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, September 11 – North Conference
Sunday, September 12 – South Conference
|7:00 a.m.||Middle School Head Coaches Meeting|
|8:00 a.m.||Middle School Boys Race|
|8:45 a.m.||Middle School Girls Race|
|9:00 a.m.||High School Head Coaches Meeting|
|10:00 a.m.||High School Boys Varsity/JV1 Race|
|10:30 a.m.||Middle School Awards|
|11:30 a.m.||High School Girls Race|
|1:00 p.m.||High School Boys JV2/Freshman Race|
|3:00 p.m.||High School Awards|
Nestled in cool Ponderosa pine forest three miles south of Flagstaff, the route loops around the perimeter of Fort Tuthill County Park, and consists of rolling trail with a few challenging hills. This course is a 6.0 mile loop with roughly 365 feet of climbing per lap. Running counterclockwise, the course starts and finishes in the north parking lot.
Course & Infield Map
Online registration closes on September 8 at 11:59 p.m. No onsite registration, no exceptions.
- Student-athletes must be “race-ready” in the Pit Zone in order to participate – profile completed, release forms signed electronically, and ACA registration and race entry fees paid.
- 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.
- Head Coaches and Team Directors may pick up number plates for the entire team at the registration tent on Friday 2:00-5:00 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday morning beginning at 7:00 a.m. Riders may not pick up their race number plates individually.
For questions regarding the Pit Zone, contact registration services.
Category Placement Petitions
Riders wishing to upgrade/downgrade to a race category different than assigned must submit a petition through their Head Coach or Team Director. The petition deadline for Race 1 is September 1 at 11:59 p.m.
The course will be open for pre-ride Friday from 2:00 p.m. until sunset and Saturday following the conclusion of racing (approximately 3:00 p.m.) until sunset. 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. The trails are accessible 24/7 during the summer season. 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.
A mandatory head coaches meeting will be held prior to the start of middle school and high school racing at the ACA equipment trailer beginning at 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., respectively. Coaches, this is where you’ll get information about the race day, such as risk management, race conditions and anything else vital 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! Each team must have one (1) representative present at the meeting.
Race Categories & Wave Start Times
|Category (Race Plate Color & Number Series)||Start Time||Laps||Distance|
|WAVE 1 – staging will begin at 7:45 a.m.|
|Boys 8th Grade (Copper 5000s)||8:00 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|Boys 7th Grade (Red 6000s)||8:05 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|Boys 6th Grade (Yellow 7000s)||8:10 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|WAVE 2 – staging will begin at 8:30 a.m.|
|Girls 8th Grade (Copper 500s)||8:45 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|Girls 7th Grade (Red 600s)||8:50 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|Girls 6th Grade (Yellow 700s)||8:55 a.m.||1||5.9 miles|
|WAVE 3 – staging will begin at 9:45 a.m.|
|Boys Varsity (Blue 1000s)||10:00 a.m.||4||23.6 miles|
|Boys JV1 – Division 1 (Copper 2000-2499)||10:05 a.m.||3||17.7 miles|
|Boys JV1 – Division 2 (Red 2500-2999)||10:10 a.m.||3||17.7 miles|
|WAVE 4 – staging will begin at 11:15 a.m.|
|Girls Varsity (Blue 100s)||11:30 a.m.||3||17.7 miles|
|Girls Junior Varsity 1 (Copper 200s)||11:35 a.m.||3||17.7 miles|
|Girls Junior Varsity 2 (Red 300s)||11:40 a.m.||2||11.8 miles|
|Girls Freshman (Yellow 400s)||11:45 a.m.||2||11.8 miles|
|WAVE 5 – staging will begin at 12:45 p.m.|
|Boys JV2 – Division 1 (Copper 3000-3499)||1:00 p.m.||2||11.8 miles|
|Boys JV2 – Division 2 (Red 3500-3999)||1:05 p.m.||2||11.8 miles|
|Boys Freshman – Division 1 (Yellow 4000-4499)||1:10 p.m.||2||11.8 miles|
|Boys Freshman – Division 2 (Grey 4500-4999)||1:15 p.m.||2||11.8 miles|
Note: Independent rider compete in the South Conference and in Division 2 in split fields (Boys Junior Varsity 1, Junior Varsity 2 and Freshman).
- Each team may designate one rider in each category to be moved to the front of their respective field.
- All independent riders will line up with the main group according the random draw order.
Free parking available in the fairgrounds parking lot. 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 south 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.
