Cross Country

sunday july 16th

The cross country start at Basin Park is one of a kind. Racers take off through town while lines of spectators cheer on.

A 8-22 mile point-to-point race. Distances are determined by class and category. The race starts in front of the Historic Basin Park in the middle of downtown Eureka Springs and is one of the most unique race starts in the country. 

Registration

  • AMBCS hard number plate required for all cross country competitors.
  • XC Omni and DH Duo Competitors: To be eligible for XC Omni and DH Duo awards you must be registered  by Friday night. We highly suggest registering Online at Bike Reg.com

Pre-register for all events at Bikereg.com

On-site registration closes one hour before start of event.  

Registration Schedule

Friday-4:00-7:00pm- Lake Leatherwood City Park

Saturday- 7:00-9:00am and 1:30-6:00pm Lake Leatherwood City Park

Sunday- 7:00-8:15am - City Auditorium

Start Times and Location

Start time is 9AM at Basin Park in downtown Eureka Springs.
Finish at Lake Leatherwood City Park.

  • CAT 1 Mens Roll Call 8:50am
  • CAT 2 Mens Roll Call 9:02am
  • CAT 1 and Cat 2 Womens Roll call 9:10am
  • CAT 3 All roll call 9:15am

CATEGORIES and awards

PRO / CAT 1 MENS

  • Entry Fee $50
  • Course Distance is 22 Miles
  • All Cat 1 competitors must have an annual USAC license and an annual AMBCS license.
  • All USAC rules apply
  • Age groups 15-49 are consolidated for UNIFIED PAYOUT  
  • Awards three deep across all age groups

Age Groups

  • 15-18
  • 19-29 (plus pros)
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59 (16 miles)
  • 60+ (16 miles)
     

CAT 2 MEN

  • Entry Fee $45
  • Course Distance is 16 Miles
  • Awards three deep across all age groups
  • Cat II competitors wishing to have their points tracked and count team points must have an annual USAC license.
  • All competitors must have an AMBCS annual license and a one day or annual USAC license
  • All USAC rules apply

Age Groups

  • 15-18
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+
     

CAT 3 MEN

  • Entry Fee $40
  • Course Distance is 12 Miles
  • Awards three deep across all age groups
  • All competitors must have an AMBCS annual license and a one day or annual USAC license
  • All USAC rules apply

Age Groups

  • 15-18
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60+
     

OPEN CLASSES

  • Singlespeed (All ages w/ Cat 2 distance & entry fee)
  • Clydesdale (220 lbs+ riders w/ Cat 3 distance & entry fee)
  • Awards three deep across both categories

PRO/CAT 1 WOMEN

  • Entry Fee $50
  • Course Distance is 16 Miles
  • All USAC rules apply
  • All age groups are consolidated for UNIFIED PAYOUTS
  • Awards three deep across all age groups

Age Groups

  • 15-29/pro
  • 30-39 (plus pros)
  • 40+
     

CAT 2 WOMEN

  • Entry Fee $45
  • Course distance is 16 Miles
  • Awards three deep across all age groups
  • Cat II competitors wishing to have their AMBCS points tracked and count for team points must have an annual USAC license.
  • All USAC rules apply

Age Groups

  • 15-29
  • 30-39
  • 40+
     

CAT 3 WOMEN

  • Entry Fee $45
  • Course distance is 12 Miles
  • Awards three deep across all age groups
  • All competitors must have an AMBCS annual license and a one day or annual USAC license
  • All USAC rules apply

Age Groups

  • 15-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50+
     

JUNIORS

  • Entry Fee $30
  • Course Distance is 8-12 Miles
  • Awards three deep across all age groups
  • All competitors must have an AMBCS annual license and a one day or annual USAC license
  • All USAC rules apply

Age Groups

  • 10 and under (8 miles)
  • 11-12 (8 miles)
  • 13-14 (12 miles)

full Course Overview

The cross country race course is a 8-22 mile point-to-point race. Distances are determined by class and category. The race starts in front of the Historic Basin Park in the middle of downtown Eureka Springs and is one of the most unique beginnings to a race in the country. The start deserves some serious attention from competitors. The first 3 miles is comprised of narrow paved streets, off-road alleys, and city trails traveling through private and public property that’s lined with homes and businesses. Several steep climbs and fast descents occur while still in the city. A motorcycle leads each group for the first ½ mile in an attempt to maintain spectators attention and clear the way for racers on course. Despite the closed streets and moto lead out it’s important to keep your head up for motorists and tourists.

You’ll hit dirt once you reach the Lake Leatherwood City Park boundary and old forest roads with single-track lines. The course tackles 1,000-2,500 feet of climbing depending on class and category. The course is best characterized by many 1/2 mile climbs and descents strung together with fast long bench sections. The trail surface is limestone & chert gravel base. When dry, the trail surface can be loose and “marbly” in areas, requiring a mastery of drifting. However much of the trail still remains hard packed and fast. When wet the course becomes slick and slimy. The limestone rocks, tree roots and clay base soils become very click, yet speeds are often increased due to a packing of the gravel soil base. These two elements can create a Jekyll / Hyde experience.

There will be approximately 6-8 mass starts. It is your responsibility to know who you are competing against. Mass groups will be staged and lined up in age classes to assist this. The incredible amount of elevation change and potential for staggering heat has many cyclists blowing up in the first 3 miles. Pace yourself. Many lung busting climbs punctuated by big ring sections make it easy to miss and blunder corners. The course will only be fully marked the day before the event. Once the course is on Lake Leatherwood City Park Property, really keep your head up. The maze of trails is well marked but many turns and multiple laps at the end of the point to point inevitably keep some riders guessing. One week prior to the event there will be arrows placed at all junctions and prior to that there will be led pre-rides of the course. Before then you are on your own. There are many street and trail junctions so follow the description and map carefully. Once at the lake there will be laps on a circuit for Sport and Expert riders. The number of laps and miles for each category and class are listed below. Knowing this course is half the battle!

Attn: When pre-riding the course yield to traffic and keep your speed under control. Many of the trails, alleys and streets utilized for the XC race are full of pedestrian traffic and cars on a daily basis.