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2016 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

Welcome to the 18th Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge
 Saturday, July 30, 2016.
"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 UCSC Core West Parking lot on McLaughlin Drive and exit the campus via the Great Meadow bike path with stunning views of Monterey Bay.  

Four rides offer distinct experiences: 135M and 13,000', 101M and 10,000', 75M and 6700' and 45M and 2900' of climbing 


For those wishing to stay in Santa Cruz before or after the ride, there are the following facilities:  
Warmshowers (name randomly chosen to get map to display over 50 local hosts)


Check out photos from prior years rides. Photo Albums

Questions - Email event director: