LAS CRUCES – The first New Mexico Bike Packing Summit will be held in Las Cruces on Friday, October 22nd.
Titled “Origins and Connections,” the summit hopes to bring together outdoor enthusiasts locally, across the state and outside of the state, to discuss how the state’s four top bike pack routes will be connected and how those routes will be promoted in some way can that supports inclusivity and equity.
The summit begins with a New Mexico Makers / Meet and Greet session from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm at Outdoor Adventures, 1424 Missouri Ave. The session will attend New Mexico-based manufacturers and retailers focused on cycling or outdoor recreational equipment.
After a lunch break, the summit will continue from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Klein Park, 155 N. Mesquite St, with three panels of speakers
State Representative Angelica Rubio, D-Las Cruces, will moderate a discussion with recipients of the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund, the first of its kind in the United States
Axie Navas, director of the Outdoor Recreation Division of New Mexico, will discuss the past two years since the division’s inception and next steps for the New Mexico outdoor recreation industry.
Bailey Newberry, owner of Sincere Bicycles in Santa Fe and an expert on bicycle packaging networks in New Mexico, will speak about his recent journey across the continental divide and share stories about the network and its future.
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Pablo Lopez, co-founder of Monumental Loop and manager of Outdoor Adventures, a supporter of the event, said, “The trail network has been around for a long time, but next month’s Bikepacking Summit is doing the work that many of us have been doing worth it. I want people to come together to celebrate the achievements we have made, but also to discuss what the future holds, especially for local access to our nature. “
Matt Mason, co-founder of the Monumental Loop, added, “Since our lobbying began a few years ago, it has been amazing to see how well the state and local leaders are at our vision for the Monumental Loop and the intersectionality of how life can be. have reacted just as changed as the economy. Next month’s summit is an exciting opportunity to highlight these efforts and cement what many of us have always known – that access to nature should be for all of us. All we have to do is make the investments. “
Hilary Dutcher, Head of Outdoor Recreation Sales at Visit Las Cruces, said, “Packing bikes is becoming increasingly popular and is an adventurous way to explore the less traveled parts of the public land that surrounds us. It’s great for visitors and locals alike to raise awareness of this trend and the opportunities it offers for Las Cruces. “
For more information, contact Matt Mason by phone at 575-636-4952 or email at [email protected]