Road Apple Rally
VIRTUAL RACE: October 3 - 17, 2020
Established in 1981, the Road Apple Rally - a.k.a. the longest continually run mountain bike race in America - is celebrating its 40th year.
In 1981 mountain bikes hadn't even been invented yet, but we were pioneering the sport here in Farmington, New Mexico.
Forty years later we may not have flying cars, but we do have mountain bikes and the ability to hold a "virtual" race* so we can all race safely in the midst of the global pandemic.
Here's how the Road Apple Rally will work this year:
- Register online here by October 17 at noon. Or download the printable registration form here and have it postmarked by October 2. NOTE: You must register BEFORE you record yourself riding the course.
- Registration is $25.00 and includes a 40th-anniversary t-shirt.
- Using either Strava or the MTB Project app on a smartphone or fitness device record yourself riding the actual Road Apple Rally track sometime between October 3 and October 17, 2020. Then take a screenshot of your results and submit them by October 18, 2020.
- Do a happy dance because you just competed in this historic race.
All participants will be riding at their own risk. You will need to know the route (see below to download the printable map). Make sure you have plenty of water and electrolytes and a plan in case you need assistance on the track.
* We put "virtual" race in quotes because it's not exactly a virtual race but we don't know what else to call it. Virtual races are typically indoors on stationary bikes with self-reported times. Our race is going to have the self-reported times, but you ride the actual outdoor Road Apple Rally track.
The Road Apple Rally track is great for riders of all abilities. Offering both a 30-mile and 15-mile loop this single-track trail is not overly technical. Experienced riders love the speed they can get (upwards of 15-miles per hour!) and beginners are able to successfully tackle it.
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