July 6, 2019
San Jose Circuits
Informal road circuit/gravel grinder in La Cienega, NM, featuring ~50% dirt roads. Many of the roads, paved and unpaved, are very Euro, that is to say narrow and curvy, unlike the long grinding straight roads on many gravel events. It is a really cool area if you have not been out there. Los Pinos Rd going down the valley in La Cienega is one of my favorites. Unpaved sections will comprise about 50% of the course. Most of it is dirt road, but there are some sections of widish quad doubletrack, that have some soft sections. The narrowest section is pictured below. A low gear is in order, maybe a 34X28 or 34X30. I have not been to Belgium, but 57b has to be as hard as some of those hills. It starts from the valley in La Cienega, first paved, then turns to dirt, pretty steep for a while, then grinds up more less steep for a while more. Paseo del Angel has a short wall, and Estrellas is pretty steep as well. You can get arond the course on a road bike, but I would definitely recommend a cross bike. There are several dirt descents and some soft/sandy surfaces. Also, on a road bike you have to stay in the saddle on all the steep dirt bits or else you rear wheel slips, which is pretty hard, I can tell you. (I guess if we get some rain it might be easier.)
Course will be about 38 miles. Expect most of the climbs we had last time. Course map at the bottom of this page. Course will be marked with yellow arrows.
Not USAC. Will be insured by Insurance for Texans. No entry fee, but if you could bring $20 to help cover my time and gas to set up course markers, that would be cool. RSVP deadline 7/4/19 midnight. Less that 15 RSVPs and we cancel, and I will announce if we are on or no on the morning ot 7/5.
Online RSVP here. Just write your name on the list.
Directions: get off I-25 at the La Cienega exit, take the acess road on the north side of I-25 east back towards Santa Fe. After about 1 mi go left on San Jose. Go about 1/2 mi to the start/finish. La cienega is about 15mins from Santa Fe and 45mins from Albuquerque.
Contact: Hawke Morgan 5052596885, firstname.lastname@example.org
That last pitch in the distance is pretty steep. This is Paseo Del Angel.
57B You can see the pavement end at the top.
The narrowest doubletrack. This section is about 150m connecting two roads. The entry is a fairly steep downhill for maybe 5m.
The paved descent from 54b, passing by the La Cienega Water tower. Beginning of the longest paved section
Old church and cemetery at the base of the final climb.
A little farther up, but before it gets steep.