High Altitude Classic

XC Mountain Bike Race


The High Altitude Classic is a mountain bike race in Cloudcroft, NM with a history dating back to the '90's.

With blazin' fast single track descents, rocky technical sections, and not-so-easy double track connectors, it's easy to see how this race can quickly challenge the best of your skills, yet leave you wanting to come back for more each year.

For 2019, the High Altitude Classic is a key event in the Chubby Tire Rendezvous mountain bike weekend schedule. The race is a USA Cycling sanctioned event, and part of the New Mexico Off-Road Racing Series.

We're excited to see many familiar faces and racers return...

Essential Info & Start

DATE: Sunday, Aug 18, 2019

START:  10am @ High Altitude Shop (Downtown Cloudcroft)


You're perfect for the High Altitude Classic, if...

  • You're competitive

  • Enjoy a challenge

  • Want to race mountain bikes

Optional Qualifications...

  • May -or- may not have a bike that cost more than your car

  • You own at least one pair of lycra shorts

  • Refer to your bike clothing as a "kit"

  • Your friends accuse you of being a "weight-weenie"


Pro/Cat 1: $1800 CASH PRIZE PURSE

Cat 2/3/SS: Schwag Prizes

Trophy Prizes for podium finishers

**High Altitude Classic pays out cash purse equally to men and women**

Course Map

Race Distance
Cat 1 = 2 Big Loops
Cat 2/SS = 1 Big Loop / 1 Small Loop
Cat 3 = 1 Big Loop

Big Loop

13.1 Miles | 1,867 ft Elevation

Includes Descriptions, Landmarks, mile markers.... All courtesy of our friends at High Altitude in Cloudcroft.

Packet Pick-Up

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019

3-5pm @ Cloudcroft Brewery, 1301 Burro Ave, Cloudcroft, NM 88317


Sunday, Aug 18, 2018  (RACE DAY)

8-9am @ High Altitude Shop

Click here for directions to RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP

Group Pre-Ride

Saturday, Aug 17, 2019

Time 3:30pm - Meet up @ Cloudcroft Brewery


High Altitude Classic XC Race Only

Early - $40 / participant

Late - $45 / participant

Onsite - $50 / participant (Saturday Only)


*Must have an annual USAC License to race, or purchase a 1-Day License for $10 at time of registration.

Early registration is through Aug 1. Late registration is Aug 2 - Aug 16.

Onsite is at Cloudcroft Brewery (Saturday) Only. 


Awards & After Party

2pm @ Cloudcroft Brewery