San Jose Circuits

July 6, 2019


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,

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.  

For any other NM Races/Events see

Hawke Races

Pavement is blue and dirt is green.  

Simple course explanition:
We will roll out neutral at point A and go to point C (I will lead you). We will start at point C, come back to point B, and do our T shaped loop once, which brings back to point B again. Then we ride out to the Estralla loop (point G), do it twice, 
and come back, retracing our route on the neutral start, up the San Jose Hill to the finish.

Detailed point by point explanition:
Start at San Jose Hill (point A), descend neutral. Continue neutral through points B and G and then stop at point C and explain the course a little. We will start the "racing" part of ride from point C. Return down back through point G to the
bottom of 54B (point B). Go up 54B, go right at point D, go out and back on the fairly flat dirt road (towards 56) to the first turnaround (point E.) Then return past point D and down 54A for the second turnaround at point F. Then climb back
up 54A. turn right at point D. Descend 54B down to point B and follow Los Pinos (54) for a mellow paved traverse to point G which begins the Estrella circuit.  We will do this loop two times. The loop has two major climbs per lap. The first time you pass point
G you will go left for a second lap, and the second you will go right, follow Los Pinos (54) to point B and then back up to point A for the finish.  
About 37mi.  

I will try to get a gps of the course up as well.