Sandia Crest - Backside Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

10.4
FIETS
15.8 mi
DISTANCE
4,727 ft
GAINED
5.7 %
AVG. GRADE

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Page Contributor(s): Joseph Coleman, Bend, OR; Timon Fish, Albuquerque, NM.

INTRO

From approximately mile 6.5 this ride is gravel-dirt for 3.2 miles at 5.5%.  However, we are informed by cyclists that it can be done on road bike with 28mm or bigger tires.  "John Johnson I do it a lot on my road bike with 28's. The dirt section is never too bad unless it's muddy or icy."  Timon Fish (KOM), Albuquerque, NM.  You need not descend the gravel - here's the loop route which includes descending the traditional Sandia Crest route on fully paved Hwy 536 - Route

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Difficulty: Strenuous
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May 31, 2021
difficulty: Strenuous
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
May 31, 2021
scenery: 4
traffic: 5
road: 2
I lived in Albuquerque for 11 years. I climbed ( and raced ) Sandia Crest dozens of times. Locals call this ride Around the Mountain. This is an alternative to Climbing the Crest. You can start in the village of Placitas , it’s paved for awhile but soon turns to dirt, mostly dirt with some washboard sections. This is a very doable ride ( going up, do not descend on a road bike ) Back in the day I only used 23mm tires. I wouldn’t do it now on anything less than 25mm -28mm. It is a Epic ride. Goes by the Sandia Man Cave. Come out at the switchbacks that is the last part climbing to the Crest.
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