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Old 01-31-17, 06:57 PM
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Santa Fe questions

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I may very well be in Santa Fe for the summer this year and would like to know a few things (as a cyclist): 1. Does SF have goatheads? 2. What's the terrain like within the city? I won't be mtn. biking - just road biking on the streets and in the neighborhoods. I've been googlemapping it and it looks rather flat for the most part. Would like a denial or confirmation on this. Thanks.
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With the caveat that it's been over 30 years since I lived there, yes, the city itself is relatively flat. Not Kansas flat, but I can't recall anything I'd consider a significant hill in the city. Once you leave the city, you can get to some hills pretty quickly.
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I'd phrase it as tilted.

I would start with the city streets are crowded and would not be riding Cerrillos Rd., St Michaels or St. Francis. There is a bike trail that heads south from the train station at Guadalupe and Montezuma, for a ways south.

Terrain wise, If you head south and west, your heading downhill and will have a steady grade back towards the plaza area.

Certainly hilly to the north and NW, rolling though unless you are heading either up to the ski area (+3500 in 14 miles), or the Sangre de Christo foothills up near Tesuque, then some good steep stuff. Ditto more north up near Chimayo, all steep foothills.

The flatest area is NW near the Santa Clara/Espanola area and along the Rio Grande. Hilly again up in Los Alamos and White Rock. A nice loop is from White Rock, anyway around on Rt 502/501 and Rt 4, 28 miles

Rolling out I25 to Lamy and Pecos (yes you can ride the interstate). Rolling as well south on Rt14 towards Lone Butt and Madrid (prounounced "Mad-Drid").

Great riding area, just plan on rain late June into July after 11AM when the monsoons start. Also gets hot after 10 ish. Coming from sea level it always took me 6 weeks to acclimate to 7,000 ft. of altitude and I always used the granny on my triple.

The bike shop Rob and Charlie's was my favorite with very helpful folks. Always hit them up for advice.

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Okay, thanks for that info!
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