Community sports

Ride the Rift organizers calls an audible, avoid the blitz

By Arcenio J. Trujillo
sports@taosnews.com
Posted 10/17/18

With inclement weather forecast for Sunday, Oct. 14, organizers scrambled to reschedule the 4th Annual Ride the Rift free community mountain bike event a day earlier (Saturday, Oct. 13).The move …

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Ride the Rift organizers calls an audible, avoid the blitz

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With inclement weather forecast for Sunday, Oct. 14, organizers scrambled to reschedule the 4th Annual Ride the Rift free community mountain bike event a day earlier (Saturday, Oct. 13).

The move turned out to be the perfect choice as winter weather rolled into the Taos Valley on Sunday with temperatures in the low 30s. By contrast, Saturday was dry with blue skies and temperatures in the mid-60s

Over 130 riders of all abilities and ages (4-73) participated. "With four different length courses to choose from, there was something for everyone," said Susie Fiore, co-organizer and coach of the Taos Composite Mountain Bike team.

Aside from the awe-inspiring vistas and well-maintained trails, participants were treated to excellent support out on the course, free food, acoustic music by Poor Man's Blood and a flurry of great prizes.

About 30 volunteers worked all aspects of event day, including directing traffic, working aid stations on course, cooking burgers, registering riders and counting laps. Other support was provided by Taos Search and Rescue, Taos Cyclery, and Conscious Taos recycling. Many local sponsors helped make the event possible.

The Field Institute of Taos' Be FIT Raffle drawing took place at the conclusion of the event with Issac Gonzales winning the season pass at Taos Ski Valley.

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