Cactus Hugger

Cactus Hugger

Hurricane, UT
April 24, 2021

One of the Most Scenic Desert Courses

The race will utilize much of the well renowned Jem Trail, which is a rider favorite in Utah for its fast, flowing nature, as well as sections of the Cryptobiotic and Hurricane Cliffs trails all linked together with some sections of BLM dirt road for an 8.5 mile lap of ripping terrain.

Our policies and procedures are being updated. Below are a few changes you will need to adhere to on race day.

  • We plan to adhere to all state and local guidelines for mass gathering numbers. We are also flexible and willing to adhere to any regulations that each venue may have.
  • All racers are encouraged to bring their own hydration.  We will have hydration available, but no self serve.
  • We plan to do starts according to categories. we will create a start time by wave and category specifically for each racer.
  • We will separate the starts for each category 2-3 minutes apart to reduce traffic on trails and reduce grouping and passing. Staging will be marked so racers stay separated before taking off.  We will also separate the two waves by  2 hours.  More if necessary.  We are also starting races earlier depending on the venue to manage racers more efficiently.
  • No on-site registration at all (just numbers pick up).  Online registration will close the Thursday prior to the race at 2 pm MST.
  • After finishing, racers are encouraged to cool down and return to their vehicles while awaiting results and protests.  Protest period will be 20 minutes.
  • All racers will need access to a personal device to download and activate the QR code to track results on their private devices. All results and protests will go through the QR code/google documents.
  • Final winners can pick up medals and prizes at the Main information Tent.  No podium.
  • Masks are required for all personal interactions.
  • No questions asked cancellation policy. If you don’t feel well, please stay home and we will refund up until race day.

Tips for pre-riding the course

Access the course from the Sheep Bridge side. Head up like you’re going to Zion, then turn off in Virgin on Sheep Bridge road and proceed to the course.

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Venue: JEM Trail System
Address: Hurricane, Utah
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Lap Distance
8.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

Race Results Now Available

Course Map

Race Info


Advanced Registration: Ends on April 20th at 11 pm

Elite Men and Women - $55
Other Adult - $4<0br> Junior Men and Women - $40
Shredders & Lil Shredders - $20

Late Registration: Ends on April 22nd at 2 pm

Elite Men and Women - $65
Other Adult - $60
Junior Men and Women - $50
Shredders & Lil Shredders - $30

Friday, April 23, 2021: Late Registration and Packet Pick-Up

4:00pm to 7:00pm
Red Rock Bicycle Co.
Corner of 100 S and Bluff St.
St. George, UT

**The race starts early, If possible, please pick your packet up on Friday.**

Saturday, April 24, 2021

1st Wave - 6:00 am to 7:00 am

2nd Wave - 8:00-9:00 AM
Race Start Line, St. George, Utah

If you have raced an I-Cup race in 2020, remember to bring your race plate to avoid the $15 replacement plate charge.

Packet pick-up on race morning will be right next to the starting line.

Start Time / Distance

Wave 1

Start Time Category Lap(s) Distance*
7:15 a.m. Lil' Shredders (9 and Under) 1-2 3-5 miles
7:17 a.m. Shredder Boys (Up to 12) 1-2 ~3-5 miles
7:30 a.m. Shredder Girls (Up to 12) 1-2 ~3-5 miles
7:32 a.m. JV Boys 2 16 miles
7:34 a.m. Fresh/Soph Boys 2 16 miles
7:36 a.m. JV Girls 2 16 miles
Novice Men 2 16 miles
7:40 a.m. Fresh/Soph Girls 2 16 miles
7:42 a.m. Sport Women Open 2 16 miles
7:44 a.m. Sport Women 40+ 2 16 miles
7:46 a.m. JH Boys 1 8 miles
7:48 a.m. JH Girls 1 8 miles
7:50 a.m. Novice Women 1 8 miles

Wave 2

Start Time Category Lap(s) Distance*
9:15 a.m. Elite Men 4 32 miles
9:17 a.m. Varsity Boys 3 24 miles
9:19 a.m. Expert Men (Open) 3 24 miles
9:21 a.m. Expert Men (40-49) 3 24 miles
9:23 a.m. Elite Women 3 24 miles
9:25 a.m. Singlespeed 3 24 miles
9:27 a.m. Varsity Girls 3 24 miles
9:29 a.m. Expert Men (50-59) 3 24 miles
9:31 a.m. Expert Women Open 3 24 miles
9:33 a.m. Expert Women 40+ 3 24 miles
9:35 a.m. Expert Men (60+) 2 16 miles
9:37 a.m. Sport Men Open 2 16 miles
9:39 a.m. Sport Men (35-49) 2 16 miles
9:41 a.m. Sport Men (50+) 2 16 miles
*Lap distance subject to change.
**If there are less than 10 racers in each category, categories may be combined.

Race Day

Race Day Schedule

Time Event
6-7 am 1st Wave Check In, Registration, Packet Pickup
7:15 am 1st Wave Races Start
(See the "start/distances" tab for specific category time)
8-9 am 2nd Wave Check In, Registration, Packet Pickup
9:15 am 2nd Wave Races Start
(See the "start/distances" tab for specific category time)

Race Start Location

Sheep Bridge Trailhead
UT-9 Virgin, Utah

Directions to Start/Finish:

From St. George head North on I-15. Take the Hurricane Exit #16. Take UT-9 into Hurricane and continue to La Verkin. Turn right to stay on UT-9 headed toward Zion National Park. From the right hand turn, it is 4.9 miles to Sheep Bridge Road. Turn right onto Sheep Bridge. Follow Sheep Bridge Road to the venue. There you will find us!



On-site Camping Available

Kolob BLM Campground

Amenities include:


There are convenient La Quinta and Best Western hotels in Hurricane, and nearby St. George has many hotels and other places of accomodation near the race course. For more options, please see the St. George Area Tourism Office

Course Tips from Pro Rider Justin Lindine

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