30th Annual 

Allen Law Firm Santa Fe Century

Saturday, October 21st

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Allen Law Firm Santa Fe Century

October 21st

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Saturday Rides



Allen Law Firm Santa Fe Century

A tour through the lush forest and pasture land north of Gainesville up through the Santa Fe River valley. The ride begins with a trip through the historic town of Alachua, with a stop soon after for refreshments. The Century traverses the scenic tree-lined Feagle roads in Columbia County, and then crosses Union County on its way to Worthington Springs. The final pit stop is at a roadside park once frequented by Ponce deLeon.

The rides start at 8:30 AM from the Northwest Boys & Girls Club at 2700 NW 51st Street in Gainesville. Enjoy a 101, 68, 56, or 33 mile road ride with well stocked rest stops.

6:30am – 8:30am
Enjoy breakfast at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club, included in your Santa Fe Century fee.

11am – 5pm FREE to all registered riders courtesy of Adam’s Rib and Pomodoro Cafe.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

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Gravel Challenge

A 65 mile mixed surface road ride designed for gravel/cyclocross bicycles. Do not attempt this ride on a skinny-tire road bike (there will be sand)! If you’re really fit, mountain bikes will of course also work on this ride.

The route will NOT be marked or signed; you’ll need to stay with the local pack or be able to navigate using our maps and cue sheets. There are two rest stops on this route.

6:30am – 8:30am
Enjoy breakfast at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club, included in your Santa Fe Century fee.

11am – 5pm FREE to all registered riders courtesy of Adam’s Rib Co. and Pomodoro Cafe.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

Ride With GPS

Legend:  Green = paved, brown = unpaved, red = off-road



Millhopper Ramble

This is the Gainesville community’s chance to get out and support the Boys & Girls Club and to make use of the best bicycling facilities this side of the Mississippi River. Enjoy an 18 mile family ride out and back on scenic Millhopper Road. Ride under the canopy of trees and on through the San Felasco State Preserve. Relax at the rest stop at the turnaround point, and, on the way back, possibly go into the Devils Millhopper Geological Site and descend into a mamouth sink hole (park entrance fee applies, you should have a lock for your bike).

The ride starts and finishes at the North West Boys & Girls Club, 2700 NW 51st Street. Ample parking is available in the field behind the club. Come early to get your registration packet and to gawk at all the fancy bicycles that will be taking riders over the full hundred miles of the Santa Fe Century! (And be amazed at some of the ordinary bicycles that will do exactly the same thing).

6:30am – 8:30am
Enjoy breakfast at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club, included in your Santa Fe Century fee.

11am – 5pm FREE to all registered riders courtesy of Adam’s Rib and Pomodoro Cafe.

Proceeds from this event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Alachua County.

Photo by Cathy Bester @besterphoto

Photo by Cathy Bester @besterphoto

Photo by Cathy Bester @besterphoto

Week of the Ride


Online registration before Wednesday midnight. GCC Members pay $60

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Early Bird


The Registration fee for Gainesville Cycling Club members is $45

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Event Day


$60 for members. If you do not preregister, hand printed forms at the ride are $80 for everybody

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To North West Boys & Girls Club

Saturday Ride Start Location
2700 NW 51st Street

From I-75:
Take Exit 390, SR 222. This is actually NW 39th Avenue, but is not so marked from the Interstate. Go East (from the South, turn right, from the North, turn left). At NW 51st Street, turn right to go South. The North West Boys & Girls Club will be on the left at the next light.

From I-10:
If you come to I-75, take it and go South, following the above directions.
If you come to US 301 at Baldwin (exit 343), exit and turn right to go South on US 301. Strictly obey speed limits in the small towns along US 301. At Waldo, bear right onto SR 24. At NE 39th Avenue as you enter Gainesville (just past the airport), turn right to go West. At NW 51st Street, turn left to go South. The North West Boys & Girls Club will be on the left at the next light.

From central Gainesville:
Find NW 16th Avenue and go West. 16th Avenue becomes 16th Boulevard as it crosses NW 34th Street. 16th Boulevard becomes 23rd Avenue as it crosses NW 43rd Street (beware: this 23rd Avenue does not connect with the 23rd Avenue that runs west from NW 13th Street). Turn right at the light at NW 51st Street. The North West Boys & Girls Club will be on the right just before the next light.

From the Oaks Mall area:
Proceed East on Newberry Road. Turn left onto NW 55th Street. Go north. The road ends at Buchholz High School, turn right. The North West Boys & Girls Club will be on the right just after the next light.


Day of ride registration and packet pick-up

Many of our registration folks ride! We close new/unpaid registrations at 8:15 on Saturday and Sunday at the century start locations, and packet pickup at 8:25 at those locations.

Oct 20

Northwest Boys & Girls Club
2700 NW 51st Street

Oct 21

Northwest Boys & Girls Club
2700 NW 51st Street

Oct 22

First Magnitude Brewery
1220 SE Veitch St

Oct 22

Flemington, FL
CR 329


  • Maps will be provided and the routes will be well marked.
  • Bananas will be available at the starts and rest stops will be provided about every 25 miles with drinks, fruits and snacks.
  • The half way rest stop will have sandwiches for lunch.
  • Sag wagons will be on course and following the last riders.
  • Massages may be available for a fee at all ride start locations.
  • Food will be served to all riders after the rides at the Northwest Boys & Girls Club, First Magnitude Brewery, and at Flemington.

Please make your own arrangements if you have special dietary needs.


