Fat Tire 40 at McDowell Mountain
USAC Permit Pending
When: Saturday and Sunday, March 15th and 16th, 2014
Where: McDowell Mountain Regional Park – Fountain Hills, AZ
Schedule of Events:
Saturday, March 15th
9:00am – 12:00pm – Reverse Sport Loop Opens for pre-riding
11:00am – 1:30pm – Packet Pick Up and Registration
12:00pm – 1:00pm – Skill Clinic on the Tech Loop
2:00pm – 5:00pm – Time Trial Sport & Tech Loop COMING SOON TT START TIMES!
7:00pm – 9:00pm – Campfire, Smores, Sing Along
Sunday, March 16th
6:30am – 7:30am – Packet Pick Up (no "Day Of" registration)
7:30am – 7:50am – Race Staging based on TT Time
8:00am – Race Start
9:30am – Kids Race
1:00pm – Awards and Raffle
The Fat Tire 40 is a marathon mountain bike race that takes riders on a perimeter lap encompassing McDowell Mountain Regional Park. It includes nearly all of the Competitive Loops, Pemberton Trail, part of Scenic, Cinch, Escondido, Delsie, Granite, Bluff, Coachwhip, and Dixie Mine. In 2014, the Fat Tire 40 will be a one lap race that is 40 miles or more in length (actual distance is yet to be established upon completion of new trails) and has about 3,000 feet of climbing.
Note: Both Cinch and Escondido are new trails to this course. The Escondido trail was completed in December 2013.
Start/Staging: Riders will be staged in groups of 50 riders based on their finishing times in a short (6 mile) time trial that will be held on Saturday March 15th. Each group of 50 riders will be sent out on course separately with a 30 second gap between each group. All times will start when the first group is sent out on the course.
The Sport and Tech loops on the Competitive Track will be used for the Time Trial.
You DO NOT have to do the Time Trial. If you do not do the Time Trial, you will be staged in the order you registered after all the riders that completed the Time Trial. The only exception to this general statement is for Pro/Category 1 licensed racers. If you have a current Pro/Category 1 license Male and you did not do the Time Trial, you will be staged at the front of 2nd you are a current Pro/Category 1 Female and you did not do the Time Trial, you will be staged at group. If front of group 3.
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Detailed Course Description/Directions
When coming to the connector for the Long Loop, make a right and head out onto the Long Loop to the Service Road that connects the Competitive Loops with the Pemberton Trail. Make a right onto the Service Road and continue up the road until it intersects with the Pemberton Trail.
Make a right turn onto the Pemberton heading counterclockwise. Take the Pemberton trail across the first road crossing and through the Pemberton Trail head and make a right onto the Scenic Trail. Take the Scenic Trail to the base of the climb and turn right onto Cinch. (if you go up to the top of the climb on Scenic you went to far) Continue on Cinch until it “T’s” with the Escondido Trail and make a left. Continue on Escondido Trail for approximately 6 miles back to the Pemberton Trail making a right hand turn onto the Pemberton and continuing the loop counterclockwise.
Back on the Pemberton, riders will come to the 2nd paved road crossing. This is where the first of two SAG stations will be located. After the SAG, continue on the Pemberton to the “Granite Tank” (not really a tank, it’s just a place where water runoff collects) on the far west side of the Pemberton.
Directly across from the Granite Tank you will find the Delsie Trail. Turn Left onto Delsie heading east. WARNING! The first mile or so of this trail is lined with Cactus on both sides of the trail so be considerate when attempting to pass slower racers. Continue on Delsie until it “T’s” with the Granite Trail. Make a right onto Granite Trail heading south.
Take the Granite Trail until it “T’s” with the Bluff Trail. Make a right onto the Bluff Trail heading north back to the Pemberton. Make a left back onto the Pemberton continuing the loop counterclockwise all the way around to the intersection with Coachwhip.
