashley Pond, where racers can register and pick up race packets, and the entire family can enjoy the latest and youngest Texas blues stars, the Peterson Brothers Band, on stage.
Saturday, Aug. 8, the first leg of Saturday’s three stages begins at 8:45 a.m. from the ski hill and drops down to the town. The day’s racing features 1,200 feet of climbing and 2,300 feet of descending.
While racers are on route, family and friends can enjoy the Fair and Rodeo Parade down Central Ave. at 10 a.m. and the festival at Ashley Pond until 3 p.m.
Following the race, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op will host a Brewery Beer Festival in the Central Park Square parking lot with live music by local band Kakistocrats and New Mexico based band, Boris and the Salt Licks.
The after-party includes complementary New Mexican food from El Parasol for competitors and one complementary beer, with six breweries on tap.
Sunday, Aug. 9, the competition continues on Pajarito Mountain with four stages of racing, including a 900 foot climb and over 5,100 feet of descending.
Non-racers can enjoy Rodeo activities 1–3 p.m. at Brewer Arena on North Mesa.
The EnduroFest pro division purse is worth more than $1,000, with merchandise prizes for all other categories. There is an equal pay out for both men and women’s categories.
In 2014, EnduroFest’s first year, 39-year-old Brian Freeman took the win with a total time of 22 min., 4 sec.
All registered racers will receive several freebies including:
- Two nights of in-town camping at the Los Alamos Community Soccer Field (1670 Nectar St)
- Passes for racers and their family to the Walkup Aquatic Center in Los Alamos with full pool/shower usage Saturday and Sunday
- Post-race meal from El Parasol
- Commemorative pint glass from Bathtub Row Brewing Co-op
- Pajarito Mountain lift ticket for use on Sunday.
Tickets are $99 for adults if registered before midnight July 18. After July 18, entry is $120. Juniors 18 and under are $59 before July 18 or $80 after that date. Registration can be completed online at newmexicosportsonline.com/
For more information about the New Mexico Enduro Cup, visit mountaintopcycling.com/2015-
For a complete calendar of County Fair and Rodeo events, visit: losalamosnm.us/rec/Programs/