I just rode in my first Tour de Acoma. For me it was a first, but for Acoma, this was the 5th Annual ride. It was magnificent. Riding with blue skies in the rolling hills and mesas of Acoma and Laguna pueblos, with the backdrop of the snow-capped sacred Mount Taylor, more than 800 cyclists spun along the 25-mile, 50-mile and 10-mile routes.
I chose to do the 50-mile route. I also chose not to race. I just wanted to enjoy the beauty of the ride. It was a great ride. For the most part, the terrain was pretty simple. On the 50-mile ride, there was only one big climb – and yep — it was big. While I wish I could say I zipped right up to the top, I have to admit that I just couldn’t do it. Instead, I chose to get off my bike part way up, walk it for a bit, and then get back on. I have to remember to work on climbing this year. Maybe next year I will be able to make it to the top!
The race was well organized. The designated support areas had water, fruit and bars. There were volunteers at every juncture guiding us in the right direction. Plus, there was great signage throughout warning you of the ‘hazards’ of the ride – ‘climb ahead’, ‘sharp curve limited visibility’, or my favorite ‘rez dogs’. We didn’t see any rez dogs, but we did see a lot of beauty. It was a wonderful experience.
This is definitely a race/ride that Acoma should promote on a national level. Only 45 minutes from Albuquerque, it is accessible. We chose to go down the night before and spend the night at the Sky City Casino Hotel. They had a discount rate for those participating of less than $60 for the night. The accommodations were pretty good. While still somewhat smoky, it was less noisy than most casino hotels. They have several dining facilities on site which also were quite good. All of this, and a ride too! For racers, it is a great course to compete on. For recreational cyclists like myself, it was a beautiful, mildly challenging ride. I am looking forward to doing it again in 2007!
Kudos to those involved in putting on this event . . . you did an excellent job!