The Rough Riders 200 took place on June 29th and 30th, 2013, in Angel Fire New Mexico. On day 1, the riders experienced the Southern Route, which included 104.2 miles of road and 5,860 feet of climbing, the highest evelvation rising up to 9,465 feet. Day 2, the Northern Route, then added another 100 miles and 5,328 feet of climbing, the highest elevation topping out at 9,820 feet. Both days covered some of northern New Mexico’s most beautiful landscapes, including Taos, Angel Fire, Red River, Eagles Nest, and more.
Race director, Michael Martinez, decscribed the epic ride as, “A premiere cycling multi-day event in New Mexico, where it was all about the rider and comparable to those offered by our neighbors to the North. In 2012 we rode & visited some of the bigger multi-day events in Colorado, Ride the Rockies, Bike Tour of Colorado & Double Triple Bypass, taking notes and ideas from each of these rides, incorporating them into RoughRiders200… We live in Angel Fire, NM and know the surrounding areas are incredibly beautiful, with all of the challenges seen in Colorado. We have sustained climbs, some intense grades, high altitude, super friendly volunteers and even hail storms this year. Riders could complete a very challenging century ride on either Saturday or Sunday. Or, they could complete both and earn the moniker ‘Rough Rider’ “.
As stated on their website, RoughRiders200.com, the organization is committed to working with local non-profit groups, who volunteer to man the aid stations or work communications on the route. In return, RoughRiders, donated a total of $10,000 dollars to participating organizaitons that support childrens ski programs, library resources, womens cancer recovery programs, mountain bike trail maitnance, and communcation radio programs, all within the state.
Mirabal, rider # 26, stated, “It was an awesome ride for it being the 1st year … the planning was excellent! … as comparable to rides in CO .. I think Triple Bypass sets the standards in CO riding, and this ride is on the same standard”. Carey, rider #96 added, “The weather was great, the course was amazing. The aid stations had better food than I often eat at home…Overall, I drove home with that feeling of elation from accomplishing something I wasn’t all too sure I was capable of. I will certainly be back! “ Jones, rider # 64, added, “Everyone associated with the ride was first class and helpful. The effort put into the ride organization and support was evident.”
The event’s first year running, was a major success and Martinez conlcuded that, “Our next goal is to really get the word out there and increase participation. For 2014 we’re going to limit the field to 500 riders, while saving a spot for our 100+ first year riders. As a token of our appreciation we retired their numbers, only they can use those numbers!”
See you in 2014, Rough Riders.