2019 Pivot Cycles – MBAA XC Series

McDowell Meltdown

January 12, 2019


Grease Monkey

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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 $7 entry fee for each vehicle – Exact change is appreciated. Camping fees go to the park. Review our venue map for where to setup. Showers & restrooms located at the venue and throughout park.

Four Peaks Lot Camping – $15 per night – across from Competition Lot on North side of park entrance rd.


  • Ralph’s Snack Bar
  • Dough Brothers Pizza
  • Single Speed Coffee


Save money and time – sign up online, early!
$25 First timers (1x only – no points awarded, no awards)
$25 Juniors (18 and under, $30 late & day of registration)
$45 Early – up until Sunday at 11:59pm week of the event
$50 On-time – Monday 12:00am until Thursday 8:00pm
$60 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 info@MangledMomentum.com


Signup for an MBAA membership for just $20 ($10 for juniors under 18) and contribute directly to trail projects across the state. Plus you’ll get a cool pair of members only socks and sticker. You’ll also be entered into out members only raffles drawn at each race!

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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.

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)
Rock Crusher – Gents 200-lbs or more
Plus Bike – 2.8 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 June 30, 2019.

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

VOLUNTEER (Sign Up Here):
Every event is not possible without the help and support of volunteers. Help make these events great by giving back a bit of your time. 5 volunteer hours are required to be eligible for the series championship. A friend or family member can volunteer in a racers place.

McDowell Start Times & Lap Counts

McDowell Meltdown
McDowell Meltdown – Marathon

  • Green ArrowsSpot Loop (3-miles) – The sport loop will be marked with green arrows and is made up of mostly smooth rolling terrain.
  • Blue ArrowsSport > Tech > Long (10-miles) – The classic Sport to Tech to Long loop takes riders through some of the best trails in the desert.
  • Black ArrowsTech/Long (5.5-miles) – Begin on the Sport loop for nearly a full lap. Right before the trail heads back to the parking lot, hang a left onto the Tech loop connector and drop in on The Ledge (or take the bypass) then a lung busting climb takes to up to T-bone ridge before a nice descent leads you to finish out the tech loop.
  • Red Arrows Big Loop (33-miles) – The marathon course will head out the sport to tech to long route before heading onto the connector road to Pemberton. Once at the Pemberton trail, hang a left up to Dixie Mine. Up Dixie Mine, right on Coachwhip back to Pemberton where you will make a left and follow Pemberton almost to the trailhead before turning left onto Scenic. Up and over Scenic takes you back to Pemberton where you will make a left back to the connector road you came out on. Hang a hard right onto the long loop to complete the full red loop. Upon completing one red loop, you will then go out for one Blue (sport>tech>long) for a total of 43-miles (full marathon course GPX file).


Unofficial results are posted online on Its Your Race throughout the day so riders can and should check their results at any time prior to the official protest period. The link can be accessed via MBAA.net/results.

Riders can speak to the timing team in the timing trailer at any time should they have any questions.

After the majority of riders are finished in each wave, the official results will be printed and posted on the results board for the 15 min protest period. The announcer will make an announcement of when this period will start and stop.

Any protests should be made at this time. Following the end of the protest period and no protests have been made, another print out will be posted and labeled final and the results will be ready for awards at their scheduled time. Should a protest take place that affects overall results another 15 min protest period will take place with the newly printed results.

7:00 am – Registration Opens! – Bring ID, be patient please
*All athletes must check in/register 30-mins prior to start time
8:15 am – All Marathon Start
8:30 am – Elite, Expert & Intermediate Men (wave 1)
10:15 am – Beginner Men (wave 2)
11:45 am – Elite, Intermediate & Beginner Women (wave 3)
12:15 pm – Awards for wave 1 & marathon
12:30 pm – Free kid’s race (ages 7 & under)
1:00 pm – Awards for wave 2
1:30 pm – Juniors (wave 4)
2:30 pm – Awards for wave 3
3:30 pm – Awards for wave 4

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