High School State Championships – Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca – November 4-5, 2023
High School State Championships – Wren Arena, Fort Huachuca – November 4-5, 2023mikeperry2023-11-02T06:30:35-07:00
The information in this race flyer is subject to change. Please check back prior to the event to make sure you have the most up-to-date information available.
Schedule at a Glance
Saturday, November 4
8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Course Open for Pre-Ride
No Drop Explorer Ride
Head Coaches Meeting
4-Person Team Relay Race
3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Course Open for Pre-Ride
Sunday, November 5
7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Course Open for Pre-Ride
Head Coaches Meeting
Boys Varsity/JV1 Race
Girls All Categories Race
Boys JV2 Race
Boys Freshman Race
Location & Directions
Fort Huachuca is an active military base, however we’ve made access easy. You can save time and avoid the standard visitor access protocols by presenting the special ACA base access pass. Simply announce yourself to the drive thru gate guard as a participant in the mountain bike race and present the pass – remember to print it and bring it with you – when proceeding through the access control points. If you forget to print your pass you will need to go through the Visitor Control Center at the Van Deman Gate (west gate).
At over 5,000 feet in elevation, this course rolls through pine trees, oak trees and grassy fields along the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains. You will encounter small boulders to maneuver around, roots, short steep climbs and a few soft sandy areas. The 4.1 mile course runs clockwise and climbs 348 feet per lap.
Course & Infield Map
State Championships Qualification
Student-athletes must individually qualify for the State Championships race, based on the following criteria:
1. Compete in a minimum of three (3) races in the four-race conference series; and
2. Top Overall Individual Series point earners as follows:
All Varsity Boys and Girls;
All Junior Varsity 1 Boys and Girls;
Top 50 Junior Varsity 2 Division I Boys per conference;
Top 50 Junior Varsity 2 Division II Boys per conference;
Top 50 Junior Varsity 2 Girls per conference;
Top 50 Freshman Division I Boys per conference;
Top 50 Freshman Division II Boys per conference;
Top 50 Freshman Girls per conference;
All high school seniors regardless of category and placement.
If you have qualified for States and purchased the Race Package earlier this season, your race registration is all set. However, if you’ve been entering races individually then you’ll need to register for States in CCN. Online registration for States closes Wednesday, November 1, at 11:59 p.m. Onsite race registration is available, plus an additional $15 late fee (membership registration must be completed online prior). Riders registering “day of” at the race venue must register at least one (1) hour before their race starts.
All student-athletes will receive a race number plate and riders will use the same plate for the entire race series. Number plates have chip timing transponders on the backside so exercise care to avoid damage. Please remove the number plate from the bike before loading it for transport to prevent damage or loss. Replacement number plates will be available at the registration tent for $25. The registration tent will be open on Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday beginning at 7:00 a.m.
Category Placement Petitions are not accepted for the State Championships. Riders may not petition to upgrade/downgrade to a race category different than assigned. Riders wishing to compete in the State Championships who failed to meet the qualification criteria due to injury or other unforeseen circumstances must submit an Exemption Petition through their Head Coach or Team Director. The petition deadline is November 1 at 11:59 p.m.
The course will be open for pre-ride to all registered student-athletes and licensed coaches on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Please pass course workers with care. All student-athletes and coaches must have a number plate attached to their bike in order to pre-ride the course. Unregistered parents/siblings may not ride the course.
We encourage teams to pre-ride prior to event weekend. Click on the top right corner of the Google Map above to view a larger map of the course and staging area. Download the GPX file for your navigation device.
This is where you’ll get vital information about the race day, such as risk management, race conditions and anything else that we need to share with you. Sometimes we need to make changes due to weather or other circumstances so it’s important you’re at the meeting to keep your team and riders informed! It is mandatory that all teams have at least one (1) coach attend the meeting. The coaches meeting will be held prior to the start of Saturday’s 4-person team relay race and Sunday’s individual racing at the ACA equipment trailer beginning at 12:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., respectively.
4-Person Team Relay Race (Saturday)
Relay teams’ riders will each do one lap of the course, passing a baton to their teammate at the end of their lap.
Team must include at least one boy and one girl, and one rider from each category (Freshman, JV2, JV1, Varsity).
If team doesn’t have a rider in a category, they may select a rider from the next category down.
If team doesn’t have a rider in the Freshman category, they may select a rider from the JV2 category.
It is up to the team to decide the order in which they ride.
One team entry regardless of team size.
Medals will be awarded five places deep in each division.
There is no additional fee for riders who are registered to compete in the individual State Championships race. Riders who did not qualify for the individual State Championships race are eligible to participate in the team relay event, however all riders must be registered and paid.
DIVISION – staging will begin at 12:45 p.m.
Division 1 Teams
4 x 1
Division 2 Teams
4 x 1
Race Categories & Wave Start Times (Sunday)
Category (Race Plate Color & Number Series)
WAVE 1 – staging will begin at 8:45 a.m.
Boys Varsity (Blue 1000s)
Boys JV1 – Division 1 (Copper 2000-2499)
Boys JV1 – Division 2 (Yellow 2500-2999)
WAVE 2 – staging will begin at 10:15 a.m.
Girls Varsity (Blue 100s)
Girls Junior Varsity 1 (Copper 200s)
Girls Junior Varsity 2 (Yellow 300s)
Girls Freshman (Grey 400s)
WAVE 3 – staging will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Boys JV2 – Division 1 (Copper 3000-3499)
Boys JV2 – Division 2 (Yellow 3500-3999)
WAVE 4 – staging will begin at 1:00 p.m.
