September is a great time for bike tours in New Mexico. Here are three for this month with ride descriptions. For more details and registration for these bike tours, go directly to their websites.
September 14, 2014–Tour of the Rio Grande Valley
TORGV 2014 takes riders on scenic flat roads through the Rio Grande Valley. The longer routes pass through Isleta, Los Lunas, Belen and return to Los Ranchos. Money raised from TORGV 2014 will fund BCNM (Bicycle Coalition of New Mexico) staff and its successful bicycle education, promotion and advocacy programs.
September 21, 2014–Tour de Acoma
Tour de Acoma is a 100, 50 and 25-mile bike challenge covering some of the most breathtaking lands on the Acoma and Laguna Pueblo reservations. An all-paved course that offers both the experienced and recreational cyclist a challenging and rare opportunity to ride through normally restricted tribal lands, this competitive course features opportunities for high speed racing as well as defying uphill endurance tests.
September 28, 2014–Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta Gran Fondo
The ride starts at the historic Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado. Four historic Northern New Mexico villages will be your rest stops for great eats along the ride – Nambe, Cundiyo, Truchas and Chimayo. A 75-mile loop, climbing to Truchas, is available as is an easier 45 mile loop. Unique to the ride will be four gourmet food stations hosted by four guest chefs – Mark Kiffin of the Compound Restaurant, Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café in St. Louis, Michelle Bernstein of Michy’s in Miami and Matthew Accarrino of SPQR. An additional celebrity joining the ride will be Chris DiMinno, executive chef of Chris King Precision Parts.