SANTA FE CYCLING GUIDE

Santa Fe
Cycling
Clubs

Maintaining a mountain biking trail in Santa Fe
Since its founding in 2010, the Santa Fe Fat Tire Society has supported the mountain bike community through education, advocacy, and trail building and maintenance. SFFTS is the Santa Fe chapter of IMBA, the International Mountain Biking Association.

Members of this volunteer organization include certified sawyers who cleared downed trees and teams who help fund, build, and maintain trails. See a downed tree on a trail? Fill out their Trail Maintenance Request form. Volunteers will ride their bikes in full protective gear with a chainsaw strapped to their back and clear the path.

The Santa Fe Fat Tire Society focuses on:

  • Building and maintaining trails
  • Sponsoring club rides, family rides, and women’s rides
  • Organizing and running the Atalaya Flyers, a mountain biking program for kids aged 8-12
  • Advocating for the Santa Fe mountain biking community
Santa Fe Fat Tire Society logo
A club for bicycle riders aged 50 years and older, Santa Fe Seniors on Bikes (SOBS) organizes social rides for cyclists of all ability levels on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays throughout the year.

SOBS offers two types of rides, planned and free-form. Planned rides follow a specific route while free-form rides have no pre-planned route. All rides are led by a ride leader.

Club rides fall into three main groups:

  • A Group (Energetic): Typically 30 to 50 miles at a pace determined by the riders. The ride leader will stop for regrouping as dictated by the route and to make sure no one gets lost or dropped. Riders may ride faster or slower than the ride leader but regroup at the designated stop.
  • B Group (Relaxed): Typically 20 to 40 miles at a pace determined by the ride leader. This is a no-drop group, meaning riders will not be left behind. A designated HERO rider rides at the back of the group to make sure no one is left behind. The HERO will also help with flats or simple mechanical problems.
  • C Group (Relaxed): Typically around 20 miles at a speed that depends on the riders. This will also be a no-drop group.

Pedal Queens

The Pedal Queens are a Santa Fe women’s cycling club where members can connect online and in real life at events, rides, and seminars. Their stated mission is “to inspire women to improve their skill, health and confidence by riding bikes.”

Past Pedal Queen events include a women’s bicycle demo and expo called Bike-A-GoGo that attracted about 500 attendees and over 35 bike companies.

Pedal Queens has been a co-sponsor of Cranksgiving Santa Fe, a pedal-powered food drive in which cyclists deliver hundreds of frozen turkeys to The Food Depot. Started in 1999 in New York City, Cranksgiving has spread to more than 100 cities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Participants can ride, donate a turkey, or support a team.

Barker Realty is a corporate sponsor of Santa Fe’s Cranksgiving.

The Santa Fe Road Riders (SFRR) are a loosely organized bike group dedicated to riding on asphalt, with no officers, dues, meetings, or affiliations.

Volunteers organize rides, maintain the ride calendar, and issue route profiles. New and visiting riders are welcome.

SFRR rides generally fall into three categories:

  • C rides are moderate road bike rides in the 25 to 45 mile range. Average speeds are in the 12 to 14 mph range. Mountain bikes and hybrids are not recommended.
  • B rides range from 45 to 60 miles, with a mix of mountainous and less mountainous routes. Speeds average 15 to 18 mph. B rides often split into faster and slower groups, but B’s regroup, stop for repairs, and do their best to account for all riders.
  • A rides can range from 50 to 80+ miles. Average speeds range from 17 to 19 mph. These rides are for strong cyclists wishing to improve both group and individual riding skills as well as overall physical fitness.


Rides and all club activity is posted on the group’s Facebook page.