Frequently Asked Questions about the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

Q – When is the ride?
A – Saturday, July 18, 2020.
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. A post-ride meal with ice cream will be provided.

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

Until 10 pm on: Early Bird
15 May
15 June
Late Reg
16 July
Day of *
17/18 July
 45M Course  $55  $65  $75  $80
 100k, 102M, 127M  $70  $80  $90  $95

 * Includes registering Friday evening or Saturday morning

Q – When can I register?
A –  Registration opens Jan 1, 2020.

Q – How do I register?
A – At the Registration Page.

Q – Where is the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge 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.  A confirmation email as well as ride updates 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, Participants can change categories online as well as transfer registration to another rider.  If you can find the registration confirmation email (sent from, there is a boldly displayed green link to “Edit/Change/Transfer” the registration. If you cannot find email — send email to Event Director :

 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 16, 2018 at 10:00 PM or when 650 riders have registered.

Q- How do I get my registration packet ?

A -An email will be sent to registrants with the particulars for packet pickup.

See  Info page for “day of ” registration and packet pickup opportunities.

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 –  Four routes available :



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):

127M 6:00 -7:30
101M 6:00 -8:00
100k 7:00-8:00
45M 9:00 – 10:00
45M eBike 10:00 or later to allow for post-ride meal set up

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.

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 registration. Contact if questions.

Other Questions – Email event director: