New Mexico Off Road Series

The New Mexico Off-Road Series is dedicated to promoting cross-country mountain bike racing in New Mexico. We are a group of race directors, mountain bike promoters and non-profit organizations passionate about bringing the stoke of Mountain Bike racing to New Mexico’s current and future racers.

Check out our 2023 line up of races below and the results here for 2022: 2022 Results

Details of these races are still being sorted, so check back often.

April 15, 2023: Bosque MTB Stage Race

Bosque mountain bike race

Bosque MTB. Mountain bikers have been riding the Bosque as long as there have been mountain bikes, and is is kind of a unique terrain for this part of the world, with the twisty trails through the forest. I tried to pick the twistiest and most technical trails I could find. Expect some really tight twisty sections, some fast sweeping corners through the trees, and a tough little sandy climb followed by a gnarly sandy descant. Also the Saturday NMORS race is the second stage in the Bosque MTB Stage Race. Friday night will be a short TT, that should not wear you out for the NMORS. Sunday will be a longer flatter XC in a different area of the Bosque.

May 6, 2023: Alien Run, Aztec

Alien run mountain bike race logo

The Alien Run trail circles the “alleged” UFO crash site in Hart Canyon on BLM Land. The “Alien Run” became part of the Four Corners Cup Mountain Bike Series and the first competition race was run in March 2001.

Aug 4-6, 2023: Oak Flats, Albuquerque

Oak flats mountain bike race podium

Oakflats MTB is presents an opportunity for all riders, spectator and sponsors to have a great day and to enjoy the event. Come with your family and friends and experience a positive atmosphere.

December 2023: The Coyote Classic

The Coyote Classic will be new to the NMORS this year but not new to the old time mountain bikers.

The Coyote Classic will be held in December of 2023 on the Bowen Ranch Trails just north of El Paso near the NM border. The Coyote Classic was a regular in the NMORS in years past and we are happy to have the race back in the series. The race is put on by Rad Dog Bike Shop in El Paso. Come back to this website in the coming months for updated information about the Coyote Classic and how to register!

Aug 26, 2023: The Torture, Santa Fe

The Torture mountain bike race

The La Tierra Torture is a cross country mountain bike race held in Santa Fe, NM. The race began with the City of Santa Fe Parks and Recreation Department in about 1990. The CORE Crew took over the event in 2006 and has been racing on the La Tierra Trails since then. The race is a combination of old double track dirt roads and single track trails. There are enough La Tierra Trails to change the course yearly. The course is generally 7-9 miles in length with about 8-900 feet of elevation per lap. We try to make the course 60-80 percent single track with plenty of short double track sections to facilitate passing.

Pending: Signal Peak Challenge, Silver City

Signal Peak mountain bike race

CANCELLED due to trail conditions. Looking forward to 2023!

The Signal Peak Challenge is a cross-country mountain bike race, taking in dirt roads and signal track trails around Signal Peak. Located fifteen miles north of Silver City in the Gila National Forest, the area presents challenging riding as riders gain two thousand feet of climbing in the first seven miles. The race has faced challenging times after the forest fire of 2013, but with over thirty editions of the race since 1986, we hope to continue to offer the race in the area for many years to come!

Sep 10, 2023: High Altitude Classic, Cloudcroft

The High Altitude Classic, hosted at 9000ft of elevation in the Lincoln National Forest of South Eastern New Mexico, is a legendary mountain bike race with a history dating back to the 1990’s. Beginning and ending in the Village of Cloudcroft, NM this race is guaranteed to take your breath away. With one of the longest and fastest descents in the NMORS, plenty of technical rocky single track, and a 2-track hill climb trail connector that’s anything but easy; this race will quickly challenge the best of your skills, yet leave you wanting to come back for more each year.

Sep 24, 2023: Horny Toad Hustle, Las Cruces

The Horny Toad Hustle originated with NM State University collegiate cycling in the late 1990’s. It has changed names and venues, but has been held at the Dona Ana Mountain Bike Trails for 18 years and is still a major part of the Southwest Collegiate Cycling Conference Mountain Bike Race series. The Dona Ana trails are located in a picturesque Chihuahuan Desert, and feature prolonged climbs, long flowy descents, and short technical sections for the cross country MTB racer. The trails are community maintained, are located within the confines of the Organ Mountain Desert Peak National Monument.

October 7th, 2023: Road Apple Rally, Farmington


Held annually since 1981, the Road Apple Rally is America’s longest continuously running mountain bike race! This single-track course includes 5, 15 and 30-mile loops in the Glade Run Recreation Area and is a fun and fast race for mountain bikers of all levels. The Rally got its name from early riders dodging “road apples” left behind by horses who also used the trail. The early October season in the Four Corners region of New Mexico is well known for its beautiful clear skies and perfect fall temperatures, making it an ideal getaway for avid cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Check back soon for registration!


For more information, or if you have a race you would like included in the series, please contact us.

NMORS Mountain Bike Racing starting line