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.
There is tremendous diversity in scenery as the ride heads south and drops in elevation. The vegetation goes from the pinon trees of the high desert to the grassland of the open plains. "Ya gotta love hills," said one rider. There are the rollers, the 4 mile climb to Stagecoach Pass, and then the almost 10 mile downhill as you head towards Golden. There is the challenge of the short but steep Heartbreak Hill and the breathtaking vistas as you descend into the Galisteo Basin. Patience, commitment and determination yield personal rewards as you test and push your limits. Something for everyone!! The total elevation gain for the route is 6,326 feet.
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 6 Food Stops with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drinks, water and more:
- Madrid - 21 and 58 miles
- Heartbreak Hill - 35 and 44 miles
- Galisteo - 74 miles
- Eldorado - 90 miles
Valet Your Gear
We offer a valet service at the Madrid 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.