Sedona Big Friggin Loop

Sedona Big Friggin Loop (SBFL)


March 27, 2021 ITT: Choose your start time in order to avoid having too many bikers in one area. With COVID, the trails are incredibly busy this year. We are trying to spread out and have different start times. 

We will be starting and finishing in Oak Creek Village. Notice that the start time has changed to a choose-your-own adventure style of riding. Disperse around Oak Creek Village for parking. Afterwards, there will be a BYOB in the parking lots near Bike-n-Bean and Red Agave.

The Route:
Route for 2021 is here.

See TopoFusion’s Tutorial on uploading GPX tracks for help loading the GPX file onto your GPS.

Route Warning:
Due to the nature of this route, I strongly advise you to have a GPS with the GPX file loaded, and some of the maps below. Sedona is generally a well-marked area, nonetheless, as you will see, there are tons of trails that deviate from the trail (unmarked most of the time). I highly recommend that you either pre-ride the trail or consider take a GPS on the route. ESPECIALLY if you are a local and think you know the trails/route, you need a GPS. It’s the only way to be sure you ride the correct course. The route doesn’t necessarily take the most obvious or most ridden connections.

Suggested Maps

Available at Bike & Bean in Sedona


Sedona Map

Topo Maps of Sedona



Use the following comment section for questions, comments or heckling.

32 responses to “Sedona Big Friggin Loop

  1. is the gpx final for 2021?

  2. Laurie Mauderly

    Is there a List of people who are registered?

  3. I get an error on Garmin Connect when trying to upload that GPX.

    • Any word on the status of the water crossing at Oak Creek after last week’s snowfall and the subsequent snowmelt?

  4. Is it recommended to start before 9am?

    • Depends how fast of a rider you are. Sedona miles are HARD. Expect 7 mph average for most riders, and most of these riders are well seasoned. So you are looking at 6-9 hours of riding. 7 pm is last light. The nice thing about riding is that tons of bail spots though. You can literally call an Uber XL to pick you up.

  5. I’m doing some mtb coaching on the 27th. Can I ride it on the 26th or 28th and still submit the file?

  6. Any word on the status of the water crossing at Oak Creek after last week’s snowfall and the subsequent snowmelt?

  7. How, or to whom do we submit start and finish times too when doing an ITT?

  8. Such a good day! I Started at 8:30 and finishes at 2:40!

  9. I started at 9:35am and finished at 4:46pm (7hrs 11min)

  10. Nice, great job to everyone!

  11. My elapsed time was 6 hours, 59 minutes. Strava activity here:

  12. I finished it but it took a while. Start 7:03, Finish 6:09, total 11:06.

  13. My race is actually a DQ, I wasn’t aware that it was self-supported. I had my girlfriend meet me at mile 25 to refill waters. Such a bummer, but I should’ve read the first page of the AES. I still had such a fun and challenging day. Awesome job to everyone who kicked ass out there. I’ll be at more of these for sure.

  14. Hey all! I did this today since I was coaching yesterday. Got a late start because breakfast, dogs, and coffee are important to me. Felt pretty good most of the way…until Pigtail…there’s something about being that tired on a jump trail that takes the wind out of you! Really happy with my time. I rode it in 2019, but never submitted anything, just did it randomly. I was quite a bit faster this time, so at least I’m improving. Love your series of races…if I lived in AZ all year I would try them all!

  15. Did my attempt on Sunday and racked up a DNF. Hit Teacup trail and was done. What was frustrating was the road miles back to the car got me close to the actual loop mileage. Regardless, had a good day!

  16. A friend of mine and I rode this together as duo on Saturday. First time for both of us. We did it to challenge ourselves and to just do an epic ride. And it certainly was epic! We did have someone meet us for water at mile 30 or so, so officially DQs but still certainly chalked-up as a win for us. Ride time was 7:24 from/to a friend’s house in Oak Creek. Whoever created this route is my hero. Well done.

  17. Greetings. I want to start by telling the author’s name – Thad. My family lives in California fuel tank love every day living now. Supervising has been her day job for a bit of time and it’s something she love. The favorite hobby for him together with his kids in order to use jog but he’s thinking on starting something new. He’s been working on his website for quantities of now. Try it here: #link#

  18. Another great ride in the books. First Sedona BFL for me was back in 2012. Had a great time out there with all the fun trails. Felt a pinched nerve in my lower back around the halfway point. Talked to another BFL rider and he had some ibuprofen witched help take off the edge. I forgot his name but “Thank You!!”. It’s always great that we help each other when we are doing these epic rides. My total time 8:23. If you’re in or need a reason to go to NM, come out for one of our rides – NMES.

  19. ITT today. 6:28 start and 2:04 finish. Pretty toasty on broken arrow around 1.

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