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Short track MTB Racing comes to McNeil Ranch at Peaceful Valley! 2023 is the first year of MGST, a fast and furious short track mountain bike course that circles the center of the Mad Gravel HQ for perfect spectating opportunities. Some of these trails have been reincarnated from days of the past, and some are new ones built by our own team with the help of the great folks at Scout Ranch.  The course is currently set to be a 5.2 mile lap race. This year will have 4 categories (A,B,C and Juniors) . The start/finish area will be right under the huge dining hall where the crowd will be cheering you on. MGST will be the second competitive race on Saturday of the Mad Gravel weekend.

What to Expect

Set right in the heart of Peaceful Valley Ranch, this courses surrounds the Mad Gravel headquarters with a nice mix of double track and single track.  The start/finish will be based right in front of the indoor/outdoor dining hall overlooking the giant open range of Elbert County.

  • Post Race support
  • Medical support
  • Professional Timing
  • Post Race awards
  • Plenty o’ food and drink and provided by our sponsors
  • Custom swag

Pricing: Adults – $35, Juniors (18 and under) – $25

Course 411: The course will be marked at all critical intersections the day before the race. Pre-riding prior to the Mad Gravel weekend will not be allowed as the McNeil Ranch is private. There will be an opportunity to ride the course all of Memorial Day weekend though as long as it does not interfere with other events. If scouting it out on race day while active racers are on course, please maintain a 200 foot following distance.


Spectating: You name it. Peaceful Valley Ranch has viewing opportunities all around the property. But we can’t oversell the venue headquarters enough. It will be the place to be.


Number Plates: This is a lap timed event. All racers will have a number plate with chip.


Results: Posted at the conclusion of your race and online the following day.

**MGST will be a sanctioned USA Cycling event in 2023.**


Race Rules

  • Rule 1: You will smile no matter the pain.
  • Rule 2: Yes, you must wear a helmet and have adequate eye protection.
  • Rule 3: Be nice to the land, it never did anything to you.3A: DON’T LITTER.3B: Stick to the trail. Course cutting could be as simple as creating a new line on a switchback. Please don’t do it.
  • Rule 4: No headphones. Sing to yourself.
  • Rule 5: If you don’t thank a volunteer, you will be publicly shamed.
  • Rule 6: This is mountain biking. Please, please, please be considerate of other racers whether you are in front being a superhero, or in back preparing to vomit. We all know this, but the occasional reminder never hurts.

Racers will race 15 or 20 minutes depending on category.  Awards ceremony will follow each race. Remember, your age will be calculated as RACE AGE, which is the age you will be on 12/31/2023.

USA Cycling

MGST is a USA Cycling sanctioned event and a license is required. Have no fear though, if you don’t have a license, you can purchase a one-day license.

A juniors annual license is $40 in 2023. An adult license is $110. If you decide to purchase an annual license, use code RATTLER23 when you check out and you will get a $25 discount!



Refund Policy

Mad Gravel does not offer refunds. We completely understand that unfortunate circumstances happen, but we plan this event way in advance from a cost and resource allocation perspective, and the financial and administrative burden is high. On the plus side, Mad Gravel does offer transfers and deferrals. If you would like to transfer your entry to another rider, no problem. Just drop us a line and we can get it taken care of for you at no charge. The same goes for deferrals. We realize schedules change, life events happen, and injuries can surprise us. We will happily defer your entry fee to next year. Again, no charge, but you must let us know prior to race day.

This schedule is subject to change based on participant numbers, but the first race will definitely start at 3:00PM.


CAT C MEN 3:00pm 20 Minutes
CAT B MEN 3:30pm 20 Minutes
WOMEN (ALL CATEGORIES) 4:00pm 20 Minutes
JUNIORS 14 and UNDER MEN 4:30pm 12 Minutes
JUNIORS 15-18 MEN 4:45pm 12 Minutes
JUNIORS 18 and UNDER WOMEN 5:15pm 12 Minutes
CAT A MEN 5:45pm 20 Minutes
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