Missoula XC

p/b Zillastate

June 10-11, 2017


The Missoula XC is the flagship event of the Western Montana Trail Series. Founded in 2010, the race sought to highlight the very best that Missoula has to offer, and between its challenging course, world class fans, and unparalleled racer experience, we like to think it’s working.

Come for your race, stay for the pros, and don’t forget to stick around for the Lanterne Rouge Single Speed Race at sunset!


Cross Country (XC)

The UCI Elite and Elite Junior races will feature the same course that set the bar for domestic mountain bike racing in 2011. Amateur and age group racers will have the opportunity to experience the new, bike-optimized singletrack that we at MTB Missoula have been hard at work to develop over the last two years.

The UCI Course covers 5k and features nearly 1,000 feet of climbing per lap. The base area is located 3,500 feet above sea level, and frequent grade reversals insist that riders stay focused. Intermittent road sections allow for ample passing on climbing segments, while the fast, steep descent only provides a couple of opportunities to overtake other racers. 

The Amateur and Age Group course features portions of the UCI Elite course, as well as several miles of new, purpose-built singletrack. This course is approximately 6 miles and is almost entirely fun, flowy singletrack. 

Short Track Cross Country (STXC)

The Short Track Cross Country course is unchanged from 2016. It features plenty of passing, ripping singletrack, and just enough climbing to keep everyone honest. Expect lap times to be between 2 and 2.5 minutes.



Time Event Length Location
10am-4pm Course Open for Training Marshall Mountain
10am-4pm Packet Pick-Up/Registration Marshall Mountain
4pm Elite/Manager Meeting Marshall Mountain
Time Event Length Location
8am Packet Pick-Up/Registration Marshall Mountain
9am Men Cat 3 1 Lap Long Course
Clydesdale 1 Lap Long Course
Junior 10-14 Cat 1/2/3 1 Lap Long Course
Junior 15-18 Cat 2/3 1 Lap Long Course
 Women Cat 3 1 Lap Long Course
 Women Cat 2 1 Lap Long Course
 10:45am  Men Cat 2 – 40-49 2 Laps Long Course
 Men Cat 2 – 50+ 2 Laps Long Course
 Women Cat 1 – 15-16 2 Laps Long Course
 Women Cat 1 – 17-18 2 Laps Long Course
 Women Cat 1/2 – 50+ 2 Laps Long Course
 12:30 pm  Men Cat 1 – 40-49 3 Laps Long Course
 Men Cat 1 – 50+ 3 Laps Long Course
 Men Cat 1 3 Laps Long Course
Men Cat 1 – 15-16 3 Laps Long Course
Men Cat 1 – 17-18 3 Laps  Long Course
 2:30 pm  UCI Elite Jr Men TBD Short Course
 UCI Elite Jr Women TBD Short Course
 4:30 pm UCI Elite Women 75-90 Minutes Short Course
 6:30 pm  Kids’ Race 1 Lap Local Glory
 7 pm UCI Elite Men 90-105 Minutes Short Course
 9 pm Men SS 1 Flare Cripple Creek
 Women SS 1 Flare Cripple Creek
Time Event Length Location
9am Course Open for Training Marshall Mountain
9am Rider Check-In/Registration Marshall Mountain
10am Women 1/2/3 STXC 25 min Short Track
10:45am Men 1/2/3 STXC 30 min Short Track
11:45am Women Elite STXC 30 min Short Track
12:45pm Men Elite STXC 30 min Short Track

Podiums will be held immediately after each event.

UCI Elite Junior riders and coaches should familiarize themselves with new UCI policies regarding event registration. Promoter cannot be held responsible for confusion stemming from UCI policies.




Tent and RV camping is available at every Western Montana Trail Series event, and the Missoula XC is no different. Primitive camping is available at the race venue, and porta potties are supplied. Please plan on bringing your own water, and haul out your trash! You can reach out to Ben (ben@mtbmissoula.org) for more information.


Missoula has no shortage of great hotels right downtown, close to bike shops, restaurants, and breweries. We’re finalizing details on a preferred hotel, and we’ll let you know the details once they’re ready!



That’s right. Every Western Montana Trail Series event offers childcare so that mom and dad can both race. No excuses here! The professional childcare is run through our friends at Missoula Parks and Recreation. You can reach out to Meg (mwhicher@ci.missoula.mt.us) for more information.


Prices increase May 1. Register now!