Tour of the White Mountains
October 7, 2023
The Tour leverages the Pinetop Lakes activity and equestrian center to provide a complete family experience. Attendees enjoy the onsite amphitheater for event activities and live music, nearby accommodations, campground games, a robust communal campfire and more!
At 7,000 ft. a limited field of riders will discover the challenges and gratification from riding awesome single track among a pine forest backdrop while witnessing the endless beauty (and perfect distraction) of the fall season in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
All finishers receive a custom award emblazoned with their distance and are welcomed to the post-ride after-party with live music, BBQ and cold Pinetop Brewing Co. beverages.
The communities of Pinetop-Lakeside are sure to please any visitor with their quintessential small mountain town charm and top notch restaurants.
For the benefit of: Tour of the White Mountains benefits TRACKS.
Upon arrival to the venue, a friendly Epic Rides crew member will greet you, recite a few old west poems often shared around a poker table and offer clear, concise directions to the camping area.
Venue campsite is located at the Pinetop Lakes Activity Center & Stables (5475 Buck Springs Road). Please keep in mind that PLAC&S is not a campground. It is an activity center with stables. Please keep dogs leashed, and accompany children when visiting the horses. Restrooms and trash receptacles will be provided, but no showers or other facilities are available on-site.
|Camping Type||Price for entire weekend|
|Vehicles less than 20′ in length (tent/car campers)||$18 per vehicle|
|Vehicles 20’+ in length||$60 per vehicle|
Keep in mind that the campsite is family-friendly…please be conscious of the quiet hours.
- Price includes all passengers in the vehicle for entire weekend
- Check-in after Friday, October 6th, 12p
- Check-out before Sunday, October 8th, 12p
- All pets must be leashed
- Quiet hours are from 10p – 6a
- Only propane campfires allowed (There will be a communal bonfire near the amphitheater)
- Conveniently close to start/finish area, the amphitheater with live music on Saturday, restrooms, water, and trash receptacles.
Below is a list of venues that will except daily RV reservations. You can find a list of other campgrounds here.
- Hon-Dah RV Park, located 4.1 miles from venue
- Show Low Lake Campground, located 10.3 miles from venue
- Fool Hollow Lake Recreation Area, located 18.9 miles from venue
Only propane campfires allowed (There will be a communal bonfire near the amphitheater)
Bring lots of water. Epic Rides will provide some –but please consider our stash as a backup. You should pack as if you were going camping in a primitive environment (because you are). Bring a few gallons/person for the weekend and you’ll be set.
Venue Details Observed. Restrooms and trash receptacles will be provided. All other creature comforts are up to you, amigos.
We will have on-site coffee and food vendors (to be announced in late summer)… They’ll be open Noon – 8p Friday and 6a – 5p Saturday.
Pinetop-Lakeside – Restaurant Directory
Post Ride Dinner: Downtown Pinetop-Lakeside is roughly 2.5 miles from the venue. With long standing great restaurants, there are reward worthy dishes after good day in the saddle.
Review a complete list of Pinetop-Lakeside accommodations here.
Epic Rides recommends lodging at the Buck Springs Resort. Located less than 1 Mile from the venue, enjoy fully furnished one-bedroom cottages or three-bedroom townhouses with full kitchens and wood-burning fireplaces.
Round House Resort (Premier Vacation Club) .3 Miles from venue
5829 Buck Springs Rd., Pinetop
Worldmark 1.5 Miles from venue
2000 S WorldMark Dr., Pinetop
Quality Hill Resort Villas 1.5 Miles from venue
3753 Crown Dancer Dr., Pinetop
Timberlodge Inn Pinetop 3.3 Miles from venue
1078 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop
Green Tree Inn & Suites 4.0 Miles from venue
431 E. White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop
Best Western Inn of Pinetop 4.0 Miles from venue
404 E White Mountain Blvd., Pinetop
- All backcountry bicycle event participants are required to wear eye protection and a helmet that complies with U.S. CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets.
