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Old 03-24-05, 06:21 AM   #1
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A number of us riding in the Santa Fe Century are attempting to get together for dinner in Santa Fe.

Saturday, May 14th, Maria's 6:00 pm

http://www.marias-santafe.com/


Maria's New Mexican Kitchen
555 West Cordova Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
505/983-7929 -- Fax: 505/983-4700
email: info@marias-santafe.com

Let me know, and I will make some reservations

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I will be coming with LordOpie and I think we are planning on going to Dinner with everyone. I'm sure he will respond this morning.

Also, DnrvFox can you give us any suggestions on Hotel to stay at??? This will be the first time to Sante Fe for the both of us.

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I will be coming with LordOpie and I think we are planning on going to Dinner with everyone. I'm sure he will respond this morning.

Also, DnrvFox can you give us any suggestions on Hotel to stay at??? This will be the first time to Sante Fe for the both of us.

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There are a number of motels (actually, a whole lot of motels) along or near Cerrillos, which is the main drag from the south entrance of I25 northerly into town. Quality Inn, Comfort, Ramada, you name it, it is probably there.

I am staying at the Comfort Suites, right off of Cerrillos. It sort of depends on your price range and desires. We are staying in a suite, which we enjoy. If I was doing the full century, I would stay on Cerrillos and leave directly in the AM on the route, which goes SE? on Cerrillos out past the prison.

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Thanks for the tips. I would think we will want to be at a place where we can get around with ease, so it sounds like the main drag that you suggested is the place.
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Thanks for the tips. I would think we will want to be at a place where we can get around with ease, so it sounds like the main drag that you suggested is the place.
As I recall, there are some "mom and pop" less expensive motels nearer to the plaza on Cerrillos. I get a great "senior rate" (over 60) from Choice - one advantage of being 65!
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Thats great!!! Discounts are nice. I wouldn't think that the name brand places are too expensive to stay at. How many days are you going to be there???
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Thats great!!! Discounts are nice. I wouldn't think that the name brand places are too expensive to stay at. How many days are you going to be there???
We are going to Taos for Thursday and Friday nights and SF Sat and Sun, returning Monday. We are leaving for Yellowstone on the next Friday.
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We are going to Taos for Thursday and Friday nights and SF Sat and Sun, returning Monday. We are leaving for Yellowstone on the next Friday.
Holy cow I'm jealous!

Yes, we'll join y'all for dinner. We're arriving in SF ~7pm Friday night. Sightseeing Saturday. Leaving SF ~12pm Monday.
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Okay, via LO's suggestion, let's use this thread for organizing the get-together.
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Okay, via LO's suggestion, let's use this thread for organizing the get-together.
Good idea. I've asked Laura to call around to the Santa Fe Motels and ask about rates and possible discounts for the weekend of the Santa Fe Century. I hope to post about 20 options this evening with some selected comments about each facility.
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Good idea. I've asked Laura to call around to the Santa Fe Motels and ask about rates and possible discounts for the weekend of the Santa Fe Century. I hope to post about 20 options this evening with some selected comments about each facility.
You and Laura rule!
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This would be very nice. Thanks
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We couldn't find any place specifically giving discounts to Century Riders. A couple of places said only if we reserved a block of rooms. Comfort Suites is full as are a number of places we checked.
I think Denver Fox has a good point about staying on Cerrillos and leaving directly from there. Cerrillos has biking lanes, but they are awkwardly placed and on the hazardous side in my opinion. Cerrillos is a very long road so if want to leave directly via bike from your room staying on Cerillos closer to Interstate 25 has it's advantages. If you are planning on unloading and leaving from the official starting point at St. Vincent's then it shouldn't matter. All the motels shown below are on Cerrillos Road.

DAYS INN (505) 474-7330
starts at $55 per night. it has usually been the least expensive of the main chains.

Motel 6
$50

Silver Saddle (505) 471-7663
$44 old type motel, but looks pretty good from the road

Super 8 (about $62) 505 471-8811
Good Motel, but the rooms are quite small

Santa Fe Motel and Inn (505) 982-1039
Very Nice little place on Cerrillos close to Plaza $109 for basic room

Travelodge also near Plaza
$69


My best recommendation is a balance of lodging economy and a great place to be situated for seeing Santa Fe is the Sage Inn which is located at the entry to the historic Santa Fe and only about 0.7 miles from the Plaza. It's also just across the street from our place, Santa Fe Bikes & Gallery. It is also just a few blocks from Maria's.

