Sidelines - August 2-8

Posted 8/2/18

High school biking: The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its fourth season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain …

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Sidelines - August 2-8

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High school biking

The Taos Composite High School Mountain Bike Team begins its fourth season of offering Northern New Mexico students the opportunity to train as a team and race mountain bikes. This team is open to anyone who rides bikes, enjoys being outside and is in high school in Northern New Mexico. Practices take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons as well as group rides Sundays. The team competes in the Colorado league with five regular-season races during the fall season.

Athletes are encouraged to join this inclusive team that promotes camaraderie and fun while developing bike handling skills, healthy competitiveness, fitness and, most important, a healthy, active lifestyle. For more information, go to fitatos.org and email info@fitaos.org.

Fly-fishing lessons

Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort and Solitary Angler are offering casting instruction classes every Saturday, May 26-Sept. 1 during the summer season. Taught by certified fly-fishing instructors from Solitary Angler, these hands-on lessons cover the fundamentals, including how the fly rod, reel and line work together; the three elements to a good cast, how to cast overhand and backhand, even in the wind; and how to shoot line out and strip line in.

Lessons take place every Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-noon. This is a free program. However, a New Mexico fishing license is required and may be purchased at Sipapu's general store. Interested anglers are asked to meet on the patio behind Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort.

Students are encouraged to bring their own equipment although doing so is not required. Fly rods and reels will be available at the clinics at no charge. Following the casting clinic, a more in-depth, half-day small stream fly-fishing class on the Río Pueblo will be offered for those who sign up for a fee. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a spot, call Van at (575) 758-5653.

Up and Over

The 13th Annual Taos Ski Valley Up and Over Trail Run is slated to take place Saturday (Aug. 4). This mountain 10-kilometer course will challenge your body, stimulate your senses and connect you with the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains.This is a challenging and scenic climb that peaks with amazing views of Kachina and Wheeler Peaks.

This is a 2018 Trail Runner Trophy Series event, and all registrants will receive an event T-shirt and goodie bag. Preregistration is still available and the cost to enter the race is $60 from Aug. 1-3. Cost on race day is $65. Race day registration will begin at 7 a.m. and the 10k trail run race will start promptly at 9 a.m. – rain or shine. For more information or to register for the race, visit taosskivalley.com.

Big Ride

For the fourth year in a row, Zia Rides is organizing the South Boundary "Big Ride" from Angel Fire to Taos. This scenic (mostly single-track) mountain bike race/ride is scheduled to take place Saturday, Aug. 4 and offers riders prizes for the top three finishers in each category. To register for this event, or for more information visit ziarides.com.

Lady Tiger volleyball

The official start dates for both middle school and high school volleyball is Aug. 13 and tryouts will take place Aug. 13-14 for high school players vying for a spot on the varsity, junior varsity or freshman rosters. Workouts will run from 3:30-6 p.m (after school). Middle school tryouts are slated for Aug. 15-16, beginning at 3:30 and ending at 5:30 p.m.

All athletes interested in playing must attend both days of tryout, have a current physical (dated after April 1) and a completed Taos athletic participation agreement packet prior to practice and tryouts. For more information, contact coach Anita Rodriguez at anita.rodriguez@taosschools.org.

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