Mountain Bike Races

This is a listing of various race series, individual races or race calendars that are great places to look for events. The intention is not to list every race that is out there, but rather give you some good places to look for races. If you feel the list is missing a major series or race that is worth being on the list, send me a message here: Contact Me

Mountain Bike Race Series

Epic Rides

I have yet to complete any of these races, but have heard nothing but great things about them. Again, I covered some of these events while co-hosting on The Last Aidstation podcast and have enough familiarity with them to suggest checking them out. They put on a whole weekend event that draws in a lot of pro level riders, who race on Sunday instead of on Saturday with the non-pro racers.

Whiskey Off-Road – Arizon

Grand Junction Off-Road – Colorado

Carson City Off-Road – Nevada

Tour of the White Mountains – Arizona

24 Hours in the Old Pueblo – Arizona

Leadville Race Series – MTB

I’ve only done the Lutsen 99er, which is now part of the Leadville Series and a qualifier event for the Leadville 100. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Leadville events. If they are anything like the Lutsen 99er, they will be great weekend race experiences.

Austin Rattler – Texas

Wilmington Whiteface – New York

Lutsen 99er – Minnesota

Silver Rush 50 – Colorado

Tahoe Trail – California

Leadville Stage Race – Colorado

Leadville 100 – Colorado

Barn Burner – Arizona

N24 (National 24 Hour Series)

I have not done any 24 hour racing, but I did interview 2 of the race directors from the N24 Series on an episode of The Last Aid Station when they first pulled the series together. If you’re into 24 hr lap racing, I suggest checking this series out. Here is a link to the podcast episode on The Last Aid Station where I interviewed a couple of the race directors from the series: N24 on The Last Aid Station

24 Hours In The Enchanted Forest – New Mexico

Oregon 24 – Oregon

25 Hours In Frog Hollow – Utah

NUE (National Ultra Endurance Series)

The National Ultra Endurance Series has 2 different distances within the series. There is a 100 mile distance series and a 100k series. Each event typically has a race of each distance. There are about 10 races in each series that includes races across the country and you need to complete at least 4 events, with your best 4 races being counted toward the overall series. I’ve only raced in 2 of the events, but I did cover quite a few of these events while co-hosting The Last Aid Station podcast and know that it is a good series and a great place to start if you are looking for 100 mile or 100k events.

Epic Series (100 mile)

True Grit Epic – Utah

Cohutta 100 – Tennessee

Mohican MTB 100 – Ohio

Lumberjack 100 – Michigan

Tatanka 100 – South Dakota

High Cascades 100 – Oregon

Wilderness 100 – Pennsylvania

Breck 100 – Colorado

Pierre’s Hole 100 – Wyoming

Crotched Mountain 100 – New Hampshire

Volcano 100 – Costa Rica

Shenandoah 100 – Virginia

Marji Gesick 100 – Michigan

Big Bear Grizzly 100 – California

Marathon Series

True Grit 50 – Utah

Big Frog 65 – Tennessee

Mohican – Ohio

Bailey HUNDitO – Colorado

Tatanka – South Dakota

Carrabassett – Maine

Breck 68 – Colorado

Pierre’s Hole 100 – Wyoming

Crotched Mountain 100 – New Hampshire

Volcano – Costa Rica

Marji Gesick 100 – Michigan

Big Bear Grizzly – California

Other Bucket List Mountain Bike Races

Breck Epic – Colorado

This is a 6 day stage race that is on my bucketlist. I’ve heard it is an amazing event and I would really like to get out to it at some point.

Chequamegon Fat Tire Festival – Wisconsin

I’ve done this one 3 times. It’s a hugely popular mass start race on mostly ski trail. It’s fast, with lots of traffic, but an event that should go on your to-do list. It’s a fun weekend and they do a great job of putting on a nice event.

Iceman Cometh – Michigan

This is not really an endurance event, but it’s a huge event that I’d like to get out to and experience.

Maah Daah Hey 100 – North Dakota

Maah Daah Hey is not part of a larger series, but it is definitly a race that should be on your bucket list if you are into endurance mountain bike racing. It’s a rugged race and heat is always a factor. It is right next to the Marji Gesick 100 as being the toughest race that I have done.

Ore To Shore Epic – Michigan

I’ve done this race one time and thought it was a great race. It will be one that I go back to again. There are multiple distance options with the longest distance being 48 miles, but the pace is really fast. If you are a fan of the Chequamegon 40, you’ll love this race. Fast paced, but about 1/3 as many people as the Cheq 40. It’s enough racers to give you plenty of people race wheel to wheel with, but not so many to cause congestion.

Vapor Trail 100 – Colorado

I have not done this race, but have looked into it and know a couple folks that have done it. It’s rugged and an extremely tough race. It starts on a Friday night and goes up through some high elevation. It’s on my bucket list.

Mountain Bike Race Calendars

Mountain Bike Radio Endurance Mountain Bike Race Calendar

This calendar is focused on endurance mountain bike events, where you can search for races by month and state.

USA Cycling Events Search

This is the place to search for USA sanctioned events. You can narrow the search to mountain bike only, if not interested in any of the other cycling events. Many states still run their mountain bike series under USA Cycling, along with other bigger events such as Iceman Cometh, so don’t ignore USAC events in your search for good race events.