- Each rider is expected to complete the entire course. If they do not complete the entire course, the participant is considered a Did Not Finish (DNF). If a rider is a DNF they should not cross the finish line upon return to the start/finish-line area. They are expected to report to the Epic Rides Tent to inform an Epic Rides crew member that they are no longer on the course and did not complete the ride.
- Each participant must be considerate of other riders when passing or being passed. Verbal communication and/or the use of a bell are necessary for a successful pass. When being passed, please provide adequate space when available for the faster rider to go by.
- Participants are required to complete the entire course on the same bike they started the event on. All bikes in the singletrack-centric courses should be of the ‘mountain bike’ genre (geometry, tires, cranks, handlebars, etc).
- The nature of mountain biking requires a mountain biker to be self supported. Because Epic Rides’ events are a mild deviation from the solo backwoods experience, participants are allowed to accept support from other registered event participants, official event aid stations, or crew support (when applicable) stationed at aid stations on course. Pacing and intermittent hand-ups in non aid station locations is prohibited.
- Always abide by the laws and rules of the road and/or governing land agency when appropriate.
- Headphones connected to MP3 players or similar devices that prohibit a rider’s ability to hear activity around them are not permitted.
- Littering is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Picking up trail trash is good karma.
- Thank the volunteers; the event couldn’t happen without them.
- All bicycles must be completely human-powered. No pedal-assist is allowed unless specifically registered for the gravel e-bike fun ride event.
- If a participant breaks the rules, or attempts to bend the rules through a “loophole,” the decision regarding appropriate course of action will be made by a board of critical thinkers and experts in the sport of mountain biking. Your actions are at their mercy.
A Free Kids Event
Epic Rides and Shimano are proud to host a FREE fun ride for kids of all ages and skill levels. All participants will receive a number plate and finisher’s award. Parent’s/guardian’s are encouraged to join the fun on a bike or foot.
Friday 12:00p – 8:00p
Saturday 6:30a – 9:00a
The course is a loop of approximately 1/8 of a mile and is held on a dirt road/trail closed to traffic. Kids will ride as many laps as they can in 20 minutes. This is a beginner-level course and perfect for kids that aren’t quite ready for the challenge of the 9-mile singletrack distance.
All participants, including parents, are required to wear helmets. Gloves and eye protection are recommended.
Register by September 10th to guarantee your size of the insanely soft Official event T-shirt and personalize your number plate plus receive an official event poster & goodie bag.
Each participant has an equal opportunity to earn their Finisher’s Award: a custom camping mug emblazoned with the distance they finished.
The fee below includes initial Registration and a Donation from the event to beneficiaries. Does not include Distance/Category Modifications, or Taxes.
|June 1 – July 31||Aug. 1 – Sept. 10||Sept. 11 – Oct. 6|
|50 & 35-Mile Singletrack Challenge||$150||$170||$190|
|50 & 35-Mile Junior Singletrack Challenge||$80||$100||$120|
|30-Mile Gravel Grinder Fun Ride
& Fun Ride for e-Bikes
|30-Mile Junior Gravel Grinder Fun Ride
& Fun Ride for e-Bikes
|9-Mile Singletrack Fun Ride||$90||$110||$130|
|9-Mile Junior Singletrack Fun Ride||$50||$70||$90|
Event is limited and will fill up early.
Much like dropping in on a steep rocky descent or committing to ride a distance outside of your comfort zone, risk is inherent in our sport.
The act of registering for an Epic Rides event, although not quite as dangerous as riding your bike, presents risks.
Epic Rides takes great pride in the high level of organization and scenic venues our events utilize. In order to assure each event is up to par with Epic Rides expectations it’s critical we make sure nature is cooperating in the effort to avoid unnecessary impacts on both the rider and the trails.
If an act of God or another event beyond our control occurs, what can event participants expect?
- Decisions made by Epic Rides will be based on participant safety & environmental impact. Oftentimes these decisions are in the hands of the landowners or agencies through which our events are permitted.
