WHATCOM WORLD CUP
"The weekly races are one of the reasons I decided to move to Bellingham, and I’m looking forward to next year." 2022 WWC racer
Whatcom World Cup is a series of fun, community mountain bike races held Wednesday evenings on Galbraith Mountain each spring and summer. The races are open to all, including youth. Enjoy an evening of racing followed by an after party with beverages and food.
Racers are given timing chips to zip tie to their forks and number plates to attach to their handlebars before each race - the timer starts when you cross the starting mat!
ENDURO: Youth (18 and under) rolling start 5:15 PM, ends 5:45 PM, Adults rolling start 5:45 PM, ends ~7:30 PM. Exact timing is subject to sunlight, races scheduled earlier in the year need to start promptly to end by 7:30 PM.
PUMP TRACK: Practice 12 PM - 2 PM, racing 2 PM - 5 PM. Youth racers start first.
XC: XC races are mass start: 35 minute (5:30 PM) race youth, 45 minute (6:30 PM) race adults.
CHIP PICK-UP: 4 PM-6 PM at the start of the course (you do not need to wait in the chip line if you have a season pass). Chip timing and results provided by Pacific Multi-Sports. You are responsible for the cost of lost or forgotten timing chips - if you accidentally take one home please return it to the WMBC office at 770 E Holly St. ASAP. (Chip pick up for Saturday pump track races is during practice: 1 PM.)
REGISTRATION: Register ahead of time online for each race. (even if you have a season pass), each race is capped at 200 racers. Registration opens on the Thursday before the race for season pass holders and the Saturday before the race for all.
COST: $20 per race, plus one-time $5 plate (must be WMBC member). No refunds or transfers for missed race days.
SEASON PASS: $220 per season (includes chip, if you have yours from last year please use it), only 100 passes available. Includes: WWC tech-t & custom plate! Pass registration is closed for 2023. More details here.
APRÉS: Adult beverages are $2 (cash only), all proceeds benefit WMBC. Most aprés are held on mountain and sponsored by local brewery. Beverages/food for racers first. 21+ please get your stamp during chip pick-up!
ORDER: Racers self-seed. 30 seconds between each racer, if you need more time just ask and we will give you a 'ghost rider.' No official separate start time for women, however there is a pause between youth and adults for women-identifying racers. JoyRiders generally put a group together as well.
POINTS: Points are accumulated each race based on your time, your top 8 best race scores will contribute to your overall score. You are racing against your age group in the following categories: male, female, or non-binary.
NEW HARDTAIL CLASS: Accumulate points for hardtail standings each time you ride a hardtail, you do not have to commit to a season of hardtail riding. Points count toward the overall age group standing, no matter what you're riding.
PUMP TRACK DRAG RACES: You will race side by side, but are really racing against the clock with a start gate. You will be timed on two runs, an A side and a B side - your combined total time will determine your race placement.
Please note that e-bikes are not permitted to race.
EMS: We will have EMS staff positioned at strategic locations along the course with handheld radios for communication.
VOLUNTEERS: We’ll need roughly 10 volunteers per race (some races more than others) and you will receive our utmost appreciation plus a WWC volunteer shirt, food, and bevies. Sign-up up here!
RIDER DOWN RULE: If a racer comes across a downed racer, he/she is required to stop and see if the down racer is uninjured before continuing on. If immediate medical aid is needed, call 911 or wait for the next racer to come by. Then one racer will go to inform a race official and one racer stays with the down racer.
GEAR & BIKE SAFETY: Disc brakes are required on your bike, please complete a thorough bike check ahead of each race. You are responsible for your own bike and gear safety.
DOGS: Please leave your dogs at home if you are racing. If you plan to spectate/ heckle (please do!) and want to bring your dog, it 100% needs to be on leash for Fido and racers’ safety! No exceptions.
PARKING / ACCESS: Please consider how you get to these races. If you live close by and can ride, then please do so. Do NOT clog up the neighborhoods and, please, be extra courteous to our neighbors! No on-mountain vehicle access allowed.
TRAIL UPKEEP: Trail maintenance will be scheduled post race to minimize the extra riders' affect on our trails.
2023 RACE SCHEDULE
10 races open to all + bonus race for women-identifying racers only
*Due to 4th of July, NW Tune-Up, and Crankworx we are not holding any races in the month of July