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   The inaugural Sipapu SkiBike Rally was held on February 3, 4, and 5 at Sipapu Ski Area, near Taos, in northern New Mexico.

    This is only the second ski area to produce a full-featured skibiking event in modern times, and is a welcome addition to the Purgatory Festival.

    Sixteen riders came to slide over the course of the gathering, and were greeted by sunshine and fresh powder. The high point was an extraordinary "Enduro" competition event held at the end of the day on Saturday. The race consisted of 3 laps on a closed course with a dedicated lift. The terrain included

trees, fast groomers, moguls, powder etc, true diversity to test all-around skills. A great concept, and great fun!

   This is truly a skibike friendly resort, and we were treated with reverence, the way it should be everywhere! We gratefully consumed the free skibiker dinner on Saturday eve, and shared a few lies, and beers, with our fellow bikers. Thanks for the hospitality....

 

~R.R.

 

 

 

 

COMPETITION RESULTS

Enduro Event

 

1. Craig Carroll (Brenter)

2. Rod Ratzlaff (Velocity)

3. Patrick Neelan (Stalmach)

Followed by: Various riders on rental bikes

 

 

Report...

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Sipapu SkiBike Rally

February 3 - 5, 2007

Sipapu Resort, New Mexico

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Enduro Event winner Craig Carroll demonstrates the meaning of the word "powder"

L to R (Saturday): Craig Carroll, Rod Ratzlaff, Patrick Neelan (The Colorado contingent), Ray Kludys (Arizona), Matthew Ellisor, Jesse McBay, Garry Baker, Chris Ferguson, Brian Ellisor (The Texas contingent)