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ABOUT ARCTIC MTB:

The mountain bike division organizes a variety of competitive events across Anchorage’s extensive trail system. MTB also offers a range of racer categories to match ability level, experience, and current fitness. From Juniors to Masters, Intermediate to Open, we’ve got everyone covered. Stuck in a single gear? Tires a little wide? We offer single speed and fat bike divisions as well. So come race with us! You’re guaranteed to have a blast.

Note to Parents:

Each Adult Membership includes up to 4 children under the age of 15. Please list each child in your account page under “add child”, this is necessary for club insurance purposes. Each child will still need to be registered on-site; listing them only ensures they are covered by ABC’s insurance policy. At this time only individuals with their own membership profiles can register online for events.

 

Juniors 15 and over need to have their own individual Junior Membership which requires an email and password. If you’re planning on signing your child up for a Junior Membership please make sure to sign out of your account before trying to purchase another membership. The system will not let you purchase two memberships on one account.

UPCOMING RACES

Event

Date

Division

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5-12-21 Arctic Valley Hill Climb

Arctic Road & MTB Event

May 12

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6-12-21 Mountain Bike For Women Festival

Arctic MTB Women's Series Event

June 12

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Posies All Stages 2021

Arctic Road Women's Series Event

June 14

road

6-19-21 My First MTB Race

Arctic MTB Women's Series Event

June 19

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Arctic MTB Women’s Race Series 2021

Arctic MTB Women's Series Event

June 28

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Key Information

Race Bible

Online Registration

Online registration ensures our events run smooth and helps reduce the workload on our volunteer organization. Please only use  day of registration as a last resort. Our registration system helps us verify that every racer is a member of the club which is required by our insurance policy. 

On-Site Registration

On site registration will be available for most events but we encourage everyone to sign up in advance online. Signing up online makes our duties as a volunteer organization way easier and helps the flow of the event.

Categories

  • Open This is the most competitive category. Again, there is no age limit in this category, but it is intended for experienced, fit racers who have completed many races.
  • Intermediate A middle-of-the-road racer? Here ya go. There is no age limit in this category, and it’s intended for the racer who has done a few (or many) races, is familiar with race etiquette yet is not comfortable racing in the Open category….yet. That said, we discourage experienced racers who might “sandbag” this category when they should really be racing in the Open category. You know who you are!
  • Novice This is the place for anyone new to the sport of mountain bike racing. There is no age limit and no experience is necessary. It’s a great place to learn how to race. If you’re new to racing, we encourage you to enter this category until you’re comfortable handling your bike in a race situation and you understand the basics of race etiquette. The Novice category is also a good spot for the casual racer, regardless of experience, who doesn’t care about results and would like to help other Novice racers learn about racing
  • Rookie  Never raced before and want to try it out. Rookie is only available in the Women’s Series events.
  • Master 50+ There is no experience necessary to race in this all-levels category. However, to enter the race in this category you must be at least 50 years of age as of January 1 of the racing year.
  • Junior

The Junior category is for anyone 17 years of age or younger, regardless of ability. It primarily intends to provide these younger racers an opportunity to ride with racers of the same age. But if you are an older junior (15+) with significant racing experience, consider racing in the Novice or Intermediate categories. Use your best judgment to determine if you would fit in one of these other categories. Juniors always race for FREE, regardless of what category they race in.

  • Single Speed  (must have only one gear)
  • Fat Bike (must have 3.8 or wider rims)

Memberships

An active Arctic Bicycle Club membership is required to participate in races for insurance purposes. Money collected from membership dues goes toward improving the Arctic Bicycle Club as a whole. 

 

Individual  Membership is for racers 18 and over. We allow up to 4 children to be listed on each adult profile as a form of family membership. The family membership is designed for families with children under the age of 15 with no email addresses yet. Children listed under an adults profile will need to register on-site as online registration is only available to those with their own profile.

 

Junior Membership is for racers 17 and under. We want to encourage young riders to experience the joy of cycling. That’s why all riders 17 and under with an active junior membership ride for free in any race they sign up for! Each junior must be accompanied by an adult at each event.

Refunds

It’s the policy of the ABC NO REFUNDS. Planning and developing an athletic event that ensures adequate support and supplies for participants is difficult. We rely on the registration information to provide us with an accurate participant count. Because this is vital to the success of our events, there will be no refunds once a registration has been processed.

FAQ

Race Formats

XCC – short for Cross Country Short Track, XCC races are true to their name: short and to the point. Most XCC races involve multiple laps of a ~1 mile course and take less than thirty minutes. Because of the short course, race categories start and race separately.

 

XCO – short for Cross Country Olympic, this is the tried and true, bread and butter mountain bike race: 60-90 minute three-lap races, mostly on single track with some double track transitions.

 

XCM – short for Cross Country Marathon, this is the longer version of XCO, ranging from 120 minutes to more than 10 hours.  Racers can expect longer transition sections on double track, paths and roads as compared with XCO.

Race Waves

Wave 1:  

Open Men & Women – 3 laps

 

Wave 2:

Intermediate Men – 2 laps

 

Wave 3:

Intermediate  Women – 2 laps

Master 50+ Men & Women – 2 laps

Single Speed Men & Women – 2 laps

Fat Bike Men & Women – 2 laps

 

Wave 4:

Novice Men- 1 lap

Junior Men -1 lap

 

Wave 5: 

Novice Women – 1 lap
Junior Women – 1 lap

Equipment

Participants use full suspension, hard tail, fat,  and single speed mountain bikes.  While a top of the line mountain bike is not required, having a well bulit stead is highly recommended. Please  visit your local bike shop for recommendations on the proper equipment for racing.

BIB NUMBERS

You will receive a race number plate that is installed on the front of your bike and used for the entire season. Make sure your race number is clearly visible to ensure and accurate time. If you lose your bib number please inform the race director at check in.

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