Would you like to challenge yourself against the clock and others in your age bracket? 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 89 miles from the start. The timing finish is on Two Trails Road, 89.5 miles from the start. To return to the start, take a u-turn after the timed finish to return to the Century route. Click here to read the full description of the course. This will be a timed 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 4:01 and the average time for finishing was 5:31.
Prizes and Awards The Award Ceremony will follow completion of the ride and will be held in the beer garden at the Century venue.
Cash awards will be given for the first 5 across the line in the men's and women's races. Equal prize purse for men and women. All Gran Fondo racers should register in their age group.
Gran Fondo Prize Money 1st - $250 2nd - $175 3rd - $120 4th - $80 5th - $60 Prizes/awards will be given to the first 3 finishers in every age group for men and women. The top 5 overall will be excluded from age group awards. Age groups are divided into the following groups: 19 & under 20 - 29 30 - 39 40 - 49 50 - 59 60 - 69 70+
The Start 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 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.
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 helmets meeting CPSC standards - 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!
Finish Line The finish line for timed riders is different from the non timed riders. The finish line for the timed Fondos is on Two Trails road 89.5 miles from the start. After the finish, Fondo racers should return to the start area for the awards ceremony. The timed finish line closes at 4:00pm. 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.