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.
NEW in 2020 finishers in all categories will receive a commemorative finisher's medal! Earn yours in 2020!
Riders make their way to Highway 14 through the Rancho Viejo neighborhood. Once on New Mexico Highway 14, pass Lone Butte and the Garden of the Gods, and ride through the Galisteo River Valley and the town of Cerrillos. The seven mile ascent through the Ortiz mountains is the longest of the ride. Stop in the old coal company town of Madrid to refuel at the food stop and leave any excess gear with the valet service. Continue the ascent to the top of Stagecoach Pass, and enjoy the downhill into the old mining town of Golden. Turn left onto NM 344 and take a break at the Heartbreak Hill hydration stop before the climb that earned its name! There's no disgrace in walking this hill! Roll into the Cedar Grove food stop. After Cedar Grove, enjoy twenty two miles of flats. Turn left at NM 472 for a straight shot to the intersection with NM 41 and the Stanley food stop. Enjoy some rollers before the Galisteo food stop. Turn left on US Highway 285 and start your climb back into Santa Fe. The last food stop is in Eldorado, before starting the home stretch back to the venue.
Total elevation gain on the route is 5,041 feet.
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 and receive a finishing time and be in the results, 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.
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. Helmets meeting CPSC standards 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 six Food/Hydration Stops. However, each rider should carry extra water.
There are 6 Food Stops with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drinks, water and more.
- Madrid - 20 miles
- Heartbreak Hill - 34 miles (Water/Sports drinks only)
- Cedar Grove - 45 miles
- Stanley - 57 miles
- Galisteo - 75 miles
- Eldorado - 88 miles
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 up until the venue closes. 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 $50 per rider and $70 at the venue.