Ahh the Bosque, with the sun reflecting off the cottonwood leaves.
Bosque MTB "Race", March 23, 2024, Albuqueque, NM
Neutral Preride at 11:30AM, start at noon.
Bosque is a Spanish term for "wood," in the sense of a forest, which, in Albuquerque, means all the cottonwood forests near the river. Mountain bikers have been riding the bosque as long as there have been mountain bikes, and it is kind of a unique terrain for this part of the world, with the twisty trails through the forest. I tried to pick the twistiest and most technical trails I could find, to make a course that favors MTBs over CX/gravel bikes as much as possible. (You can ride your CX/gravel bike if you want.) Trails are pretty much flat with some very tight sections and some fast sweeping corner sections. These are some of the classic Bosque trails.If you live in Albuquerque, you have probably ridden some of the course before.
The Bosque MTB will be an informal "race" this year, kind of like the NMES or the Dusty Roadrunner. Course marking will be less than a normal race, with more in the more potentially confuing areas. There will be a GPS track posted before the race. If you can, you should preride the couse. We will do a neutral group preride lap, but it would be good to still have some kind of GPS device on your bike, just in case. It will be the rider's responsibility to know the course. There will be a clipboard at the finish where riders can write down their finishing position. Legally speaking this is just a group ride on public trails. Trails will be open to other users. Be courteous.
<<GPS TRACK HERE>>
We will have a 4 Lap group (about 16 mi) for less experienced riders, and a 6 lap (about 25mi) group for more experienced riders.
There will be no entry fee but if you would like to make a voluntary donation of something like $10 for my time, that would be appreciated. Please sign up below if you are coming.
Online Signup Here
List of Registered Riders
Parking will be on the west side of the River north and south of Rio Bravo Blvd, best accessed via Poco Loco St, just east of the river. Main parking area is called the Rio Bravo Riverside Picnic Area. Google Maps Placemark.