The Farmer's Market is a hot spot in season and it is just on the other side of Cerillos across from Sage Inn. Whole Food's and McDonalds are right there also.

When I called they said they have rooms and the rates is $59 per night.

Santa Fe Sage Inn
725 Cerrillos Road
$59 per night
18664330335

Please let me know if you have any specific questions or if you want any information on upscale or further downscale places.
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Thanks Phil, sounds like we need to get our room reserved! Sage Inn sounds like the best option. I think we'll start from there.

I'm looking forward to breakfast restaurant suggestions of a unique and tasty place.
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Thanks Phil, sounds like we need to get our room reserved! Sage Inn sounds like the best option. I think we'll start from there.

I'm looking forward to breakfast restaurant suggestions of a unique and tasty place.
When I did the full century a few years back, the route went straight down Cerrillos over I-25, and I was on my way by 6:00 am.

But then, I am always an early riser.
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When I did the full century a few years back, the route went straight down Cerrillos over I-25, and I was on my way by 6:00 am.

But then, I am always an early riser.
I'm confused, are you saying that we should stay at a different hotel? Is the Sage Inn not on the route?
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I'm confused, are you saying that we should stay at a different hotel? Is the Sage Inn not on the route?
Don't know about Sage Inn.. Stay where you like.

Wpflem had mentioned that he had some reservations or concerns about Cerrillos' bike lanes as to safety.

My point (poorly made and wandering just a bit off topic) is that at 6:00 am on Sunday morning, there is no traffic on Cerrillos of any concern and you don't need to worry about bike lanes.

This is what it looks like at that time of day. Notice all the cars. (Just east of I-25)



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Much more dangerous are the locals further into the ride on the 2 lanes about 60 miles in.
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that's pretty!

Thanks for the clarification. I'm not worried about riding in traffic. My parents used to send me into traffic to play. Okay, bad joke

Does anyone know about the route profile? What kind of climbs, elevation, challenges, easy parts?
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Is this it?



I read that the ride only has 4400 feet of gain. Is that correct? Over 100 miles, that sounds kinda flat.
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Glad to hear that this many forumers will be joining us for this event. Late spring riding in New Mexico is the best, and this is a fun ride.

Love to join you for dinner, but two trips up to SF in one day (I like to spend the night before, just to avoid getting up at 5am and driving) is more than I can bear. Enjoy the cuisine, and we'll see you out on the road.
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Almost flat - some incline at the start, Heartbreak Hill and a couple of hills the last few miles. One of them Nora has to walk up the last.

Heartbreak Hill zaps about 50% of the riders who need to get off and walk (yours truly!)

Top of HB HIll:

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Glad to hear that this many forumers will be joining us for this event. Late spring riding in New Mexico is the best, and this is a fun ride.

Love to join you for dinner, but two trips up to SF in one day (I like to spend the night before, just to avoid getting up at 5am and driving) is more than I can bear. Enjoy the cuisine, and we'll see you out on the road.
Confused.

We are meeting the night before at 6pm. Saturday night - Century is on Sunday. Seems it should fit into your schedule?
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Almost flat - some incline at the start, Heartbreak Hill and a couple of hills the last few miles. One of them Nora has to walk up the last.

Heartbreak Hill zaps about 50% of the riders who need to get off and walk (yours truly!)
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Heartbreak Hill gains 300 feet in just under one-half mile, which for exactly half a mile would be an average gradient of 11.4 percent.

"But that's deceiving," Crenshaw said. "The first tenth of a mile is 7.5 percent, the second tenth is 15.2 percent and the last three average 12 percent."

In other words, it's real steep. Seemingly every year at least one rider will run out of gas near the top, struggle to unclip from their pedals and topple over. After cresting Heartbreak, however, riders enjoy a long descent followed by generally flat roads...
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I don't head up until late Saturday - too many late day chores associated with horses and stuff. So dinner would be a hard sell for me, given my absence for almost all of Sunday.
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Good point about safety advantage of Cerillos Road at 6am, but hey, your picture is nothing like the business section.









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Don't know about Sage Inn.. Stay where you like.

Wpflem had mentioned that he had some reservations or concerns about Cerrillos' bike lanes as to safety.

My point (poorly made and wandering just a bit off topic) is that at 6:00 am on Sunday morning, there is no traffic on Cerrillos of any concern and you don't need to worry about bike lanes.

This is what it looks like at that time of day. Notice all the cars. (Just east of I-25)



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Much more dangerous are the locals further into the ride on the 2 lanes about 60 miles in.
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