The XC 40 is a marathon cross country bike race that takes riders on a perimeter lap encompassing McDowell Mountain Regional Park. This epic loop is 99% singletrack that works its way in and out of washes, up and over small ridges with big cacti everywhere.
REGISTRATION FEE: Sold out in 2021
Custom Race Plate
Premium tri-blend event T-shirt
Custom Cactus Cup buff
Custom Reusable bag
The 40 mile+ category (actually its 43 miles to keep you honest) lap includes nearly all of the Competitive Loops, Pemberton Trail, part of Scenic, Cinch, Escondido, Delsie, Granite, Bluff, Coachwhip, and Dixie Mine. The Fat Tire 40 is a one lap race, featuring desert single track and about 3,000 feet of climbing.
XC 40 MILE course map – PDF
NOTE: both 40 courses are marked with ribbon and arrows at major intersections. Black arrows for 40M, Red for 40k. Riders are still responsible to know their respective courses.
There will be two aid stations on the 40 Mile, one aid station for the 40Km (noted on GPX course map).
They will be self-serve with water and Hammer product for bottle filling.
40 Mile Aid Stations (there are two aid stations, that is it…be prepared, this is the desert)
17 Miles – Alpha – Road crossing on Pemberton after Escondido
29.4 Miles – Zen – Pemberton/Coachwhip intersection (Zen shade stop)
40K Aid Stations (there is only one aid station, be prepared, this is the desert)
14.3 Miles – Zen – Pemberton/Coachwhip intersection (Zen shade stop)
DETAILED Start Times – updated as of 3/10/21 @6:15pm
Detailed start times by rider here – note all starts are chip start/chip finish
It is expected that all courses will be clear after 5.5hrs of the last start time, this is historically in line with the last finisher – this is for safety and staffing.
40 Mile Cut Off: All 40 mile riders must reach mile 17 (Aid 1) by 10:30am. This is strictly enforced by our bike patrollers. Riders after this time will be directed to ride the paved road back to the venue.
Update 3/10/21 @6pm –
Wave start times updated below – not changed since 8am
All athletes will be chip start/chip finish times
Detailed start times by athlete published (see above)
Elite Men Open (40 mile only)
Jr Men 9-12 (40km only)
Jr Men 13-15
Jr Men 16-18
Single Speed Open Men
Elite Women Open (40 mile only)
Jr Women 9-12 (40km only)
Jr Women 13-15
Jr Women 16-18
Single Speed Open Women
Class 1 eMTB – 40KM only (start time ~9:20am. Finalized race week)
Class 1 eMTB models are defined as “a bicycle with fully operable pedals, and an electric motor under 750 Watts peak power that must be pedaled to activate the motor and that ceases to provide power above 20 mph”
(All ages are based on age as of race day)
Awards – Top 3 each division
Leader presentation – Leaders in Cactus Cup and Mini Cup Categories will be recognized
*Daily Awards can be picked up at the Awards Tent Onsite*