The Enchanted Circle New Mexico, produced by the Ride Collective, offers riders some of the most picturesque riding in the southwest and a unique opportunity to experience the raw natural beauty of Northern New Mexico. You’ll experience rewarding climbs, rolling hills, fast descents, and hairpin turns. The Enchanted Circle Bicycle Tour travels counterclockwise around the beautiful Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway. The course will start and finish in the Town of Red River, travel through the Village of Questa, the Town of Taos, and the Village of Eagle Nest, and peak at 9,820 feet on Bobcat Pass. You may ride the 85-mile loop or challenge yourself to the century with a jaunt through the Village of Angel Fire.
This year’s tour benefits the Red River Valley Foundation, dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for citizens and visitors to the Red River Valley, NM. Red River is a resort town in Taos County, New Mexico, located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and just 36 miles from Taos ski resort. It’s a great place to plan a long weekend and enjoy all the activities you’d expect in a mountain town, including biking.
The Ride Collective is becoming a premier producer of cycling and gravel events, including Tour of the Moon, Copper Triangle, Tour de Vineyards, Wild Horse Gravel, and Sunrise to Sunset.
The Enchanted Circle ride was absolutely beautiful. The SAG drivers were great. A few things I would encourage the ride organizers to do is to include better snacks and higher quality electroyte drinks. More energy bars and gummies, and Skratch that isn’t watered down. Food is fuel and I ate very little on the ride which caused me to breakdown towards the end. One of the reasons I pay for an organized ride is so I can carry my water bottles and nothing else. I can’t carry enough snacks for such a long ride. Not having the proper hydration and food is the worst thing you can do to your body on a ride. I am seriously considering not doing any more Roll Massif rides after this experience.
The other thing is that I was shocked to see styrofoam being handed out for the lunch meal after the ride. The number one earth killer. Let’s keep the earth clean so we can enjoy our rides out in the beautiful countryside and not contribute to plastic pollution and waste that will never biodegrade, ever! and can’t be recycled. There was also some greenwashing going on with big recycle stickers on the trash cans at lunch. We both know none of it was getting recycled.