New Mexico Bike Tour - Lizard Head Cycling Guides
 
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New Mexico Bike Tour

A carefully crafted locals’ New Mexico bike tour!

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Highlights

“Moving like the wind across the desert Southwest”

Our Northern New Mexico bike tour has been designed for cyclists who enjoy relaxed bike-friendly roads, great climbs and our favorite lodging that northern New Mexico offers. Lizard Head Cycling’s owner, John Humphries, lived in Norte de Nuevo Mexico for a decade. As a result this tour reflects his favorite roads, hot springs, lodging and restaurants in Nuevo Mexico! Please join us for highly enjoyable local’s tour, it is guaranteed to please.

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New Mexico Bike Tour: Dates

Potential tour dates are listed below and not all tour dates will run. Lock in your preferred tour date early as unopened tour dates will be closed. Please see the Spring/Autumn Tour Calendar and the Summer Tour Calendar for confirmed departures. Any unopened date can be a Custom Week (9 riders required). Please contact us via email or call 970.728.5891

2017 Summer Tour Dates:

  • August 20 to 26, 2017 (Book Now!) – TOUR A GO! 4 spots remain

2017 Autumn Tour Dates:

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Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Overview

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Tour Length: 7-Days Cycling/7-Nights Lodging

Starting Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Albuquerque International Sunport – ABQ)

Ending Town: Santa Fe, New Mexico (guests shuttle to Albuquerque International Sunport – ABQ)

Total Miles: 150 up to 315 mileage options. (Can I keep up on this tour?)

Daily Mileage Range: 29-77

Ability Level: 2/3 Intermediate to Advanced. A combination of intermediate to advanced rides and a couple sublime hikes (5 to 10 miles) make up this tour. Lower mileage and hiking options exist each day. Two vehciles support this tour and it is fully customizable. Don’t Worry!

Group Size: 6 to 17 cyclists

Tour Cost: $2,950 per person.
* Please see our Tour Discounts Policy.

$200 Early Bird Discount for 2018 Tour Registrations Made Prior to November 1, 2017!
Must mention or use Discount Code EARLYBIRD2018 when making your reservation.

Single Room Supplement: Add $645- total for a private room for the tour’s 7 nights. If cyclist is willing to share a room with a same sex cyclist and there are none available, then add $325-.

Road Bike Rental: Lizard Head Cycling Guides is proud to rent Scott CR-1 Pro and Scott Solace carbon road bikes with full Shimano Ultegra components for only $250/week, or $150 for 3 or 4 day tours. Both the CR-1 and Solace models are sub- 17 lb comfortable, high performance bicycles geared for climbing hills. In addition we also have electric bikes available for rental at $375/week. And finally we have a selection of straight bar road bikes and kids bikes in our rental fleet. Just let us know what you need and we can probably find it.

Please also see this blog post for more information on bike rentals.

Electric Bike Rental: We now have a limited selection of SCOTT electric bikes that can be reserved for our tours. These are road bikes with straight bars that make the slowest rider the fastest rider in the group. Rental Price is $375/week.

Couples Bike Rental Discount: Sign up as a couple and receive one free bike high performance rental per couple ($250 value).

Tandems and Recumbents: Lizard Head Cycling Guides happily accommodates both tandem and recumbent bikes on its tours.

Tour Includes: 7-days in length with 7-nights of lodging, all meals (from lunch Day 1 to lunch Day 7 aside from Thursday dinner), guide service, park entrance fees, energy food, liquid refreshments, in-tour shuttles and mechanical support. A bike rental discount of ($150-) is now available for this tour.

*Alcoholic beverages, bike rental and massage are additional.

Lodging for 7 nights: (subject to change)

Overall Route Map

Ability Level: Can I Ride This Tour?

How Fit do I Have to Be?
If one month prior to the tour, you can ride 2 to 3 times a week equalling a total of 75 or more miles a week, you'll do just fine. We like to jokingly say that "one is ready for a Lizard Head Cycling Tour when they are finished with tour" and this is true! The only way to simulate a week long bike tour is to go on a week long tour.

Our average rider age is 55 years. These are bike tours, not races so we take our time to stop, take pictures and see the sights. We have all day to reach our destination and most riders take "bumps" at some points. We offer reduced mileage options for each day. Of course if someone wants to ride E.F.I. (Every Freaking Inch), we love to show them all the extra climbs, loops and hidden canyons that can be included!

