Angel Fire, NM (August 17, 2004) - Angel Fire Resort and Sipapu Resort today announced the first annual Cerro Vista Mountain Bike Challenge. This forty-five mile endurance race will be held on September 25, 2004 and take place in the scenic Rockies of Northern New Mexico. Many of the regions top mountain bikers are expected to participate.
The race will start at Angel Fire Resort and end at Sipapu, winding through the Carson National Forest. Carson National Forest not only offers beautifully preserved wildlife and scenic views, but a grueling, technically challenging course. To finish the Cerro Vista Mountain Bike Challenge, let alone win, is staying power at its best!
There will be two levels of competition based on the complexity of the route. The Entry level will follow Hwy 76 along a dirt road. The more advanced riders will take a single track route with steeper incline and a slightly longer distance of 50 miles. At an elevation reaching 12,000 ft, both courses will test the riders’ skill and fortitude.
“Northern New Mexico is quickly becoming the mountain bike Mecca of the Rockies,” says Will Corley, marketing director for Sipapu Resort. “We are proud to add this competition to our venue of annual bike challenges--utilizing the unique and demanding terrain this region has to offer.”
The Cerro Vista Mountain Bike Challenge is a one-way race with a complimentary BBQ and award ceremony to be held at the finish line in Sipapu. Shuttles provided by Angel Fire Resort will return cyclists to Angel Fire. The cost to participate is $50 for early registration / $60 for onsite registration. Prizes TBD. Sponsors for the race include Mountain Dew, Red Bull, and Taos Cyclery.
“Angel Fire Resort is pleased to be partnering with Sipapu Resort to bring the Cerro Vista Mountain Bike Challenge to the Rockies,” says Brandon Peterson, Special Events Manager for Angel Fire Resort. “We have been looking to partner with other recreation providers throughout the region in order to raise the visibility of outdoor adventures in Northern New Mexico and expand the array of activities for the extreme sports enthusiast. We hope this is the first of many such cooperative efforts.”
Other mountain bike events hosted by Angel Fire Resort include the Chile Challenge held each June with nearly 900 participants competing in cross country, downhill and mountain cross events; The Final Descent held in October, which is downhill race and draws over 300 participants; and The National Collegiate Cycling Association School Championship with over 800 cyclists from across the country competing in three days of competition for the national title.
“Family friendly, family fun” since 1952, Sipapu Ski and Summer Resort is located 22 miles southeast of Taos on Highway 518 and offers over 300 miles of mountain biking trails, mountain bike rentals and shuttle service. Sipapu guests also take advantage of hiking, fishing, mine tours, petroglyph tours, rafting and so much more. The Sipapu winters offer great skiing and snowboarding along with the longest ski season in New Mexico. For more information on Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort please call (505) 587-2240 or check out free lodging specials on their website at www.SipapuNM.com
For information on lodging and lift ticket deals, snow conditions, activities and more at Angel Fire this winter visit www.angelfireresort.com.
Krysty O’Quinn Walker
PR Manager, Angel Fire Resort
About Angel Fire Resort
If you can do it on a mountain, you can do it here. Angel Fire Resort is the Southwest’s premier year-round alpine recreation destination. Tucked high in the mountains of northern New Mexico, Angel Fire is the rare resort where you can ski, snowboard, tube, snow bike and cross country ski all on the same mountain. For more information on Angel Fire Resort, please call 505-377-4424.
To line up an interview with an Angel Fire executive or for more information contact:
Public Relations Rep
Angel Fire Resort