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New Mexico's "Road Apple Rally" Makes It's 40th Start Today, Though It Is A Virtual Start This Year


The longest continually running mountain bike race in the U.S. starts for the 40th consecutive year today, October 3rd. However, the race, like so many other things in our lives in the time of COVID-19, is being run a little bit differently than in years past. This year, The Road Apple Rally is being run virtually.

Established in 1981, the Road Apple Rally - a.k.a. the longest continually run mountain bike race in America - is celebrating its 40th year.

In 1981 mountain bikes hadn't even been invented yet, but we were pioneering the sport here in Farmington, New Mexico.

Forty years later we may not have flying cars, but we do have mountain bikes and the ability to hold a "virtual" race* so we can all race safely in the midst of the global pandemic.

Online registration for the race has already begun and will run until October 17th at noon, local time. Those who register will then be able to track their progress with the Strava or MTB Project apps.

The race will still be held on the Road Apple Rally track, which has a map that is available at the rally's website. Registered entrants have from October 3rd to October 17th to bike the track, with results needing to be submitted by October 18th.

All registration information, rules, maps, and any other information one might need is available at the rally's website, which is linked at the bottom of the page. Enjoy, have fun, stay safe, and relish in the knowledge that you participated in not only the oldest MTB race around, but that you were able to do it in a very unique way.



Road Apple Rally

Established in 1981, the Road Apple Rally - a.k.a. the longest continually run mountain bike race in America - is celebrating its 40th year. In 1981 mountain bikes hadn't even been invented yet, but we were pioneering the sport here in Farmington, New Mexico.


Photo Credit: Road Apple Rally/City Of Farmington, NM


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