- If an event is required to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, Epic Rides requires each participant to accept the financial responsibility of their entry fee.
The skinny: Epic Rides does not save any money if you do not participate. Epic Rides needs to pay for all the supplies and services associated with the event, regardless of the outcome. These include (but are not limited to) permits, third-party vendors, transport, administrative expenses, and awards
The COVID EXCEPTION.
COVID Cancellation Policy: As COVID’s presence evolves, Epic Rides is making its best efforts to continue producing mountain bike events safely while avoiding financial insolvency.
Appreciating the number of upfront costs that are incurred prior to an event weekend, if an event is required to cancel due to COVID, registrants will receive the following:
Priority + Discounted Registration into 2024 Tour of the White Mountains
2023 Refund Amount
- 90+ days out – 70% refund
- 60-89 days out – 50% refund
- 30-59 days out – 40% refund
- 29 days or less – 25% credit toward 2023 event
*Refunds and/or credit exclude processing fees and donations
If you feel further conversation is necessary, we welcome your phone call at 520-623-1584.
On-site Rider Transfers & Category/Distance Modifications: $20 change fee*
*Rider is responsible for paying the price difference when changing from a Fun Ride to the 35/50 Mile Ride.
- COVID diagnosis – please provide a doctor’s note or diagnosis
- Unscheduled military service – please provide a copy of your orders
- Debilitating injury or illness – please provide a doctor’s note
- Death of immediate family member – understanding this is a sensitive situation, Epic Rides will work with you; some sort of verification may be requested
Please complete this form to request a transfer to another event or a refund. Transfers and refunds will begin being processed 30 days after event weekend.
*All Transfer or Refund requests must be submitted within two weeks after the event.
Each entry fee includes a $10 donation. Fundraising activities are for T.R.A.C.K.S. and other event beneficiaries.
T.R.A.C.K.S. is successful in promoting, preserving, and protecting multi-use trails throughout Pinetop-Lakeside and the White Mountains. It strives to support and assist the development, maintenance, and improvement of non-motorized trails, and to provide a resource for education, communication, and social interaction designed to enhance the enjoyment of outdoor experiences on the trails.
|9-Mile Singletrack Challenge Fun Ride||30-Mile Gravel Grinder Fun Ride||35-Mile Singletrack Challenge: Male & Female||50-Mile Singletrack Challenge: Male & Female|
|…it’s fun and it’s a challenge!||35-Mile Junior (18 years & under)||50-Mile Junior (18 years & under)|
|35-Mile Singlespeed||50-Mile Singlespeed|
|35-Mile Open (19-44 years)||50-Mile Open (19-44 years)|
|35-Mile Master (45-59 years)||50-Mile Master (45-59 years)|
|35-Mile Distinguished (60 years+)||50-Mile Distinguished (60 years+)|
The Fast Pass is a list of riders who have finished within one hour of the 1st-place rider of their distance, in the last two years of Tour of the White Mountains or any Epic Rides Series event. This is not based on category or gender but based on distance. These riders will be placed in the front corral of the first wave.
If a rider registered after the list was made, the Fast Pass stamp will still appear on their number plate.
In the interest of optimizing your ride experience, distances with 250+ participants will be broken into wave starts. This enhances rider safety while decreasing potential impact to the trails. Ride times are based on gun time and when the participant crosses the finish line. For 2023, only the 35-Mile event will have wave starts. All wave appeals must be submitted by Thursday, August 31st via completing this Wave Appeal Form.
Packet Pick-up: Friday, 12p – 8p, Epic Rides tent
Rider must present a government-issued ID to receive a packet. If you are not able to pickup your packet, a friend or family member can with a copy of your ID (photo on your phone is fine).
Mandatory Pre-Ride Meeting (35- and 50-Mile riders): Friday, 8p, PLAC&S Amphitheatre
Epic Rides will welcome the group and brief riders on important course and event updates, or changes for the following day’s activities (it’s a safety meeting). All riders will be held to the information covered during this meeting, regardless of whether they attend.
