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RACE 8 - GAMEHAVEN LAKESIDE GRIND July 30th!

 

Register today! The weather is great and the trail report is fantastic!

Welcome to the Gamehaven Lakeside Grind – the Minnesota Series newest race. This race is held at the Gamehaven Scout Reservation – a beautiful 265 acre camp and the Gamehaven Sports and Activities Park  – Rochester’s newest 460 acre regional park with a 42 acre lake. Gamehaven has been a popular site for Minnesota High School races the past 4 years. Trails are built and maintained by volunteer members of the Rochester Active Sports Club. New trails are being added each year.

Proceeds from the race will go to the development of the Park, the Gamehaven Scouts, and the Rochester High School Mountain Bike Teams.

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MNMBS Race for Free Update

The Series offers two opportunities for 7th through 12th grade student athlete to try racing in a mountain bike race for free during our 2017 season. The two race dates and locations are the Border Crossing, River Falls, July 9th and GameHaven, Rochester, July 30.  Here’s updated info about the Race for Free program

1.       No Online Registration is available for the Race for Free dates.  Students must register on race day at the venue in the Citizen class.

2.       Race for Free registration needs to happen prior to 8:45 am. 

3.       All students will need to sign a waiver at Registration.  Parents must sign the waiver for students under the age of 18.

4.       Race for Free entrants will stage in the Citizen race in the appropriate age wave group start at 9:30

5.       Race day medals will be given to the top 3 finishers in Male and Female classes

Print the form below to save some time.

Text Message Race Notifications

Last season we used SMS/Text messages to communicate with racers when there were major changes or delays at our races.  For 2017 we will again use this system and you will need to sign up again for notifications.  Please follow the link below to sign up.

We will only use this system to tell you if the race has had a change in the following:

  • Cancelation - the race will NOT be held.
  • Change in Race Times - the race will move the race start times, but the race will go on that day.

For all other normal notifications you will want to check our Facebook or Twitter feed.  We also send emails with the latest news and you can signup on the home page of our web site.  If you choose to sign up for this we hope you will never get a text this year, because all of the races are going as planned. 

CLICK HERE TO SIGNUP for SMS ALERTS

Race #2 Awesome time at Detroit Mountain

Hey Racers! 

Yes we had some rain... Yes there was some mud... BUT it was also one of the most fun times I've had riding my bike.  There were still quite a few racers that came out to give it a try.  74 Citizen riders can't all be wrong! 

This course is really awesome, we certainly hope that you will make the trip up to DM to go riding this summer.  Even with some slick spots, (yea a few ;)  The trail was in hard underneath and it when you hit the spots that were hard, it flowed awesome! 

Results are posted and pictures will be up in a few days.

Series Registration is OPEN!

2017 Registration! Open! 

SuperPass - Register for all  races (11 regular or 10 marathon) and get TWO races for free and your $15 series registration included.  The SuperPass is a great way to save a few bucks, have the easiest race day sign in and enjoy all of the racing this summer!

For Marathon only - Marathon SuperPass gets you One Free race as there are only 10 Marathon courses.  You can use your Superpass from Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, or Elite to race in a Marathon class when available. Please go to the registration tent to receive a permanent Marathon plate if you wish to do this.

Series Registration -

Series Registration allows you to be eligible for and receive the following benefits:

  • Points tracked within the Series Standings (Only participants that are Series registrants will have their points tracked)
  • Permanent Number plate - Use the same number at each race
  • Team Competition eligibility
  • End of year series awards  

Individual Races - Register for each race online.  Online registration saves you both time and money!  Register now for the races you will be going to this year. 

High School Race for Free

Two Races this season are High School Race for Free

  • July 9th – Border Crossing – River Falls, WI – Race Site
  • July 30th – Gamehaven - Rochester MN -  Race Site 

*This is a High School Race for free race.  Open to 7th -12th graders.  NO ONLINE REGISTRATION for these kids.  Simply show up for the race and register on the day of.  You will get a race plate and race in the CITIZEN class. at 9:30AM start time.  There is a special wave for all of these riders.  Please be at the venue by 8:30 to register for this race.  

