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, October 22 – South Conference
Sunday, October 23 – 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

Location & Directions

Course Overview

The rolling Sonoran Desert trails at the Competitive Track at McDowell are comprised of swooping turns and short steep inclines and descents. The course travels counterclockwise and starts/finishes in the Competitive Track parking lot.

HIGH SCHOOL COURSE: The Sport Loop – Technical Loop combination form the 5.6 mile counterclockwise course and climbs approximately 435 feet per lap. All riders will be required to take the “The Ledge” bypass.

MIDDLE SCHOOL COURSE: The 3 mile Sport Loop course climbs approximately 175 feet per lap.

Course & Infield Map

Course POV

Registration

Online registration closes on October 18 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 4 is October 11 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. 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 9.0 miles
Boys 7th Grade (Red 6000s) 8:03 a.m. 2 6.0 miles
Boys 6th Grade (Yellow 7000s) 8:06 a.m. 2 6.0 miles
WAVE 2 – staging will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Girls 8th Grade (Copper 500s) 8:45 a.m. 3 9.0 miles
Girls 7th Grade (Red 600s) 8:48 a.m. 2 6.0 miles
Girls 6th Grade (Yellow 700s) 8:51 a.m. 2 6.0 miles
WAVE 3 – staging will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Boys Varsity (Blue 1000s) 10:00 a.m. 4 22.4 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 1 (Copper 2000-2499) 10:05 a.m. 3 16.8 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 2 (Red 2500-2999) 10:10 a.m. 3 16.8 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 16.8 miles
Girls Junior Varsity 2 (Red 300s) 11:35 a.m. 2 11.2 miles
Girls Freshman (Yellow 400s) 11:40 a.m. 2 11.2 miles
WAVE 5 – staging will begin at 12:45 p.m.
Boys JV2 – Division 1 (Copper 3000-3499) 1:00 p.m. 2 11.2 miles
Boys JV2 – Division 2 (Red 3500-3999) 1:05 p.m. 2 11.2 miles
Boys Freshman – Division 1 (Yellow 4000-4499) 1:10 p.m. 2 11.2 miles
Boys Freshman – Division 2 (Grey 4500-4999) 1:15 p.m. 2 11.2 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 & Call Ups

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.

The top 10 placed riders in each field will receive call-ups by name to the starting line.

Parking

Parking will be available in the Four Peaks trailhead lot (across from the Competitive Track lot). Riders and teams will be allowed to enter the Competitive Track lot for unloading and loading only. 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. 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.

Team equipment trailers may be stored in Four Peaks over the weekends for teams. Please park them on the northeast edge of the area (see Course & Infield Map). Trailers should be backed in (not parallel) and not go into the desert

Pit Assignments by Team

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

Move In / Move Out Schedule

South Conference

  • Friday 12:00 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 12:00 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)
Red 30’x40′; Blue 30’x30′; Brown 20’x30′; Yellow 20’x30′;  Green 15’x15′

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

  • Park entry fee $7 per vehicle; exact change is appreciated.
  • Bicycle riders must comply with all traffic regulations and ride single file when on the roads within the Park.
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times. Please pick up after your dog.
  • Dispose garbage in dumpsters provided.
  • Drone use is not allowed within Maricopa County’s regional park system.
  • 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 and reservations are recommended. The fee for developed campsites is $32 per night and includes electrical/water hookups, dump station, restrooms, picnic tables and grills.  One RV or two tents per spot.  The park’s camping policies state no more than eight people per site and the campground hosts will be checking.  Extra cars are $7 each.  The $7 park entry fee is waived for campers (first car).  Small, midsized and large group camping areas also available.  Visit Maricopa County Parks’ website to make your reservation. There is very limited overflow space that is not listed online; contact the park at 602-506-2930 ext. 3 to check availability.

The park will not permit camping in the Four Peaks trailhead lot. The area will be accessible for parking only during our normal day use open times (from 5:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.).

For dispersed camping, we recommend 10-15 minutes north of the park in the Tonto National Forest. Enter from Needle Rock Rd (north of the junction of Dynamite Rd with Rio Verde Rd).