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 23 – South Conference
Sunday, October 24 – 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

The fast rolling Competitive Track at White Tank includes several large wash crossings and multiple small “g-out” drainage crossings.  The course starts and finishes in the Competitive Track parking area.  This 5 mile loop course runs clockwise with roughly 325 feet of climbing per lap.

Course & Infield Map

Course POV (coming soon)

Registration

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

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 4 is October 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.

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. 1 5.0 miles
Boys 7th Grade (Red 6000s) 8:05 a.m. 1 5.0 miles
Boys 6th Grade (Yellow 7000s) 8:10 a.m. 1 5.0 miles
WAVE 2 – staging will begin at 8:30 a.m.
Girls 8th Grade (Copper 500s) 8:45 a.m. 1 5.0 miles
Girls 7th Grade (Red 600s) 8:50 a.m. 1 5.0 miles
Girls 6th Grade (Yellow 700s) 8:55 a.m. 1 5.0 miles
WAVE 3 – staging will begin at 9:45 a.m.
Boys Varsity (Blue 1000s) 10:00 a.m. 5 25.0 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 1 (Copper 2000-2499) 10:05 a.m. 4 20.0 miles
Boys JV1 – Division 2 (Red 2500-2999) 10:10 a.m. 4 20.0 miles
WAVE 4 – staging will begin at 11:15 a.m.
Girls Varsity (Blue 100s) 11:30 a.m. 4 20.0 miles
Girls Junior Varsity 1 (Copper 200s) 11:35 a.m. 3 15.0 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. 3 15.0 miles
Boys JV2 – Division 2 (Red 3500-3999) 1:05 p.m. 3 15.0 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

Parking will be available in the Competitive Track parking area and the Group Campground. 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.

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.

COVID-19 Precautions

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

  • Park entry fee $7 per vehicle; exact change is appreciated.
  • No gasoline generators and no open flames inside the team pit area.
  • 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 Handbook.
  • 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.

No camping in the Competitive Track parking lot (park-imposed restriction).