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2014 Registration Opens

2014 On-Line Registration for SuperPass, Series, and individual races is now open.

2014 Race Schedule

05/18/14 St. Croix Woolly

06/01/14 Bluff Riders Charge (Mankato)

06/22/14 Red Wing Classic

06/29/14 Buck Hill

07/13/14 Great Hawk Chase (Duluth)

07/20/14 Afton Avalanche

08/03/14 Border Crossing (River Falls)

08/17/14 Voyageur's Revenge (Duluth--new location)

08/31/14 Laddie's Loppet (Maplelag Resort)

09/20/14 Single Track Escape (St. Cloud)


What’s New for 2014?

We are looking forward to a great season!

As you know, the Series decided not to be sanctioned under USA Cycling this year. This decision was driven by our riders desire to keep the rider cost as low as possible so that we can continue to attract new riders into the sport.

Changes in classes and age groups We hope to increase the number of riders in each age group, so we did the following:

  • Adjusted the age group ranges to 10 years in the Citizen, Sport, Comp, and Elite classes.
  • Combined the Single Speed riders into one group – racing in the Comp class.
  • Combined the Fat Bike riders into one group – racing in the Comp class.
  • Combined Expert and Pro into one class – racing in the Elite class.

Addition of a Marathon Class – The Marathon class will be a 3 ½ hour race to run simultaneously with the other age classes. The race would now start at 9AM (before the Kids Comp) and end at 12:30PM, with a last lap cut-off time of 1PM. This means a rider can start their last lap before 12:30PM, but in order for that lap to count they must come across the finish line by 1PM. This will eliminate congestion with the Comp/Elite waves. Marathon rider finishing places would be then based on number of laps completed in that time. Four or five races will be offered where the best three results will be counted.  Racers can still choose to compete in their regular age group series classes at other races and still have seven races available for end of year awards. Also, if so desired, racers would be allowed to race Marathon and then compete in classes starting at 1:10PM (Comp/Elite/SS/Fat Bike) on the same day.

The St Croix Woolly, Great Hawk Chase,and Single Track Escape are confirmed Marathon racing sites with one to two race sites to be added. Fees will be $25 pre-registration and $35 on race day. Series registration is not required.

New Timing arrangement – To increase our timing reliability and provide you with a better racer experience, David Slovick, one of our racers, will do our race timing. The Series has purchased timing equipment.

New race site – The Dirt Spanker race in Duluth will be replaced with the Voyageur’s Revenge in the Mission Creek area.

Increased Elite Women’s Payout – The top 5 women will receive a payout regardless of the number of participants. Payout above 5 will follow the published schedule.

Team Racing – The Kids Comp class will be included in this year’s team racing scoring.

New Series Director – Peter Borgan has joined the MNMBS Executive Committee and will be focusing on Series sponsors.

We look forward to seeing you at the races!

MNMBS Executive Committee

Peter Borgen
Bev Carlson
Clayton McLagan
Jeff Robertson
Gary Sjoquist
David Slovick



MNMBS Chooses Not to be Sanctioned Under USA Cycling in 2014

Thank you for responding to our survey requesting your feedback regarding the USA Cycling License fee changes for 2014. We were very pleased with the 241 replies we received. The write-in responses were very thoughtful and helpful in understanding your views. In the question - If the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series continues its sanctioning under USA Cycling requiring all racers to have a license, would you continue to race in the Series? 39% responded “no”.  This response was key in our decision to not be sanctioned under USA Cycling in 2014.  We realize that this decision affects a segment of our riders who desire to accrue points under USA Cycling. We hope that they will still race with us.

 Along with this change we will be making other changes that will improve the overall operational efficiency of our races.  Our objective is provide you with a professional race environment while keeping our costs in a range where we are able to attract new riders into the Series.

We need your help in inviting new riders to race with us. 


MNMBS Survey Regarding 2014 USA Cycling Fee Changes

Dear Racers:

The Series needs your input. All our events are sanctioned by USA Cycling, and USA Cycling recently announced license fee changes for 2014. These changes will mean an increase in race fees for 70-80% of our riders. We need to know how important it is that you race under USA Cycling and how much it will affect your race participation.

USA Cycling will now require a single domestic racing license for all mountain bike, road, cyclocross, and track racing (excludes BMX). The annual license is $70 for adults and $35 for youth. You can also purchase a one-day trial membership license for $10 per race. However, racers with a one-day license can only enter category 2 races (Sport and Comp) or category 3 races (Citizen). To race as a category 1 (Expert) or Pro racer, you must purchase the annual license.