Make a right turn onto Coachwhip taking it up to the intersection with Windmill (DO NOT get on the Windmill trail). At this intersection, continue on the Coachwhip Trail to the Dixie Mine Trail.
At the intersection with Dixie Mine make a left turn onto the Dixie Mine Trail heading back to the Pemberton.
From the Dixie Mine make a right turn back onto the Pemberton continuing counterclockwise back to the Service Road that connects the Pemberton with the Competitive Loops. At the intersection of the Pemberton and the Service Road is where the second SAG will be located.
Make a right turn onto the Service Road back to the Long Loop. Then make a right turn onto the Long Loop.
Take the Long Loop back to the parking lot.
The past few years we have finished the race with a Sport Loop (in reverse direction) around to the Finish Line. This is currently TBD until we can determine how many miles the new trails have added to the race course. Our goal is to have a race course that is a minimum of 40 miles. NOTE: FT40 course will be marked by approximately noon Friday, 3/14.
Click here to review the race course and elevation maps
Right-click and choose Save Link As to download the track map
FOR GARMIN CONNECT INFO, CLICK HERE!
Detailed Time Trial Description
The time trial begins at 2pm on Saturday, March 15th. Riders will start every 30 seconds. Start times will be published 24 hours after online registration closes. DO NOT MISS YOUR START TIME! Your time will start at your posted start time whether you are there or not. As stated above, riders DO NOT have to do the Time Trial. However, riders who do not do the Time Trial will be staged behind all the riders that completed the Time Trial. The only exception to this general rule is for Pro/Category 1 riders. See Staging section for more details.
Individual Prizes and Classes
1st Place - $300
2nd Place - $150
3rd Place - $75
Very Large Trophies will be awarded to the top 3 finisher in each of these classes:
Men 50 +
Women 0-39 (New in 2014)
Women 40 + (New in 2014)
Fat Bike (tires greater than 3.5 inches wide)
A team can consist of a combination of riders in any individual category. For example, a team could have 2 Open Men riders, 1 Master Men rider, 1 Single Speed rider, and 1 Open Women rider.
There will be two Team Categories:
The difference between these two Categories is that in the Co-Ed Category one of the 3 scorers on your team MUST be Female. A Co-Ed team can still be made up of a combination of riders in any individual category but at least 1 rider must be Female and must be a scorer for the team. So if your team consists of 4 men and 1 woman, your score will be the sum of the placement of your teams first 2 men + placement of your teams first woman in the overall standings.
Note: Please!!! No more than 1 Pro rider per team.
Your Team must designate which category the team will be competing in BEFORE registration closes.
Skill Clinic on Tech Loop
Campfire, Smores, Sing Along
$65 Registration Fee per rider before February 28th
$75 Registration Fee per rider before March 14th
$85 On Site Registration (Sat. 03/15 only)
Online registration is powered by ArizonaReg.com and closes Thursday March 13th or when reaching maximum capacity.
A portion of the fees raised by this event will be donated to the AZ Devo Jr. Development Team!
Note: The promoter reserves the right to decline any registration.
Race Packets: will include Number Plates, Commemorative T-shirt, Water Bottle and other assorted goodies.
Click here for directions to the McDowell Mountain Regional Park.
Other Fees: USAC License is required. If you do not have an annual license you will be able to purchase a one day license during registration ($10 per rider).
You may also print a USA Cycling release by logging into your account under the license info tab or go to;
Note: these fees are charged by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation
There is a $6 fee to enter the McDowell Mountain Park.
Camping fee of $17 per night to camp in the Competitive Lot
Camping fee of $11 per night to camp in the Four Peaks Lot (overflow)
Note: Camping in these areas will be limited to Friday, Saturday & Sunday Nights ONLY. If you would like to camp Thursday Night, you will need to camp in the Camp Grounds at the Park. More info about camping and the park can be found here
Last Updated (Wednesday, 26 February 2014 14:06)