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
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
Friday July 27, 4PM – 11:30 PM
Saturday July 28, 11AM – 11:30 PM
Side-by-Side Racing Under the Lights both nights
Kids 10 & Under Get in Free
Two-Day Event: The Great American Professional Hill Climb is one of the Nation’s Largest Hill Climbs and is Billings, Montana’s premier outdoor moto event with event features including racing under the lights, side-by-side racing under the lights and new extreme hill designs and courses for each day.
So fasten your seat belts and mark your calendars for one of Billings Montana’s longest-running and extreme outdoor entertainment events … The BMC’s Great American Championship Hill Climb! This special event and the gnarly, unparalleled vertical mountain terrain found only at the BMC grounds, truly make it The Hill Climbing Capitol of the World.®
The largest Champion purse and the rights to one of the most prestigious hill climbing championships, attracts professional motorcycle athletes from local, regional, national and international locations. Spectators come from around the Nation and Canada, filling the viewing areas and beyond to witness the pro champion riders and qualified challengers battle it out to the top of BMC’s Great American Hill. The 2-day event begins on Friday with afternoon and evening races that lead into the night with stunning vertical Side-by-Side “Showdown” racing under the lights. Saturday includes 601 cc bike, exhibition racing and later, the famous battles under the lights including side-by-side races. Saturday night the Great American Champion will be crowned.
Pre-Event: Trophy Climb: Friday July 27th: 8 AM to 5 PM
- Pre Event Trophy Hill Climb on the Trophy Hill
Friday July 28th: 4 PM to 11:30 PM (Side-by-Side Racing Under the Lights)
- 450 cc Pro Modified (4-6PM)
- 40+ Pro Masters (6-8PM)
- 450 cc Side by Side Vertical Showdown Qualifier (8-9:30PM)
- 0-600 cc Pro Altered (9:30-11:30PM)(Tentative Finish Saturday AM)
Saturday July 29th: 11AM to 11:30 PM (Side-by-Side Racing Under the Lights)
- Possible Finish of 0-600 cc Pro Altered Class)
- 0-700 cc Exhibition Class (11AM-2PM)
- Open Exhibition Class (2PM-5PM)
- 450 cc Side by Side Vertical Showdown Top 20 Finals (6-8PM)
- Great American Pro Hill Climb Championship Class (8-11:30PM)
Spectator Entry Fee
- At the event gate only. $15 Adult, one day or $25 for both days (wristbands).
- Kids 10 and under Free with paid adult.
• July 28 & 29: Great American Pro Climb Registration
• July 28 8AM: Trophy Hill Climb Registration Form (Register early, but you can sign up the day of before 8AM)
Parking, Camping, Food, Beverage and Spectators
Plenty of parking and a variety of food and beverage concessions are available. Bring your lawn chairs, canopies, tarp covers, toy haulers, campers, trailers, tailgate set-ups and other outdoor supplies for a wonderful weekend of watching. Camping and RV-Day spots are available: Tent $20 or RV/Trailer $30 for the weekend. RVs and Trailers coming in for the Day only is $10.
Gas and Service
Gas and market items at Casey’s Corner Gas station, 1.5 miles away. Moto parts and some mechanic service will be available onsite.
No fireworks, outside alcohol, pets or camp fires.
Contact the Promoters with any questions
- Cord Mitchell 406-672-8383
- Darrell Devitt 406-855-9988