Flagstaff Barn Burner Pre-Ride

Flagstaff Barn Burner

Flagstaff Barn Burner

I drove up to Flagstaff this morning to pre-ride the Barn Burner mountain bike race course. The Barn Burner is a 104 mile mountain bike race with 4 laps of 26 miles. You have a choice of a 4 man team, 2 man team or solo. I am going to race a 2 man team with my friend Tysen. The organizers allowed this one pre-ride of the race course only, to limit the impact to the environment. The race course is closed until the race on June 19, 2010.

About 80 mountain bikers showed up for this organized ride. We were able to choose which group we wanted to ride with. There was a fast, medium and slow group, each lead by a race organizer. We decided to ride in the medium group, because it was so windy. Although it was a sunny day, the wind was gusting over 60 mph, which made for a very difficult 26 miles. At times, I was riding against the wind and barely moving, or the just trying to stay upright from cross winds. I was hoping to get a feel of how difficult 52 miles will be, but the wind made that impossible.

The course is mostly fire road and double track. You don’t need any real technical skills to do well on this course. You could call it a “roadie” course. My downhill and technical skills will not give me an advantage on this course, unlike The Whiskey Off-Road. There are 2 climbs out on the course. The first climb at 12 miles is a gradual 1.7 miles with an elevation gain of about 500 feet. The second climb is steeper and longer. It is about 3.5 miles with an elevation gain of 800 feet.

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About Racerx

An Arizona native, Jeff has been mountain biking and racing since 1997. A father of 2 awesome children Ryder and Skylar. He is the owner of Excelnet Media, an Internet Marketing company.


  1. Thanks for the info. on the Barn Burner course. Based on how the track is, what is your goal for the race per lap? Can you really fly on the downhill or is it too rocky/loose to let it rip? What is the track like on the climbs? Thanks for anything you might want to share.

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