MNMBS is currently reviewing all the changes and costs and is asking for your feedback. Whatever the result, we know these changes will affect a segment of our riders. Please remember that MNMBS was formed to promote interests in the sport of mountain biking and to conduct competitive events for adults and youth at all levels. We want to ensure we continue to meet those goals for the mountain biking community.

If you have more than one active racer in your family/household, please have each person take the survey.

We have also placed this request on Facebook and sent by email to Series racers. You only need to respond one time. Please go to the following link to complete your survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XZZVYYF

Sincerely,

Minnesota Mountain Bike Series

2013 Series Champions

Reminder: Series End of Year celebration and awards party is Saturday November 9th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm at QBP. Please plan to attend. Below are the 2013 Series Champions.

Series Standings

The Series Standings for all ten races have been posted. Please review the results. If you have any questions regarding the results, please email jrob5630@gmail.com. As a reminder, the awards are based on the following rules described in Series Racing Info > Series Awards section of the web site:

You must complete a minimum number of races to be eligible for an overall series award. 
Kids Comp: 3 races
Citizen: 4 races
Sport , Comp, Expert, Pro: 6 races

Kids Competitive and Citizen Classes
Your top 6 race results count towards your overall standing points. If you participate in more than 6 races, you are awarded 5 bonus points for each additional race.
Sport, Comp, and Expert Classes
Your top 7 race results count towards your overall standing points. If you participate in more than 7 races, you are awarded 5 bonus points for each additional race.


End Year Series Celebration and Awards Party

Mark Your Calendar!

Plan to attend the end of Season Series Celebration and Awards Party to be held at Quality Bicycle Parts, Inc. on Saturday, November 9th from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM. There will be light snacks, beverages, awards, and SWAG.

 



    Race4Free Events for the MN High School League

    The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series is a Silver Sponsor of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. Part of the sponsorship provides Race4Free events where high school students (9th through 12th grade) can try mountain bike racing in the Citizen class for free.

    2013 Race4Free dates

    • Bluff Rider’s Charge June 2nd in Mankato
    • Great Hawk Chase July 14th in Duluth
    • Border Crossing in River Falls, WI on August 4th

    “It’s great that our friends at the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series provide this opportunity,” said MN League Director Gary Sjoquist. “While these are not NICA sanctioned events, nor part of the MN League, they are a good way for high school student athletes to try mountain bike racing in the MNMTB Citizen class races prior to the fall season.”

    New for 2013, high school students need to either preregister on the MNMBS web site or register onsite on race day. Race4Free racing fees are paid by the MNMBS for the Citizen class only. Race fees for high school students that want to race in other classes are not covered by the Race4Free program.  

    Registering for Race4Free events 

    1. Get the discount code from your coach. Note: The discount code is CASE SENSITIVE.
    2. Register online and enter the discount code on the Shopping Cart page. When you apply the code, the original registration amount will be crossed out and the discount reflected. Note: If you need to register multiple family members, please register the high school racer separately from the other racers.
    3. Sign the required waiver onsite at the event.

    Series and SuperPass Registration Number Plate List

    For those who are planning to register on line for the St Croix Woolly and other races, here is a listing of your Series numbers. This list ( by Class) reflects all registrations through Saturday May 11- 8:00 PM.
    If you have not already received your number plate by mail, please pick it up at the at The St. Croix Woolly Series Registration table prior to completing your "race day" registration.
     Registrations for the Series can be purchased at any one of the first three races.




    Series Adds Additional Race to 2013 Race Schedule

    Afton Avalanche is added back to the 2013 race shedule bringing our Series to 10 races. Also, please note the Great Hawk Chase race has been moved to July 14.

    Minnesota Mountain Bike Series
    2013 Race Schedule

     

    05/19/13          St. Croix Woolly – St Croix Falls, WI

    06/02/13          Bluff Riders Charge – Mt Kato, Mankato, MN

    06/23/13          Red Wing Classic – Red Wing, MN  (State  Championship)

    06/30/13          Buck Hill Birch Bump – Burnsville, MN

    07/14/13          Great Hawk Chase – Duluth, MN

    07/28/13          Afton Avalanche, Hastings, MN

    08/04/13          Border Crossing – River Fall, WI

    08/18/13          Dirt Spanker Classic – Superior, WI

    09/01/13          Laddie's Loppet – Callaway, MN

    09/22/13          Single Track Escape – St Cloud, MN

     


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