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Red Rock Cactus Hugger

April 4, 2015 @ 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Pit yourself against the mountain. Feel the adrenaline rush. Jump, cut-back, slide through corners! Choose the best line and pass your competition. Red Rock Cactus Hugger!

If you’ve Got a mountain bike, love to ride, enjoy competition—and a little good, dirty fun—then come on out to the Red Rock Cactus Hugger!

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The second stop in the Intermountain Cup Series, The Red Rock Cactus Hugger’s 6 mile loop twists and turns its way over 650 vertical feet—through some of the best mountain bike territory you’ll ever find!

Southwestern Utah is known for unique and challenging mountain bike trails, breathtaking scenery, and sunshine more than 300 days a year! So challenge yourself on the Red Rock Cactus Hugger course and enjoy the great spring weather you’ll find in Southern Utah.

With 30 different categories—ranging from kids to pro—the Red Rock Cactus Hugger offers something for every mountain bike enthusiast

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And, if you really want to enjoy nature, there’s plenty of undeveloped, on-site camping so you can really rough it!

• We are proud to be the second stop on the Intermountain Cup Series
• Pre-Ride the course year round!
• Over 30 Event Categories
• 6 Mile Loop with 650 vertical feet
• Perfect Spring Riding Temperatures
• Scenery that amazes you in Southern Utah’s Painted Desert
• Only 90 minutes north of Las Vegas
• Just 4 hours south of Salt Lake City
• Close to Zion National Park and the Grand Canyon


The Red Rock Cactus Hugger race starts at the Green Valley Raceway in St. George, UT. The terrain on this challenging course ranges from relatively smooth dirt track to rock and boulder-strewn hills. You’ll twist and turn, climb up and race down as you cover some of the best mountain bike terrain you’ve ever ridden. Being a desert race, visibility is great too. You can really plan ahead because there aren’t any trees blocking your view.

One of the best things about the Red Rock Cactus Hugger is that the Green Valley Raceway track is open year-round. That means you can take a practice run any time you want!

Detailed route map is linked below the FAQs.

Important Dates

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014:
small arrow 11pm – Online Registration Closes
Friday, April 4th, 2014:
small arrow 4pm to 7pm – Late Registration and Packet Pickup
Red Rock Bicycle Co
Corner of 100 S and Bluff St
St. George, UT
Map to Red Rock Bicycle
Saturday, April 5th 2014:
small arrow 8:00am to 10:00am – Packet Pickup
small arrow 9:45am – Racer Meeting for Beginners
small arrow 10:00am – Beginner Cross Country Race Start
small arrow 11:45am – Racer Meeting for Pro/Expert/Sport
small arrow 12:00pm – Pro/Expert/Sport
Race Start
Green Valley Raceway
End of Canyon View Drive
St. George, UT
Map to Green Valley Raceway


Q: What is the weather like in April?
A: The average high is in the High 70’s with a low in the high 40’s. Mornings can be cool but it warms up fast. However, it is not uncommon for a day to reach close to 90 or even stay in the 50’s so be sure to watch the weather.

Q: Will there be a photographer on the course?
A: Yes, we will be providing a photography service. More information will be available as we get closer to the event.

Q: I am interested in the entire series, where can I get more information on the Intermountain Cup?
A: You can get more information directly from the Intermountain Cup website. Be sure to check out all of the races in the series!

Q: I’ve never raced before. Can anyone race?
A: Yes! Mountain bike racing is an extremely social sport and very accepting of beginners. Experience and expensive bikes are not required. Just a mountain bike with knobby tires and a helmet and your in business.

Q: Is the course relatively flat?

A: The Cactus Hugger runs a 6 mile loop over ragged terrain. It’s pure up and down, bone jarring, stomach in your throat fun.  There aren’t any rated climbs on the course—but don’t let that fool you. This is a wild ride. You’ll climb 426 ft. in the first 2.26 miles, chewing your way through the dirt over rocks and scree. Then you’ll have to cut back and power slide as you drop 200 feet over the next .75 mile. You’d better build some speed on that downhill because it’s followed by a 286 ft. climb over the next mile. Then you’ve got the final downhill of when you’ll zig, zag, and scream down 527 ft. in 1.75 miles!

Beginners get to run 1 lap, Sports have 2 laps, Experts cover 3 laps, and Pros get to tackle this beast 4 times!

*The climb rating system goes from 1 to 5 with 5 being the easiest


small arrow Beginner (Cat. 3) = 1 lap
small arrow Sport (Cat. 2) = 2 laps
small arrow Expert (Cat. 1) = 3 laps
small arrow Pro= 4 laps
small arrow Clydesdale = 2 laps.

View Course Mile Map Online


• Beginner – Expert on or before April 2nd $39 – After the 2nd $49

• Pro Men/Women on or before April 2nd $45 – After the 2nd $55

• Juniors on or before April 2nd $29 – After the 2nd $39

• 12 and Younger on or before April 2nd $9 – After the 2nd $9

Area Info

Southern Utah’s climate features bright sunshine, low annual precipitation, clean air, and the wide daily temperature range only found in a desert. Best known for its mild winters and golf courses, St George is quickly becoming a hot spot for its diverse selection of outdoor activities including cycling, running, hiking, rock-climbing, swimming, & canyoneering.

Cycling has taken this once sleepy retirement community by storm and is now a vital form of tourism and recreation in the area. St George hosts a number of Road Races, Centuries, Gran Fondos, Mountain Bike Races, and Triathlons each year. SpinGeeks is proud to host many of these events.

Come on out to one of our Signature SpinGeeks Events and bring your whole family! When you’re done riding, top off your vacation with a spa treatment at one of the many spas, a quick drive to nearby Las Vegas, or just go outside and play!

Cancellation Policy

After your registration has been processed for any SpinGeeks event, NO REFUNDS will be available on your entry fee. We are sorry but that includes rider injuries, business or personal conflicts, or travel delays. All of our hard costs occur before the event and will be paid for by SpinGeeks regardless if you show up or not and many are incurred months before the event.

• Transferring registrations to other riders is not allowed.
• Additional purchased items will be mailed to you if you cancel ahead of the event day to all riders who live in the lower 48.

SpinGeeks events will not be cancelled due to weather unless the event director feels that riders safety is in jeopardy. If an event is cancelled due to extreme weather, riders will be given a 25% off coupon for any future SpinGeeks event within 12 months. Extreme weather is rare in Southern Utah and does not include rain, wind, cold, or heat. We’re thinking more in the line of ice storms or volcanoes erupting.

Any rider that registers for an event that has been cancelled by SpinGeeks ahead of the event date will receive a 100% refund.

Event Sponsors

Holiday Inn Red Rock Bicycle
Best Western Abby Inn


April 4, 2015
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM


Margaret Gibson
(435) 229-6251


Green Valley Raceway
Plantations Dr & W Canyon View Dr
St. George, UT United States
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