Second annual bike rodeo offers children a chance to learn bike safety

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FARMINGTON — The longest continuously running mountain bike race in the country will return to Farmington this weekend.

Road Apple Rally, which started in 1981, now attracts hundreds of riders to the Glade Run Recreation Area.

This year, riders will notice the route – which starts and finishes at Lions Wilderness Park and at its farthest east portion runs along N.M. Highway 574 – is much easier to follow.

The Bureau of Land Management has worked with Farmington’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department, as well as the Convention and Visitors Bureau, to install new signs marking the route.

Jody Carman, a spokeswoman for the PRCA, said the signs were completed in time for the race and will later be expanded to more popular trails, including off-road vehicle routes.

“It will be exciting to see if people notice,” Carman said.

The Road Apple Rally route is 30 miles, but less experienced riders can opt for a shorter route. That one is 15 miles and, unlike the longer route, is not a loop. Instead, riders head out on Kinsey Trail, complete a short loop and return on the same trail. Both the novice and the regular route have little climbing and are considered fast rides.

While the deadline for registering for the race has passed, onlookers can participate in the second annual bike rodeo sponsored by the city of Farmington’s Safe Routes to School program.

This rodeo will run from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday and will give children between the ages of 7 and 12 a chance to practice bike skills and learn about safety. Younger children can participate if they can ride a bike unassisted and are accompanied by an adult.

To participate, children should bring their own bicycle and helmet.

For more information about the bike rodeo, call 505-716-6677 or email srts@fmtn.org.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

If you go

What: Road Apple Rally

When: 9 a.m. Saturday  

Where: Lions Wilderness Park, 5800 College Blvd., Farmington

More info: Go to fmtn.org.

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