Pit Assignments by Team
|7||Albuquerque Composite, La Cueva High School|
|17||Anthem Middle School Composite, Boulder Creek High School|
|12||Arizona Agribusiness and Equine Center Prescott Valley|
|13||BASIS Scottsdale, Desert Mountain High School, Horizon High School, North Valley Composite, Paradise Valley High School, Pinnacle High School, Shadow Mountain High School|
|16||Bradshaw Mountain High School|
|5||Cactus Shadows High School, Sonoran Trails Middle School|
|26||Canyon View Preparatory Academy|
|19||Chino Valley High School|
|20||Coconino High School|
|10||Diné Composite, Gallup Composite, Hopi Composite|
|3||Flagstaff High School|
|4||FLYRS Middle School Composite|
|8||Los Alamos High School|
|2||Northland Preparatory Academy|
|1||Prescott High School|
|6||Prescott Middle School Composite|
|27||Sandia Preparatory School|
|18||Sunrise Mountain Composite, Sunrise Mountain High School|
|22||Tri-City College Prep High School|
|11||White Mountains Composite|
|23||Wickenburg Area Composite|
|14||Aldo Leopold Charter School, Silver High School|
|4||Arizona College Prep|
|1||Basha High School, Payne Junior High School, Perry High School|
|6||BASIS Oro Valley, Canyon del Oro High School, Ironwood Ridge High School, Mountain View High School (Tucson), Oro Valley Composite, Pusch Ridge Christian Academy|
|5||Brophy College Preparatory / Xavier College Preparatory|
|3||Buena High School|
|2||Casteel High School, Foundre Racing Composite|
|13||Catalina Foothills High School, El Grupo Composite, Tucson High Magnet School|
|11||Chaparral High School|
|10||Cienega High School, Empire High School, Vail Composite|
|7 & 8||Desert Vista High School|
|15||East Valley Composite, Red Mountain High School|
|24||Franklin Police & Fire High School|
|17||Hamilton High School, Santan Junior High School|
|21||Mountain Pointe High School|
|9||Mountain View High School (Mesa)|
|18||Odyssey (OIAIS), Verrado High School|
|25||Phoenix Country Day School|
|20||Tombstone High School|
|19||Veritas Christian Community School|
|16||Youth On Track Composite|
Move In / Move Out Schedule
- Friday 2:00 p.m. – Pits open for North teams to move in
- Saturday 7:30 a.m. – Pits closed to vehicles, all automobiles must be out
- Saturday 3:00 p.m. (approx.) – Pits open to vehicles after the last rider crosses the finish line
- Saturday 4:15 p.m. – Move out deadline, all North teams must vacate pit area and/or move gear to designated storage space
- Friday 2:00 p.m. – Pits open for South teams to drop off gear in designated storage space
- Saturday 7:30 a.m. – Pits closed to vehicles, all automobiles must be out
- Saturday 4:30 p.m – Pits open for South teams to move in
- Sunday 7:30 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
Mechanics from Trek Bicycle Store of West Phoenix will be on hand to provide free mechanical assistance for any student-athlete with an emergency. Spare parts are also available for sale at the neutral support tent. Student-athletes are expected to come to each race with a fully functional, race ready bicycle. Coaches and adults are not given priority at the neutral support tent.
Food & Beverage Services
Concessions will be available onsite from Singlespeed Coffee Roasters and Stanzi’s Food Truck.
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.
For questions regarding volunteering, contact our volunteer coordinator.
The ACA is following the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona Interscholastic Association, and the respective county health departments for each race within the ACA calendar.
- All event attendees are requested to have a mask and use it in common areas anytime physical distancing cannot be observed.
- Racers will be required to wear masks during staging. Masks may removed in the start chute one (1) minute prior to the start of their race. Racers will only need to wear masks for about 15 minutes.
- Masks must be worn by feeders in the Feed Zone.
- We love having as many spectators as possible at our races, however due to the seriousness of COVID-19, we ask that those with pre-existing medical conditions which may make them susceptible to COVID-19 not attend any of the races this season.
Health and safety protocols may be updated as new information and recommendations become available.
ACA COVID-19 Safety and Wellness Best Practices and Considerations (updated 08.24.21)
Additional Event Information
- Dogs must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your dog.
- Dispose garbage in dumpsters provided.
- Fort Tuthill Bike Park is a state-of-art, fully-featured mountain bike skills park. It offers flow trails, tech flow trails, pump tracks, drop zone, skills area and cyclocross features. The Bike Park facilities are not part of the ACA’s race event and we are not responsible for any activities, incidents, injuries, and/or damages associated with these facilities. We ask that riders refrain from using the Bike Park this weekend.
- All participants are expected to read, understand and abide by the rules and guidelines set forth in the ACA Handbook.
- ACA weather and refunds policy.
Camping & Lodging
Camping is available on site in the Fort Tuthill County Park Campground. Tall pine trees create a rustic “camping in the woods” experience. Camping areas include RV and tent sites with picnic tables, fire rings, nearby portable toilets and water spigots. Sorry, electricity and shower facilities are not available.
Campsites (sewer and water, no electricity) are $28 per night and hold up to 8 people, two tents. The campsite includes one vehicle; if there are two vehicles, the second vehicle is an additional $5. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Tent sites are $23 per night. RV sites (no hookups) are $23 per night. Group sites are $95 per night and accommodate approximately 40 people. Here is a link to the campground’s Facebook page: facebook.com/campforttuthill. Reservations for the campground can be made at campforttuthill.com. For questions, cancelations, and changes, please call 928-286-7060.
The ACA has also rented the Carnival Lot for overflow camping . See Course & Infield Map for location. First come, first served and efficiency is welcomed (no circular ‘compounds’). To help recoup our rental expense we ask that campers in the lot make a donation to the ACA.
For in-town Flagstaff accommodations, follow this link for a list of choices: https://business.flagstaffchamber.com/list/category/lodging-1421.