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 2018, the High Altitude Classic is a key event in the Chubby Tire Rendezvous mountain bike festival weekend schedule. The race is a USA Cycling sanctioned event, and the 4th NM Off-Road Racing Series' event for 2018.

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

Essential Info & Start

DATE: Sunday, May 20, 2018

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 = 1 Long Loop/2 Short (30 miles)
    Cat 2/SS = 1 Long/1 Short (21.5 miles)
    Cat 3 = 1 Long (13 miles)

    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, May 19, 2018

      3-7pm @ Upper Fir Campground


      Sunday, May 20, 2018  (RACE DAY)

      8-9am @ High Altitude Shop

      Click here for directions to RACE DAY PACKET PICK-UP

      Group Pre-Ride

      Saturday, May 19, 2018

      8am @ High Altitude Bike Shop


      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 April 31-May 4. Late registration is May 5-18.

      Onsite is at Fir Campground Saturday Only. 


      Awards & After Party

      2pm @ Finish Line

      Spectators: Follow signs from @ High Altitude in Downtown Cloudcroft to join.