Tuesday races and a few other miscellaneous races near Albuquerque, NM
Upcoming Weekend Races and Results
If the weather looks iffy on any given Tuesday, check the Hawke Races FB at 4PM. It the weather is stormy I will try to post something. If we are canceling I will definitely post by 4PM. If there is no message consider the race to be on as shceduled.
This is the tentative COVID specific plan for the CX season:
1. Start in small waves of about 10 riders, more later if the NM restrictions change.
2. Have all riders wear masks for the first lap or partial lap depending on the course, until the promoter projects that the riders will be broken up into small groups.
3. After this point, riders who are at least 30ft from any other rider, may remove their mask, if they wish. They should understand that they could be ticketed, and do this at their own risk.
4. If a rider is caught or catches another rider they should put their masks back on.
5. Riders who wish to stay away from all other riders, they may attach a orange ribbon to their seatpost. Riders will be asked to treat these riders as if they were in a TT. Stay 15ft back until you have an opportunity to pass quickly. Do not draft them or ride near them.
6. Promoters should try to design courses with minimal zigzaging so that riders do not pass by other riders in two-way sections. They should also try to put difficult sections earlier in the course than normal, to break the riders up sooner. This is not normal CX course design.
7. Riders should wear masks when interacting with other riders or the promoters before or after the race.
8. We might have an overall field limit, but I do not know if we will get enough people for that even to matter. We can cross that bridge later if necessary.
A. Do not gather in groups of more than 5 at any point.
B. Start times will be posted the morning before, just ride up and start. You do not need to check in. If you sign up and can't make it, email, PM, or text me.
C. Signup online if at all possible. If you have to sign up a the race, wear a mask. Wear masks if you need to interact with other participants (borrow someones pump or the like.) We also ask that riders wear a mask at least at the start of the race, beyond that, if they are off by themselves on the course, it is their own business and their own risk. Try to print and pre-sign releases if you have not done one since 8/8/2019.
D. No awards ceremony, partial results will be posted on FB ASAP after the race, full results later that night. We might do some small prizes like chocolate which I will hand out afterwards.
9/15/20 Pine Flat Tuesday CX 6:15PM.
9/22/20 Pine Flat Tuesday CX 6:15PM
Directions/info: Take I-40 east from Albuquerque to the Tijeras exit, the road will "Y" right off the exit. Go right. (Left takes you to Sandia Peak) The road will curve to the right and come to a stoplight. There will be a Subway across the street on your right. Go straight on through the light and up NM337 for about 8 miles. Pine Flat is a USFS picnic area on the left. Large ~2 mi loop with some long runs and a long climb. Course will go between the Pine Flat and Deadman areas. A bit of a drive but, (A) it is beautiful up there, (B) it is nice and cool for CX, (C) it is a cool and challenging course, and (D) we have been doing Tuesday CX up there at about this time for 20 years, so it is traditional.
Google Maps Placemark
No enrty fee but if you could chip in say $13 to cover my time that would be great. You can do this online here.
9/29 Hays Apple Farm CX, 6PM
10/6 Hays Apple Farm CX, 6PM
10/13 Hays Apple Farm CX, 6PM (tentatively)
Directions: Take I-25 South from Albuquerque to the NM47/ Broadway Exit (215). (There is some construction at Rio Bravo, but it clears up after that.) After the exit, go south 7 miles to Bosque Farms. Do not speed through the reservation near the casinos or constructioni, there are almost always rez cops there. Turn Right on Esperanza at the Blake's Lottaburger. Go west (right) 1/4 mile to the farm.
Google Maps Placemark
Course: winds through the trees of Mr Hays' apple orchard and goes up onto the ditchroad for some fast bits. The cottonwoods should be turning yellow to add a nice backdrop. One of the most scenic courses we have. Mud is possible. There will be a weekend race here prob in Dec or Jan. Top finishers will probably win some of Mr Hay's honey.
I do not think there are any apples this year but you can buy honey if you get there before the shop closes at 5PM.
Entry $13, juniors free.
Want to try a couple of cool new gravel rides that you probably haven't done before?
I have been taking some time to explore new gravel routes. I have come up with a couple for starters. These will probably be race routes at sometime in the future. GPS files below. Have fun. :)
About 11 miles, mostly flat with a few hills. The biggest climb is mostly paved, but that can't be helped. It is a really a beautiful little loop. There is even a little artificial waterfall. If we do it as a race, I was thinking of about 4 laps. I would park either at the Family Dollar or at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church by the Tome Plaza. I think it should go counterclockwise.
tomeloop.gpx or https://ridewithgps.com/routes/32498139
A 4.5 mile loop near Rio Bravo (Dennis Chavez) and Coors. I call it the Velodrome Loop because at the north end there is a curved AMAFCA drain that is shaped like half a velodrome. Be really careful the first time you ride it as if you are too high on the banking at the NE end it drops off a 3 foot wall. It is pretty obvious, but would be a scary crash if you were not paying attention. I was thinking of doing the start/finish with an out and back on the spillway or Hubbel Dam. You have to get off your bike about 4 times per lap to cross gates. After you exit the first long concrete section (which is a two way section) you have to cross a little rock and sand blockade. It has several little short hills. This would probably be a midweek race. There are a few goatheads, so make sure your sealant is fresh. Clockwise loop. I would park on the north side of the parking lot for the Presbyterian Clinic on Las Estancias, and then you can use the light to get across Coors. Then you can push your bike up the levee and access the spillway from there.