Now just a month away, the 35th edition of New Mexico’s largest bicycling event has been upgraded and is set to roll out from Santa Fe’s iconic Railyard on Sunday 10 October after being cancelled due to the pandemic in 2020.
“For over 35 years the Santa Fe Century has been a rite of passage for cyclists throughout the Southwestern USA, from first-timers to weekend warriors and ex-professionals, everyone loves riding our beautiful route that winds through the Ortiz Mountains, Galisteo Basin and now finishes at Santa Fe’s exciting Railyard arts district,” said Matt Piccarello, event Executive Director.
The Railyard’s Director of Events Sandra Brice added, “We’re thrilled to welcome the legendary Santa Fe Century race to The Railyard for the first ever in-town start and finish. Our restaurants and breweries are looking forward to serving riders, their friends and families and we hope the Century will become an annual fall staple here at the Railyard.”
Over 1000 cyclists have already signed up to participate and Piccarello expects over 2000 to rollout from The Railyard on 100, 50 and 25-mile routes on the 10th.
To help protect the health and safety of riders, volunteers, staff, and the Santa Fe community, the Santa Fe Century is requiring everyone at the event to wear masks anytime they are not pedaling a bike. This includes at the start/finish and at all rest stops.
The 100-mile route leaves Santa Fe and goes through Madrid and Golden on Highway 14, up the steepest paved road in New Mexico – Heartbreak Hill, crosses over to Stanley and Galisteo before slowly climbing back to The Railyard finish line. Along the way rest stops will offer riders COVID safe refreshments, mechanical assistance and encouraging words of support “to keep pedaling!”
Cyclists of all ages and abilities are welcomed to participate with registration fees starting at only $25. Registration closes 3 October and more information is available at santafecentury.com.
PHOTOS: The Railyard, Santa Fe Century