Coconino Stage Bikepack


We will be meeting on Friday, October 16-19, 2020 at 7:00am in Flagstaff, downtown at ‘The Place’ (21 S Milton Rd). We eat a big greasy breakfast, chat a bit and then we ride! The actual starting time for the first stage (and every stage) is open-ended.

The 250-mile route has about 40-50% singletrack, some of which is pretty darn technical, and about 33k of climbing. The route is: Flagstaff-Sedona-Mingus Mountain-Williams-Flagstaff. Those that have never ridden in this area, you are in for a treat!

Live tracking link will be on:

Carrying a SPOT tracker is optional. You can add your own SPOT to the tracking map, or rent a spot from at the following link:

The forum:

GPX: GPS and Cue Sheets can all be found here.  The file CLR18_v1_10k_simplified.gpx is the latest version of the route. The 2013 files are current for the cue sheets and waypoints.

For help uploading the track to your GPS see TopoFusion’s uploading tutorial.

Please note: it is very important that you upload both the GPS track (line) AND the waypoint file. The waypoints define where stages start and end, as well as help everyone regroup at the end of each stage. route description

Self Supported Stage Bikepacking

The Coconino 250 is a self supported stage bikepack. The usual rules for self-supported bikepacking apply (see AZT 300, CTR for examples), with one exception: there are locations on the route where stopping is allowed and as long as you are there, the ride clock is not ticking.

This makes the event into a quasi-stage ride. Riders may ride from one stopping location to another, then rest the night before the next ‘stage.’ However, stopping is not required at any of the points. The option of a non-stop ride is still open.

There are 4 stages, with 3 “stage stop” locations. The first two are camp sites, with no water or other services available (but fantastic views!). The third is the town of Williams, where most racers opt to share motel rooms. You can also camp on nearby national forest, if desired.

Each rider’s time will be computed as = the total time on course minus the total time spent in designated stopping locations. Because of this it is important that you carefully log your time in and time out. Bring a piece of paper to do this, and if you can collect a GPS track for backup, even better.

The idea is to promote camaraderie, lessen the physical ‘impact’ on participants, and also experiment with a new format.

The stage stops are marked as waypoints in the course GPX file and also denoted in RED on the cue sheets.


You can drool over some pictures on Scott’s website:

Please use the signup form below, and post in the forum if you plan on attending.


Comments, suggestions, heckling can all be made below. Or on the forum.

47 responses to “Coconino Stage Bikepack

  1. Tyrel Thor Fenwick

    I will be joining in this year.

  2. Billy McMillen

    Word:) See you at Pinions and Pines!

  3. Travis Stevens

    Two Ohioans coming! My girlfriend Betsy and I will be coming this year. First time for us in the area and first time for us bikepacking in the west.

  4. Hey all, hoping to come do this race this fall from Alaska. Might be picking up a Van to drive back up so…..will be looking for 4 or 5 days of parking in Flag. Any recommendations? Anyone local doing the race willing to let me park at their home? I’m nice, will buy beer. Any help you all can provide would be appreciated

  5. Chase C Rosenberg

    Hoo Yaa…. excited for the ride
    , the people, and a new challenge. See you all in Oct.

  6. Is there a registration link for 2019 yet? Flying from AK with maybe one or two others.

  7. Will the trackleaders link be refreshed for 2019?

  8. Yep, we’ll have a new Trackleaders map. Registration link is available:

    Map will come in a couple weeks.

    I would recommend a full-suspension — plenty of good old AZ chunk on this loop.

  9. Thinking serious thoughts about giving it a try
    It starts on my B-day! I’ll be 64. Isn’t there a song about that?
    I will be coming out from under the ferns and redwoods of Mendocino with a friend, and It will be our first bikepack adventure.

  10. Where is a good place to park in Flagstaff for four days?

  11. I’m in. Riding single speed. Any other SSers out there?

    • good for you. Did this SS a few years ago with my wife. The climb up Mingus is going to hurt – but that is true even with gears. For me the worst part was the last day. Lots of spinning on flatish dirt roads. Just gotta go to your happy place and spin it out.
      wanted to give it another try this year, but scheduling didn’t work out.

  12. I plan on attending the ride also

  13. Forecast is looking good, though chilly further into the weekend.

  14. I’m into it! I’ll be flagstaff Tuesday or Wednesday looking for a place to leave my van for the event. Any ideas?

  15. Thor has been kind enough to receive the rental trackers. He will have them for the three others renting one. Thanks.

  16. Hey people, I will be heading up to flag early afternoon Thursday and will be hitting rei for my yearly tithe. Hit me up via email to connect to pick up trackers early or meet at the place Friday morning. I am a early riser and will be there at opening time (5ish?)

  17. I’m planning on an ITT thru-ride attempt starting Saturday morning. Hoping to finnish before sunset on Sunday. Minimal sleep Maximal effort!

  18. Waiting on ups…

  19. Looks like UPS did not deliver spot trackers for the race.

  20. I put together a guide for the race. You can find it here,

  21. Pingback: Coconino 250 Journal – One of Seven Project

  22. Super stoked for 2020 coco, how many are doing it this year?

  23. My interest is peaked. My birthday is in October, can I get a handicap of 24 hrs.?

  24. FYI- Bill Williams Mtn is currently closed and will almost certainly still be closed on event weekend.

  25. Above, for gpx, it states “CLR18_v1_10k_simplified.gpx is the latest version of the route”, but, when opening that file in garmin connect it only shows me from Flag to just past Cottonwood. I found a full version of the gpx route on Trailforks. Can anyone point me to the version that’ll be used for 2020?

  26. Is there going to be a revised (2020) trackleaders signup or is the 19 link from above good to use? Also, is there going to be a revised track available given the BW closure noted above?

    • guessing with Williams mtn. being closed you’d just ride straight into Williams and follow the track once you leave town

      • I’m not familiar with the area, but yeah looking at the track in topofusion it looks like there aren’t any other options really than just continue straight into town. Thx.

  27. Hey everyone, the 2020 trackleaders signup is ready:

    Map is also up:

    I’m riding this year! Can’t wait to ride the route once again, and be an “SM” dot out there riding and suffering. This is such a good route–scenic and super fun to ride.

    I believe the only option for skipping Bill Williams is obvious as stated above — just keep going on the road you’re already on. Many people figure it out organically during the route, anyway, looking to shortcut the route.

    Steven Spicka – are you sure you got the 10k simplified version? If it’s getting truncated it may be that you have the higher resolution version. That is still the route as I don’t know of any changes/updates.

  28. Thanks Scott! Will be good to see you again. Looking forward too seeing you out there.

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