September 1, 2022 – Welcome Back Specialized!
Specialized Bicycles was the title sponsor of our iconic event throughout the 1990s and a supporter since its rebirth in 2017. We are pleased to announce that they have stepped up support as title sponsor for three more years.
“The Cactus Cup was integral to the development of North American mountain bike racing. Legendary athletes, including our own Ned Overend, shaped the sport we love on these desert trails. Specialized is proud to support the next generation of mountain bikers through our commitment as title sponsor,” says Fiona Swartz, Specialized senior sports marketing manager.
We’re hard at work ensuring the 2023 Specialized Cactus Cup has something for everyone. Our family-owned mountain bike festival features world-class competition in a fun, inclusive environment with activities for mountain bikers of all ages and ability levels—including children.
The top professional and amateur mountain bike racers will go head-to-head in pursuit of a $7,000 cash purse, March 10-12, 2023. There will also be sport, beginner, age group, and e-bike categories that cater to riders of all fitness levels. In addition to racing, the 2023 Cactus Cup will feature non-competitive rides and family-friendly events, including a kids’ mountain bike camp that will allow parents to race while their kids develop new skills and make new friends. We look forward to seeing you in March!
July 21, 2022 – Registration Opens September 1st!
Stay tuned for 2023 Registration Link available starting September 1st at 6AM AZ Time. In the coming weeks we will have some exciting announcements that include Sponsorship News, Prize Money updates and addition of NEW events. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter or follow us on FaceBook to stay in the know.
March 14, 2022 – THANK YOU!
After a fantastic weekend of amazing weather and outstanding racing – we want to take a quick second to say THANK YOU! Thank you to our sponsors, our staff, our volunteers and most importantly YOU for racing with us. It’s not easy to put on a 3 day stage race with a lot of moving components, and our small but mighty team worked tirelessly fueled impart by the positive energy of you the athletes. Thank you.
Now, if you pardon me for a minute, I may go take a nap!
March 5, 2022 – START LISTS
(refreshed as of 08MAR22 9pm)
Many of you are curious as to who you are up against, and in an effort to satisfy your curiosity, here are the start lists. Bear in mind, we are not updating this every second of every day, and there are tweaks when people decide they need to change distances or categories – so take it with a grain of salt and get ready to ride! Thank you for racing with us!
February 2, 2022 – ELITE FIELD – PRELIMINARY LINE UP!
|Elite Women||Elite Men|
|Rose Grant||Keegan Swenson|
|Evelyn Dong||Russell Finsterwald|
|Chloe Woodruff||Cal Skilsky|
|Alexis Skarda||Tobin Ortenblad|
|Ruth Holcomb||Todd Wells|
|Haley Smith||Bradyn Lange|
|Sofia Waite (Forney)||Kyle Trudeau|
|Michaela Thompson||Paul Fabian|
|Allison Crow||Drew Swall|
|Alisha Welsh||Geoff Kabush|
|Laine Bradley||Andrew L’Esperance|
|Madelyn Roberson||Riley Amos|
|Maghalie Rochette||Henry Nadell|
|Paige Hauptmann||Justin Martin|
|Christine Mullins||Braeden Sellinger|
|Ellen Campbell||Ivan Sippy|
|Zeke van Rooyen|