THE BEAR IS BACK – SPRING 2022
Rattler Racing is excited to be hosting one of Colorado’s original XC races. The Bear is Back! Come join us on April 2, 2022 for a classic front range mountain bike race. The approximate 10 mile loop will have plenty of tough short climbs, killer single track, quick descents and plenty of meandering through Bear Creek Lake Park to keep things interesting. This is the perfect way to test your legs after a long season of training.
Bear Creek Lake Park has supported Rattler events for 7 years and we’re always excited to partner with them. They have developed and maintained excellent trails in the park that we all benefit from. We will keep you posted on volunteer opportunities in 2022 so we can all contribute to the land we love!
Rattler Racing is excited to be hosting the Colorado MTB Championship for 2022. We feel the course in Bailey is perfect for an event like this. The course delivers everything you would expect from a XC mountain bike race. It’s a 5 mile world cup style course packed with solid climbing, twisty turns, short technical sections, and fun descents. Year after year this race is voted one of the best MTB races in Colorado, come see why.
Racers will do multiple laps depending on their discipline. The course is set in a beautiful setting and perfect for those that are there to spectate. Tons of opportunities to see your favorite racers multiple times on each lap! The state championship will be a USAC sanctioned event. All racers are required to have a USAC license to race. One-day licenses will be available for $5 on race day.
If you are a student or a parent/guardian of a youth rider and thinking about racing one of our events, WE WANT YOU THERE! We don’t want you worrying about the cost of registration, so we developed our scholarship program to give athletes of all ages and abilities an opportunity to race. Please consider applying for one of our scholarships. Click logo above to get started.
Standard Course: 5 Miles, 518′ Incline
Elite Mini Kids Course: 0.618 Miles, 101′ Incline
What to Expect
Amazing XC loop right in Colorado’s front range and central to the Denver Metro area. This 10+ mile course will challenge you with 800 feet vertical per lap. The start/finish will be based out of the Pelican Point area in the center of the park.
- Post Race support
- Medical support
- Professional Timing
- Post Race awards
- Plenty o’ food and drink and provided by our sponsors
- Custom swag
Course 411: The course will be marked at all critical intersections the day before the race. Pre-riding is allowed with an open course or a clear active course. Please do not follow a racer within 200 feet.
Spectating: You name it. Bear Creek has viewing opportunities spread out throughout the park.
Number Plates: This is a lap timed event. All racers will have a number plate with chip except for the Elite Mini Kids Race.
Results: Posted at the conclusion of your race and online the following day.
The Bear will not be a sanctioned event by any governing body. This means all can enter without any licenses.
If we are forced to cancel The Bear due to weather, you will be refunded 90% of the entry fee at any time prior to the race. We will be working with BCLP to provide a backup date if the race is forced to cancel. Deferrals or refunds will be available.
- Rule 1: You will smile no matter the pain.
- Rule 2: Yes, you must wear a helmet and have adequate eye protection.
- Rule 3: Be nice to the land, it never did anything to you.
3A: DON’T LITTER.
3B: Stick to the trail. Course cutting could be as simple as creating a new line on a switchback. Please don’t do it.
- Rule 4: No headphones. Sing to yourself.
- Rule 5: If you don’t thank a volunteer, you will be publicly shamed.
- Rule 6: This is mountain biking. Please, please, please be considerate of other racers whether you are in front being a superhero, or in back preparing to vomit. We all know this, but the occasional reminder never hurts.
Number of laps will be dependent on category and/or age group. Awards ceremony will follow each race. Remember, your age will be calculated as RACE AGE, which is the age you will be on 12/31/2022.
TBA – Check back soon!
|Fangdango Elite Mini Race (8 and Under)||9:40||2||Elite|
|CAT 1/2 15-18 Boys||10:00||3||Standard|
|CAT 1/2 15-18 Girls||10:01||3||Standard|
|CAT 3 15-18 Boys||10:04||2||Standard|
|CAT 3 15-18 Girls||10:05||2||Standard|
|Pro-Open Women, CAT 1/2 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ Women, SS Women||11:30||3||Standard|
|CAT 3 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+ Women||11:32||2||Standard|
|CAT 3 19-29, 30-39 Men||1:15||2||Standard|
|CAT 3 40-49, 50-59, 60+ Men||1:17||2||Standard|
|Single Speed Men||2:46||4||Standard|
|CAT 1/2 19-29, 30-39 Men||2:47||4||Standard|
|CAT 1/2 40-49 Men||2:48||4||Standard|
|CAT 1/2 50-59, 60+ Men||2:50||4||Standard|
From C-470, take the 285 exit and head west. After approximately 25 miles, take a left on Rosalie Road (Loaf n’ Jug on the right side). Continue up Rosalie Road for about ½ mile. Parking on the left.