Coconino Stage Bikepack


We will be meeting on Friday, October 5-8, 2018 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.


30 responses to “Coconino Stage Bikepack

  1. I am interested in this event, what time frame should I plan for on the ride, I was thinking 5 – 6 days, not sure?
    Thanks, Steve H.

  2. I plan on doing this one this year. It will be my first self supported bike “race.” Just curious, do the riders usually group together along the route?

    Bob Horn

    • This is a self supported race with designated stopping points each night. Once you reach the designated camping spot for the night your time effectively stops until the following morning.

      • Thanks for the reply Jason. I noticed you have done this one in the past? Any suggestions for someone like me that has never done one of these before? I would love to hear about your experience and things you would have done differently in the past.

      • Jason hanson

        This was the first Bikepacking event I ever did as well. In the scheme of things it’s not super difficult but there are definitely some challenges. Day 1 is pretty simple and depending on your pace should be done in time for an amazing sunset. The kind of stuff that takes your breath away. Day two is a longish day with a ridiculous hike a bike section up Mingus to top it off. If you can make it to the top in the light it’s an amazing view from the hand glider platforms. Make sure you supply heavily in Cottonwood before making it up Mingus because that resuoply will have to last you till Williams. Day three is another pretty demanding day. No resuoply till the end of the day in Williams. There will be an opportunity to filter water out of the river but no food. At the end of Day three another huge hike a bike section uo Bill Williams mountain. A lot of people get a hotel in Williams on night three. Day four isn’t horrible. Nothing over challenging but it sort of wears on you being the fourth day in the trail.

  3. Any changes to the cues or gpx for this year?

  4. Post below here if you are planning on doing the Coco 250 this year.

  5. anyone want to carpool from tucson?

  6. Tried to download the cues, returned an error message. Any help?

    • What error are you seeing? I get the directory list when I click on it and then the cues are in an XLS file.

      • It could be because I’m on mobile. I can reach the index, but the 2013 cues v2 loads an error message page. Not a huge issue, I’ll try on my computer when I have a chance. Thx Scott.

      • Ah yes you probably don’t have an app that can handle a spreadsheet. You could install one or just use a computer.

  7. The trackleaders links need to be updated to 2018 versions. I will post here when the 2018 registration is available.

    Also, Chris thanks for the reminder on Broken Arrow. That does need an update.

  8. Im coming to do this!

  9. Coming from Anchorage AK – landing in Phoenix Thursday morning at 8:30am (oct 4) and leaving Monday from Phoenix at 4pm. Planning on doing this as quickly as possible, for sure to be done by Sun evening if possible. Anybody riding to and from Phoenix around that time that wants to share a car? Also, where can I sleep in Flagstaff Thurs and Sun nights for cheap? Thanks!

  10. 2018 tracking registration link is live, also a new 2018 GPX file with the corrected Broken Arrow route on it.

    • Cheers Scott, it may be operator error but when I uploaded the 2018 track to my Garmin etrex 30 it only had the track to just past Perkinsville. So I uploaded the simplified track and it looks like the whole thing is there. It could be a problem on my end though as the AZ T300 track ended just shy of Molino basin for me this year

  11. I’m in

  12. I’m in for ITT. I’ll start Friday afternoon, a few hours after the stage race.

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