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 24 – South Conference
Sunday, September 25 – North 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

Directions

Course Overview

Be ready for anything: sloping downs and punchy ups, sandy to rocky, and fast travels to technical switchbacks. These trails are reminiscent of the famous Phill’s World trail system. Upon reaching the highest plateaus of the trail, you will experience sweeping vistas of the White Mountains high desert.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE: The 5.0 mile  course climbs approximately 475 feet per lap.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE: The 2.5 mile  course climbs approximately 205 feet per lap.

Course & Infield Map

Course POV (coming soon)

Registration

Online registration closes on September 20 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.
  • The registration tent will be open on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 7:00 a.m.

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 2 is September 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Pre-Ride

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.

The trail network is on private property and the only opportunity to pre-ride before race weekend is the weekend prior, September 17-18. No trespassing signs are posted at the site; please respect them. Click on the top right corner of the Google Map above to view a larger map of the course and staging area.

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. 3 7.5 miles
Boys 7th Grade (Red 6000s) 8:05 a.m. 2 5.0 miles
Boys 6th Grade (Yellow 7000s) 8:10 a.m. 2 5.0 miles
WAVE 2 – staging will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Girls 8th Grade (Copper 500s) 8:45 a.m. 3 7.5 miles
Girls 7th Grade (Red 600s) 8:50 a.m. 2 5.0 miles
Girls 6th Grade (Yellow 700s) 8:55 a.m. 2 5.0 miles
WAVE 3 – staging will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Boys Varsity (Blue 1000s) 10:00 a.m. 4 20.0 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 1 (Copper 2000-2499) 10:05 a.m. 3 15.0 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 2 (Red 2500-2999) 10:10 a.m. 3 15.0 miles
WAVE 4 – staging will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Girls Varsity (Blue 100s) 11:30 a.m. 3 15.0 miles
Girls Junior Varsity 1 (Copper 200s) 11:35 a.m. 2 10.0 miles
Girls Junior Varsity 2 (Red 300s) 11:40 a.m. 2 10.0 miles
Girls Freshman (Yellow 400s) 11:45 a.m. 2 10.0 miles
WAVE 5 – staging will begin at 12:45 p.m.
Boys JV2 – Division 1 (Copper 3000-3499) 1:00 p.m. 2 10.0 miles
Boys JV2 – Division 2 (Red 3500-3999) 1:05 p.m. 2 10.0 miles
Boys Freshman – Division 1 (Yellow 4000-4499) 1:10 p.m. 2 10.0 miles
Boys Freshman – Division 2 (Grey 4500-4999) 1:15 p.m. 2 10.0 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

All riders will be staged. The staging order will be based on the following:
  • High school: Overall points standing in their respective field in the current season; new riders will be staged at the back of the field.
  • Middle school: Placing in the previous race; riders who did not compete in the previous race will be staged at the back of the field.

Parking

Free parking will be available at the venue.  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 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.

Pit Assignments by Team

Pit  South Conference
Pit North Conference

Move In / Move Out Schedule

South Conference

  • Friday 2:00 p.m. – Pits open for South 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 South teams must vacate pit area and/or move gear to designated storage space

North Conference

  • Friday 2:00 p.m. – Pits open for North 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 North 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)

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 Singlespeed Coffee Roasters and Stanzi’s Food Truck.

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.
  • 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 onsite in designated areas.  Campsites will be first come, first served.  There are no RV hookups and no water so come prepared.

For in-town accommodations, Snowflake-Taylor has a variety of lodging options to accommodate you and your family (https://members.snowflaketaylorchamber.org/list/ql/lodging-travel-15).