Sedona Big Friggin Loop

Sedona Friggin Loop

March 21, 2015 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. Bike n Bean will also be allowing us to use their parking lot this year! 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.

GPX for 2015 will be the same as last year. SBFL_2014_v5.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


Sedona Big Friggn’ Loop in Mountain Flyer


Registration is CLOSED until 2016.

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

41 responses to “Sedona Big Friggin Loop

  1. Is this really full for 2015 already?!?!?

  2. Did it last year for the first time and it was great. This year it will also be on my 58th birthday!

  3. New to racing. How technical will the course be?

  4. Don’t mean to “Butt-In” but as a past participant of TBFL I must say that if you want to be Truly tested both mentally and physically this event (can’t use the word “RACE”) has it all. You must be able to remain “ON” for 7+ hours form some of the most epic riding around! And then throw in the camaraderie and scenery makes for an eventful outing.

  5. It’s more of an endurance ride that technical. I’ve always ridden it with ridgid single speed, which gives you an idea of how “technical” it is. It’s a grind because it’s long and there is a lot of up and down. I do recall a few short, but very steep decents that I walked. Less then 0.01% of the ride.

    • Thanks. Just the sort of info I was after. WTF with the SS haters? MBR sounds like someone I would love to slap.

      • Dear Joe, I love SS. I even had a couple when I was a kid. However, I don’t like the self righteous ones who ride SS or any other type of bike. Don’t think I’m the only one who feels that way, just the one who expressed it…

      • Was thinking about the slap comment and would like to apologize. Sometimes my testosterone gets the better of me. I just think that we all need to be tolerant of others, as long as they don’t infringe on the rights of other people. Live and let live.

  6. Re: “It’s more of an endurance ride that technical.” I’m surprised you even bother with such an easy endurance race while riding a trendy SS. Perhaps it’s time to raise the bar and take off the brakes and freewheel – or just opt for a road bike – to make it more of a ‘Big’ challenge.. :-)

  7. I’m glad someone else picked up on this single speed elitist attitude.

  8. WOW! Just trying to help out. I don’t give a F@#k what you ride or even if you do. I ride for my own pleasure and, when it can be found, to share my passion with the like minded. Think I’ll just stay on the trail and off the web.

  9. Let’s remember we are all aiming for the same cause…to be outside on the bike. As you said Andrew, “like minded.” Let’s try to only ENCOURAGE here.

  10. Does anyone have an elevation chart for this course?

  11. Here is last year’s course profile:

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  13. SBFL opens for registration on Feb 21?

  14. General question – what GPS units do people like for remote rides like this? I have a Garmin Edge 500 but that’s not enough nav, and it’s not loading files from Topofusion anyway.

    • My vote – eTrex 20 or 30, which run off of [2] ubiquitous AAs. Very popular for bikepacking.

    • Personally I like the 800 or newer 810. The battery life is more than enough for something like this (unless you really plan to be out there over 10 hours). For bikepacking I can see the use of something that runs off batteries, but I’d also consider an external charger as another option.

      • Is the Nav function of both units the same? As in, show me where I am relative to my course? Is the main difference the batteries & that the 800/810 adds the bike training features (speed, climbing etc)?

      • Can’t help with the eTrex as I don’t have one. The 800 has every feature I want/need. Touch screen is nice, it shows elevation and the course. as well as off course warnings. Basically it has all the features of the 500 you have now, but adds a touchscreen and far better maps and elevation readings. The 810 adds several things I don’t care about…

    • Re: Battery life of eTrex 30
      Lithiums provide about 24 hours of run time. NiMH provide about 20-ish hours. I bought the 30 specifically for AZT/CTR/WRIAD rides. Also nice for 2-3 days of backcountry skiing on one set of batteries.
      Re: External power for eTrex
      I have a dynamo hub, which I can switch from lighting to a USB converter for charging, but most devices [like my iPhone and eTrex 30] don’t like it when the USB voltage cycles above and below the 5V output of the converter. Best use of the dynamo is for lighting at night and charging battery charger packs during the day. However, battery life of the eTrex is so long that I usually just run it off of its own batteries.

