Friday, May 22, 2009

The Grand Finale

Century Cyclist in MadridThe City of Santa Fe joined cities all across the country last week to celebrate Bike to Work Week. The unofficial grand finale was the Santa Fe Century, a 100 mile bike ride that started and ended at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center and made a loop through Madrid, Stanley, Galisteo, and Eldorado. The May 17 event also offered 25, 50, and 75 mile options. All together, over 2600 people registered.

One of our Teen Advisory Board members, a first time event rider, completed the whole hundred miles! It was inspiring to see him tackle those last 20 miles, when he’d already been out there seven hours and he only had to say the word to get an easy ride home. Also inspirational were the 11 year-old who did the whole course on smaller-than-average wheels and the two amputees who did the long ride, one with only one arm and another with only one leg!Century Map

For the hard core cyclist there’s an even longer Santa Fe event coming up: The Santa Fe Trail Bicycle Trek, which covers 1100 miles over 22 days, starting in September. Riders can choose to do 4 days or more. If speed is more your thing, you may want to head up to Durango, Colorado this weekend where they’re having the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. The Iron Horse includes no less that three touring events, five racing options, a music concert and a swap meet! Maybe we’ll see you there!

by LW @SS

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