 Helmets are required! All riders are expected to follow all traffic laws while on public roadways. Riders should ride at a steady speed in a straight line and as far to the right as practical. Stay Alert! A defensive riding attitude will help prevent many accidents.

All persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult at all times while participating in the events.

  • The centuries are mass starts with police escorts. Stay behind the escort.
  • Don’t ride more than two abreast. When traffic must slow to move around you, ride single file. [Florida Statutes 316.2065 (6)]
  • Don’t bunch up at intersections or on hills.
  • Signal when you change lanes, slow down, or stop.
  • When passing someone, call out “on your left.” Florida Law requires that you give three feet of clearance.
  • Your bicycle should be in good mechanical order. Carry tools, a spare tube, a patch kit, and a tire pump. Sag service will be concentrated toward the end of the ride and will have limited repair capability.
  • Remember that these are tours and not competitive rides. Go as fast as you wish but do not jeopardize others in doing so.


There is a $5 handling fee for cancellation requests received before October 19th. No cancellations after October 18th. If a special shirt was ordered, we may elect to send it to you and deduct the cost from your refund.

Facility Scheduled Hours of Operation

If we determine that there are no more riders to service, a facility will close early.

Santa Fe Century
Northwest Boys & Girls Club 6:30 am 5:30 pm
Millhopper Road 8:45 am 10 am
Bland 9:30 am 11:30 am
Watermelon Park 10:00 am 1 pm
Worthington Springs 10:30 am 3:30 pm
Desoto Park (Hague) 10 am 5 pm
Horse Farm Hundred
First Magnitude Brewery 7 am 5:30 pm
Flemington Community Park 7 am 3 pm

Festival T-Shirts

We will place the order for this year’s t-shirts on Friday, October 6, so order cut-off is Thursday, October 5 We’ll order extra’s of standard t-shirts in sizes XS through XL. If we receive any orders for special order shirts after that, we’ll fill them with standard shirts while they last.

Planned Shirts for 2023
From Gildan, we have cotton shirts for both men and women.

From Sport-Tek, we have technical shirts for both men and women, sleeveless shirts for both men and women, and long sleeve shirts for both men and women.

Beer Rules

Beer will be available for riders completing a Santa Fe ride at the North West Boys and Girls Club on Saturday.

First Magnitude Brewing Company is providing beer to riders completing a Horse Farm ride on Sunday.

To claim yours, you will need to have your blue Santa Fe wrist band / yellow Horse Farm Hundred wrist band on your wrist. The server will cut if off and keep it for inventory purposes.

Wrist bands that are not on YOUR wrist or have already been cut will not be good for claiming a beer!

Lodging & Camping

For motels convenient to both the Northwest Boys & Girls Club and First Magnitude, look at motels located in the center of town near the University of Florida. If you are riding from Flemington on Sunday, motels along I-75 will be more convenient. If you are riding only the Santa Fe Century, either I-75 or campus area motels will work. If you are riding only from First Magnitude, campus area and downtown motels are closest.


Visit Gainesville web site which has a listing of most accommodations in Alachua County.

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There are camping facilities at Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park in Micanopy on US 441.

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Any donations will go to a charity of your choice:

Peaceful Paths – Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, education and training, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs. Peaceful Paths is a member of the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence (FCADV).

Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Florida – If this isn’t your first GCF, you’ll remember that the Santa Fe Century rolls out from the Northwest location of the Boys & Girls Club. The festival has raised money for this organization for the past 27 years.

Since 1949, Alachua County Boys & Girls Club has provided positive educational, recreational, leadership, and sports programming for youth via quality after-school programs, summer camp, and additional afternoon programming during the summer for all Club members.

Gainesville Cycling Club’s Bikes 4 Vets – Bikes 4 Vets is one of the club’s service groups that connects local veterans with a reliable form of transportation: the bicycle. The group, led by Diann Dimitri, accepts donation bikes to rehabilitate for veterans or resell for funds to purchase bike parts, lights, and locks. Diann works with the Honor Center for Veterans to distribute the bicycles as part of the veterans’ re-entry into the community. Apart from acting as an efficient means of transportation, veterans benefit from the joy of riding for recreation on many of Gainesville’s trails and bike paths.

Safety & Best Practices

Due to COVID-19, we recommend following CDC guidelines on protecting yourself and others:

  • Wash your hands often. It’s difficult to do this while outside riding, so hand sanitizer or wipes that contain at least 60% alcohol also work for keeping your hands clean.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Bring a mask for any situations that you might not be able to physically distance from others. Ex: Convenience store or restaurant stops before, during, or after your ride.
  • Monitor your health and watch for symptoms - get tested for the virus regularly if testing is accessible.
  • If you are riding in a group, ride with household members or trusted riding partners who communicate their risk factors with you.

Bicycle Colorado has a great resource on safely Riding Bikes during the COVID-19 outbreak.

General Safety Tips for Your Ride

  • Make sure your bike gets regular maintenance to ensure a smooth ride, especially if you plan on riding a longer distance.
  • Follow traffic laws and be visible. Many of the roads from our Santa Fe Century and Horse Farm Hundred routes are shared with motorists.
  • Carry tools and supplies such as a flat repair kit and multi-tool.
  • Let family members or friends know about your ride plans, when to expect you back, and how to contact you - our virtual festival will not have SAG vehicles!
  • Bring an appropriate amount of nutrition and hydration for your intended ride.

Mailing address

Gainesville Cycling Club, Inc.
5015 NW 19th Place
Gainesville FL 32605-3435

For more information contact us via email at festival@gccfla.org

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