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 9 – North Conference
Sunday, September 10 – 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

Location & Directions

Course Overview

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

Course POV

Registration

Online registration closes on September 5 at 11:59 p.m. No onsite registration, no exceptions.

  • Student-athletes must be “race-ready” in the CCN in order to participate – profile completed, release forms signed electronically, and ACA registration and race entry fees paid.
  • Races purchased individually are $60 each for high school riders and $40 each for middle school riders. Purchase all four series races at the same time for the discounted price of $150 and $100, respectively. All four races must be in your cart at the same time to qualify for the discount. Registration for the high school state championships is included at no additional charge for riders who qualify for the event.
  • 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 from Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 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 CCN, 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 August 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Pre-Ride

The course will be open for pre-ride to all registered student-athletes and licensed coaches on Friday from 12:00 p.m. until sunset and Saturday following the conclusion of racing (approximately 3:00 p.m.) until sunset. On Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. the course is open to female student-athletes and their coaches only. Boys are not allowed on the course during the girls-only period. 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.

Coaches Meeting

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), Girls Junior Varsity 1 (Copper 200s) 11:30 a.m. 3 17.7 miles
Girls Junior Varsity 2 (Red 300s) 11:35 a.m. 2 11.8 miles
Girls Freshman (Yellow 400s) 11:40 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).

Staging

The staging order for high school riders at the first race of the season shall be based upon the overall points earned by each rider in the previous. No adjustments will be made based on category changes or other circumstances. Any rider who has not previously competed in an ACA event will be put in the race field behind all staged riders by random draw based on the last digit of riders race numbers (e.g., all riders with plate ending 7, then all riders with plate ending 3, etc.).

The staging order for freshman and middle school riders at the first race will be done by random draw based on the last digit of riders race numbers. Each team may designate one rider in each category to be moved to the front of their respective field.

At all subsequent races, the staging order will be based on riders overall points standing in that field in the current season for high school and the previous race placing for middle school.

Parking

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.

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

Pit North Conference
11 Anthem Middle School Composite
16 AAEC Prescott Valley
6 BASIS Flagstaff
19 BASIS Phoenix
13 BASIS Prescott
11 Boulder Creek High School
14 Bradshaw Mountain High School
2 Cactus Shadows High School
20 Chino Valley High School
15 Coconino High School
26 Desert Mountain High School
3 Flagstaff High School
4 FLYRS Middle School Composite
1 Hopi Composite
9 Mile High Middle School
7 Northland Preparatory Academy
23 Pinnacle High School
8 Prescott High School
5 Sedona Composite
5 Sedona Red Rock High School
1 SiiHasin Composite
12 Skyview Middle School
2 Sonoran Trails Middle School
18, 22 Sunrise Mountain Composite – North/South
17 Tri-City College Prep High School
10 White Mountains Composite
21 Wickenburg Area Composite
Pit South Conference
11 0S3 Composite
1 Andrada Polytechnic High School
2 Arizona College Preparatory
3 Basha High School
4 BASIS Oro Valley
10 Brophy College Preparatory – Xavier College Preparatory
7 Buena High School
4 Canyon del Oro High School
9 Catalina Foothills High School
12 Chaparral High School
1 Cienega High School
8 Desert Vista Mountain Bike Team
13 East Valley Composite
9 El Grupo Composite
1 Empire High School
15 Franklin Police and Fire High School
6 Hamilton High School
4 Ironwood Ridge High School
1 Mica Mountain High School
18 Mountain Pointe High School
16 Mountain View High School
5 Odyssey Institute for Advanced & International Studies (OIAIS)
4 Oro Valley Composite
3 Payne Junior High School
4 Pusch Ridge Christian Academy
13 Red Mountain High School
3 San Tan Composite
6 Santan Junior High School
17 Scottsdale Composite
7 Tombstone High School
1 Vail Composite
5 Verrado High School
5 White Tank Composite
14 Youth On Track Composite

Move In / Move Out Schedule

North Conference

  • Friday 12:00 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

South Conference

  • Friday 12:00 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

Team Pits Map (click image to enlarge)
Red 30’x40′ with 15’x40′ bike storage; Blue 20’x40′ with 10’x40′ bike storage; Brown 20’x30′ with 10’x30′ bike storage; Green 20’x15′ with 10’x15′ bike storage

Neutral Support

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 Single Speed Coffee Roasters, Stanzi’s Food Truck, Dogs R Us and Ava’s Kettle Corn.

Volunteer

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.

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 Rulebook.
  • 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.