THANK YOU! Todd Bauer

Todd Bauer Series Photographer

 

Todd Bauer Resigning as MNMBS Photographer


The MNMBS Executive Committee would like to thank Series photographer Todd Bauer for his exceptional photography work on behalf of the Series for the past 5 years.  Todd has decided to move on to other things and will not be working as the Series photographer for the 2017 season.  “We’re bummed to get this news,” said Gary Sjoquist, speaking on behalf of the MNMBS Executive Committee.  “Like many of our racers, I looked great in action because Todd did such fabulous work with framing and clarity, and also seemed to find the cool backdrops.  He’s also done our season ending awards photos that lots of our racers receive if they finish the season on the podium, so we’ll also miss his contributions at our Awards Party as well.”

 
So, the MNMBS is officially searching for a Series Photographer for the 2017 season.  Anyone interested should contact us at email@minnesotamountainbikeseries.com

Team Series Registration

Register Your Team HERE!


Get your team signed up now.  Last year those pesky Maplelag racers took home the team trophy. OK they had a great group of people racing in all sorts of classes, as you can see by the Fat Stacks under that team trophy. BUT still, who didn't want WEDALI to win again???

So gather up your friends or Fiends as it were and get your team signed up to race the series. It's free to create a team, just make sure everyone on the team signs up for the series, so that all their points will get counted.

We love to see the teams, cool jersies, tents with food, drinks, family, kids, grandma and grandpas watching.  That's what makes our races so much fun!

Sign your team up today! Click Here to go to the signup form.

 

MNMBS Update on Severe Weather on Race Day

Radar shows that the Border Crossing might be interrupted by rain or heavy weather.  Here’s information about how we’ll proceed:

1.     MNMBS policies regarding severe weather can be found under the Home tab on our web page http://www.mnmtbseries.com/page/show/515227-race-weather-guidelines

2.     Any updates regarding weather or the racing schedule will be posted on social media and at the Registration Tent

3.     Specific instructions about altered race courses or lap counts will be announced before each wave is started

4.     All racing will stop immediately in the presence of lightning as signified by the chief referee. Racers on the race course should proceed carefully to the Start/Finish for further instructions

 


Race for Free Program is back!

The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MMBS) is offering Race For Free again this year. For those new to the mountain biking scene, MMBS has been operating a state wide series for all ages since 1990 and is a proud sponsor of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. The Race For Free program allows MN League athletes (7th – 12th grade) to race in the Citizen’s class at the following MN MTB series races, for free!

  • July 9th – Border Crossing – River Falls, WI – Race Site
  • July 30th – Gamehaven - Rochester MN

Registration is FREE for registered MN League racers. 

DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE! ALL MN LEAGUE RACERS MUST REGISTER RACE DAY ONLY,

prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration is allowed if you wish to take part in the Race for Free program. Helmets are required.

REGISTRATION FORM AND WAIVER:
All student-athletes must bring a signed form and waiver to the race and present at the MN League tent prior to participating in the event.  Be sure to check CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL on this form and waiver. DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM & WAIVER

How will they know who is a registered MN League racer? 
CHECK “CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL box on the form. In addition, the MN League will provide a list of all registered MN League racers to the MN MTB Series prior to each race.

Student-athletes participating in the Race For Free program will have their own wave in the Citizen’s class. This class is comparable in length and technical difficulty to the MN League Freshman class, however, several of these races are at ski hills and have a considerable amount of climbing. The free entry does not apply to student athletes racing in other divisions within the MN MTB Series.

Disclaimer – the Race for Free Program is not a NICA-sanctioned event, nor a Minnesota High School Cycling League event.

Racers must be registered as MN League racers to be eligible to participate. So, Team Directors and Coaches – get busy and register your team at the Pit Zone, found on our Home Page, upper right.

