Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge 2017

Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

July 22 2023
Santa Cruz, California, USA
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Distances: 45, 75, 100, 127 miles
Difficulty: Ultra Distance and Climbing for events well over 100 miles
Limited to: 500 Participants

"Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge has it all; a course that is diversely beautiful and as challenging as it comes, while you are amply supported by enthusiastic volunteers offering yummy food. What is this well-organized ride missing?...the hefty entry fee, huge lines and too-crowded roads you’ll find at equally as challenging events such as The Death Ride. If you have the gumption to take on the steep climbs through tranquil redwood forests, screaming descents to the gorgeous California coastline, all on a course that is as tough as it is stunning, Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge will then go at the top of your list of rides you were the most pleased you were able to actually finish. " 

—Terri Schneider, finisher of SCMC 135 on her mountain bike, and author of Dirty Inspirations: Lessons From the Trenches of Extreme Endurance Sports.

All rides begin at the UCSC and exit the campus via the Great Meadow bike path with stunning views of Monterey Bay.

Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge 2017


Start Located At: Baskin School of Engineering, 1156 High Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95064
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The 2020 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge road bike ride has been postponed until July 17th 2021.

Registration Fees

$65 for early registration to $85 in July 


Fully supported rest and water stops, lunch and famous post-ride meal, SAG and illustrious volunteers known for their enthusiasm; 

Packet Pickups

May pickup registration number and event information on 7/28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Epicenter Cycling, 1730 Mission St., Santa Cruz

Free Parking
Support for Participants
Route Card
First Aid
SAG Wagon
Mechanical Support at Rest Stops
KOM/QOM Competition
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Number of Timed Hill Climbs
1 Hill Climbs