Frequently Asked Questions about the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

Q – When is the ride?
A – Saturday, July 21, 2018.
Q: Will there be food at the rest stops?
A: All rest stops will have snacks and water and electrolyte replacement drinks to carry you through the day. Lunch is also provided. After ride meal at the end consists of burritos, salad and ice cream.

Q – How much does it cost?
A – Registration fee is according to this schedule:

Until 10 pm on: Early Bird
15 April
15 June
Late Reg
19 July
Day of *
20/21 July
 45M Course  $55  $65  $75  $80
 75M, 101M, 135M  $70  $80  $90  $95

 * Includes registering Friday evening or Saturday morning

Q – When can I register?
A –  Registration is open for 2018.

Q – How do I register?
A – Instructions are available in the Registration Page.

Q – Where is the SCMC held?
A – All routes start from Core West parking and end at Baskin School of Engineering. See map on Info page.

Q – Once I’ve registered will I receive a confirmation?
A – Yes. Two confirmation emails will be sent to the email address on record.

Q – Can I register more than one rider?
A – No., Each person must do their own registration and electronically “sign” the waivers.

Q – Can I transfer to a different route or transfer registration to another rider ?
A – Yes, If you can find the registration confirmation email (sent from mail@BikeReg.com), there is a boldly    displayed green link to “Edit/Change/Transfer” the registration. If you cannot find email — send email to Event Director : century@santacruzcycling.org

 Q – What is the rider limit?
A – Registration is limited to 650 riders.

Q – How late may I register on-line?
A – On-line registration closes at Thursday, Jul 19, 2018 at 10:00 PM or when 650 riders have registered.

Q- How do I get my registration packet ?

A – Packets may be picked up at a few location offerings.

All pre-registered riders and “day of” registration riders may pick up packets :

Friday July 20th from 5pm  to 7pm  at Epicenter Cycling 730 Mission Street, Santa Cruz

Friday July 20th from 5pm to 7pm at Performance Bikes  1646 S Bascom Ave, Campbell

Saturday July 21st from 6am on UCSC campus with parking available at Core West Parking.

Q – How does a minor register for the event?
A – Minors must be registered on the application of a paying adult (age 18+) who is their parent or legal guardian. The minor must also carry a signed medical release and ride in the company of their parent or guardian. Please print out theLiability Waiver and bring it with you for check-in.

Q – What routes are available?
A – The routes for 2017 will be:



Elev. Gain

Rest Stops

Water Stops





















Q – What time may I check in?
A – 6:00 am.*

To give our staff time to set up their stops, please plan to start your ride according to the following schedule (all times are am):


6:00 -7:30


6:00 -8:00




9:00 – 10:00

The course closes at 6:00 pm. Riders must start and finish during this interval. Rest stop cut-off times listed on the cue sheets will be strictly observed.

Q – What time does the event close?
A – The course and post-ride meal close at 6:00 pm. There is no food after closing.

Q – What kind of bike will I need?
A – We recommend a well maintained multi-speed bicycle with very good brakes. There will be Supply and Gear (SAG) vehicles on the course but we recommend each rider should carry a spare tube and the necessary tools to repair a flat.

Q – How should I dress for the ride?
A – Layers. It will be cool in the morning and fog is always a possibility in the summer. As you gain in altitude the temperatures will rise, particularly in the exposed area.

Q – How many water bottles should I carry?
A – Two. Start the ride with both bottles filled. If the weather is warm, drink plenty of fluids.

Q – If I get a flat, will someone fix it for me?
A – Yes. However all riders need to carry tubes and inflation devices and know how to use them, as a SAG vehicle may be helping other riders before it gets to you.

Q – I signed up for the ride but will not be able to ride. Can I get a refund?
A – Sorry, your registration is non-refundable, however you may transfer your registration to another rider through your bikereg.com registration. Contact century@santacruzcycling.org if questions.

Other Questions – Email event director: century@santacruzcycling.org