Frazer Mountain Madness at Taos Ski Valley

September 10, 2007 by  
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Make sure you are in Taos Ski Valley from 21 to 23 September this year, as mountain biking mania hits the slopes. This is the weekend of the Frazer Mountain Madness in Taos Ski Valley of New Mexico. This is an event that is sure to thrill the entire family with exciting mountain bike racing, great entertainment, good food and a festival atmosphere. Join in the fun of the Frazer Mountain Madness this September!

What can visitors and competitors expect at the 2007 Frazer Mountain Madness? Well, this year’s event is included in the New Mexico Off-Road Series, so it is set to be even grander than the 2006 event. Registration will begin on 21 September at the Taos Ski Valley Visitors Centre at 11:00. The real fun starts on Saturday, September 22. During the course of the day the Hill Climb, Kids Race, Kid Bike Crit and a Trials Bicycle Demo will take place. All through the day, visitors can enjoy the delightful festival that accompanies the competitions. Take in a meal or grab something to drink at various venues, such as Rhoda’s Deck, Tim’s Stray Dog Cantina and the Martini Tree. Chairlift rides are available from 10:00 to 16:30 and offer some really spectacular views. Also take part in fun games such as Disc Golf, volleyball and more. To round off the day, the Wendy Woo Trio will be entertaining visitors on the outdoor stage.

Sunday, September 23 features the Cross Country race. Once again, visitors can enjoy a number of activities at the festival. Awards will be handed out at Rhoda’s Deck at the end of the day.

The Hill Climb on Saturday will begin at the base zone of Taos Ski Valley and will cover 2 800 feet in just 5.5 miles. It ends at the summit of Frazer Mountain, at 12 163 feet. The steepest grade measures in at 23%, but on average the grade is under 10%. As a timed event, the first rider to the top is the winner. The Cross Country course is set chiefly on grass and gravel track and begins and ends at the Snakedance Condos of Taos Ski Valley. This challenging mountain biking course edges its way up to 11 500 feet. Beginners and Junior 14 entrants will cover a single lap that measures just below 9 miles. The Sport Classes entrants must race 2 laps of 13 miles. Expert and Pro entrants will cover 3 laps of 17.5 miles. Those who wish to test out the cross-country course can do so on the Friday, but only after registering. It is important to note, that those who do not own a USA Cycling licence must pay an additional $5 day fee.

There is plenty of fine, affordable accommodation in Taos Ski Valley, as well as facilities for camping. So why not pack up the family and head on over to the Frazer Mountain Madness in Taos Ski Valley this September!