McDowell Meltdown



 January 17, 2015

McDowell Mountain Regional Park
16300 McDowell Mountain Park Dr.
MMRP Arizona 85255

McDowell Mountain Regional Park is arguably the home XC race course for many AZ mountain bike events.  The course was home to the Cactus Cup back in the early 90’s and features classic desert riding with short climbs, tight turns, and cactus galore.  This course will challenge you and leave you smiling, so long as you stay out of the cactus.  Bring along the crew, there is a sweet new pump track for everyone to enjoy.

McDowell Mountain Regional Park. Shea Blvd. to Fountain Hills Blvd. (into Fountain Hills), Arizona. Follow Fountain Hills Blvd. until it becomes McDowell Mountain Road. Continue 4 miles to the park entrance on your LEFT. There is a $6 entry fee for each vehicle – Suggest to bring exact change, helps it go quicker!  Map

Camping IS available at this venue – (camping fees go to the park, not us)
Competition Lot Camping – $17 per night – showers, restrooms (not just portos) first come, first serve.
Four Peaks Lot Camping – $10 per night – adjacent to Competition lot.
Food - Ralph’s Snackbar will be onsite with fresh coffee, burritos and other grub!

Save money and time – sign up online, early!
$20 First timers (1x only – no points awarded, no awards)
$20 Juniors (18 and under, price never changes)
$40 Early – up until Sunday at 11:59pm week of the event
$45 Ontime – Monday 12:00am until Thursday 7:00pm
$55 Late & Day of registration – Thursday 7:01pm until 30 min prior to race start


Awards are 3 deep per category (categories are shown below under FAQ)
Awards will be done as soon as possible after protest periods end and results are approved by the officials.
Payouts are for Marathon and Pro categories only and will be 5 deep for both males & females.

1st = $100
2nd = $90
3rd  = $80
4th = $50
5th = $25

Pro =
 Professional cyclist, gets paid to race professionally
Expert = (previously Cat 1)  = Wicked fast, seasoned racer.
Intermediate = (previously Cat 2) = dang fast = not just a weekend warrior, usually rides quite bit
Beginner = (previously Cat 3) = 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 = Ages 8-10, 10-12, 13-14
Kid = tot = little one (6 & under) that likes a short, FREE race

RACE AGE is based as of end of 2015.

Every great event is not possible without the help and support of outstanding volunteers.  Volunteer hours are logged and will count towards team standings.  Help make these events great by giving back a bit of your time, heck you might even get some extra schwag, and some new friends, without a doubt, you will get our sincere gratitude in helping making it all happen.

Sign up to volunteer at McDowell HERE

McDowell_Meltdown_Marathon_2014  – (updated 14JAN to show new segments)

  • Red Arrows – Sport to Tech Loop to Long Loop.  Approximately 10 miles in length, course will be run counter clock-wise (normal).  See lap count per category for total mileage.
  • Blue Arrows – Sport Loop will be marked with blue arrows, this segment of the course is approximately 3 miles in length.  See lap count per category for total mileage.
  • Black Arrows - The marathon course will be marked with black arrows, marathon athletes will compete for approximately 3.5hrs per race.  See lap count per category for total mileage.

7:15am – Registration/Check in open! – Bring ID, be patient please.
8:30am – Marathon start
All athletes must check in/register 30 min prior to their start time
Start times are posted here
Riders must know their lap counts
Course will be marked, however per USAC riders must know the course (maps are above)
11:15am – All registration shutdown
12:00p – Kids race registration – Giant Scottsdale
1:00p – FREE Kids Race
~Noon* – Awards for Wave 2
~2pm* – Awards for Wave 1, 3, 4
*Whenever possible, we will do awards as quickly as possible, thus times may be earlier. We will do our utmost to meet (or beat) awards times.

2014 McDowell Start Times rev3
Revision notes:
Rev1 – revised to update Cat 3 men counts on 31Dec13
Rev2 – includes Youth age 6-8 06JAN14
Rev3 – Cat 1 Jr 15-18 Male/Female lap counts reduced to match Cat 2 15-18 based on national/International formats 13JAN14



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  1. Ty says:

    I am training to enter my first race at Mcdowell Meltdown do you know what the winning time for beginner was last year? If you had the winning times for the other races handy also- beginner class that would be much appreciated!

    Ty Semar

  2. Andy says:

    Any idea when the 2015 race dates are going to be definite and when registration will open?

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Andy – working on it – race dates are final – We don’t see them changing at this point. Registration as soon as we get insurance wording sorted out. Early Nov.

  3. Steve says:

    why are you moving away from USAC sanctioning?

    • mbaaadmin says:

      Hello Steve – in 2014 USAC increased one day license fees for mtb events from $5 per to $10 per ($15 for road/cyclocross), with less benefit to the rider. The vast majority of our riders opted for a 1 day license and ended up having to pay an additional $10 per race just to have insurance – market rate is less than that. Additionally, riders did not have to qualify for the Cross_Country National Championships, so the incentive to use USAC goes down again (refer to page 17 of qualification/eligibility). https://s3.amazonaws.com/USACWeb/forms/natchamps/2014/2014-XCMTB-Tech-Guide.pdf After the survey, and reviewing market rates for insurance, we decided not to use USAC for the 2015 season. This was a tough decision, however it will keep race fees down (again) for the 2015 season and hopefully encourage more people to come out and race. Thank you -

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