Program Summary:

  • Qualifying teams will be allowed to race in the Citizen category in a separate high school wave start.
  • The Race for Free Program is for MN League student-athlete racers who are registered with a MN League Team.
  • Registration for FREE must take place on race day only, prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration allowed.

 

2017 Race Recaps

More than 500 Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike racers turned out to St. Croix Falls and the Woolly Trail for the opening race of the 2017 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

 

 

ST. CROIX FALLS, WIS. — As opening race days go, the 2017 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series opener was about as perfect as one could ask for.

With temperatures hovering in the 65-degree range most of the day, under clear, blue skies, more than 500 Minnesota and Wisconsin mountain bike racers turned out to St. Croix Falls and the Woolly Trail for the opening race of the 2017 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

Perfect weather almost didn't happen.

"We were really blessed this year," said Race Director Matt Fisk. "Two weeks ago we were predicted to get 5 to 8 inches of snow. We were already talking about a rain date. "

Two years ago, rains pounded the course just hours before the the race. Fortunately then — as now — the course dried quickly.

Course conditions couldn't have been more perfect on Sunday.

"It's been dry since Thursday," Fisk said. "The course is in top-notch shape."

Of course, with perfect conditions comes no excuses.

"The hardest part of the race is that you have to decide at the beginning of the lap," said Marathon racer Connie Sjoquist, after finishing her final lap.  "The first part of the course is the hardest part. You have to decide then whether you want to do another lap."

She had nothing but great things to say about the day's race.

"This course is a 10 out of 10," Sjoquist said. "The course is great, the facilities are great. They just did an excellent job."

Of the more than 500 racers, Sjoquist was one of the nearly 80 women to turn out at the race to compete Sunday.

"We had a huge group of women. It was an absolute blast to ride with them," said Maplelag team racer Eleanor Bacso.

She, too, raved about the course: "The course is really fun — it's fast and flowy," she said.

Peace Coffee Racer Troy Melhus is a former Expert racer in the Minnesota MTB series and former writer for the Star Tribune. He can be reached at tmelhus@gmail.com.


MNMBS Title Sponsor 401 Manufacturing - 2016

The MNMBS is happy to announce that 401 Manufacturing will return as the Title Sponsor for the 2015 MNMBS season.  In fact, look for the 401 Manufacturing display at Series races once the racing season gets underway.  The 401 Manufacturing logo will also be on Series number plates this year.

Signed as the Title Sponsor last year, 401 Manufacturing had an excellent year of growth in 2014.  The company moved to a new location in Anoka, doubling the square footage of the old location.  Now up to 20 employees, 401 Manufacturing also doubled in sales revenue this past year.  The quickly growing company is on pace to do more than $2.75 million in sales for 2015.   

"Series racers might be using parts right off our CNC machines, "said Mike.  "We serve the biking industry, including Wolf Tooth, with a variety of parts - sprockets, Gogs, bike tools, stem caps, etc.  In fact, we just starting making stem caps for NICA as part of an awareness campaign to build high school mountain biking."

Another aspect of 401 Manufacturing, and one of the reasons Mike wanted to sponsor the MNMBS, is their training capacity and need for entry-level employees.   401 offers class room and real world training for people looking to start a career in the machining industry, and can help place potential employees in jobs paying over $15 as a starting wage with less than a year's training.

"A career in the machining industry is a great way for young adults, both male and female, to make decent money in a stable, growing industry," said Mike.  "You can begin a career right away, without racking up a lot of debt for a college education that might not get used even if you do find a job."

Be sure to stop by the 401 Manufacturing display at MNMBS races and thank Mike and his company for stepping up to become the Series Title Sponsor.  You might also see him out on the course; he's also a competitor in the MNMBS, racing in the Comp class.

 


New to racing?

