35th Santa Fe Century Bike Ride Is Back At New Railyard Venue After Pandemic Pause

The 35th Santa Fe Century Bike Ride rolls out from Santa Fe’s Railyard Oct. 10. Courtesy/SFC

The 35th Santa Fe Century Bike Ride rolls out from Santa Fe’s Railyard Oct. 10. Courtesy/SFC

SFC News:

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 Sunday, Oct. 10 after being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

“For over 35 years the Santa Fe Century has been a rite of passage for cyclists throughout the Southwest, from first-timers to weekend warriors and ex-professionals everyone loves riding our beautiful routes that wind through the Ortiz Mountains, Galisteo Basin and now finish at Santa Fe’s exciting Railyard arts district,” event Executive Director Matt Piccarello said.

More than 1,000 cyclists have already signed up to participate and Piccarello expects more than 2,000 to roll out Oct. 10 from The Railyard on 100, 50 and 25-mile routes.

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 in The Railyard and at all rest stops. 

The 100-mile century 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 Oct. 3 and more information is available at santafecentury.com.