FAQ

While we make every attempt to make the website have all the information you may need, we recognize that you may have a few more questions.  Please be sure to read on for answers to some of the popular questions.

  • GENERAL INFO
    • I need to change my category, how do I do that?
    • Will you tell me where to go on course?
      • It is ultimately the responsibility of the rider for knowing the course/laps.  We provide maps online, onsite and mark the course.  We cannot be held liable for acts of terrorism or saboteurs removing or changing markings.
    • What is your refund policy?
      • Up until 2 weeks before the event you may get a 50% refund or 100% transfer to the next event.  If there is no next event (ie the finals) we cannot make any further accommodations.
    • What time do I start?
      • Review the start times/lap counts on the event page.  In odd years, men start “early”, in even years, women start “early”.   Start times may adjust based on weather, USFS or other reasons.
    • Will you have medical onsite?
      • Medical personnel will be onsite for each event.
    • Will you have restrooms on site?
      • Yes we will have restrooms available for you onsite (jeez, forget once….)
    • When will you mark the course?
      • MBAA will mark the course approximately 1 week prior to each event.  This depends on our volunteer schedule.
    • When do I need to be there?
      • Riders must check in at registration at LEAST 30 min prior to their event.
    • What do I need to bring to the event?
      • Bring ID, USAC card (if applicable) – cash, credit and checks accepted onsite.  Sunscreen, extra water, camping gear (if you are camping), sunglasses, spare tube, repair kit, all your riding gear etc.  Keep the kitchen sink at home though.
    • Do I need a helmet?
      • Yep, you sure do.  Riders MUST wear helmets on course per USAC race plate on, helmet on while on bike.
    • Can I wear headphones while I race?
      • Nope, sorry, per USAC, no headphones/ear buds are allowed.
    • Is camping available?
      • Camping is available at MOST venues and noted on the race page
    • Where do my race fees go?
      • MBAA is a non-profit.  Once the bills are paid from permitting, insurance, timing, registration, medical, portos, park fees, equipment rentals etc, race proceeds are used for various trail projects throughout the state.  During the 2012 season we were able to donate over $10,000 to trail maintenance and trail development projects in Flagstaff and Pine/Strawberry.
  • MEMBERSHIP
    • Why do I need to be a member?
      • You don’t actually.  Rest assured if you ARE a member your membership fees go towards helping trail projects throughout the state.  Anyone can be a member of the MBAA, you do not need to race.  Historically this was mandatory, we are mixing it up in 2014 to see if we can broaden the membership base and provide you with more benefits.  Stay tuned to the Membership director – Brandee Lepak!
    • What perks do I get as a member?
      • Coming soon!
    • When does my membership expire?
      • MBAA memberships are for the calendar year only – Jan 1 – Dec 31 of that calendar year.
    • Do I need my card at each race?
      • It’s helpful to have, but not necessary given the registration guru that is Boris Decourt.
  • TEAMS 
    • What is a big ring team?
      • 9-30 riders all on one team, points for each team member go toward team points as well as individual
    • What is a small ring team?
      • 8 or less riders, all riding for the same team, points for each team member go toward team points as well as individual
    • Where do our team fees go?
      • Awards, trail projects, and help pay for team scoring, which can be a large hassle!
    • What is the prize for the team series?
      • 3 Deep per category – trophies and schwag, and bragging rights for the off season!
  • VOLUNTEERING
    • How do I volunteer?
      • Clickity click on this link to volunteer at the race of your choice, shifts are shown we will do our best to get you in the role/time slot, but sometimes that is not always possible.  Others may volunteer for you to get you credit!
    • Do I have to volunteer in order to win the series?
      • Yep, 4 hrs of trail and/or volunteer hours must be completed to win the state series title. For teams the volunteer requirement is  Little Ring = 20hrs, Big Ring = 40 hrs – this is TOTAL hours which may be volunteering and/or trail maintenance.
    • What do I get if I volunteer?
      • By definition you are volunteering your time, but we do our best to try and get some schwag/raffle prizes to those that help out and make these events great.  While you won’t get a new car, you may just get a hat, socks or some other rad stuff from our sponsors.
  • TRAIL MAINTENANCE
    • How do I volunteer to do trail maintenance?
    • Do I have to do trail maintenance in order to win the series?
      • Yep, 4 hrs of trail and/or volunteer hours must be completed to win the state series title.
    • What do I get if I volunteer?
      • Well for starters, our heartfelt gratitude in helping make the trails better for everyone.  Secondly, our killer sponsor Global Bikes is hooking up folks at the 3 dates we have with FREE lunch.  Thirdly, the parks are letting you in FREE to help.  That means a free ride if you bring your bike and roll the trails you work on when you are done!
  • CATEGORIES
    • Pro = Professional cyclist with a valid USAC pro card.
    • Cat 1 = Expert = Wicked fast, USAC must certify you as a Cat 1 cyclist based on your historical performances.
    • Cat 2 = Sport = dang fast = not just a weekend warrior, usually rides quite bit
    • Cat 3 = Beginner = relatively new to the sport.
    • First Timer = Newbie = new to the sport, never raced with MBAA or has no experience with mtn bike racing.
    • Single Speed = 1 gear bike = one gear on bike, likes to suffer (our kind of folks)
    • Masters Men 60+ = older gents, 60+ years of age
    • Rock Crusher = Gents 200lbs or more
    • Marathon = long distance rider = 3.5hrs or more per race, likes to suffer, not right in the head (most definitely our kind of folks)
    • Jr = youngster = ages 10-14 likes to pedal and get dirty
    • Kid = tot = little one (under 10) that likes a short, free race

