cactus-cup-nedTo chase the Cactus Cup and capture the overall title, all 3 days of the stage race must be completed.  Victory or defeat is determined by riders combined time for all 3 stages in each respective category.

  • FRIDAY – Short Track | 2pm
  • SATURDAY – The Fat Tire 40 Mile XC race | 7:30am
  • SUNDAY – Super D | 9am
  • AWARDS – daily with leader jersey presentation


Riders must be 18 and under. Junior riders receive a FREE Specialized helmet with entry!

  • FRIDAY – Short Track | 2pm
  • SATURDAY – The Fat Tire 40 KM (25 mile) XC race | 7:30am
  • SUNDAY – Super D | 9am
  • AWARDS – Specialized product will be awarded with daily with leader jersey presentation.


$3500 Prize Purse awarded to the Cactus Cup Elite male / Elite female field. You do NOT need to be a card carrying professional for this race. If you think you have what it takes,  and want a shot at the cash, register as an Elite!

Purse Break Down:

Cactus Cup Elite Men Overall Top 3: $1,000, $400, $250
Cactus Cup Elite Women Overall Top 3: $1000, $400, $250
Elite Prem for Short Track: Men Top 1: $100, Women Top 1: $100


Participants may enter any combination of the individual events – however only those racing all 3 events – Short Track, the Fat Tire 40 mile (XC), and Super D are eligible for The Cactus Cup.  Individual results will be posted and awards presented after each individual event. Podiums for all events will be 3 deep per category.

The Specialized Leader Jersey will be presented daily to Stage Race leader in each category and awarded to overall winner in each category.



No AZ multi-day stage race is complete without a good party. Saturday afternoon will feature Aizona local band Elvis Before Noon! The beer garden opens at 11am with lawn games and a free beer for participating athletes. All proceeds from the beer garden support Central Arizona Mountain Bike Patrol who are also helping us keep the courses safe.


McDowell Mountain Regional Park (Map)
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
Fountain Hills, Az 85628


Click here for directions to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.


Note: these fees are charged by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and are paid at  point of entry

  • $ 6 fee to enter the McDowell Mountain Park.
  • $20 camping fee per night to camp in the Competitive Lot or $12 in the overflow Four Peaks Lot

Camping in these areas will be limited to Friday and Saturday ONLY. If you would like to camp Thursday Night, you will need to camp in the camp grounds at the Park. More info about camping and the park can be found here


We know life can get in the way sometimes, and inevitably sometimes you can’t make it…but we plan on you being there. Rather than cut you no slack, we offer more than most:
Up until 4 weeks out – 50% refund
Inside of 4 weeks till the event, no refunds
No exceptions.