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    White mesa, how long to complete?

    Planning my first ride in white mesa here in a couple weeks. Have kids games and fun stuff like that too. How long does it take to complete the ride? I know its a 45min drive from abq. Also any other rides besides this and otero close to abq to attempt this summer?I'm wanting some new rides.

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    Don't really know how fit you are and such, but here are some comments to help you gauge. The main outer loop is not super long(less than 10 miles long, I don't remember exactly). If you ride it clockwise starting down dragons back it's pretty much downhill the first half and uphill the second half. It's about as tough as the climb up tunnel and west ridge.
    You can add miles by adding a loop going down the gnarly center spine then climbing back out again.

    You gotta check it out at least once, it's pretty neat if not everyone's cup of tea. I would do it ASAP before it gets too hot. There is almost no shade.

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    I've ridden it once, 8 miles in an hour and 15 minutes, 1000 feet elevation gain.

    Pretty fun and easy enough.

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    Awesome, thanks guys!

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    I've made the main loop in 45 minutes. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by thunder View Post
    Also any other rides besides this and otero close to abq to attempt this summer?I'm wanting some new rides.
    The Sandia's have some great rides. Starting from Doc Long and climbing up. Faulty is in decent shape if you want to ride there now. There's still snow in the trees by the ski area. Once it's hot and the snow has melted, go up to 10k and ride loops up there to the towers.

    Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide: Google Earth Trail Tracks.

    There is wilderness in the Sandia's but as long as you stay out of it, you'll find lots of great trails.
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    I rode White Mesa for the first time a few weeks ago. I was really impressed with the trail. Of the five trails I rode on my trip, this one stands out above the others. This includes Sedona. Here's a video that should give you an idea of terrain and difficulty.

    https://youtu.be/ZqkukAcaLqY

    In the video, I state that it was rated #1 by MTB Project users at the time of riding. That's not true. It was the #1 ranked "featured ride" on that website. Details, details. Anyway, you should have a great time.

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    White Ridge over Sedona?

    Interesting video, nice work. Are you using a gimbal?

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    Yes, I used a gimbal on this ride. That's what's hanging in the upper right corner of much of the video. First time filming a ride and didn't realize the importance of mounting position.
    I think Sedona is a better multi-day destination, but I really liked White Ridge for its solitude and barren landscape. It left an impression.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MTB nomad View Post
    Yes, I used a gimbal on this ride. That's what's hanging in the upper right corner of much of the video. First time filming a ride and didn't realize the importance of mounting position.
    I think Sedona is a better multi-day destination, but I really liked White Ridge for its solitude and barren landscape. It left an impression.


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    good video. you missed some fun stuff up there
    I like the gimble action.

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