The Los Alamos Rock n Roll EnduroFest expanded out of Pajarito Mountain’s trail system for its second go round last weekend.
The second annual event grew into a two-day, seven-stage mountain bike race all over town and at Pajarito’s Bike Park.
It also joined the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series.
“We were aiming to showcase the trails in Los Alamos — that’s why we went to two days,” race director Brad Nyenhuis said. “People were blown away by the trails.”
Nyenhuis said one competitor told him he was going to skip a Moab trip next year and bring his friends to ride in Los Alamos instead.
“That’s exactly the response we were looking for,” Nyenhuis said.
The seven stages were a combination of steeper, downhill-style trails and pedally cross-country trails.
“It was a really good showcase of the trails in Los Alamos, both in town and on the mountain,” local biker, and second-place overall finisher, Neal Pederson said. “People were impressed.”
Pederson missed the top overall spot on the podium by just 10 seconds.
Pederson had raced downhill before, but the competition was his first enduro.