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Sidelines – Sept. 27

Posted 9/27/18

Dirt Series slots available: Slots are still available for one of the most popular women’s mountain bike camps coming to Northern New Mexico Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 29-30).

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Community sports

Sidelines – Sept. 27


Dirt Series slots available

Slots are still available for one of the most popular women’s mountain bike camps coming to Northern New Mexico Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 29-30).

The Trek Dirt Series, which provides 18 years of experience to thousands of women throughout Canada and the United States, will be bringing its two-day cross-country and downhill camp to the Angel Fire Bike park. The cooler temperatures and fall colors make it an ideal weekend for the local women’s mountain bike community to hone its skills.

With a reputation for professional and confidence-inspiring instruction for riders of all levels, the program has a history of sold-out camps, so it’s best to register as soon as possible.

For more information on the Trek Dirt Series camp in Angel Fire including registration and costs, visit For additional information on the program as a whole, including the entire season’s schedule, visit

End-of-Season V-ball

Time has come for the KTAOS Solar Volleyball League end-of-season tournament. The beach-type throwdown is slated for Sunday (Sept. 30) with doors opening at 10 a.m. and games starting at 11 a.m. Cost to enter is $50 per team with prizes awarded to winning teams and the coveted trophy awarded to the champions.

Visit the KTAOS Facebook event page for the rules. For more information or to sign up, contact Rushan via phone at (575) 770-5473 or via e-mail at

Aquí en Taos

The 38th Annual Aquí en Taos Tennis and Pickleball Tournament will take place at the Taos Tennis at Quail Ridge complex Sept. 28-30. Categories for this year's event include men's and women's singles, doubles and mixed doubles for tennis, and men's and women's doubles for pickleball.

Cost to enter the tournament is $20 per player, which includes a player's potluck party on Saturday evening. Deadline to sign up is Tuesday (Sept. 25).

Rules of the United States Tennis Association will govern all play and participants are limited to two events. Interested tennis or pickleball players can register via e-mail at or by stopping by the pro shop at Quail Ridge. For questions concerning the tournament, contact Kurt Edelbrock at (575) 770-0333.


It’s almost time for "Wintervention Ski Swap" 2017. Taos’ annual ski swap at the KTAOS Solar Center, 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado, will take place Oct. 5-6. Gear can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., followed by the "Early Bird Sale" from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 5.  The swap will occur from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m Saturday, Oct. 6. Admission is free for both days (donation upon purchase of gear). There will be live music and giveaways.

"Wintervention" is sponsored by Taos Ski Valley, KTAOS Solar Center and Solar Radio and Taos Winter Sports Team.  For more information, visit

Pick yer Poison

The Second Annual Pick Your Poison 5k and 10k trail runs on the Little and Big Arsenic loops within the Río Grande National Monument Wild Rivers is slated for Sunday, Oct. 6. New this year is a team race that will combine overall race times of teams consisting of two men and two women. Rugged gravel paths wind down into the spectacular Río Grande Gorge, past gorgeous ponderosa pine groves and natural fresh-water springs. Runners will pass ancient petroglyphs and sprint along the wild Río Grande in an intimate way offered nowhere else.

The run ends with an outrageous climb 800 feet back up to the mesa, at points using both a staircase and a ladder, to ensure a truly unique race experience. In conjunction with the race, there will be a spaghetti dinner at El Monte Carlo Lounge in Questa, Saturday, Oct. 6. Cost is $10 per person and will benefit the Questa High School Drama Club. The dinner will take place from 5:30-7:30 p.m., and participants can also pick up their registration packet during the pre-race event.

Cost to enter the 5k race is $35 (preregistration: Sept. 1-Oct. 5) and $50 on race day. Registration fees for the 10k race is $45 preregistration and $60 on race day. All participants will receive the 2018 Pick Your Poison jersey and swag bag. Overall and age class winners will receive Pick Your Poison medals and prizes.

For more information, visit or contact Kimber MacDonald via phone at (575) 770-2727, or via e-mail at

Ride the Rift

The Field Institute of Taos presents Ride the Rift, a free mountain bike event for all ages and all abilities, Sunday, Oct. 14.

The event will take place on the Bureau of Land Management's Rift Valley Trail System along the rim of the Río Grande Gorge with the start and finish line at the end of County Road 110 (past the golf course). Riding is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ride flowy single- and double-track in rolling terrain among sagebrush, piñón and juniper.

There are three distances for all levels of riders, including 12-mile (long course), 4.6-mile (short course) and a miniature courses for kids. There will be free burgers and live music. Register for free online and get all the details at


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