About the race


Featuring a couple different courses for mountain bike racers of different abilities, the White Tank Grinder is a showcase of desert diversity. Aggressive ascents and descents, grinding it out on the flats, rocks, water, sand, mud, and roller coaster trail sections are all part of the fun of this challenging course. 

Racers will come from around the Valley, Arizona and across the country to share in the experience of racing and supporting the trails. You see, the White Tank Grinder isn’t just a great race, it’s an opportunity to support development of an organization committed to “Inspire all the natural and cultural resources of the White Tank Mountains.”  

Proceeds from the White Tanks Grinder support the White Tank Mountains Conservancy a nonprofit organization which strives to provide sustainable financial support to the White Tank Mountain area. 

Besides being a challenging, exciting, fun race, why does the White Tank Grinder exist? To pour every dollar of race revenue into efforts that will ensure the sustainability of the rugged and scenic terrain to enjoy.   




race features


The race features numerous short, steep, rocky climbs and descents…some of which will require you to dismount and hike. There are two (2) loops of varying distance, and challenge  Expert/Sport and Beginner. 

Medals will be given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category.

This is a mountain bike race. Pick a category/distance that best suit your abilities.  

Event Categories



The White Tanks Grinder race features a wave start based on rider category beginning at 8:00 a.m. There will be multiple aid stations along the long course stocked with water, sports drinks, and HAMMER Nutrition Products.


Racers and volunteers will enjoy a free entry into the After-Party and Award Ceremonies event from 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


The After-Party will include refreshments and live music. All racers, their fans, friends and family are encouraged to join us at Verrado’s Village Green for the After-Party and Awards Presentation.  

6:00 a.m. – 7:45 a.m. 

Racer check-in at the start, Lost Creek Trailhead, Verrado, AZ. From North Verrado Way take West Lost Creek Dr. W to trailhead.  


8:00 a.m.

Race start – categories will start in waves by ability. 

9:30 a.m.

First Beginner category racer expected at finish line.


12:00 p.m. 

Free Kids Race (ages 6-10) Event held at the Village Green on Main in Verrado.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

White Tank Grinder After-Party and Awards Ceremony.  

Course Maps

Expert/Sport Loop


Note: Registration and Packet Pickup at 

Lost Creek Trailhead - Lost Creek Drive W., Verrado, AZ.

Click below for Google Trail Map

Expert/Sport Loop Map

Beginner Loop


Note: Registration and Packet Pickup at Lost Creek Trailhead - Lost Creek Drive W., Verrado, AZ.

Click below for Google Trail Map

Beginner Loop Map

Race registration fees


Juniors (13-14) $15.00 November 20, 2019 to February 20, 2019. 

Price increases to $20.00 on February 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST. 

Adults (15+) $55.00 November 20, 2019 to February 20, 2019. 

Price increases to $75.00 on February 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm MST.

All registrants will receive a race t-shirt and the pride that goes with knowing you are supporting the mission of the White Tank Mountains Conservancy. Participants have the option of making an additional tax-deductible donation to support the White Tank Mountains Conservancy during registration. 

Click the Register Today button to register online.

Online registration ends February 22, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. 

Participant Waiver Agreement

the finish line, awards and post-race party


Get your party on MTB-style at Verrado’s Village Green. 

The After-Party will include refreshments, free entry to the beer garden, and live music.

Food trucks, vendor booths, corn hole and more!

2018 White Tank Grinder Race Results

Free kids race

This free kids race is perfect for those kids that don’t have experience on the trails. Kids will race around the Village Green where they’ll finish in front of the main stage at the White Tank Grinder After Party.


Kids Race Start: 12:00 p.m. in front of main stage. Arrive early!


Register day of event at the Village Green. 

Race categories for Balance Bike riders – 10 year olds. 

· Balance Bike Riders 

· 4 – 6 

· 7 – 8 

· 9 – 10 

· Awards for 1st – 3rd Place. 

· All participants will receive a medal at the race finish. 

· Limited quantity of Demo Strider Bikes are available. 

· Helmets are required.  

feed zones


In addition to water and nutrition provided by the race, riders can also have support teams meet them at the designated “Feed Zones”. 

Location of the Feed Zone will be at the start/finish area.

verrado weather

white tank mountains conservancy


White Tank Mountain Conservancy is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting, promoting, developing, and maintaining one of Arizona’s most scenic and rugged natural resources. The race strives to provide sustainable financial support to the organization’s efforts.