Boys Freshman – Division 1 (Grey 4000-4499)
Boys Freshman – Division 2 (Red 4500-4999)
Independent riders compete in Division 2 in split fields (Boys Junior Varsity 1, Junior Varsity 2 and Freshman).
Lapped riders and riders outside the time limit will be pulled from the race at the finish line once the leader has completed the race. No rider shall begin a new lap 5 minutes before the start of the next race wave.
Staging & Call Ups
All riders will be staged. The staging order will be based on riders final points standing in the four-race conference series in their respective field in the current season. The top 10 placed riders in each field will receive call-ups by name to the starting line.
Parking will be available in the designated areas on both side of Canelo Rd. Click on the top right corner of the Course & Infield Map above to view a larger map of the parking area. Please park efficiently and follow the guidance from our staff once on site.
Vehicles must park in the designated areas identified with signs at the venue and as shown on the venue map.
All vehicles must abide by the instructions of parking volunteers and/or league staff. Any violators risk imposition of penalties against their respective team.
Handicap parking is available in the parking lot near the team pits.
Vehicles must use the designated loading/unloading zone and immediately move to designated parking areas after unloading at the team pits area.
Vehicles must follow one-way directional traffic in/out of team pit drop off area.
No parking allowed in the team pits.
Each team will be assigned a designated pit space. The team pits will be open to vehicle traffic for loading/unloading during the times listed below. Every team will be given one (1) pass for use in the specified parking area on the pit map. Vehicles may come and go during restricted times, but must remain north of the red line. If you or anyone on your team tries to move a vehicle in the team pits outside of the scheduled times your pit pass may be revoked. No gasoline generators and no open flames inside the team pit area.
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Move In / Move Out Schedule
Friday 2:00 p.m. – Pits open for teams to move in
Saturday 8:00 a.m. – Pits open to vehicles
Sunday 8:30 a.m. – Pits closed to vehicles, all automobiles must be out
Sunday 3:00 p.m. (approx.) – Pits open to vehicles after the last rider crosses the finish line
Team Pits Map (click image to enlarge) Red 30’x40′, Blue 20’x40′, Brown 20’x30′, Green 15’x20′
While student-athletes are expected to show up with a fully functional bike, we know that mechanical issues can happen during race day. That’s why Sun & Spokes Bicycle Shop and M&M Cycling will be onsite with experienced and skilled mechanics to help assist riders. Please note that there are no complimentary replacement parts available. Sun & Spokes may have a limited selection of replacement parts for purchase, subject to availability.
Pivot Chill Zone
Pivot Cycles provides a designated area at races for all student-athletes to chill, chat, or destress before and after races. The Pivot Chill Zone is for racers only – no parents, coaches, or siblings in this one. Operated by Pivot Cycles staff members at all ACA races, the zone provides a safe space for riders to relax, or just pop in for a fist bump and some words of encouragement.
Race day would not be possible without the incredible work of our volunteers. It takes a “village” to put on quality youth mountain bike races. We’d love to have your help and it’s a great opportunity to see a few different sides of how our races operate. Sign up at SignUp.com.
FREE to all ACA-registered student-athletes and coaches:
No Drop Explorer Ride
Open to all middle school and high school student-athletes, riders will be split into three separate skill level groups and pedal from Wren Arena to Huachuca Canyon on single track and double track. Groups will rotate through three skills/games stations – with ramps, skinnies, relays and more – then loop back on a higher trail that finishes on the race course. The ride is 5.5 miles and will pass through tall Sycamore trees in fall color. Coaches are welcome to join the ride, too.
As has become the tradition, we really want Saturday night to highlight family, friends and the community we share. This year there will be a DJ-hosted glow stick party Saturday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Remember to bring your white or fluorescent, and wear it during the festivities! The brighter the color the greater the chance that it will glow.
Additional Event Information
Do not attempt to bring firearms or drugs onto the installation.
Random Access Measures (RAM) will be in effect. Please be aware you may be asked for insurance or registration information and may be subject to search.
Watch your speed while driving on Fort Huachuca.
Bicycle riders must comply with all traffic regulations. Helmets are required at all times while riding on Fort Huachuca. Use caution when riding on Canelo Rd; it is open to vehicular traffic.
Showers will be provided at the Barnes Field House Fitness Center, a 5-minute drive from the arena site. Bring your own towel. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. See map for location.
Valid military ID required to purchase supplies at AAFES stores (inside gas station) and Post Exchange.
When exploring, avoid concrete bunkers or other objects that might be in wooded areas.
Fort Huachuca is home to a variety of different wildlife including bear, coyote, fox and javelina. Please be aware and do not approach or harass any of these wild animals.
Dogs must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your dog.
Dispose garbage in dumpsters provided.
Drone use is not allowed at Fort Huachuca.
All participants are expected to read, understand and abide by the rules and guidelines set forth in the ACA Rulebook.
Tent camping is available on the arena side of Canelo Rd. RV campers are encouraged to the opposite side of the road from the arena, in the graded area. No open fires are allowed, only contained canister fires for cooking. Do not move or remove any vegetation or items you may encounter. Clean your site when you leave.
Apache Flats RV Resort is also available. Located just a few miles from Wren Arena, amenities include 56 oversized concrete drive-thru pads; water, sewer, 50 AMP electric, cable TV picnic tables and barbecue grills; showers, restrooms, and coin-operated laundry facilities on site; and fenced-in dog play area. Contact Amanda (520-533-1335) at the RV park to make reservations and be sure to let her know that you are participating in the race.
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