Frequently Asked Questions about the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge
Q – When is the ride?
A – Saturday, July 29, 2017.

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

Until 10 pm on:

Early Bird
30 April

30 June

Day of
28/29 July*

45M Course




75M, 101M, 135M




 * Includes registering Friday evening or Saturday morning

Q – When can I register?
A –  Registration is open for 2017.

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

Q – Where is the SCMC held?
A – All routes start and end at the Baskin School of Engineering on the campus of the University of California Santa Cruz.

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 – 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 10pm PDT on July 27, 2017 or when 650 riders have registered.

Q- Where and when is packet pickup OR “same day” registration after online has closed?

A – Pre-registered riders and “day of” registration riders may check in:

Friday July 28th from 5pm  to 7pm  at Epicenter Cycling 730 Mission Street, Santa Cruz

Friday July 28th from 5pm to 7pm at Sports Basement 1875 S Bascom Ave Ste 240, Campbell

Saturday July 29th 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 the Liability 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