Would you like to challenge yourself against the clock and others in your age bracket? This is a timed ride that follows the same route as the Century (104 miles). Click here to read the full description of the course.
This will be a group-start event. Participants should be comfortable riding in a group. This is a poor place to learn pack-riding skills - please practice before entering! Expect the pace to be very fast at the front. Last year the first riders finished the event in 4:06 and the average time for finishing was 5:50.
Participants will be chip-timed by Chasing 3 and will receive results, and awards.
Age groups are divided into the following groups:
18 & under
19 - 29
30 - 39
40 - 49
50 - 59
60 - 69
There will be a mandatory rider's meeting at the start line at 6:45am and then the clock will start running with a group start at 7:00am. A police escort in front and behind the entire group of riders will slowly lead the riders for 10.5 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.
Rules of the Road
Riders are to be courteous to other participants, volunteers, and officials. Please be aware that there will be non Gran Fondo cyclists on the road. Give them verbal alerts of your presence when passing. For your safety, no aero bars or any other forward pointing handlebar extensions will be allowed. All riders must wear securely fastened ASTM approved helmets - no exceptions! Follow all traffic laws - this is an open course! Riders who disobey traffic laws will be disqualified from results and may be asked not to return the following year. This includes not crossing over the yellow line and stopping at stoplights/signs. Be safe! If you are courteous and have a positive attitude, you will have a better time and the effect will be contagious!
The finish line for timed riders is different from the non timed riders. The Gran Fondo route is the same as that of the Santa Fe Century until the right turn onto Two Trails Road, which is about 97 miles from the start. The timing finish is on Two Trails Road, 97.5 miles from the start. To return to the start, ride 0.2 miles farther uphill on Two Trails Road, and then turn left and ride 1.6 miles on Old Santa Fe Trail (mostly downhill). Take a left on El Gancho Way and ride 0.3 miles, and then turn right and rejoin the Santa Fe Century route on Old Las Vegas Highway. Ride 1.1 miles and then take a right turn on Old Pecos Trail, which will return you to the start in 1.9 miles. The timed finish line closes at 4:00pm.
Prizes and Awards
The Award Ceremony will follow completion of the ride and will be held in the Celebration Corral at the Century venue. Awards will be given for the top three in every age group for men and women. Other prizes include CASH for top three King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain finishers!
Forget to claim your medal? If you contact us and request your medal within one week of the end of the ride, we can mail your medal to you. After that week, everything gets packed up an put into storage - we will not be able to send you a medal.
The Gran Fondo registration fee is $55 per rider online and $65 at the venue.