Brief descriptions of common club rides.
Afton Road from La Mesa – 30 miles, moderate climb. An out and back ride with a moderate climb to the top of the west mesa and beyond on a seldom traveled county road.
Anthony Country Club – A flat 28 mile route up the valley to the Anthony Country Club from River Run Plaza. Stop at the club and refuel on coffee, cookies and burritos before returning. This ride is essentially an extension of the Wednesday Night Ride.
Anthony Gap-Transmountain – 44 miles, two good climbs. The Anthony Gap-Transmountain ride is the mainstay of serious cyclists in El Paso. This ride offers a great combination of climbing and flat riding, and is very challenging ride. Start from Powershots or anywhere along the loop you choose.
Crazy Eight – 70 miles, many climbs, very challenging. If the Anthony Gap-Transmountain ride is not enough for you then give this one a try. Not for the weak of leg – 3,816 feet of vertical gain. A 70 mile, multi-climb adventure that ascends Transmountain Road twice, crosses the Anthony Gap (the lessor of the climbs) and then adds additional climbs up Hondo Pass, Alabama and finally over Scenic Drive. Basically a combination of the Anthony Gap-Transmountain and Franklin Perimeter Rides.
Fort Selden from Mesilla – 40 miles, mostly flat. A loop ride in the Mesilla Valley north of Las Cruces with history at both ends. Start from the parking lot of the Mesilla town administration complex on Highway 28. Ride through the town of Mesilla and around the historic town plaza then north to old Fort Selden, a frontier U. S. Army post active from 1865 to 1891.
Franklin Mountain Perimeter – Follow this 50 mile, multi-climb loop around the perimeter of the Frankin Mountains. Moderate climbs over Anthony Gap, up Hondo Pass, Magnetic, Alabama then finally up and over Scenic Drive.
Jim’s Scenic Challenge – 31 miles, several climbs. Depart the Chamizal National Memorial for loop ride up and over Scenic Drive and then a meander through northeast and central El Paso.
La Mesa to Lord’s Ranch and Las Cruces – A 37 mile ride of moderate difficulty that offers a little of everything. Flat valley roads, rollers along I-10 and a moderate climb up the east mesa between El Paso and Las Cruces.
La Union-Border Crossing – 32 miles, one climb. This is a 32 mile ride from River Run Plaza.through La Union, NM then a heart pumping climb up the west mesa to the Santa Teresa international border crossing. Total elevation gain of 659 feet, most of which is in one short climb.
Mesilla and Back – 70 miles, flat. A classic weekend ride for El Paso cyclists. Depart early from River Run Plaza or Rio Plaza and head north along country lanes lined with fields of chile, cotton, onion and pecan orchards to the historic village of Mesilla, NM. This is basically a 70 mile, always flat, out and back ride so you can adjust for distance by changing your staring location anywhere along the route. Make it a century by continuing north past Mesilla to Fort Selden.
Mission Valley Meander – 31 miles, flat. A casual 31 mile, mostly flat, ride through El Paso’s Mission Valley. Take a break in the San Elizaro’s town square and visit the chapel of San Elizario, dating back to 1789. On many weekends local artisans display arts and crafts around the town plaza. Visit the museum and explore the old El Paso County jail, famous for its failure to detain Billy the Kid. Ride departs from Cotton Eyed Joe’s Restaurant and the Adobe Motel, at I-10 exit 42.
Wednesday Night Ride – 24 miles, flat. From March through October, during Daylight Savings Time, riders depart from either River Run Plaza or Rio Plaza between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m. for an El Paso cycling tradition.
Wine Country Ride – 51 miles, flat. An out and back tour of three wineries along NM highway 28. Ride starts at Zin Valle Vineyards, then proceed north on NM 28. Wineries you will see on this ride include Zin Valle, La Vina and the Rio Grande Winery.