BMC’s World Famous Elk Basin Cross Country race will be returning for its 40th 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 24th
- 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 25th
- 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
Gas and market items at Belfry or Bridger Montana
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
Montana XC Series for 2017
April 1/2 • Horse Creek XC
Horse Creek XC takes place in the Bull Mountains on the Adams Ranch near Melstone, Montana. This race offers varying terrain for all skill levels from sage brush flats, deep coulees, tight single track through the trees, as well as rock outcroppings and muddy creek crossings. Camping is available in a large flat field next to the starting area where spectators can view the long straight away at the start as well as the first main coulee that racers drop into after the first high speed corner. Concessions are available onsite and the nearest motel is in Roundup, Montana, 35 minutes away.
April 29/30 • Coyote Run XC
Hosted by the Billings Motorcycle Club on its 1,421 acre facility, the Coyote Run is always a challenging course just outside of the city of Billings.
May 13/14 • Montana Ranch Stampede
Race at the beautiful Montana Ranch in Gallatin Gateway.
June 24/25 • Elk Basin
Join us for the longest running cross country motorcycle race in the state. For 41 years the Billings Motorcycle Club has been putting on this challenging race in the high desert badlands of south central Montana. The race takes place on public land southeast of Belfry MT near the Montana-Wyoming border. Rocks, sagebrush, gnarly terrain and miles and miles of single-track make this a one of a kind event. Belfry, Bridger, or Powell WY are the nearest services so come prepared.
July 15/16 • Coal Mine Coulee
The Coal Mine Coulee XC will take place 6.5 miles east of Big Sandy, Montana at the foothills of the Bears Paw Mountains. Coal Mine Coulee race will be a difficult 20+ mile race through large sand rock formations, narrow rocky ravines, creek bottoms, and rolling hills. There isn’t a flat spot on the place other than on the camping site which provides plenty of room and an excellent panoramic view of the race. A real treat for spectators. Concessions will be available on site and the nearest motel is in Big Sandy with other lodging available 40 miles away in Havre.
July 29/30 • Lone Wolf
The only and best offroad race in Eastern MT. A hare scramble format race with a challenging course consisting of badlands climbs,rock gardens and fast creek beds. All class gun style start
August 26/27 • St Regis Rumble
Join the series for the inaugural return of off road racing to Northwest Montana.
September 16/17 • Pipestone XC | AMA State Championship
The AMA State Championship returns this fall to Pipestone OHV. Plotted on the BLM trails of Montana’s favorite playground, the Pipestone XC engages riders in a high-speed pace that will test endurance. 5th Gear is working with the BLM on a few new ideas to make the event more visible to spectators and offer new challenges to racers. Come early to snag your favorite camp spot, and bang bars on the trails you love to rip.