Sedona Big Friggin Loop

Sedona Big Friggin Loop (SBFL)


March 24, 2018 8:30am

We will be starting and finishing at Bike n Bean with beer and pizza. Bring $10 if you want to eat and drink. DO NOT PARK AT BIKE & BEAN PARKING LOT THIS YEAR! PLEASE SPREAD OUT AROUND OAK VILLAGE WITH YOUR CARS.  This will help with distributing our cars among the shops that are there instead of taking up all the parking at one specific spot.

Upon finishing, stick around for the post-ride party at Bike n Bean. Bike n Bean will be providing FREE beer; pizza will be available and will typically comes in waves of 4-6 boxes for anyone that pays $10.

The Route:
GPX for 2018 is available.  This has some tweaks to the 2017 route, developed with thanks to John Schilling. SBFL_2018_v2.gpx
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.

Registration is CLOSED for 2018!


54 responses to “Sedona Big Friggin Loop

  1. I wanna ride the BFL, eat pizza, and have some camaraderie afterwards. Come on let one more entry in!!!

  2. Wait, this is already “full”….or is that part of the site just not updated from 2017?

    Either way I’ll be there, broken wrist redemption.

  3. “Registration will always open up a month before the event.”

  4. Howdy – I’m thinking of attending. I just downloaded the gpx file and it kinda looks more like a v than a loop. with neither the start or end close to the bike shop. Can anyone enlighten me? sorry for the newbie question…

  5. I’m in.

  6. this route includes a old section of the broken arrow trail which has been closed.

  7. Not seeing a registration forum? But I would like to declare myself “in”.

  8. I’m seeing the same thing with the GPX. It looks like a V that starts North of Sedona & ends SW of Sedona

  9. When does registration open?

  10. Registration is now open for 2018.

  11. In for another go-round…

  12. Loaded the route in a gpx viewer and the directionals show a clockwise loop. Just wanting to confirm counter-clockwise route with Broken Arrow area being first and finishing with Dry Creek and Hiline area.

  13. Clockwise, we always run it clockwise. Just checked and it is clockwise on my GPX file via Topofusion.

  14. I have to make up for last years shoe fiasco.

  15. It’s time to do this.

  16. Motorcity Madman

    In. Cant wait

  17. In. I think. No confirmation email makes a guy nervous. Either way I will be there.

  18. Small change in the track between Twin Buttes and Broken Arrow. New file (SBFL_2018_v2.gpx) is available.

  19. Charles Rossignol

    New to the area and considering the recommendation to use “GPS with the GPX file loaded”. I’ve only ridden Sedona a few times, so will heed this warning. What computer(s) do you recommend for this? I have used GPS in the past for road use, but found them difficult for off-road. Or do you just use a smartphone? Thank you.

  20. Is there some way I can verify that I’m registered? I filled out a registration but don’t see a list anywhere and also didn’t get a confirmation email. Thanks so much! 🙂

    • you are overthinking this. AES is VERY grass roots. There are no confirmation emails or sophisticated tracking for the events. If you signed up, show up. You’ll be fine.

  21. This will be my 3rd time racing the BFL. I just know how fast it fills, so I wanted to make sure I’m in 🙂

  22. Brooke Connell

    Please please please count me in again :). This will be my 3rd time. whoohooo.

    • Our travel plans have changed (again!) and I won’t be able to make the BFL after all 😦
      I did register, so please remove me from your (grass roots) tracking list 🙂

  23. Unable to make it – Please remove for 2018

  24. Raymond Hemmele

    Will the course be marked?

  25. Any convenient water or food stops on this route before you get to CVS at 40 miles?

  26. I signed up, but need to sign down (out). Gotta stick closer to home this weekend. Have a great ride! Bob

  27. Oops previous comment was an attempt to embed route details. The route is on TrailForks at

  28. I have to bow out, helping with the MBAA race. Have fun!

  29. Charles Rossignol

    I can no longer attend, sorry for the late notice.

  30. Anyone know how deep is the creek crossing after the rain?

  31. I remember reading somewhere that pictures would be appreciated from the ride. I have a good picture from the Creek Crossing as that was the only time my hands didn’t leave my handlebars. Thank you to the Creek-Crossing Angel who had the towels and chairs. Thanks to Chad for making this happen! Only made it 36 miles. Just ran out of time… It was nice riding with Sean and Micah! Is there an email I could send this picture to?

  32. Echoing thanks to Chad, B&B, Crossing towel angels and racers, kicked my a$$!

  33. Any idea when results will be posted?

  34. A little long of a video and I was by my lonesome for most of it but here it is.

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