Do the Bump!
Daily mileage options allow cyclists of varying abilities to enjoy this tour. One of our favorite options is to give cyclists a "bump" via the support vehicle, or a 10 to 20 mile lift down the road representing an hour of pedal time. After the bump the rider is "off the front" and riding at his or her own pace without feeling they are being left behind the group. They'll then have time to linger and take in the spectacular scenery. All cyclists come together in time for lunch. Afterwards, cyclists can take another bump and/or continue riding.

Seamless Mileage Options
Lizard Head Cycling Guides designs multiple mileage options for each tour – something we're well known for in our business. This technique is similar to heliskiing in that one does not ski everything, they ski the best. :-)

Slow or Fast?
Many cyclists who sign up for our tours have worried themselves silly about not being able to keep up, but then they're surprised to find that all the worrying was about nothing. They do just fine! Slow and Fast only exist relative to other cyclists. Speed does not matter as long as one is moving on the bike. As long as one is moving, they are truly going fast enough.

If you have questions about your ability to ride this tour, please contact our office via email or call us at 970.728.5891 - we'll more than happy to guide you!

Please also see this blog post for more information.

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Itinerary*

*Tour itineraries are subject to change and modification based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances including weather, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes, landslides and/or other acts of nature. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

Day 0 (Saturday): Arrival in Albuquerque, NM

Guests either drive to Albuquerque, New Mexico, or fly into Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) on the day prior to the tour start and take a shuttle to the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport, the designated meeting hotel.

NOTE: Guests are on-their-own for accommodations this evening either at the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport, or at other nearby hotels. The Courtyard Albuquerque Airport offers a complimentary airport shuttle from Albuquerque International Sunport. Guests are also on-their-own for dinner this evening.

Day 1 (Sunday): Gallina to Ghost Ranch
37 miles with up to 2,120 feet of climbing

We meet early this morning at the Courtyard Albuquerque Airport to discuss the upcoming week, greet fellow riders, load gear and get the bikes ready for the upcoming week. We then shuttle about two hours north into the western edge of the San Pedro Mountains and start our ride from the tiny town of Gallina, New Mexico. As we head east we soon find ourselves in gorgeous redrock country – the very terrain which helped inspire the artwork of Georgia O’Keeffe whom lived in nearby Abiquiu, New Mexico. As we near the end of our ride we navigate around Abiquiu Reservoir and then end the day at Ghost Ranch, our accommodations for the night.

On the way to Abiquiu, New Mexico

On the way to Abiquiu, New Mexico

Nearing Ghost Ranch

Nearing Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch

Ghost Ranch

Elevation Profile: +2120 ft / -3235 ft

Elevation Profile: +2120 ft / -3235 ft

Day 2 (Monday): Ghost Ranch to Ojo Caliente
43 miles with up to 2,450 feet of climbing

Today the ride starts from Ghost Ranch through the town of Abiquiu and north into Carson National Forest to the exclusive Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa.

Steeped in myth and legend, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years. Ancient peoples, the ancestors of today’s Native American Tewa tribes, built large pueblos and terraced gardens overlooking the springs. Surrounding the springs are the ruins of the cities populated before the birth of history.

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2550 ft

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2550 ft

Day 3 (Tuesday): Canon Plaza Out & Back
Optional 43 miles with up to 2,450 feet of climbing

With a layover day in Ojo Caliente, guests can continue their relaxation at the mineral springs, take a leisurely hike on the trails above the resort or go on an optional out and back ride to Canon Plaza.

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2450 ft

Elevation Profile: +2450 ft / -2450 ft

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ojo Caliente to Taos
42 miles with up to 2,400 feet of climbing

After a relaxed morning at Ojo we’ll ride from the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs to Taos, New Mexico and stay at the El Monte Sagrado. Along the way we’ll cross the spectacular Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Tonight dine at El Monte Sagrado’s award-winning De la Tierra Restaurant. Taos is an artist’s destination of international acclaim and home to the Taos Pueblo Indians.

