Coconino Stage Bikepack


We will be meeting on Friday, October 22, 2021 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 (2021 link to come about one month prior to start):

The forum:

GPX: GPS and Cue Sheets can all be found here.  The file CLR21_v2_10k_simplified.gpx is the latest version of the route. The 2013 files are current for the cue sheets and waypoints.  There’s also a bypass route for 2021 on Bill Willams.  Climb the road, descend the trail (trail is closed for logging).

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.

29 responses to “Coconino Stage Bikepack

  1. The 250 looking good for this fall. Williams Mtn is open for business, and sycamore rim trail just reopened following the fire closure.

  2. No sign up for this one? We just show up ready to party?

  3. I bet they’ll have a sign up as dates get closer. Also, sounds like they’re ramping up the thinning on Bill Williams Mountain which likely means the Benham trail will be closed around race time.

  4. Post up here if you plan on attending. I will not be making it for the 2021 edition.

  5. I rode by there the other day and looks like Benham trail is closed but the road is open to the top of Bill Williams mtn. I double checked the order here:
    It appears FR-111 and Bill Williams Trail No 21 are still open. So it appears a modified version would be possible over the mountain.

  6. I believe I am in for this year, is this where the latest updates will be posted?

  7. I think I’m gong to ITT a through ride, on the 15-17th.

    • Hey Justin are you skipping BW mountain or going up the road? I’m doing an ITT also probably on 10/22

      • Hi Andrew and Dylan,

        Looks like you both are singed up for this year’s, but doing a modified route. How big are your tires?

        Also if I’m able to make it, I’d need to find a safe place to leave my camper van in Flagstaff, any recommendations?

      • I’m running 2.3 rekon on front and 2.3 rekon race on back. These have served me well over mixed terrain.

      • I’m running 2.4 Ardents front and back. Not really out of any grand plan other than what I have on currently. Great fast trail tire.

    • How did it go Justin?

  8. I am trying to get in touch with the organizer of the Coconino event.
    My email address is and phone number is 541-749-0443

  9. Sounds like we the road climb up Bill Williams should be in, but not the singletrack.

    Here is the 2021 tracking registration:

    Anyone that wants a rental, please sign up ASAP, no later than 10/16.

  10. Why is the Bill Williams singletrack not in? Is the Ridewithgps gps track the correct course, cause that’s what I was gonna use. Thanks!

  11. Per comments here the singletrack is closed for thinning.

    What RWGPS link do you have? The track in general needs an update so I am looking for someone that rode it recently and has a fresh trace. If anyone has that they’d be willing to share, please email me at


  12. Hey folks! I was planning on riding this weekend but haven’t seen much confirmation if the 250 is a go. Anyone have any beta as to whether it’s happening or not? And just to throw it out there, anyone planning on driving up from Prescott I could hitch a ride with? Gas $ and good times for the trade

    • Hi Josh. I’ll be riding it with a modified route up Bill Williams mountain. I’m doing ITT but will be departing on 10/22 at 7am from The Place. I took the track and modified to go up the road on BW mountain here is the link:

      The track leaders signup is above in Scott’s post

      • Hey Dylan,
        Thanks for the updated route. I’m actually going to be doing a slightly different route as well as I have some stuff going on Monday that I have to be back for. Planning on riding the route until Sunday morning when we drop off of Mingus and then riding back to Prescott that day. Should be a good weekend for it!

  13. Hey folks,

    So is there a grand depart or not on the 22nd? Also I’m a bit confused about the “stop stages” locations. What are the first two stops called? Finally, are we using this route?

    I’d be driving from Oregon and would love to do this ride, looks pretty fun! Any tips would be highly appreciated

  14. Abdullah: there’s a grand depart as long as someone shows up. The ITT option is always available and that seems to be what most people are talking about here. I’m hoping to have an improved track available for this year.

  15. I just gave the track a once over at it looks good still. The only area in question is the final few miles into Flagstaff which may need a reroute.

    The stage stop locations are highlighted in the cue sheets and also have waypoints that are available on this page. The RWGPS link does not have the stage stops labeled.

  16. There is a new GPX file: “2021 v2” available in the GPX directory linked above. It has a few small tweaks to the finish of the race going into Flagstaff. That’s now the recommended route.

    I also included the 2021 bypass going up the road climb to Bill Williams, which is the way to go this year.

    The waypoints and cues haven’t changed. So the 2013 files are current.

  17. Thanks Scott, looking forward to it!

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