For 2023, the Gravelón is a 54 mile timed-ride that starts and ends on Rowe Mesa just south of Santa Fe. This route features a mix of rough dirt roads, pavement and rolling gravel roads of the mesas and high desert just south of the terminus of the Rockies.
Starting on Rowe Mesa, the first 14.8 miles of the clockwise loop begins on Forest roads that wind through the Ponderosa groves and grasslands of the transition zone typical of northern New Mexico. The right turn onto Highway 34 marks the beginning of 9 miles of a fast paved section without any big climbs and a change into the shorter trees of the piñon/juniper forest. The remaining 30 miles are all on improved dirt/gravel roads with a mix of rolling terrain with some moderate but longer climbs back to the start/finish. There is a total of 3,100’ of climbing on the route.
Wet conditions contingency route
In the event of wet conditions, it becomes necessary to modify the course for the gravelon due to the formation of mud and clay on the Rowe Mesa. When faced with wet weather, the gravelon, designed for optimal performance on dry surfaces, encounters significant challenges while navigating through the muddy terrain. The presence of mud and clay creates extremely difficult riding conditions. Therefore, ensuring the safety and effectiveness of the gravelon becomes paramount, necessitating a course adjustment that avoids areas prone to mud and clay formation. Instead, alternative routes that provide better and safer riding conditions should be chosen.
The start/finish is located just inside the boundary of the Santa Fe National Forest off on Forest Road 326 on Rowe Mesa, a 20 minute drive southeast of Santa Fe. Parking will be available in a pull-out off of the forest road and on the shoulder of the road.
Start Time There will be a mandatory riders’ meeting at 8:45 am and a mass-start at 9:00 am. Riders may start after but not before 9:00 am.
Gear and Equipment Each rider needs a multiple gear bike with a low gear for hill climbing in good mechanical condition, with a tire width of at least 35 mm recommended. A bicycle tune up prior to the event is highly recommended.
Helmets meeting CPSC standards are mandatory. All riders should ride single file, obey traffic laws and adhere to the same rules as automobiles. In addition, each cyclist must carry a spare tube, a patch kit, pump or CO2 cartridges and basic tools. Each rider should carry extra water.
Food Stops There are 3 Food Stops with snacks, fresh fruit, energy drinks, water and more.
Specific locations TBD.
Finishers in every category will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal, earn yours in 2023!
Gravelon Prizes/awards will be given to the first 3 finishers in every age group for men and women. The top 5 overall will be excluded from age group awards. Age groups are divided into the following groups: 19 & under, 20 – 29, 30 – 39, 40 – 49, 50 – 59, 60 – 69, and 70+ To be eligible to receive the prize money, the rider must be present at the podium ceremony.
To be eligible to receive the prize money, the rider must be present at the podium ceremony.
August – November – $75
December – January – $85
February – May -$95
Onsite registration May 19th – 21nd – $105
Gravelón Fondo Results
2022 Gravelón Fondo Results