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Holy Grit – Race the Old Spanish Trail

November 4 @ 8:15 am - 5:00 pm

The Holy Grit Bike Ride is a cycling event that takes place on November 4th, 2023 in Blanco New Mexico. The ride is open to cyclists of all levels and offers a variety of distances to choose from, including a 15-mile race/tour and a 40-mile race/tour option with different categories to choose from.

The ride starts and finishes at Wines of the San Juan, a winery located beneath Navajo Lake. Ride on parts of the Old Spanish Trail, a historic trade route that connected the northern New Mexico settlements of (or near) Santa Fe, New Mexico with those of Los Angeles, California and southern California dating back to the 1800s.

The ride is a great way to experience the beauty of Northwestern New Mexico and to challenge yourself both physically and mentally. It is also a great opportunity to meet other cyclists and to enjoy the camaraderie of the cycling community.

There is limited cell service in the area… please keep this in mind as this is a wilderness setting in terms of rescue. Let people know in advance if you go and pre-ride, this area is remote and has limited cell service. Riders MUST ride on the right side of the road and be aware of other road users. Be careful of industry workers and other people using the roads, they are NOT closed during our event. Although the traffic will be less being that it is a weekend, please be aware that there are other road users out there to be cautious of. MANDATORY navigation device of some sort to help riders avoid confusion. The course will be marked but due to how easy it is to get turned around out there and the lack of cell service we require all riders to have a navigation device with the route downloaded. Please hang around after riding to enjoy the music, food, and beverages.

Download the route file here:

15 mile:


40 mile:


Event Details

  • Date: November 4th, 2023
  • Time: Starts at 9:45am (packet pickup 8:15)
  • Location: Wines of the San Juan, New Mexico (233 NM-511, Blanco, NM 87412)
  • Ride Distances: 15 or 40 miles
  • Cost: $35 – $120
  • Categories include (Pro Male/Female, u23 Male/Female, Open Intermediate Male/Female and Grom Male/Female)

What to Expect

  • Family-friendly
  • Food, beverages, entertainment
  • marked course and aid stations
  • Stunning views
  • A beautiful venue
  • Camaraderie of the cycling community


November 4
8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Aztec Adventures


Wines of the San Juan
233 NM-511
Blanco, NM 87412 United States
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