BMC’s World Famous Elk Basin Cross Country race will be returning for its 42nd year running and is still free for spectators. This will be round 4 of the AMA Sanctioned Montana XC series. Rider athletes know to expect a challenging course consisting of miles of single track, rocks, sagebrush, hill climbs, descents, ascents, side hills, sand sections, rocky runs, root ways, timber limb dodging, a few natural jumps and everything in between that requires top-notch endurance for both the rider and the bike. Elk Basin outside of Belfry Montana is considered high desert Bad Lands terrain and is no walk in the park by any means. Many top competitors in the Pro classes can find their body or bike unable to finish and that is why fans and rider teams will see a “No Whimps Allowed” sign at the event entrance. The full course is approximately 20 miles to complete a single lap and course design changes each year to keep the event ride dynamic and ever-changing. Youth Classes, Women and Open C race Saturday; and although not as difficult a course, still challenges the kids and beginners and they are just as enjoyable to watch. A and B classes race Sunday on the big course.
Fans and riders typically make it a whole weekend and camp, with a Poker Run on the main course after Saturday’s races, yarn-telling around the evening campfires and the main Events starting Sunday morning. The schedule is below and times are tentative.
No Gate Fee for Spectators, Free Camping and Parking on Public BLM Land
Competitor Pre-Entry online is closed. Register at the event.
Saturday June 23th
- Registration: 8:30-9:30am
- Kids Riders Meeting 9:45am
- 50cc – 10:00am (30 min)
- 65cc, 85cc, Supermini, Girls – 11:00am (60 min)
- C Men, Women’s Class – 1:30pm (90 min)
- Big Course Pre-Ride 4-6:00pm
- Saturday registration ends at 7PM
Sunday June 24th
- Registration: 8:00-9:00am
- Riders Meeting 9:15am
- Races all start at 9:30am (Staggered class start)
- ~20 mile laps
- A-classes 4 laps
- B-classes 3 laps
Parking, Camping and Spectators
Concessions may be available, check back for updates. There is plenty of parking and camping available, outside of the staging area. The whole area is Public BLM land. Bring your lawn chairs, canopies, tarp covers, toy haulers, campers, trailers, tailgate set-ups and other outdoor supplies for a wonderful weekend of riding, camping and watching. Fans and rider teams typically bring a 4-wheeler or other non-competition motorcycle to shuttle with.
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Gas and Service
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Camp fires permitted unless fire-restricted due to season changes. Road vehicles must stay on designated roads and competition motorcycles must stay on designated course ways, which are clearly flagged.
Contact the Promoter with any questions
Trevor Pankratz 406-208-2514
Jon Carlson 406-208-8550
Jared Pankratz 406-390-4569