Santa Fe Gourmet Classic

A bike ride with a gastronomic twist

  2012 Ride

 

Year 3!!! and another successful ride - some of the comments and photos from the 2012 ride:

"I want to thank you so very much for a great Gourmet Classic ride yesterday.  The event-the beautiful ride, the food, the service- exceeded my expectations.  My husband and I had such fun and met some very nice people.  Kicking the event off the evening before with your wine & cheese event and being able to pick up our registrations was an excellent idea.  It gave us the opportunity to meet folks and just feel more relaxed coming out the next morning.  I also want to commend Kathleen and all the volunteers; the food servers, and the SAG folks, Kirk and others, who assisted everyone in every way possible.  I have nothing but compliments because Kathleen and her crew were so friendly, and helpful.  They answered all our questions along the way.   They kept smiles on their faces every moment and made it such a pleasure to be around them.  They assisted us with such joy!  

Then of course the wonderful and most delicious food provided by Walter Burke catering-YUM!   How fantastic was that!  WOW!  From the blueberry cheese blintzes to the delicious lunch and then the great food and beverages at all the pit stops even at the end back at the Pera building.  Who could ask for anything more!  I will recommend this ride to everyone I can.  The route was beautiful with the right amount of challenge.  I loved it and my husband too.  God willing, I look forward to next years ride! 

Please express my gratitude to all who put this event together, including yourself, and all the volunteers-especially to Kathleen-what positive energy and "can do" people you all are!"

"Now that we can finally walk again without wincing and clutching our backsides, we have to take a few moments to send our gushiest congratulations to you and all the volunteers at The Santa Fe Gourmet Classic for an unforgettable event this weekend. Really, truly we have never had so much fun taking our bodies through hell and back. Every aspect of the day was memorable -- incredibly kind, helpful and fun volunteers; gorgeous New Mexican scenery; imaginative and lip-smacking food; and a warm, supportive and non-competitive sporty environment. You have created a really special community event that celebrates everything that is special in life. Bravo, bravo, bravo."


"Really enjoyed the ride and hope to return next year!"

...and so on...


Here are some photos of the event.

 
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And here is the menu for 2012:

8:00am – 8:30am        Fuel up (PERA Building)

-     Pancetta Frittata with Asiago and Sundried Tomatoes 

      Spinach and Gruyere Frittata

-     Homemade Caramel Pecan Rolls

-     Greek Yogurt, Home Made Granola and Berry Display

-     Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

-     Chocolate Almond Protein “Shakes”

-     Regular and decaf coffee with assorted teas

-     Water and Gatorade

 

09:30am – 10:30am    “Pick-me-up” Break (NM41 and NM42 - 26 miles)

-     Blueberry and Lemon Cream Cheese Blintzes Casserole

-     Coconut Lemongrass Bars

-     Pear and Pomegranate Spritzer

-     Water and Gatorade

 

11:30am – 1:00pm      Lunch (Bonanza Creek Ranch - 39 miles)

-      Grilled Halibut with Lemon Tarragon Butter, 

       Smoked Corn Salsa, and Tangy Lime Vinaigrette

-      Vegetarian option-portobello napoleon-stacked

       grilled portobello, bell peppers, zucchini and glazed

       with a balsamic reduction

-      Sautéed Summer Squash and Zucchini Pappardelle

-      Red Leaf and Butter Lettuce tossed with Shaved Cantaloupe, 

       Spiced NM Pecans, Tucumcari Feta Crumbles, 

       and tossed with a Riesling Vinaigrette

-      Roasted Local Fingerling Potatoes with Kosher Salt

-      Lemon Serrano Posset and Red Chile Chocolate Shortbread Cookies

-      Sodas, water and Gatorade

 

1:15pm – 2:15pm    “Get-me-home” Break (Dinosaur Trail - 52 miles)

-      Fresh Water Station-Watermelon Juice, 

       Cantaloupe Juice and Horchata

-      Cardamom Orange Apricot Cake Squares

-      Water and Gatorade

 

2:30pm – 4:30pm     Unwind at the finish (PERA Building - 65 miles)

-     International Cheese and Fruit Display 

      with Imported Crackers and Toasted Pita Crisps

-     Cumin and Saffron Scented Olives, 

      Roasted Red Pepper Hummus,

      Toasted Chick Peas in Smoked Sweet Paprika

-     Non-alcoholic Sangria blended with apples, pears and oranges