BREAKING NEWS -- To address safety concerns regarding cyclists and motorists traveling in both directions on Highway 14, the Santa Fe Century has revised the 100-mile route for the 2018 Century ride and Gran Fondo. The revised route will not ascend and descend Heartbreak Hill as was previously published.
Please see the route description below or click on the map to the right to see the revised route.
To Be Timed, or Not to Be Timed
The Century and the Gran Fondo follow the same course. Century riders are not timed while Gran Fondo riders are chip-timed. If you wish to ride 100 miles timed, please register for the Gran Fondo.
The Century riders have the option to launch in a group or by themselves. Century riders are encouraged to join in the group start at 7:00am, riding out behind the timed Gran Fondo riders. This is a great way to kick off your ride with the fun and energy of other riders in a safe, escorted group!
A police escort in front and behind the entire group of riders will slowly lead the riders for 4.5 miles until just after the intersection of NM 599 and NM 14. At that point, the escort will pull over and everyone is free to go at their own pace. If you choose not to participate in the 7:00am rollout, please be aware that a group launch will be taking place at that time and plan accordingly.
About the CenturyThis is the ride for which the Santa Fe Century is named and famed! It is designed for the amateur citizen rider, as well as the fast rider, who is in good shape and has trained for the event. These riders look at the ride as a challenge both in distance and elevation changes. It is also a mental challenge as well as a physical challenge.
The 2018 Santa Fe Century route will use a 26 mile loop with a short out and back to the top of La Bajada, with views of the Rio Grande Valley. Riders will make a turn onto Bonanza Creek road, home of the Bonanza Creek Ranch, which is frequently used as backdrop for both TV and film. This course should be a little quicker than our traditional route through the Ortiz mountains, but it still has some hills, with a total vertical gain of 4,800 feet during the 100.2 miles. There will be a new rest stop near the top of La Bajada in place of the Madrid and Heartbreak Hill stops.
Gear and Equipment
Each rider needs a multiple gear bike with a low gear for hill climbing in good mechanical condition. A bicycle tune up prior to the event is highly recommended. ASTM approved helmets are mandatory. In addition, each cyclist must carry a spare tube, a patch kit, pump or CO2 cartridges and basic tools. This ride is heavily supported with 6 Food Stops. However, each rider should carry extra water.
There are 4 Food Stops with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drinks, water and more:
- La Bajada - 21 and 47 miles
- Galisteo - 75 miles
- Eldorado - 87 miles
Valet Your Gear
We offer a valet service at the La Bajada food stop. Items can be put in a plastic zip bag. The bags will be brought to the finish line around noon, where you can claim them. There is no charge to valet gear, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Rider photos will be taken on HWY 285 just before Lamy Hill.
The Century online registration fee is $40 ($50 after May 1st) per rider and $60 at the venue.
- View a turn by turn map - PDF of the route.
- View a turn by turn description - PDF of the route.
- View the Start / Finish - PDF map.
- View the GPS tracks