Over 2,600 cyclists from more than 37 states are expected here for the first major bicycling event in the Southwest this spring, the 2015 Santa Fe Century Bicycle Ride.
The 30th anniversary ride is on May 17.
The ride has three loops: a 100-mile century, a 50-mile half-century and a 20-mile out-and-back. The Santa Fe Century also features two timed rides: the 100-mile Gran Fondo and the 50-mile Medio Fondo.
Fondo is an Italian word that means “distance, endurance or foundation.”
Last year two New Mexico riders, Fortunato Ferrara of Los Alamos and David Vaughn of Carlsbad, tied for the fastest time in the Gran Fondo: 4 hours, 4 minutes and 45 seconds.
Ferrara, who was born in Italy, has been living in New Mexico the past six years.
Last year’s Gran Fondo attracted 75 riders.
The 100-mile century (the most popular ride) and Gran Fondo will guide riders down the Turquoise Trail All-American Highway through the historic mining towns of Cerrillos, Madrid and Golden.
Elevation changes will range from 7,200 feet to 6,200 feet.