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Rio Grande Gorge Bridge

Elevation Profile: +2045 ft / -1300 ft

Elevation Profile: +2045 ft / -1300 ft

Day 5 (Thursday): The Enchanted Circle
77 miles with up to 5,000 feet of climbing

This is the showcase ride of New Mexico bike tour. The route follows a loop around the fabulous Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway back to the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. This ride showcases the Sangre De Cristo Mountains offering cyclists big mountains views that display the topography of Norte de Nuevo and ends at the Wild Rivers Recreation Area with majestic views of the mysterious Rio Grande canyon.

Elevation Profile: +5010 ft / -4410 ft

Elevation Profile: +5010 ft / -4410 ft

Day 6 (Friday): Taos to Chimayo
49 miles with up to 4,050 feet of climbing

The riding starts from El Monte Sagrado in Taos taking the scenic High Road amongst the southernmost peaks of the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range through pine forests and cottonwood valleys. Today’s ride ends at a special place, the El Santuario de Chimayo, a historical church in the old village of Chimayo. At this location a tiny shrine that is built on the site of what many believe to be a miracle associated with the crucifix of “Nuestro Señor de Esquipulas” (Our Lord of Esquipulas). El Santuario de Chimayo is also the site of “el pocito” the small pit of Holy Dirt which many people attribute as possessing remarkable curative powers.

Tonight’s lodging is in the exquisitely beautiful Casa Escondida B&B.

Elevation Profile: +4045 ft / -4945 ft

Elevation Profile: +4045 ft / -4945 ft

Day 7 (Saturday): Bandelier National Monument
15 to 30 miles with up to 2,400 feet of climbing

On the final morning we’ll head towards Bandelier National Monument. First we will ride 15 miles to the monument to help loosen the legs. Once at Bandelier National Monument we will hike amongst many Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites including kivas, cliff dwellings, rock paintings and petroglyphs. After the hike at the monument we get back onto the bikes to complete another 15 miles through White Rock to the Tsankawi Ruins Trailhead and then shuttle to Santa Fe to end the tour.

POST-TOUR:  The New Mexico Custom Bike tour ends Saturday afternoon back at the Hotel Chimayo in Santa Fe. Lodging is included for Saturday night. On Sunday morning guests arrange for their own transportation back to Albuquerque via the convenient train or on the regularly scheduled shuttle services. For more information regarding transportation to Albuquerque please visit http://www.nmrailrunner.com or https://www.sandiashuttle.com

Elevation Profile: 2395 ft / -2395 ft

Elevation Profile: 2395 ft / -2395 ft

Norte de Nuevo México Bike Tour: Logistics & FAQs

Bike Shipping

Lizard Head Cycling recommends shipping with BikeFlights.com. Bikes can be shipped either to our partner bike shop in each meeting town for professional assembly or directly to the meeting hotel for self-assembly. Bike boxes can generally be left at the meeting hotel during the tour. Bikes shipped across the continental US should be shipped 8 days prior to your tour.

Tour Support: A 15-passenger van and trailer that carries luggage, food and equipment supports Lizard Head Cycling’s tours. Cyclists keep a day bag that is accessible within the support vehicle.

The vehicle will sag and then pass riders to set up aid stations every 20 to 25 miles. This allows cyclists to linger at the back and then take a ten-mile, fifteen-mile or whatever mile “bump” forward to catch-up or get ahead of the group. Energy food, drink mixes, and fresh fruit are available throughout each stage.

The Daily Schedule: Cyclists ride their own pace. Lizard Head Cycling does its best to support riders in their varying desires and efforts. Cyclists can either use our tours to simply support their tour experience or to engage in a guided experience along the route.

Cue sheets with directions, profiles and locations of aid stations are given out for each day.

General Tour & Cancellation Policies

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with all of our tour and cancellation policies, which can be found by clicking here.

Travel Insurance

Lizard Head Cycling Guides highly recommends clients purchase Travel Insurance through MH Ross Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased individually through the sales link below or Lizard Head Cycling Guides can also set-up a policy for its clients.

The estimated cost for a 50-year old buying insurance for a $2,500 tour ranges from $100 (standard plan) to about $200 (cancel for any reason plan).

Lizard Head Cycling Guides Custom Sales Portal Link is:

https://www.mhross.com/index.php/consumer/portal/LIZA0855CO

  • The best options for our clients are either the Asset or Bridge plans.
  • The Asset-Plus & Complete plans both include a Cancel-For-Any-Reason option.
    • As a result these plans cost more.
    • The Cancel-for-Any-Reason option is only available when insurance is purchased within two weeks of initial deposit.