2020 Pivot Cycles – MBAA XC Series

McDowell Meltdown

January 11, 2020


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 – $22 per night – across from Competition Lot on North side of park entrance rd.


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


Save money and time – sign up online, early!
$25 First timers (1x only – no points awarded, no awards – first time division)
$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 when you register 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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See Who’s Registered

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) – Competes at the highest level
Expert (Cat 1) – Seasoned racer
Intermediate (Cat 2) – Not just a weekend warrior, usually rides quite bit
Beginner (Cat 3) – Relatively new to the sport
First Timer – Newbie, First Timer Category is for first time racers
Single Speed – Only one gear, likes to suffer
Rock Crusher – Gents 200-lbs +
Athena Women – 165-lbs +
Plus Bike – 2.8 inch tires or wider
Marathon – Long distance, approx. 3.5-hrs
Junior – Ages 6-18
Kids – 7 & under that likes a short, FREE race

The age you will be on June 30, 2020.

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 Elite/Expert men overall
Top 5 Elite/Expert women overall

Top 5 Marathon men overall
Top 5 Marathon women overall

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.

McDowell Start Times & Lap Counts

  • Elite/Expert Men: Note the 8 AM Start Time
  • Elite/Expert Men & Women: Note the new course for 2020 sport > tech (black arrows)

McDowell Meltdown
McDowell Meltdown – Red Loop

  • 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 ArrowsSport/Tech (5.5-miles) – Complete nearly a full Sport loop, then turn left onto the Tech Loop Connector just before the climb to the parking lot. 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 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). The cutoff to complete the red loop is 3.5-hours.


Friday 1/10 –

  • All Day Course Open for Pre-ride
  • 6-7 pm Onsite Packet Pickup/Registration

Saturday 1/11 –

  • 7:00 am – Registration Opens – Bring ID, be patient please
    *All athletes must check in/register 30-mins prior to start time
  • 8:00 am – Elite/Expert Men Start (wave 1)
  • 8:15 am – All Marathon Start (wave 1)
  • 8:30 am – Intermediate Men (wave 1)
  • 10:15 am – Beginner Men (wave 2)
  • 11:45 am – Elite/Expert, 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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