53x12, I'm glad to hear you liked it. Were you able to get enough oxygen at the top of the ski area? (It's at 10,000 feet/3050 meters for those of you who haven't been).
I went to college in Santa Fe, and I have a lot of affection for it. But 11.4 is telling the truth:
Do be aware that people speed, often with alcohol, and there's little or no respect for cyclists. It's not a particularly bike-friendly area.
You can say that again. New Mexico has drive-through liquor stores, and they're pretty popular. I was once tailgated down a hill with a stop sign at the bottom. When we got to the sign, I turned to tell the driver my feelings about his tailgating. Then I saw that he had an open beer in his lap and his girlfriend/wife had their baby in her arms, not a car seat. No one was wearing a seatbelt, of course. The guy just blinked at me, and I realized he had no idea he was tailgating me. Seeing how concerned he was for the safety of himself, his wife and child, I figured he wouldn't be moved by my complaint. I kept my mouth shut.
If you go up past the Lodge you quickly get into Tesuque, a beautiful area with lots of paved roads cross-crossing the countryside.
Yeah, and to your first point, that's the only place I've ever been hit by a car in 32 years of racing and training. I was descending past Bishop's Lodge...at the bottom of that hill, the road bends right. There's an embankment on the right, so it's basically a blind turn. I was going about 35 MPH, and a woman coming the other way cut the corner (crossing the yellow line by a lot) and hit me head-on. She stopped, but wouldn't give me her license and insurance info. Despite a witness (the driver behind me) saying I was in my lane when we collided, the cop didn't ticket the other driver (except for failure to give me her license/insurance info). The cop was wearing a bolo tie, of course, and was pretty sure bikes weren't supposed to be on the road in the first place.
If your road bike is gravel-ready, there are many additional roads with some tough climbs and great vistas as you go off the main paved roads.
I hadn't considered it before, but you're right: Santa Fe is an ideal place for a gravel bike or gravel-ready road bike. If I ever move back, I'll have to pick one up.
Edit: corrected "neters" to "meters."