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. 

9AM Race – The 9am race will feature the full 6 mile amateur course, but it will drop down the “B descent” to the base area. No need to worry about those tricky waterfall switchbacks.

11:30AM Race – The 11:30am race will head all the way to the top, and come all the way back down. It’s the same course as the 9am race, but it will head down The Waterfall just like the pros.

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.


Course Map


Race day registration and check-in closes 30 minutes before the start of each non-UCI event!

UCI rider check-in closes at noon.

10am-4pmCourse Open for Training Marshall Mountain
10am-4pmPacket Pick-Up/Registration Marshall Mountain
4pmElite/Manager Meeting Marshall Mountain
8amPacket Pick-Up/Registration Marshall Mountain
9amWomen Cat 12 LapsLong Course
 Women Cat 1 – 17-182 LapsLong Course
 Women Cat 1 – 15-162 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 22 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 2 – 40-492 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 2 – 50+2 LapsLong Course
 Women Cat 22 LapsLong Course
 Women Cat 1/2 – 50+2 LapsLong Course
 Clydesdale2 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 31 LapLong Course
 Women Cat 31 LapLong Course
 Junior 15-18 Cat 2/31 LapLong Course
 Junior 10-14 Cat 1/2/31 LapLong Course
 11:30 am Men Cat 1 – 40-493 LapsLong Course
  Men Cat 1 – 50+3 LapsLong Course
  Men Cat 13 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 1 – 15-163 LapsLong Course
 Men Cat 1 – 17-183 LapsLong Course
 2:30 pm UCI Elite Jr MenTBDShort Course
  UCI Elite Jr WomenTBDShort Course
 4:30 pmUCI Elite Women75-90 MinutesShort Course
 6:30 pm Kids’ Race1 LapLocal Glory
 7 pmUCI Elite Men90-105 MinutesShort Course
 9 pmMen SS1 FlareCripple Creek
  Women SS1 FlareCripple Creek
9amCourse Open for Training Marshall Mountain
9amRider Check-In/Registration Marshall Mountain
10amWomen 1/2/3 STXC25 minShort Track
10:45amMen 1/2/3 STXC30 minShort Track
11:45amWomen Elite STXC30 minShort Track
12:45pmMen Elite STXC30 minShort Track

Race day registration and check-in closes 30 minutes before the start of each non-UCI event!

UCI rider check-in closes at noon.

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.

Technical Guide for UCI Elite Races


Want to be a part of the show, but not sure you’re feeling up to racing? We always need volunteers to help out with course marking, registration, and more! Sign up to volunteer right here, and we’ll get you some MTB Missoula swag, lunch at the race, and all the beer you can drink.




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!

Kids’ Activities

That’s right. Every Western Montana Trail Series event offers supervised children’s programming so that mom and dad can both race. No excuses here! The programming 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!