Sedona Big Friggin Loop

Sedona Big Friggin Loop (SBFL)


April 7, 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.

GPX for 2017 is available.  Significantly new route, with some new trails, developed with thanks to John Schilling. SBFL_2017_v1.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.



54 responses to “Sedona Big Friggin Loop

  1. Is this event actually full?

  2. Registration opens on the 1st of March, one month before the event.

  3. Every year something seems to come up but this year I am in.

  4. So it’s free unless you want the pizza after the ride?

  5. Added sign-up above.

  6. My knees hate me

  7. We will be posting the updated GPX file for 2017 shortly.

  8. Ah – feel free to delete my comment then. Don’t want to cause confusion.

  9. Glad this doesn’t conflict with the AZTR this year, I’m in!

  10. I am in

  11. Jackson Reynolds

    Just so everyone knows…you can also upload the GPX file to your Trailforks account and have it saved on your Trailforks app on your phone, if you’re like me and don’t own a GPS!

  12. Will the start/end point still be just outside of oak creek ?

  13. Reread the description. Answered my question. See you there.

  14. 2017 file is posted.

  15. Hi, I just moved to the area and would love to do this event! Is it really full? Any way I can still get in?

  16. The route has been added to the Trailforks ‘route’ database. As a backup, login into Trailforks on a desktop computer, go to the route (link below) and click on the ‘fav’ button at the top of the map. Then, while out riding, open the Trailforks app on a smartphone and it will show under ‘My routes’. Again, use this as a backup plan to a GPS.

  17. Is there a cue sheet or trail list. I have uploaded the gpx onto my Garmin but curious to know the trails….thx Bill

  18. Will the route be ok to ride since it will likely rain at some point during the race? Since this’ll be my first ride through Sedona, I’m not familiar with the dirt and rocks and how rain will effect the day. Maybe expect a slightly longer day on the bike? Anybody feel free to respond. Thanks.

    • We have had to cancel races in past due to rain….if it rains too much, we DO NOT ride on the event day as a group unfortunately. We do not want to damage the trails.

  19. Any convenient water sources along the route? also anyone know the total elevation gain?

    • It’s ~5k vertical. That trailforks link overestimates it a lot. Course passes through town and a gas station at mile ~35, so people can stop to buy water there.

  20. Water at Yavapai College at 89a road crossing. Also supply stop at 76 gas station at the “Y” in sedona.

  21. There’s construction at YCC and fences limiting access. Water may be fenced in. But the construction port-a-johns should be accessible!

  22. would it be ok to park at the Bell Rock vista lot all day? do they shut gate after a certain time? do they open a gate at a certain time. I’ll be heading up Friday night and will have to find a place to park for the night.

    • If you park ANYWHERE in Sedona City Limits, the cops will wake you up in the middle of the night. Try outside the city limits for camping. DO NOT CAMP anywhere in the city limits. You can sleep at Beaverflats, north of Grasshopper Pass (bridge is where the city limits end) or out on the dirt road past Aeria/Mezcal. My wife and I will be at Beaverflats camping.

  23. Chad,
    How are conditions looking with last week’s and tomorrow’s forecasted rain? I’d heard that the Oak Creek crossing was waist-deep (which, to be fair, is ‘only’ a foot deeper than it often is). If we’re ‘go’ I’m in, but just wanted to check before loading up the truck. Thanks for organizing!

    • 40% of rain/snow tomorrow per NOOA, we are assuming the trails will not get too wet especially with that 20% chance on Saturday. We will know more tomorrow. If you signed up, make sure to check your emails or add it to this list. That will be the method of communication updated.

  24. Anyone have a link for a .tcx of the 2017 course? Or the garmin connect link so I can download the .tcx from there? My gps doesn’t allow me to upload a .gpx and follow it.

  25. Thank for the info, I wasn’t planning on sleeping in the vehicle in Sedona, I already know about the police frowning on that. I just wanted to know if in the morning we can park our vehicles at the Bell rock vista lot for the day and not get shut in or towed because it’s after hours.

  26. Will not make tomorrows event, i believe i got the sign up done before it filled up…..1 spot available for someone……

  27. I will take T Sims spot. Thank you!

  28. What’s the scene in Sedona weather-wise? It’s been snowing and wet all day in Flagstaff.

  29. Email is sent with info about the event. Check your email.

  30. Please take my spot. I’m unable to make it down in time.

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