Specialized Cactus Cup kicks off ATV racing in 2022

Three-day stage race featuring top professionals and family events

Since 1991, Arizona’s legendary Cactus Cup has been an unmissable early-season event for professional and amateur athletes.

This women-owned mountain bike festival offers world-class competition in a fun and inclusive environment with activities for mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels, including children.

“The Cactus Cup is an event not to be missed! I make it a priority every year because the atmosphere is so fun and relaxed, but the field is full of fast-paced competition. I usually bring my daughter to this event because it’s family friendly and the kids have the opportunity to run and get involved,” said Rose Grant, five-time National Marathon mountain bike champion and two-time Leadville 100 winner. .

For 2022, the festivities will begin at McDowell Mountain Regional Park on Friday, March 11 and will continue until Sunday, March 13.

The three-day stage race includes a mountain bike time trial, a 40-mile cross-country race and an XC-focused enduro. These race categories sold out in record time, but there are still opportunities to participate in the gran fondo, family ride, kids race and bike demos.

As a family event, the Cactus Cup offers a kids’ camp that allows parents to participate in the 40-mile XC event. (Or go for a run or ride a bike.) Much better than daycare, this five-hour kids’ camp will help young cyclists build skills, build confidence, and make new friends.

In addition to horseback riding and racing, event highlights include food trucks, a beer garden, live music, an industry exhibit and a pop-up museum with memorabilia from the early years. of the event.

“The Specialized Cactus Cup is a one-stop-shop weekend of mountain bike racing. With something for every age and ability, everyone can enjoy this iconic event. Mountain bike enthusiasts can rub shoulders with internationally recognized pros like Ned Overend and Keegan Swenson. Spectators can watch their kids race, listen to live music and grab a beer while experiencing the latest from Specialized and other industry leaders in close quarters,” said the Cactus Cup promoter, Wise Melley.

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