Riding the Santa Fe Century

Bicycling around Santa Fe

Santa Fe is renowned by outdoor enthusiasts of any sport.  At an altitude of 7,000 feet above sea level, the city boasts 320 days of glorious sunshine each year; perfect weather to hit the great outdoors.  In 2012, Santa Fe was recognized as a “bicycle friendly community” by the League of American Bicyclists.  A growing network of multi-use paths, bike lanes and bikeways, combined  with world-class mountain and road biking, make Santa Fe an ideal biking community.   If you love the feel of the wind on your face as you bike through beautiful vistas, then Santa Fe is the perfect destination for you.  Not only can you hit over 30 miles of trails in the surrounding area, but you can join the 28th annual Santa Fe Century race!  In the Santa Fe Century, you can ride anywhere from 25, 50, and up to 100 miles on our beautiful roads.  If you decide to ride the full 100 miles, the Santa Fe Century will take you over many beautiful and historical New Mexican sights.  Following an exhausting, but thrilling day of bike riding, come stay at our luxurious Santa Fe bed and breakfast, located in the heart of Santa Fe’s thriving cultural scene!       

Tour the region on the Santa Fe Century

The Santa Fe Century passes over the ancient Turquoise Trail, a national scenic byway that links Albuquerque and Santa Fe.  Along the first stretch of the ride, you will enjoy breathtaking views before heading right through old mining towns such as Madrid, which is nestled in a narrow canyon in the Ortiz mountains.  Madrid first got its start in the early 1800’s with coal mining, where it had the distinction of offering both soft and hard coal, something only found in two other mines in the world. Eventually, as coal mining subsided, Madrid became a ghost town.  Finally, in the 1970’s, artists and craftsmen settled in the area and slowly revived the town, creating the distinctive artists community that it is today.  You can still visit the town’s original tavern, and explore the rich history.  You may even remember seeing this quintessential mining town in the movie “Wild Hogs”.

Continue on the Santa Fe Century route, and beautiful vistas will amaze you as you cross through the mineral rich Ortiz and San Pedro mountains.  Here, you’ll find a food stop along Heartbreak Hill.  As its name suggests, Heartbreak Hill is a tough ascent!  While the Santa Fe Century does have a couple other long, gradual climbs, Heartbreak hill provides a 1/2 mile trek up a 12% incline; no-doubt a leg buster!  Hopefully you’ve had a chance to do some good hill training before hitting the roads for the Santa Fe Century.  Once you’ve recovered on the descent, you’ll cross into the Estancia Valley, where you will find such towns as Cedar Grove, Stanley, and the historic town of Galisteo.  Galisteo, originally built as a Spanish outpost on an ancient Indian Pueblo, is a charming all adobe village that is home to a variety of artists.  Typically a quiet community, Galisteo opens its artistic doors during its annual studio tour.  Finally, after 100 invigorating miles, you’ll end up back in Old Santa Fe, just in time to relax and rejuvenate yourself after this grueling bike ride.  Santa Fe is home to a vast array of spas, and we can think of no better way to end your time in Santa Fe than enjoying one of these luxurious treatments.  Stay with us at our luxurious Santa Fe bed and breakfast, and we will be happy to help guide you in choosing the perfect treatment from our list of preferred local spas.