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2024 Group Rides

May 9th 2024; Here is the schedule of group rides announced for the 2024 season. As always check the calendar for revisions and cancellations.

Please sign our 2024 Waiver in advance; This one waiver covers you for the entire year and allows you to participate in our events and be covered by our group insurance.

Friday Morning Throwdown- Talpa Plus

Ride Leader: Charlie M.

Fridays, 7:00 – 8:30am

Weekly on Friday; Meet: El Nogal Trailhead Parking. Difficulty: Advanced Pace: medium with regroups Duration: 1.5 hours; get it in before work!   Talpa traverse with unmapped variations depending on complexity and skill of group. Ride difficulty is dictated by common denominator Hard-tail friendly (but isn’t every trail?)

Fridays- 2nd & 4th – Morning Rift Valley Ride

Beginning Friday, May 10: 9:00am – 11:00am

Monthly on the second and fourth Friday

9 am. Rift Valley Friday Ride Leaders: Dave F. and Jeff L. Difficulty: Easy (Green) – Intermediate (Blue) Pace: No drop – Conversational Pace  Meet: End of County Road 110. Direction Coordinates: When is the last time you’ve spent the morning out on the sage flats above the Gorge? This ride welcomes those riders who would like to get out more often and get more comfortable on rides, without the pressure. The only thing cooler than the laid back pace, will be the cool morning air off of the Sangre de Cristos. Two ride hosts will mean that all-comers will be able to enjoy their preferred pace and trail level.

Fridays- 1st and 3rd -Morning on the Mesa HT Ride

Beginning Friday May 17th, 9:00am- 11am

Monthly 1st and 3rd Fridays 9am

Horsethief Mesa

Ride Leaders: Dave F and David F

Difficulty: Intermediate/ (Blue). Punchy climbs. No Drop- Conversational Pace with regroups and meet-ups

Meet: Entrance to County Waste Transfer Station, Highway 522, north of B008 (Park along highway, not inside the gate) Direction Coordinates:

A Taos classic. This series of loops offers fantastic views and a step up in challenges. Route options allow for a variety of ride configurations. Trail conditions and terrain put this ride well into the Intermediate range of MTB skills. Scenic and rewarding.

Rift Cycles Evening Shop Rides

Thursdays, around 5:30pm

Check calendar or Rift Cycles Website:

CALL: 575-694-2096  EMAIL:   FOLLOW: @rift.cycles

Sunday May 19- Miranda Canyon

Sunday, May 1910:00am – 1:00pm

Sunday, May 19th Intermediate to Expert Level Mountain Bike Ride

Ride Leader: Doug Pickett

Riders can meet at the entrance to Forest Road 437, Rio Chiquito, just off of Highway 518 at 10am.  We will ride about five miles of dirt roads to the Forest Service gate and the entrance to Miranda Canyon. We will then follow dirt roads up into the canyon and exit at Forest Road 476 onto Highway 518. Riders will then descend  Highway 518 to Forest Road 438, Pot Creek. We will access Trail 18 off of the forest road and return to the start at Rio Chiquito.  Be prepared for short steep climbs and a tricky descent down a sandy wash. This ride is mostly dirt road in the scenic forest of Miranda Canyon. This will be approximately a three hour ride. This ride is rated intermediate for the level of challenge and expert for the length.  Bring enough food and water for the duration, as well as, repair and rain gear. It is also suitable for a well skilled gravel rider.

Saturday or Sunday (Starting May 25/26?)- Gravel Cross Country

This series will be an on-going, but more spontaneous nature of called rides. Generally weekends, but not exclusively. Watch your inbox for announcement times.

Host: Dave M.

Meet: Generally at World Cup Coffee in downtown Taos

Time: Morning or Afternoon

Longer Gravel rides over Taos Plateau, around Hondo Mesa or amongst the Trail 18 loops. These rides will be of the longer/ touring variety.