The Las Animas-Huerfano Counties District Health Department currently has restrictions in place for gatherings and is asking people to maintain at least 6 feet distance, 15 feet while biking, and wear masks in public. We plan to hold the event on August, 8, and are moving the start from La Veta Town Park to Grandote Peaks.
You may pick up registration packets starting at 6:00 am at Grandote Peaks clubhouse. There is no mass start. Recommended start times are:
Most cyclists will complete the century in 7 - 9 hours, arriving back at Grandote Peaks clubhouse between 2:30 - 3:30 pm, with some cyclists arriving as late as 5:00 pm. The post-ride dinner and festivities will last all afternoon. The dinner will be served from 12:00 pm until 6:00 pm. We will make plates up for registered riders who are still on the road after 6:00.
Yes, La Veta, Cuchara, Stonewall, and Segundo have lots of bears. But bears are shy critters, and you are not likely to encounter them while riding the Stonewall Century. However, if you decide to camp in the area before or after the ride, remember to follow normal precautions such as keeping a clean camp.
The Stonewall Century is an all-volunteer effort. The local non-profits who benefit from the ride also help us to put on the event. The main beneficiary is the Stonewall Fire Protection district, which provides the refreshments at the North Lake and Stonewall Feed Stations and coordinates emergency ambulance services. Of course, much of the money pays our expenses: for Colorado State Patrol officers & permit, insurance, advertising, food, ice, portapotties, etc.
The 2003 Stonewall Century Ride raised nearly $1,000 for Spanish Peaks Branch of the Red Cross, several hundred dollars for the La Veta United Methodist church, $130 for La Veta Public School's Charlie Park, and $60 for the La Veta Public Library. Spanish Peaks Cycling Association came out $126 in the black -- not bad for our first year. Thank you to all the cyclists and volunteers who made it possible!
More recently, the 2015 Stonewall Century Ride and Local Host Lodging Program raised over $3,000 for the Stonewall Fire Protection District, $2,000 for the La Veta Fire Protection Districts, $200 for the La Veta Public Library, and $250 for the RE-2 School District and La Veta FFA. Thank you to the cyclists and the volunteers for making it happen!