Over the next two weekends, Los Alamos will be New Mexico’s hub for mountain bike racing.
On Sunday, the New Mexico Off Road Series will come to town for the PyroClassic cross-country race.
The following weekend, Aug. 8-9, the New Mexico Enduro Cup Series will bring racers to town for the Los Alamos Rock ‘n’ Roll EnduroFest.
It will be both races second go round and the EnduroFest’s first year as part of New Mexico’s Enduro Cup.
The PyroClassic, hosted by the Pajarito Mountain Bike Patrol, will take place at the Valles Caldera National Preserve.
There will be three different distances that bikers will ride, winding through valley meadows and climbing over the flanks of the volcanic upheaval of the 11,000-foot Redondo Peak.
Pros, Cat 1 and singlespeed racers will pedal 30 miles in a loop around Redondo Peak and Alamo Canyon. Climbing on the loop will be substantial with a total ascent of over 2,400 feet.
Cat 2 riders will race on an 18-mile route while Cat 3 bikers will do a nine-mile loop.
All races start and finish near the Valles Caldera Ranch headquarters.
The last day to register online for the PyroClassic is Friday. There will be no race-day registration. Participants will also need a USAC license.