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Ride Overview

Santa Fe 2019

  • Arrival
  • 9/27/2019
  • Departure
  • 10/4/2019
  • Ride Director
  • Christopher Marsh
  • Ride Co-Director
  • Janis Marsh
  • Starting Location
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Finishing Location
  • Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Estimated Cost †
  • $965
  • Deposit
  • $300
  • Number of Riders
  • 24 (min. 20 /max. 24)
  • Space Available
  • 0
  • No. of Pending Riders
  • 0

Ride Rating

2B  Warning - Read the Description Carefully

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This ride is a fixed-base or semi-fixed-base ride, please read the ride description for more details.

† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.

and you can request to participate in this ride.

Ride Director Comments

All of the rooms are taken but you can get on the wait list if there is an opening.

Ride Description

OVERVIEW: This is a new fixed base tour out of Santa Fe, New Mexico with rides around town and in the nearby mountains.  We will meet in the evening on Friday, September 27th at our hotel for our introductory meeting and welcome dinner.  The organized rides will be from Saturday, September 28th to Friday, October 4th.  The Friday rides are short so you have time to check out of your room.  The rides around Santa Fe include an historic town tour, a ride out to the famous Santa Fe Opera, the Ski Basin (over 10,000 feet!), a flat rail trail ride, Ghost Town Madrid (now an artist community), Galisteo and Los Alamos.  There are also a number of remote rides that you can get to easily by car including Pecos Wilderness, Bandelier National Monument (with native American cliff dwellings), Valles Caldera National Preserve (a super volcano), and Ghost Ranch (the long-time home of Georgia O’Keeffe).  The Rail Runner commuter train provides an opportunity to go down to Albuquerque to ride for a day.  In addition to riding, Santa Fe has many art galleries and museums to visit.  We will propose a couple of group rides at each night’s social hour for the next day, but everyone is free to do whatever rides they want.  This tour is scheduled so that afterwards you can go down to Albuquerque for their annual Balloon Fiesta that starts on Saturday, October 5th. Santa Fe and Albuquerque are both very bike friendly cities and have numerous bike lanes, trails and bike shops.

RIDE RATING:  Although this ride is rated 2B, there are many routes ranging from 1A to 4D.  Riders will be provided with maps, cue sheets and GPS tracks for many different rides, so there is something for everyone.  There are no mandatory ride days and this ride IS NOT SAG VEHICLE SUPPORTED.  Note that Santa Fe is at 7,000 feet and one of the rides goes over 10,000 feet.

WEATHER:  Weather is usually very nice in late September and early October in Santa Fe. Expect daytime high temperatures in the low 70's and nighttime low temperatures in the 40’s. At this time of year, it is usually dry but rain is a possibility.

LODGING & MEALS:  Lodging will be at the newly remodeled Santa Fe Sage Inn and Suites located at 725 Cerrillos Rd in Santa Fe <santafesageinn.com> that is in walking distance from the City Plaza and the Railyard Park. The ride is planned for seven nights of lodging starting Friday night and leaving the following Friday morning. The Santa Fe Sage Inn provides a complimentary daily hot breakfast, Wi-Fi, heated swimming pool, free parking, restaurant and a free local shuttle.  

LOGISTICS:  Santa Fe is located on I-25 60 miles north of Albuquerque and 400 miles south of Denver. American and United Airlines serve Santa Fe with more options to Albuquerque. There are shuttles available from the Santa Fe and Albuquerque airports to the hotel.  Amtrak also has a stop for Santa Fe and Albuquerque.  Because some of the rides start outside of town, it is helpful, although not necessary, to have a car for this tour.  There are a number of shops in Santa Fe that rent bikes. Our first meeting will be at 5:00 PM on Friday, September 27th followed by dinner a short walk away.  The trip ends after breakfast on Friday October 4th.

COST & ADMINISTRATION:  The estimated cost for this tour is $965 per person, not including the non-refundable $50 BAC fee.  Included in the price are seven nights lodging with breakfast each morning, organizational costs, cue sheets, GPS files, route maps, two group dinners, and evening happy hours with appetizers, wine, beer, juices, and soft drinks.  Lunches and snacks are not included. There are many places to explore and to find sustenance on the road. Five of the seven nights you will be on your own for dinner. 

A $300 deposit is required at the time of signing up for the trip. The final payment of $665 is due on August 1, 2019. All these costs will be paid by credit card.  

SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY:  It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. However, after receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until August 1st to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the $578 solo supplement and stay on the ride.  If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary.  The Ride Leader will assist by attempting to match singles who apply for the ride.  Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check.  They should be mailed to:  Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.

CANCELLATION POLICY:  The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled.  Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped.  The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations.  If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time.  If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed.  If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the single supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour.  BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance. 

RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY:  Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support.  Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles.   All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour.  We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader.  While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up.  Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour.  Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.

SIGN-UP: To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description.  When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List.  At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable $50 BAC ride registration fee and the initial tour deposit of $300 by credit card.  As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List.  To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description


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