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Race Course Descriptions


The High Desert Trail System is made of three loops known as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Mesas. These loops become progressively harder from 1st to 3rd. This year we will only be using the 2nd and 3rd Mesa loops. All categories / distances will start on the gravel road (Coal Carbon Rd.) approx. 1 mile from the staging area and turn onto the singletrack at the east end of the 2nd Mesa loop. The course will be run in a CLOCKWISE direction this year! Pre-riding will be available Saturday Afternoon - NOT Saturday morning, as there will be other events taking place on the trail during that time.

Cat 3 "Beginner"/Collegiate C Course Description
The 9 mile Beginner Course consists of a short, fast, and fun route which starts on the gravel road and gives racers about 1 mile to get sorted before hitting singletrack. Racers will then complete a full 2nd Mesa loop (CLOCKWISE) and then a shortened 2nd Mesa loop before finishing with a brief section of two track for those with a final burst of sprint energy! This short course is very doable for riders of all ages and a great introduction to mountain bike racing, but does boast slickrock, tight corners, and some rocky step features that will keep you on your toes.

Cat 2 "Sport"/Collegiate B/Single Speed Short Course Description
The 20 mile Sport Course consists of one full 2nd and 3rd Mesa loop, (CLOCKWISE) PLUS another 2nd Mesa loop. In this category you will experience everything the High Desert Trail System has to offer. While very fast overall, out on 3rd Mesa you will be challenged by constant up and down terrain, serious switchbacks, a few scary drop-off cliff edges, and the kind of single track that doesn't give you much chance to rest.

Cat 1 "Expert"/Pro/Collegiate A/Single Speed Long Course Description
Don't let the distance fool you! This is 25 miles of hair raising speed, tight corners, cliff edges, rock steps, and steep climbs. Riders will be doing TWO FULL loops on 2nd and 3rd Mesas (CLOCKWISE). Riders must start their second lap before 1.5 hours into the race.