So you’re ready to do some cheering and support riders when they need it most? Great, choose either of the three locations below to do some hooting and hollering while supporting friends, family and random riders. Just remember to be respectful of rangers from the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest managed by the Lakeside Ranger District –not to mention volunteers– who are in the area helping with crowd control. And, don’t forget your cowbell!
- Los Burros AID Station: Located at FR224 (Vernon McNary Rd) and Los Burros Trail. From SR260 and Buck Springs Rd in Pinetop, east on SR260 for 5.8 mi to Cady Rd in McNary, Left on Cady Rd/Vernon McNary Rd for 5.2 mi to aid station.
- Pioneer AID Station: Located at FR5 and Land of the Pioneers trail head. From SR260 and Buck Springs Rd in Pinetop, east on SR260 for 5.8 mi to Cady Rd in McNary, Left on Cady Rd/Vernon McNary Rd for 13.6 mi to FR5. Left on FR5 0.6 mi to aid station.
- Four Springs AID Station: Located at FR267 and Four Springs Trail. From SR260 and Buck Springs Rd in Pinetop, east on SR260 for 5.8 mi to Cady Rd in McNary, Left on Cady Rd/Vernon McNary Rd for 8.5 mi to FR267. Left on FR267 2.2 mi to aid station.
2019 Dedication Nick Lund – The Engine Behind the White Mountains Trail System
The 24th Annual Tour of the White Mountains is dedicated to local trails hero, Nick Lund. For 11 years Lund served as not only the Event Manager for the Tour of the White Mountains but also as the President of TRACKS, the local trails group responsible for all the incredible singletrack featured in the Tour.
Before moving to the Pinetop-Lakeside area, Lund had a long and successful career in higher education, earning his Doctorate while being recognized as one of the founding faculty members of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He also had a decade-long stint in the corporate world as a business manager in Southern California. Although Lund had a mountain bike and would go for rides on the beach when he lived in Florida and on dirt roads along the Colorado River when he lived in Yuma, Arizona, trails didn’t enter Lund’s life until he and his wife retired and moved to Pinetop-Lakeside in 2005.
“My wife and I wanted to get back to the mountains, and we fell in love with the beauty of Northeast Arizona,” said Lund. “Shortly after arriving, I met a retired Grand Canyon ranger named Doug Brown and biked with him a lot. At the time Doug was the president of TRACKS, and after a couple of years, we got to know each other well. One day he told me he was leaving as president and that I should take over.”
The opportunity appealed to Lund, so he applied and got the job. TRACKS is a powerful volunteer organization that gives back thousands of hours per year to the trails, and during Lund’s decade-plus tenure at the helm of TRACKS, the organization went from 130 members to now more than 550 members. TRACKS members cover a spectrum of outdoor recreation from hikers and mountain bikers to equestrians, cross country skiers and folks who just like to work on trails.
Thanks to TRACKS and its valuable partnership with the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, the
White Mountains Trail Network boasts more than 200 miles of trail running from Show Low, through Pinetop-Lakeside and out to Vernon.
During his tenure as President, Lund was also the Event Manager for the Tour. Thanks to the efforts of TRACKS and Lund, the Tour has become so popular it now fills to capacity each season. The success of the event is a combination of a warm, welcoming and passionate community and high-quality singletrack routes that keep people coming back every October.
“It was a great move for Todd Sadow to put someone local in the lead position for the event,” said Lund. “My connections to all the locals helped the event succeed, as we got more than 100 residents to volunteer at the event.”
Locals do everything from marking the routes to running the aid stations. Even the children of local volunteers participate, riding in the event. The Tour gives locals something to take pride in, an asset that brings the community together each October.
One of Lund’s proudest achievements during his tenure at TRACKS was the Emergency Responder project. This project helped simplify locating an injured rider on the trail network. Previously Navajo County Sheriff’s Auxiliary had to search hours to make a rescue and had to send multiple responders, but thanks to a grant funded by Arizona Game and Fish, Lund and TRACKS developed a labeled white diamond marker system along with GPS coordinates, so when an emergency call came in, responders could locate exactly where the person was. Since project completion, all rescues have been 45 minutes or less and involve one responder.
