Firebird Cross Country – 2016 Colorado State Championships
The Firebird XC. Freshly designated by USA Cycling as Colorado’s Cross Country State Championship event and as such, an automatic qualifier for national championships. Firebird has a course for every rider, from junior to PRO.
For the short course we’ve got a trip around Boneyard and Pool and Ice, two of Eagle’s signature trails. For the medium and long course riders? A trip in and around the 7 Hermits Range and Hardscrabble Mountain just south of town. Riders will traverse from the sage of Eagle’s high desert landscape to the rich loamy aspen-lined trails of the network’s higher reaches.
Come join us in Eagle. Come to race. Stay for the demo, the craft beer, the amazing musical lineup, and most of all, good times with friends.
Online registration is being administered by USA Cycling and can be found HERE. Day of race registration is also available, but incurs an additional $10 fee. We pride ourselves on keeping costs low for our customers. Riders can register on site until 15 minutes prior to their race’s start time.
USAC annual licenses are required to be designated as CO State Champion in ALL categories. One-day licenses will be available for the PRO and Cat 1 categories for $25. One-day licenses are also available for Cat 2, 3, Singlespeed, Fatbike and Junior categories. These are $10. All riders may race, but to reiterate, state championship titles will only be awarded to riders in possession of an annual license originating from the state of Colorado. Additionally, we’ve elected not to award a state championship to the Fatbike category.
Oh yeah – you also get a beer and a sweet Firebird CO State Championships t-shirt.
On-site registration/packet pickup hours;
Friday, June 3: 4pm-8pm
Saturday, June 4: 7am-5pm
Sunday, June 5: 6am-9am
Packet pickup and on-site registration location:
1185 Capitol St, Eagle, CO 81631
All USAC rules apply, plus our standard three:
- Don’t be a dick.
- Wear your helmet.
- Don’t litter.
Friday, June 3:
Packet pickup/On-site registration: 4pm-8pm
Saturday, June 4:
Packet pickup/On-site registration: 7am-5pm
Firebird Short Course Event: 10am (start is in the terrace at Bellyache Ridge Trailhead – maps available on site)
Short Course Awards (Dusty Boot): 12:30pm
Sunday, June 5:
Packet pickup: 6am-9am
Firebird long and medium course event: 9am (start is in front of registration building). Riders will be staged by category and depart the start area in two waves along a 1.5 mile neutral rollout.
Medium and long course awards (Dusty Boot): 1:30pm
$2000 split 5-deep in the PRO fields. Equal $$$ for both genders.
All other categories are gunning for medals, awards and glory.
Entry fees come with a sweet State Championships t-shirt and a token for a free beer/beverage at the Dusty Boot.
OK – lots of categories added based on your feedback and USAC’s help. Please see the two tables below for complete lists for Saturday and Sunday. USAC’s “experienced” one-day licenses will be available for Pro and Cat 1 riders who don’t wish to purchase an annual. We’re also eliminating the OPEN category and requiring those riders to register with their proper age/ability group. Non-pro riders wishing to race the long course should register for PRO/Open. Please also note that while one-day riders are eligible to stand on the podium and will be awarded with their true place/finish, the CO State Champion designation is reserved for annual license holders only.
Make sure you click “next” to see ALL categories.
Experienced 1-day licenses (Pro and Cat 1) = $25
All other 1-day licenses = $10
SATURDAY (short courses)
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Senior Cat 3||19-29||Medals||3||10mi.||$40||$50|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Master Cat 3||30-39||Medals||3||10mi.||$40||$50|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Master Cat 3||40+||Medals||3||10mi.||$40||$50|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Senior Cat 3||19-29||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Master Cat 3||30-49||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Master Cat 1/2/3||50+||Medals||3||10mi.||$40||$50|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||8 & under||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||9-10||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||11-12||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||13-14||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 2/3||15-16||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||M||XC||Junior Cat 2/3||17-18||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||8 & Under||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||9-10||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||11-12||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 1/2/3||13-14||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 2/3||15-16||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
|Sat, June 4, 10am||F||XC||Junior Cat 2/3||17-18||Medals||3||10mi.||$25||$35|
SUNDAY (medium and long courses)
|MEN - ALL|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Pro/Open - LONG COURSE||1-99||$1000||3||34||$65||$75|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Senior Cat 1||19-29||Medals||3||34||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 1||30-39||Medals||3||34||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 1||40-49||Medals||3||34||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 1||50+||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Senior Cat 2||19-29||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 2||30-39||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 2||40-49||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Master Cat 2||50+||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Singlespeed - Men||1-99||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Fatbike - Open Men||1-99||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2||15-16||Medals||3||22||$25||$35|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||M||XC||Junior Cat 1/2||17-18||Medals||3||22||$25||$65|
|WOMEN - ALL|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Pro/Open - LONG COURSE||1-99||$1000||3||34||$65||$75|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Senior Cat 1||19-29||Medals||3||22||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Master Cat 1||30-39||Medals||3||22||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Master Cat 1||40+||Medals||3||22||$60||$70|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Senior Cat 2||19-29||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Master Cat 2||30-39||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Master Cat 2||40+||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Singlespeed - Women||1-99||Medals||3||22||$55||$65|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Junior Cat 1/2||15-16||Medals||3||22||$25||$35|
|Sun, June 5, 9am||W||XC||Junior Cat 1/2||17-18||Medals||3||22||$25||$35|
Directions to Starts
Firebird XC – SHORT COURSE (Saturday)
- Head NORTH (towards Eagle) from event venue on Capitol Street
- Turn EAST (right) on 3rd Street
- Climb/drive past school, then turn LEFT (north) on Mill Road
- Take an immediate RIGHT on Bluffs Drive
- The trailhead will be on your right after 1 block
- Park and RIDE/WALK uphill approximately 300 yards to race start (at entrance to Boneyard Trail)
Firebird XC – MEDIUM & LONG COURSES (Sunday)
- Easy! Your race starts in front of the registration building!
