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 three (3) 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.  


The White Tanks Grinder race features a wave start based on rider category beginning at 8:30 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. – 7:15 a.m. 

Racer check-in at the start, Village Green, Verrado, AZ


7:30 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. 

Final racer projected to finish!

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

White Tank Grinder After-Party and Awards Ceremony.  


Course maps will be available prior to race day.

Race registration fees

Juniors (13-14) $15.00 November 1, 2017 to February 20, 2018. 

Price increases to $20.00 on February 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm MST. 

Adults (15+) $55.00 November 1, 2017 to February 19, 20, 2018. 

Price increases to $75.00 on February 20, 2018 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 24, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. 

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!

Free kids race

Get the little ones involved! Free Kids Race  specially designed course made with the little ones in mind. Cheer for your favorite rider and welcome them to the finish line in front of the main stage at the White Tank Grinder party at Verrado’s Village Green.


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 two designated “Feed Zones”. 

Location of the Feed Zones will be provided later.

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.