The Bear

The Bear MTB Race Colorado


Rattler Racing is excited to be hosting one of Colorado’s original XC races. The Bear is Back! Come join us on April 1, 2023 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 so we can all contribute to the land we love!

Registration remains open until 1 hour before your race start. Registration must be done online as our staff does not have the ability to handle payments. Early-bird registration ends at 4:00 PM MST on Friday, March 31.

PARK ENTRY: Your entry fee into The Bear covers your access into Bear Creek Lake Park. When you pull up to the gate, please let them know in the nicest of ways that you are there for the mountain bike race, and they will kindly let you in. They will be busy so please study the map and directions below for directions to the venue. We will have signs on the roads as well. You are heading to Pelican Point.

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

Pricing: Adults – $63, Juniors (13-18) – $53, Juniors (9-12) – $28, Juniors 8 and under FREE. If you have a junior (8 and under) that wants to race on the bigger course with 9/10 year olds, they can move up and will need to register with 9 year old pricing.

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.

Alternate rain date will April 15th if the park is forced to close.

The Bear will be USAC sanctioned for 2023. USA Cycling membership will be required. One-day licenses will be available.

Cancellation Policy

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. Outside of that scenario, no refunds. May consider deferrals if you are real nice.

Race Rules

  • 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.
    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.


CAT 1 MEN 19-29 8:32 STANDARD 3
CAT 1 MEN 30-39 8:32 STANDARD 3
CAT 1 MEN 40-49 8:33 STANDARD 3
CAT 1 MEN 50+ 8:35 STANDARD 3
CAT 2 MEN 19-29 8:37 STANDARD 2
CAT 2 MEN 30-39 8:37 STANDARD 2
CAT 2 MEN 40-49 8:38 STANDARD 2
CAT 2 MEN 50-59 8:39 STANDARD 2
CAT 2 MEN 60+ 8:39 STANDARD 2
CAT 3 MEN 19-29 8:40 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 MEN 30-39 8:40 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 MEN 40-49 8:41 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 MEN 50+ 8:41 STANDARD 1
CAT 1/2 WOMEN 15-18 10:00 STANDARD 2
CAT 1/2 WOMEN 19-29 10:00 STANDARD 2
CAT 1/2 WOMEN 30-39 10:00 STANDARD 2
CAT 1/2 WOMEN 40-49 10:00 STANDARD 2
CAT 1/2 WOMEN 50+ 10:00 STANDARD 2
CAT 3 WOMEN 15-18 10:03 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 WOMEN 19-29 10:03 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 WOMEN 30-39 10:03 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 WOMEN 40-49 10:03 STANDARD 1
CAT 3 WOMEN 50+ 10:03 STANDARD 1
13-14 GIRLS 10:03 STANDARD 1
CAT 1 MEN 15-18 11:30 STANDARD 2
CAT 2 MEN 15-18 11:32 STANDARD 2
CAT 3 MEN 15-18 11:34 STANDARD 1
13-14 BOYS 11:34 STANDARD 1
11/12 BOYS 2:00 CIRCUIT 2.25
11/12 GIRLS 2:01 CIRCUIT 2.25
9/10 BOYS 2:02 CIRCUIT 1.25
9/10 GIRLS 2:03 CIRCUIT 1.25
Course Map: Standard Course

To get a GPX file of the course, click the image below, then select MENU and DOWNLOAD.

Course Map: Circuit Course
Course Map: Elite Mini


From C-470, take the Morrison exit and head east.  After 1/4 mile, take the first right into Bear Creek Lake Park. After going through the check-in gate, take a right at the first T intersection. Follow this around for 1.7 miles to the next T intersection. Take a left here and follow the direction of our staff.

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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.

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