Santa Fe Century
May13 - May 16 2011; Hotels
The Santa Fe Century has been the opening supported ride for many Denverites
for many years.
This year I'm organizing a carpooling trip, to Santa Fe, NM. The proposed details go like this:
Leave Denver on Friday, May 13th, or Sat May 14th. (Up to you)
Head south to Santa Fe (About 6 hours)
There are a couple options for lodging in Santa Fe. I like to stay at the nice hotels in the center of town. But they are a bit pricey. I also know of much cheaper condos located near the start of the ride. It's your decision as to where you stay, but please contact me before you make your own reservations. As trip leader, I'll try to match roomies and car poolers.
Sunday is the ride.
There are 25, 50, or 75 mile rides, in addition to the Century. The ride is mostly flat, as it all takes place on the plains south of town. (in fact, wind is always a larger concern than the climbs. Except for Heartbreak hill. The steepest 1/4 mile that you'll ever ride up).
The SFC is also one of the most inexpensive rides around.
Century - $21
25 mile ride - $13
And they don't sell out, so you can register the morning of the ride, if necessary.
Friday and/or Sat, we can sight-see around Santa Fe. If this is your first time, that's not enough time, but you can make a dent in it. Don't bring lots of cash if you're a compulsive art buyer. If you have landscaping projects this year, then Jackalope is a must visit.
After the ride on Sunday, we'll head north to Ojo Caliente Hot Springs. Ojo Caliente is a resort and spa. The original Mission Hotel is on the National Registry of Historic Places. The other rooms are in newer Pueblo style buildings. If you looked up 'rustic Southwest Hot Springs' in the dictionary, there would be a picture of Ojo Caliente. It's impressive.
After a long day in the saddle, soaking in the outdoor pools will be heaven. Since it's a spa, massages etc will be available.
Monday morning we'll get up, leisurely take another dip in the pools, then travel over to Taos for lunch and shopping opportunities. When too much fun has been had by all, we'll head back to Denver.
Web sites are
The above is what the trip leader has planned. Not everyone can take off Friday and/or Monday. If you contact me, then we should be able to make arrangements to meet for part of the trip. Perhaps you wish to drive to Santa Fe on Sat morning, and return with us through Ojo Caliente. Contact me and we'll see if we can't make it work.
303-888-6118 (no texts-it won't work)