The roads of GFNY Santa Fe will take riders through the spectacular and diverse terrain of the southwest. Both routes start in downtown Santa Fe.
Riders of the 60 mile Medium course, with 3,500 feet of climbing, will tackle a slightly shorter loop than the long course through the plains and rolling hills of the high desert. This course is perfect for the “rouleur” and finishes neatly back where it started in downtown Santa Fe.
MEDIUM COURSE IS NOT A COMPETITION: The riders of the medium course will be provided their start-to-finish time, but will not be ranked by finish time. All finish times will be listed in alphabetical order.
Starting from a base elevation of 7,000 feet and ascending 14.8 miles to a peak elevation of 10,300 feet, this is the longest climb of any GFNY World event. Give this challenge its due respect by pacing yourself, it’s more important to finish strong than it is to start strong. There will be an aid station into the climb, that will be your last chance to refuel before the finish line.
Enjoy the transition into the high mountain forest as you climb far above the desert of the Rio Grande valley. Make sure to take in the huge views and not just stare at the road in front of you!
Many riders are afraid to tackle the big climbs. They avoid certain rides and races, and miss out on what are often the most beautiful and interesting roads, and can bring huge levels of satisfaction (not to mention fun descents!). Not everyone is built like a mountain goat, but EVERY cyclist can and should ride some big hills. Here are some tips to help you improve your climbing, regardless of your condition:
THE JERSEY: All riders receive the official GFNY Santa Fe race jersey, which is mandatory attire at the race. The jersey is designed in NYC and Made in Italy.
CHIP TIMING: GFNY Santa Fe is a timed race. Each athlete has their own timing chip, which starts right after you cross the start line and stops when you cross the finish line. Timing results will be available at gfny.cc/results.
FINISHER MEDAL: Every GFNY Santa Fe finisher receives a medal, no matter which distance they complete. All finishers also earn a “Finish” towards their 3x2020-2021 GFNY medal or the 10x medal. Go to gfny.com/medals for more information on GFNY’s multi-finisher medals.