BMC’s World Famous Elk Basin Cross Country race returns once again, and is part of the 406 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 Competition Course
The full course A/B course this year is 25+ 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 or as long 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 Pre-Ride Fun 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.
Free Entry, Free Camping
No Gate Fee for Spectators, Free Camping/Parking (BLM Land)
Also sign up at the race location Saturday or Sunday
Schedule for Pre-Ride and Races
5pm-7pm Pre-Ride for Saturday course (NEW THIS YEAR!)
• Registration: 8:30-9:30am
• Kids Riders Meeting 9:45am
o 50cc – 10:00am (30 min)
o 65cc, 85cc, Supermini, Girls – 11:00am (60 min)
o C Men, C Womens, School Boy Class – 1:30pm (90 min)
• Big Course Pre-Ride 4-6:00pm
• Saturday registration ends at 7PM?
• Registration: 8:00-9:00am
• Riders Meeting 9:15am
• Races all start at 9:30am (Staggered class start)
o 25+ mile laps
o A-classes 3 laps
o B-classes 2 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.
Gas and Service
Gas and market items at Belfry or Bridger Montana
From Bridger MT on Highway 310, go South 1 mile, turn right (West/Southwest to Belfry) on Highway 72. Approx 9 miles turn left (east) on Dutch Lane for apporx. 2 miles then right (south) on Sivertip road for approx. 10 miles. There will be signs and orange ribbon from the turn south of Bridger all the way to the race site.
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.