SANTA FE, New Mexico (April 12, 2021) — GFNY Santa Fe returns to the GFNY World racing calendar on September 19, 2021. Riders will get to race the challenging 75-mile high-altitude course with 7,150 feet of climbing and a peak elevation of 10,350 feet at the finish high atop Santa Fe. The course transitions from the open plains and high desert to the dense pine, fir, aspen and spruce forests of the high mountains. The event moved from June to September to take advantage of the cooler weather and fall scenery in the Santa Fe area.
Santa Fe, NM is a city unlike any other, truly living up to its tagline, The City Different, at every turn. With legendary history and culture around every corner, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary, accommodations with a local feel yet world-class status, award-winning cuisine that’s as eclectic as it is sumptuous, and countless experiences to encounter, you’re sure to uncover something different about yourself when you visit.
Race Director Michael McCalla is thrilled to be back for a second event. “It’s an honor to return to New Mexico with a first-class cycling event that showcases some of the best of my home state. The event highlights both the geographical and cultural diversity that makes the southwest such a special place. We’ll have a post-race “block-party” which will showcase our New Mexican cuisine and local microbrews.”
TOURISM Santa Fe Executive Director Randy Randall adds: “Santa Fe in the fall is epic. We’ve put together great packages for all race participants and their families. We look forward to showing off our Santa Fe hospitality.”
Santa Fe County Manager Katherine Miller adds: “The Santa Fe County region is spectacular, and the ride goes through some of the highlights. Our location at the foot of the southern Rockies will make this event challenging and spectacular at the same time.”
GFNY Santa Fe is one of the currently rare opportunities on American soil for riders to actually race a long-distance cycling marathon with roads closed or traffic moderated by police. All riders will be required to follow current COVID mandates and restrictions in order to ride in the race.