Lund recently stepped back from the event manager position for the Tour and the lead role at
TRACKS, but he still helps out, processing all TRACKS member applications and maintaining the database.
Although he’s taken a step back, Lund is still getting after it, recently celebrating his 77th birthday with a 22-mile mountain bike ride. We couldn’t think of a more fitting dedication recipient for the Tour than Nick Lund.
For the benefit of
T.R.A.C.K.S is dedicated to using, promoting, preserving, and protecting multi-use trails throughout Pinetop-Lakeside and the White Mountains. It strives to support and assist the development, maintenance, and improvement of non-motorized trails, and to provide a resource for education, communication, and social interaction designed to enhance the enjoyment of outdoor experiences on the trails.
Established in 2003, the Nature Center is a tax-exempt, nonprofit educational organization. Located on 10 acres in Lakeside next to the Big Springs Environmental Study Area, it includes 5 acres leased from the Town of Pinetop-Lakeside on its Mountain Meadow Recreation Complex. It is a valuable resource for sponsors and donors to exhibit goodwill and concern about the future of our natural resources.
The Nature Center seeks to connect people through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation, and open space preservation in the White Mountains of Arizona.
The Arizona Cycling Association is a non-profit youth development organization, building strong mind, body, and character, guided by the principals of inclusivism and equality. The league promotes interscholastic mountain bike racing, provides training and education to new teams and coaches, and offers a comprehensive infrastructure to grow youth cycling in a professional, safe and engaging manner.
SARCI is a non-profit corporation that coordinates six all-volunteer local search and rescue groups serving Tucson, Pima County, and Southern Arizona. Through SARCI the skills of these six teams are combined into a unified, professional resource available to local law enforcement and emergency service agencies primarily in Pima County, but also available upon request to participate in SAR missions throughout the United States and the Republic of Mexico.
SARCI members are highly trained search and rescue volunteers who donate thousands of hours of time to missions including wilderness searches, technical rescues, cave rescues, equestrian rescues, water rescues and recoveries and search dog operations, as well as continuous ongoing training.
Our wonderful volunteers will staff 3 Aid Stations and 1 Water Point throughout the weekend:
- Los Burros Aid Station (50 & 35-miles)
- Land of the Pioneers Aid Station (50 miles only)
- Four Springs Aid Station (50 & 30-miles)
- Country Club Water Point (9-miles only)
- 9-Mile Singletrack Fun Ride: Country Club Aid Station
- 30-Mile Gravel Grinder Fun Ride: Four Springs Aid Station
- 35-Mile Singletrack: Los Burros (twice)
- 50-Mile Singletrack:
- Los Burros (twice)
- Land of the Pioneers Aid Station
- Four Springs Aid Station
Aid Station Fare
Each Aid station on the course is equipped with Hammer Nutrition products (incl. Hammer gel, Heed, endurolites, and Hammer bars) and cookies, pretzels, oranges, and yes, pickles.
If a rider prefers a different hydration mix, we encourage them to bring their own and mix with the water provided on the route.
Each aid station is roughly 10 miles apart. Please plan to start the event with a full hydration pack and plenty of food to get to Aid 1.
And remember, always thank the volunteers
Participants may receive “hand-ups” from their support crews at the following locations:
- Los Burros Aid Station
- Four Springs Aid Station
In order to ensure riders return to the finish before course support (Medical, Traffic, Police, Comm, Volunteers) ends at 3:00 pm, the following cutoffs have been established:
- 50-Mile Singletrack Challenge
- 50-Mile riders arriving after 11:00 am at the intersection of the Los Burros Trail and Vernon McNary Rd will be re-routed and considered a DNF.
- 50-Mile riders arriving after 12:45 pm at the Four Springs Aid Station will be re-routed and considered a DNF.