  15. for the 2015 monstercross how do you know if you got in? I signed up below the info on the race, but not sure if that was the right way to sign up.

  16. My understanding is that the reg opens one month prior to race date. So for Prescott Monstercross, that would be March 4 2015.

  17. Registration is now open, as of 7am 2/21. Sign up is limited to 74 participants.

  18. DO NOT SIGN UP DOWN IN THE COMMENTS section. Registration is above. Thanks!

  19. Thanks Chad. Do we get a confirmation anywhere?

  20. Chad I just want to go on the record to say you rock. Thanks for putting up with all of us. Incidentally I am looking to buy a dynamo set up if anyone’s is selling.

  21. New to this event format. Will the g.p.x. file noted from 2014 be the same crs as 2015 or will a updated map be available for download at a later date ?

    • Having enjoyed the SBFL for only one year, don’t know if that’s the norm, but last year the course ‘evolved’ a couple of times in the few days leading up to the start. I can only imagine the political/government hassles Chad had/has to deal with. Best bet would be to load last year’s GPX file, practice navigating with your GPS [if you’re new to biking with a GPS] and be prepared to reload the official GPX file a few days prior to the start.

  22. Single Speed Schmeister

    I believe I signed up, is there a way to verify that we are signed up?

  23. Re: Signing up stress
    For all of you stressing over the signup process, which I did until a year or so ago, keep in mind that almost all events like this, including NMES, CTR, AZT, etc., all have a 74 [75?] rider max cap. This it to keep the event small enough to prevent the escalation of FS/local/county/state/government control/restrictions, liability issues, yada, yada. The goal is to not morph the event into a Leadville 100. And rarely do events like this have a full roster come the morning of the event. Funny how this is a common theme for ‘free’ events. You can almost guarantee that there will be room for you to write-in your entry on race day. And even if the event is full, there’s nothing to stop you from riding a similar [wink] course the same day/time and participating in the post ride fun…

  24. Registration has been closed. There is NO WAITING LIST. We have reach capacity, thanks for your interest. Registration will be posted in a few days.

  25. This will be deleted in a few days, but here is the registration thus far.

    Alex Barr
    Andy Stevenson
    Artec Durham
    Arturo Codina
    Becky Edmiston
    Bob Monahan
    brad flachsbart
    Brandon Norem
    Brent Bernard
    Bret Parke
    Brian Cherry
    Brooke Connell
    Carl Gable
    Chad Davis
    Chase Edwards
    Chris coffey
    Chris Dunn
    chris hereford
    Dave Crandall
    Derek Baranczuk
    Devon Ambler
    Dylan Harp
    Eddie Klein
    Eric Tittelbaugh
    Eszter Horanyi
    Fred Zacherl
    Garrett Topham
    Greg Sandknop
    Holly Hovious
    James Akers
    Jason Hanson
    Jeff Hemperley
    jerome Moreau
    Jim Crossland
    John Thompson
    Josh Ellner
    Kason Smith
    Katie Purpura
    Keith Fry
    Kimberly kerschke
    Lenny Goodell
    Mark Allen
    Mark McCrimmon
    Maxwell higgins
    Maxwell higgins
    michele bauer
    Mike Hanna
    Mike Hughes
    mike kunnecke
    Nate Berg
    Nate Berg
    Nate Berg
    Orin Boyd
    Pascal Fortin
    Patrick McInnis
    Phil Ryder
    Ralph Wrons
    Raymond Hemmele
    Rich Capener
    Richard Dietzman
    Richard Dietzman
    Rick Henderson
    Rick Honsinger
    rob bauer
    Robin Guillaume
    Robin Schwartz
    Ryan Tapscott
    Scott Dean
    Scott Reynolds
    Scott Selle
    Shane DeMars
    steland t judgekins
    Steve Reynolds
    stevland t judgekins
    Terry Sims
    Tim Stefek
    Tim Wilcox
    Tony Farrar
    William Schmeister
    Yuri Luzanau

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