37th Annual Enchanted Circle
Due to a high volume of requests the tour will remain on Sunday!
PALO FLECHADO WARNING
WEATHER & CLOTHING
MILE BY MILE TOUR DESCRIPTION
Mass start at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Red River Conference Center at Brandenburg Park, Main Street in Red River. Medical assistance and SAG wagons are available. Extra jerseys will be on sale on Sunday after the race. Cook-out in Brandenburg Park following race. SAG wagons and rest stops are for registered riders only. All participants must register and sign the waiver/release form before any tour packets will be released. Tour packets include the rider’s number and course information and will be available for pick-up starting on Friday, September 4 at 10:00 a.m. If you cannot make the race and still want to receive your jersey, please have someone pick up your jersey or send $6 for postage.
If you are planning on doing only the 25 or 50 mile ride to
Sag Wagons will be on the course throughout the tour. They contain tools for repairs, first aid supplies and also carry water. If help is needed, flag down a Sag Wagon. If a medical emergency exists, get help by calling the
SAFETY TIPS – PLEASE TAKE NOTICE
Please ride single file on the highway
Ride as far to the right as possible. The highway department has passed laws making it illegal to ride anywhere but the right side of the road.
Use hand signals
WEAR A HELMET!
Assist motorists in passing as soon as possible
Drafting is very dangerous on mountain terrain
The Enchanted Circle Century Bike Tour offers participants the opportunity to tour some of the most scenic areas in the southwest.
You will begin your tour in
Making a left turn at the traffic signal in Questa, you continue south toward
Approximately 12 miles beyond Questa, you will arrive at the first organized rest stop, just over Arroyo Hondo Hill. Here you can refresh yourself, drop off any extra warm clothing, and be on your way to
After the rest stop at Arroyo Hondo Hill, you will proceed along fairly flat mesa country for several miles. The first stoplight is the northern boundary of El Prado. Continue straight through this light and proceed towards
The community of
Century riders will continue on Hwy 64 East back into the
READ THE PALO FLECHADO WARNING BELOW.
Leaving Palo Flechado, you will descend into the Angel Fire/Moreno Valley area. At the bottom of the series of switchbacks from Palo Flechado, you will approach the turn off to Hwy 434 into Angel Fire. At the blinking light you will turn right on to Hwy 434. Head through Angel Fire, traveling 7.3 miles to the Black Lake Fire Station and another rest stop. Here you will turn around and retrace your route back through Angel fire, on your way to Eagle Nest. Passing thorough Angel Fire you will notice the Ski resort and Country Club. Angel Fire also has several shops and activities available for guests and locals to enjoy. They have a very active biking and hiking club and are excited to be added to the Enchanted Circle Century
After returning to Hwy 64 from Angel Fire proceed ten miles to the small community of Eagle Nest in the heart of the
At the beginning of Hwy 38 you will experience a steady climb on your way up to
Riders, BE AWARE when descending Palo Flechado.
In the past, this treacherous pass has been the site of several accidents and injuries. ALL were caused by cyclists going too fast.
The road is rough, narrow, has gravel on the shoulder, steep, and has hairpin turns you wouldn’t try at 15 mph in a car. In short, it can be dangerous if you are going too fast!!
Absolutely DO NOT swing out into the other lane. Avoid the temptation and need to avoid rough pavement by SLOWING DOWN. Pull over frequently and let the motorists pass. Ride single file, slowly.
“CHECK AND/OR ADJUST YOUR BRAKES AT THE TOP OF PALO FLECHADO”
You cannot “win” this tour by “going down”, which is what you’ll do if you don’t carefully descend Palo Flechado. After a careful decent, you’ll have the beautiful, flat Moreno Valley/Angel Fire area in which to make up time.
It is 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning. It is a brisk 40 degrees at the starting line. Off goes the gun, and downhill go the riders. With speeds up to 50 mph for this portion of the ride, you should dress warmly. You leave Questa, and immediately face a long substantial hill. Time to shed clothing. The only thing consistent about the mountain weather is how fast it can change. In 30 minutes it can rise or drop 15 degrees. It can hit 65 or 70 degrees during the sunny part of the day, and then turn around and rain and on rare occasion snow a half hour later. Coming down the
Any extra clothing can be left at the Questa or Arroyo Hondo rest stops. Clothing left at any rest stop or with the SAG Wagons will be brought back to Town Hall.
Any questions or suggestions can be directed to the Red River Chamber of Commerce at 575-754-2366 x 1 or call toll free at 800-348-6444 x 1.
MILE BY MILE TOUR DESCRIPTION
(Distances given are approximate)
Cum. Hwy Dscrp. Elev.
0.0 Red River Brandenburg Park 8,750 ft.
5.1 Chevron Mining - Molybdenum Mine
7.3 Columbine Campground
12.4 25 Mile Loop Stoplight Turn left on NM 522 to T
13.5 Rest Stop - Front Porch Deli (Questa Rest Stop) Clothing Shed Area
18.0 Top of Garrapata Ridge (Southern Exposure - Smile for the camera!)
22.0 D.H. Lawrence Marker
25.9 50 Mile
26.9 Rest Stop - Arroyo Hondo
32.9 Stoplight - Continue straight to
36.2 Rest Stop - Stoplight (Kit Carson Rest Stop)
40.6 Stoplight - Taos Historical Plaza (turn left on to Hwy. 64)
45.8 Shady Brooke
57.1 Palo Flechado Rest Stop
*59.8 Stoplight - Angel Fire Junction (turn right to Hwy. 434)
67.2 Rest Stop - Black Lake Rest Stop (U-turn back to Angel Fire)
73.6 Stoplight - Angel Fire Junction (turn right to Hwy. 64)
82.0 Eagle Nest (turn left on to Hwy. 64)
87.5 Mile post 24 -
90.3 Rest Stop (
96.0 Top of Bobcat Pass (Whew!) 9,820 ft.
97.8 Mile post 15 - Start of 6-8% downgrade (Watch for Rocks!)
100 Tour ends - Red River Brandenburg Park (You Made It!!!)
* The turn at Angel fire at Mile 59.8 out to