- 50-Mile riders arriving after 1:30 pm at the Los Burros Aid Station will be re-routed and considered a DNF.
- 35-Mile Singletrack Challenge
- 35-Mile riders arriving after 1:30 pm at the Los Burros Aid Station will be re-routed and considered a DNF.
- 30-Mile Gravel Grinder
- 30-Mile riders arriving after 12:45 pm at the Four Springs Aid Station will be considered a DNF.
Riders cut off by the race director will be considered a DNF (Did Not Finish), along with DNFs due to medical issues and mechanical failures. DNF riders may receive 50% Off on the following year’s Tour of the White Mountains registration as a start line redemption opportunity.
All DNF riders are required to report to the Epic Rides tent to notify an Epic Rides crew member that they are no longer on the course.
The 35- and 50-Mile Singletrack Challenges are finished at 3:00p on Saturday and all course support will be closed at that time.
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Come join the fun!
Volunteering at an Epic Rides event is often times more fun than riding the event itself!
Opportunities include anything from Goodie Bag stuffing in the weeks prior to the event to jumping into the action on ride weekend as a course marshal, exchange tent facilitator or finish line ambassador.
As a small token of gratitude, all Volunteers will receive:
- An Official Event Volunteer T-shirt
- Event Goodie Bag full of samples
- $40 off a future Whiskey Off-Road or Tour of the White Mountains
- 15% off Epic Rides retail sold at the event
- Endless appreciation from the Epic Rides crew -and the entire mountain bike community.
Volunteer signups open on July 10th
All volunteers should be prepared to spend quality time in the outdoors. Please remember to bring proper clothing, food & water, sunscreen, and an open mind. Everyone tends to agree; participating in an Epic Rides event at any level provides memories that last a lifetime!
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Epic Rides Staff & the ever-loving mountain bike community!
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At an elevation of 6,800 feet, Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by the natural beauty of the White Mountains, the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest, and the Fort Apache Reservation. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing are popular recreational activities; camping and picnic facilities are provided throughout the area, and the White Mountain Trail system provides over 180 miles of developed multi-use trails.
Here, sunny skies and four classic seasons enhance a variety of activities. In winter, visitors can enjoy sledding or tobogganing, snowboarding, ice fishing, and, of course, world-class downhill and cross-country skiing at the nearby Sunrise Park Resort. Miles of groomed trails and first-rate facilities draw enthusiasts from around the world.
In summer, with stubborn patches of gleaming snow still clinging to her summits, the White Mountains offer visitors a variety of scenic attractions and an unlimited array of outdoor activities. Some 50 alpine lakes and 800 miles of cold, crystal clear rivers and springs draw visitors throughout the season to this mountain playground.
While Pinetop-Lakeside is renowned for its outdoor activities, Pinetop-Lakeside has a diverse selection of eateries and shops to enjoy after a long day on the trails.
Whether you’re enjoying the comfort of Buck Springs Resort or enjoying the great outdoors with your campsite at Pinetop Lakes Activity Center & Stables, Pinetop-Lakeside is able to fit your every need for your weekend adventure.
Finisher’s Award – 9, 30, 35 & 35 Miles
Every Tour of the White Mountains finisher receives an official Tour Camping Mug, each one specific to the distance the rider completed.
Plan to sit around the campfire sipping on your favorite post-ride beverage or morning brew with your new favorite mug.
35 & 50 Top Finishers
Those who complete their course fast enough to finish in the top five will receive a custom, locally-sourced, carved bear.
All categories will receive product from industry sponsors in addition to the customized awards.
All Tour of the White Mountains Results are live and typically appear within 5 minutes after the participant crosses the finish line.
If you have any questions or wish to appeal your results, please email us with as much information as possible including Rider Name, Rider Number, Distance, DOB, Estimated Finish Time, and GPS file if available.
Two weeks after the event, results are etched in stone (no, really –we have a guy with a hammer and chisel…) Kidding aside: please bring any concerns to us immediately (again, email is best), and we will address them expeditiously.