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Road riding around Las Cruces, NM?(4 posts)

Road riding around Las Cruces, NM?RickC5
Dec 27, 2002 2:33 PM
Anyone live there or provide any info on road riding in the Las Cruces area?

We're considering relocating there after I retire, but can't find out any real information on road rides. We were just there for a visit, and I asked about both road & mtn biking at a LBS. Their response was "Great mtn biking." People of few words. Apparently there are no organized clubs, groups or rides. We only saw one guy on a bike.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
re: Road riding around Las Cruces, NM?Steven in Arizona
Dec 28, 2002 5:57 PM
I don't know if this will be of much help, but here we go; I am a member of GABA (Greater Arizona Bicycle Assc), the monthly newsletter promotes rides in NM from time to time. The web addy for them is; www.bikegaba.org, you might find something there. Also, the ride coordinator for GABA is Mike Thompson who can be contacted at gabamike@cox.net, he might be able to give you more insight, or at least tell you where you might be able to find such information.
Good luck to you!
re: Road riding around Las Cruces, NM?Juanmoretime
Dec 29, 2002 5:19 AM
Rick,

I have family in El Paso Texas and have ridden around Las Cruces by motorcycle. There are great winding back roads thru miles of chile and pecan fields. Then there's always the ride to El Paso from Las Cruces over Trans mountain which would be an awesome climb and descent. I've never taken my road bike there but from everything I've seen it would be a very good time. Get a Camelbak besides waterbottles and you could also do some great desert rides.
Just north (Alamogordo, Cloudcroft and Ruidoso)trimble
Dec 29, 2002 6:36 AM
I haven't ridden my bike in NM, but I've visited the Alamogordo area several times. There are some serious climbs from Alamogordo to either Ruidoso or Cloudcroft. Both are long and challanging. The Cloudcroft route is especially tough. Also, the change in scenery (start in the desert and end up in thick forest) is amazing. It's beautiful up there in the mountains.

Alamogordo is approx 1 hr northeast of Las Cruces (66 miles).

FYI: It's very windy and dusty in Las Cruces during the springtime. Not the best weather conditions for cyclists.