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Best New Mexico Cycling Events 2024

Best New Mexico Cycling Events 2024

Riders on course of Enchanted Circle event.

New Mexico’s diverse landscapes and challenging terrains make it an exceptional destination for cyclists seeking adventure across road, gravel, and mountain biking events. The state’s unique topography, which ranges from high deserts to alpine forests, offers a wide variety of cycling experiences and serves as a picturesque backdrop for numerous cycling events and races that attract participants from all over.  The team at Strambecco rates the Best New Mexico Cycling Events 2024 based on various factors, including reputation, route quality, location, rider feedback, and the event’s or race’s overall uniqueness. Strambecco does not list every event.  We strive to identify and review special and noteworthy events, spanning Road, Gravel, and Mountain Bike events and races.

One of the premier cycling event organizers in the region is The Ride Collective Series, which has evolved from the Outside Events Cycling Series. Under the stewardship of Scott Olmsted and Chandler Smith, the series has grown to include legendary rides like the Tour of the Moon and newly introduced courses such as Wild Horse Gravel. This series is known for its diverse events that cater to cyclists of all abilities, from scenic road rides to challenging gravel grinds and demanding mountain bike races​.

Among the standout events is the Enchanted Circle road cycling event, which presents riders with the quintessential New Mexico experience. The event features a route that takes cyclists through some of the most picturesque parts of the state, including two exhilarating mountain passes, Palo Flechado and Bobcat Pass, with options for an 85-mile loop or a century ride. This event not only tests cyclists’ endurance with its challenging climbs and descents but also immerses them in the cultural and natural beauty of Northern New Mexico​.

For mountain biking enthusiasts, the N24 Series offers a unique challenge with its collection of endurance races, including the “24 Hours in Enchanted Forest” in New Mexico. This event is renowned for its scenic trails, well-maintained paths, and vibrant atmosphere, making it a favorite among participants looking to push their limits over a grueling 24-hour period​.

New Mexico’s appeal for cycling extends beyond the races themselves, offering visitors various outdoor activities and attractions. The Enchanted Circle event, for instance, is complemented by a full weekend of activities in Red River, including live music, an expo, and delicious local cuisine, making it an ideal destination for riders and spectators. The area’s accommodations range from cozy lodges to camping and RV parks, ensuring that visitors can find the perfect place to stay and enjoy all that New Mexico has to offer​.

These events are more than just races; they are celebrations of the cycling community, offering an inclusive culture where participants can enjoy the simple pleasures of riding a bicycle, challenge themselves, and contribute to local causes. The Ride Collective Series and the N24 Series exemplify the spirit of adventure that defines cycling in New Mexico, making the state a must-visit destination for cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts.

If you have suggestions on other events we should consider or review, please contact us here or send us a note at  Strambecco also rates Southwest’s best Road, Gravel, and MTB events.

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