Tips for Race Day

Mountain bike racing is not just for the highly trained. It is an exhilarating physical activity that can add to your health and quality of life. Racing is as much about fun, shared experiences and making new friends as it is about competition. The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series is open to all and welcomes new female and male participants of all ages and athletic abilities.

 

Fitness:

The Series has various classes to accommodate racers of all abilities and ages. A beginner may want to participate in the "Citizen Class" or "Kids Comp Class" if they have any questions regarding their fitness or skill levels.

Riding with more experienced cyclists can help develop your technical skills.  Riding a variety of terrain/courses can assist with technical abilities.  Avoid spending all of your time on trails with features that are above your riding abilities.

Be sure to warm up well before your event. A good warm up ride will greatly improve your race and you will feel better and be faster on the trail.

All racers can benefit from pre-riding the race course. Pre-riding the course consists of riding the designated race course prior to the day of the event. if it is not an open trail, pre riding information can be found on the events page. Pre-riding the course gives you the opportunity to learn the terrain and boost your confidence for your first race.

 

Maintenance:

At least a day in advance, check over your bike to make sure everything is in good working order: check your wheels, drive train (chain, crank set, cogs, shifters, derailleurs) and brakes.

Refrain from making any significant changes affecting the fit of the bike within a week of the race, such as changing your seat or handle bar positioning or replacing or upgrading components.

If you have questions about the proper bike for a course we recommend contacting one of the local retailers who support our Series.

 

Nutrition:

Get plenty of rest, nutrition, and hydration the night before your race.

Eat a good breakfast 3-4 hours before your start time 

About an hour before your race, have a light snack (power bar, fig cookies, etc.), to give your body a little energy boost.

Drink plenty of water leading up to your race but you should stop 30 minutes before the race. This will give you time to use the bathroom just prior to the race start.

For a race under 60 minutes, you may not need food. However, some people use GU energy gels to keep up there energy up during a race.

During longer races, it is recommended to ingest the gels every 20 minutes with fluid to maintain hydration and a steady energy flow.

Continue drinking during your race to remain hydrated. 

 

Registration:

We recommend registering in advance online whenever possible.  This will save you money and speed up your registration experience at the race.  Arrive at the race an hour or two prior to your start so you can get registered, change clothes, and get in a good warm up ride.

When you register, the race registrar will direct you to fill out forms and pay your entry fee. If you have registered online, you should still visit the registration table to sign a release form and pick up your race number.

After registration, change into your race clothing and prep your bike. Final bike prep includes putting your race number on your handlebar, checking tires and suspension for proper air pressure, checking for clean shifting, and checking your brakes.

If you have any questions please ask for the race official.

 

The Race:

It may be beneficial to carry a multitool with you during the race.

You should arrive at the starting area 15 minutes prior to the start. Usually there is a scheduled racers meeting just prior to the start, so listen for instructions given at the registrars table.

Mountain bike races start fast, so be ready to work hard after the countdown. Usually the hard initial pace slows a bit and the riders find their comfort zone.

Beginner races are usually short enough that you can maintain hard work for the duration depending on your fitness.

Most importantly, have fun. Mountain bike racing is a great way to spend a day and the people you meet along the way make it even more rewarding.

 


MNMBS Final Schedule

 

2017 MNMBS Race Schedule

Date Race Day  
May 7 Sunday MNMBS #1 - St Croix Woolly, St Croix Falls, WI

May 21

Sunday MNMBS #2 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN
June 4 Sunday MNMBS #3 - Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato, MN
June 11 Sunday MNMBS #4 - Red Wing Classic, Red Wing, MN
June 25 Sunday MNMBS #5 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud, MN
July 9 Sunday MNMBS #6 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI
July 15 Saturday MNMBS #7 - Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN
July 30 Sunday MNMBS #8  - Gamehaven Lakside Grind, Rochester MN NEW!
Aug 13 Sunday MNMBS #9 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN
Aug 20 Sunday MNMBS #10 -  Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN
Sept 2-3   MNMBS #11 - Laddies Loppet, Maplelag