Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge • July 23, 2022

Photos by Tom Pennello 

The 2022 Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge road cycling ride returns to the University of California Santa Cruz campus for the 22nd iteration of the event. This will be a fully supported ride. We will abide by all mandated safety norms to ensure the safety of our riders and the community.

The Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge is one of the most difficult and scenic centuries in California. Riders may choose a level of difficulty to match their ability, with the 200K route equaling the difficulty of the Death Ride

The ride routes are similar to past rides with the grand daddy Double Metric coming in at 125 Miles and 12,000′ of climbing.

bikers riding at the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

There are four routes to choose from:

  • 45 Miles (43.6 miles) with about 2,900 feet of climbing.
  • Metric Century (62.6 miles) with 6,500 feet of climbing.
  • Century (101.5 miles) with about 9,830 feet of climbing.
  • Double Metric Century (125 miles) with 11,990 feet of climbing.

Get maps and route info here.

Photo of volunteers at Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge


Registration for this year’s ride is open. Fees go up in June and online registration closes on July 21st.

  • Discounted Fee Deadline: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022 at 12:01 AM PT.   View Full Fees
  • Online Registration Deadline: Thursday, Jul 21, 2022 at 5:00 PM PT
  • Total Event Registration Limit: 650

Register Here

group of riders at Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge

Supporting local non-profits

As always, the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge ride supports local Santa Cruz County non-profit cycling initiatives such as the Bike Co-op, Trips4Kids, UCSC Slug Cycling and the Community Bike Collective.

biker with the coast in the background

More information can be found on the event website at:

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