Still got a question?

Drop us an email – (info@mbaa.net)
Give us a shout  480-442-4229
Mind you, we are volunteers and sometimes we can’t get to these emails/calls super fast – we will do our best.

Comments
  1. Lance says:

    I turn 40 in 2015 but will be 39 at the beginning of the race series. Which age group should i sign up for at the first race? Thanks in advance.

  2. Be T says:

    What is the trail like for beginner?

  3. Frank Bera says:

    Im 38 y/o, I do mtn bike in South Arizona…more specific Santa Cruz County…Washington Camp, Agua Fria, Cayetano Mtn. Rio Rico; lots of up and down hills, never in a race…Edgehog Hustle would be my first race, do I have to race as CAT 2? what do I need for CAT 1?
    Thanks.

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Hello Frank – we are not USAC sanctioned, we changed our official categories to Expert (cat 1), Intermediate (cat 2), Beginner (cat 1). Nothing required to race under Expert category. Expert Open and Elite (Pro) will compete for a prize purse 5 deep – Hope that helps

  4. Clay Bishop says:

    Chance of rain is really strong for Friday and Saturday….will the race continue in heavy rain conditions (assuming no lightning)?

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Clay – unless we will do long term damage to the trail, there is lightning or other acts of god beyond our control that would severely jeopardize the course or the riders, we intend on hosting the event as planned. Thanks!

  5. Marek says:

    I was wondering if anybody can tell me if I can qualify for US xc nationals by racing one of the mbaa races . I race cat 2, racing age is 41 .Please advise

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Hello Marek – the finals in Flagstaff are USAC sanctioned. As of Dec, USAC had not defined their requirements to qualify for nationals. Last year there was no qualification requirement for Cat 2, only Cat 1. USAC was discussing changing this but it was not final in early January. So, to answer your question, Flagstaff, May 16th should help you qualify, depending on what they are requiring this year. Thanks

  6. Bobby says:

    What is the backup plan if we cannot race saturday?

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Bobby – as of now, we do not plan on rescheduling if we are not able to host the event. Similar to just about any other event, we cannot control weather, acts of god or terrorism. We have tried to reschedule events in the past with very little success. We continue to monitor the weather, and communicate with the land manager. Our permits, insurance and contractors are all scheduled, and will be working the event as planned.

  7. tanner says:

    what kind of rewards can juniors/intermediates win? Do just experts/pros win awards/cash?

    • mmelley says:

      Awards are 3 deep per category, the awards are custom medals. Marathon Men, Marathon women – medals 3 deep, cash 5 deep. Expert Open Men and Elite Men and Expert Open Women and Elite times are reviewed and top 5 times across both categories by gender.

  8. Chad says:

    What is the elevation gain on the 20 mile Cat 2 (Sport) course?

    • mmelley says:

      Can’t be more than a couple 300-400 feet per lap. 20 miles is 2 laps. It is not very hilly, has great single track and fun turns. Enjoy

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