Long & Medium Course Descriptions & Map
Final Start Times TBD – first wave off at 9am SHARP.
- Race Start – in front of registration building. Neutral Start Route: east on Sylvan Lake Road from Capital Street, right (east) on Brush Creek Road past Brush Creek Elementary. Proceed approximately one mile on Eagle Ranch Road to East Haystacker. Right on Haystacker – RACE BEGINS HERE FOR ALL CATEGORIES.
- From Haystacker, turn LEFT onto paved rec path.
- Ascend rec path, then turn LEFT onto Riddle.
- From Riddle, turn right to descend Mayer Gulch to Turniphead Trail.
- Stay LEFT and climb Turniphead to Arroyo Gulch Trailhead, Cross parking lot trailhead to then ascend Pipeline to Hardscrabble Road to Firebox ROAD and Aid 1 (not Firebox Trail…it’s not a BLM or USFS system trail, so we can’t use it.)
- AID 1, 2 & 4 will have jugs of water and Roctane as well as fruit and munchies. No bottle handups unless you can get your peeps to stage stuff for you.
- Turn right off Hardscrabble road for the steep climb up Firebox Road, passing several stream crossing to then ride Dead Cow to the Mike’s Night Out hike a bike(great story here about this trail’s name – ask us at reg!)
- Ride Mike’s Night Out, descending to Spring Creek Road (Aid 2 and 4)
- Descend Scratch to World’s Greatest.
- Medium Course will split and descend Elmer’s, left on School House Rock, and right down into Hocket Gulch exiting the trail system through Corky’s property via singletrack at the bottom of the gulch that leads to the rec path and finish line – approximately 200 ft from registration building. Please see note above about preriding through Corky’s. Unless you want an ass full of buckshot and a trip to the pokey, DON’T EXIT THE COURSE HERE ON ANY DAY OTHER THAN SATURDAY OR SUNDAY, JUNE 4-5.
- Long course riders descend all of World’s Greatest to a hard left off Hocket Gulch to Pole Rd. We’ll have a simple water bottle handup here with enough bottles for every rider to have at least ONE
- Riders will ride unnamed singletrack off Pole Rd to then Climb Star Wars to Easy Rider back to Spring Creek Road.
- At the top of Easy Rider, riders will turn left and ride Spring Creek Road east which takes you back to Aid 2/4.
- Descend Scratch & World’s Greatest AGAIN (BRAAAAP!!!) and will continue their descent on Elmers to School House Rock.
- Left (west) on School House Rock, then right (north) down Hockett Gulch to Corky’s Property singletrack exit and finish on rec path.
Want to see it STRAVA’d out? Check out this excellent long course file from Green Bay’s Cole Jacobsen. Please also enjoy Cole’s title. Medium course riders can just eliminate the last significant climb (the section from mile 21.7 to mile 32 in Cole’s file).
Short Course Description & Map
Race Start is at 10am SHARP on Saturday, June 4. Start is located at the first switchback of the Boneyard Trailhead on Bellyache Ridge Road. This is approximately one mile from the registration building. We’ll have a mass start, but a 10-15 minute road climb will spread things out nicely. The rest of the course? All singletrack, kid. Enjoy.
- Start at first hairpin on Bellyache Ridge Road (this is the entrance to the Boneyard Trail, one of Eagle’s signature “inside-the-park homeruns.”)
- Ascend road to second BLM gate and enter Boneyard Trail here.
- Climb Boneyard to ridgeline and back to Bellyache Ridge Road.
- Ascend road quarter mile to Pool and Ice Trail start.
- Descend Pool and Ice to ice rink, finish behind rink on access road.
- Snacks at the finish!
Special thanks to the Bureau of Land Management, the Town of Eagle, Eagle Ranch Village and the United States Forest Service. A significant portion of this event is conducted on public lands under special permit from the aforementioned parties including the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service.