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2014 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

Welcome to the 17th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge.
The 2015 edition of the SCMC will be on Saturday, 25 July 2015.
Please note that these pages will be undergoing revisions from now until registration opens in February.
"I consider this to be one of the most beautiful rides in the area with quality miles and quality climbs
on many of the quiet scenic back roads of Santa Cruz County.   Come on out and do it!"  
- Nancy Yu, 2012 rider.
Did you miss the Death Ride? Here is your chance to make up for it. We are known for our friendly volunteers, great support, homemade baked goods at rest stops, and a big spread at our lunch stop - all with absolutely fabulous scenery and some of the most challenging climbs in the mountains of Santa Cruz. The event begins at the break of dawn, and ends at Scotts Valley High School, 500 Glenwood Drive, Scotts Valley, CA. After the ride, all participants will enjoy our famous all-you-can-eat burrito, salad, and ice cream at the post-ride meal. What a way to finish a great day in the mountains of Santa Cruz!
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Four Challenge rides await
After a few warm-up miles, all riders will climb Mt. Charlie Road with its multiple short, but still Cat 2 climbs. Welcome to the Santa Cruz Mountains! Enjoy the scenery. People come from all over the world to visit Santa Cruz to see the sights you will see on these rides. From the vistas along Summit Road and Skyline Boulevard you will see both the southern part of the San Francisco Bay as well as the Monterey Bay.
Riding through California's first state park, Big Basin, will be a cool and relaxing way to prepare for the three-mile, 500 FPM climb up Jamison Creek Road, one of California's epic climbs, with a sustained CAT 2 for the last half of the climb (except the 35-mile route). This climb is known throughout the western states. It is a classic, one of many amazing parts of the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge.


For those wishing to stay in Scotts Valley before or after the ride, there are the following facilities:  
Warmshowers (name randomly chosen to get map to display)


Check out photos from prior years rides. Photo Albums
Questions - Email event director: