McDowell Meltdown

January 14, 2017


McDowell Mountain Cycles

McDowell Mountain Regional Park (Map)
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 the whole crew, there’s a sweet new pump track for everyone to enjoy.

Take Shea to Fountain Hills Blvd. Continue on 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 – Exact change is appreciated. Camping fees go to the park. Review our venue map for where to setup.

Competition Lot Camping – $20 per night – showers & restrooms first come, first serve.
Four Peaks Lot Camping – $12 per night – adjacent to Competition lot.

  • Ralph’s Snack Bar
  • Single Speed Coffee


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 On-time – Monday 12:00am until Thursday 8:00pm
$55 Late & Day of registration – Thursday 8:01pm until 30 min prior to race start
Need to change your category? No problem – send an email to the registration director

What to race the full series? Register for all 6 individual XC races (McDowell, Estrella, White Tanks, Havasu, Prescott & Flagstaff) for just $200.


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.

Awards are 3 deep per category.
Awards will be done as soon as possible after protest periods end and results are approved by the officials.

Top 5 Marathon male
Top 5 Marathon female
Top 5 Elite/Expert open male
Top 5 Elite/Expert open female

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

Note – if you are racing Expert 45+ or are Expert 15-18 and want a shot at cash, you need to change categories and race Expert Open. No exceptions, no changing after the fact.

Elite (Pro) – Professional cyclist, competes at the highest level
Expert (Cat 1) – Wicked fast, seasoned racer
Intermediate (Cat 2) – Dang fast, not just a weekend warrior, usually rides quite bit
Beginner (Cat 3) – Relatively new to the sport
First Timer – Newbie, never raced with MBAA or has no experience with mountain bike racing
Single Speed – Only 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
Fat Bike – 3 inch tires or wider
Marathon – Long distance rider, approx. 3.5-hrs or more per race, likes to really suffer (most definitely our kind of folks)
Junior – Ages 6-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14
Kids – 6 & under that likes a short, FREE race

The age you will be on Dec. 31, 2017.

VOLUNTEER (Sign Up Here):
Every great event is not possible without the help and support of outstanding volunteers. 5 volunteer hours are required to be eligible for the series championship. 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.

Volunteer NowCOURSE MAPS:
McDowell Meltdown
McDowell Meltdown – Marathon

  • 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.

McDowell Start Times/Lap Counts

7:15 am – Registration/Check in open! – Bring ID, be patient please
*All athletes must check in/register 30-mins prior to start time
8:15 am – All Marathon Start (wave 1)
8:30 am – Elite & Intermediate Men (wave 2)
10:30 am – Beginner Men (wave 3)
11:30 am – Women (wave 4)
12:00 pm – Awards for wave 1 & 2
1:30 pm – Juniors (wave 5)
2:30 pm – Awards for wave 3, 4, & 5




McDowell Mountain Cycles