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Race # 7 - Big Woods Classic - Lake Rebecca - July 15th

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Big Woods Classic - July 15th 2017

Race Description

Shred through the newest mountain bike trail system in the Twin Cities at the Big Woods Classic. With over 14 miles of new construction, tightly-weaving singletrack in Lake Rebecca Park Reserve will climb and descend through dense oak and maple forests, open prairies and scenic wetlands that are home to a thriving trumpeter swan population – all while catching beautiful views of Lake Rebecca. From kids with energy to burn to hard core bikers, there’s a race for everyone.

General Information

One of the highlights of the Big Woods Classic is the amazing race village at Hillside Picnic Area. Nestled in the heart of the start/finish area, racers and their fans have ample room to hang out, picnic, meet with sponsors and vendors, try family-friendly activities (including a climbing wall), drink amazing beers from Lupine Brewery, eat great food and be merry! All with a stunning 180-degree view of the course.

Course Information

The new singletrack trail at Lake Rebecca follows a similar layout as the trails at Elm Creek and Murphy Hanrehan Park Reserves. The new trail system builds from beginner to intermediate to advanced, getting progressively more difficult as you bike further from the trailhead at the start/finish area. This is ideal for racing, as it provides the opportunity to segment portions of the trail for different classes and ability of riders. No matter your skill level, you are sure to be appropriately challenged. Click the maps below to see the proposed course and estimated distances for each race.

Parking/Drop Off

The Big Woods Classic will have limited parking available at the main racer village. Racers will be able to drop off gear and proceed to parking along both sides of the access road. If the main access road fills, racers will be able to park at the main parking lot. Parking liaisons will be on site to provide direction and assistance. Signage will direct racers and spectators to the main Racer Village. A racer gear drop off will be available outside of the main race village. Please refer to the Race Village Map for details.  

Awards and Prizes

Over $4,500 in prizes and swag on top of cash payout for elite race winners. Top three Men’s and Women’s riders in each race receive prizes from our amazing race sponsors. Medals are awarded to the top three in each age group for all classes. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.     

Complementary Pint Glass

Complementary Pint Glass for the first 300 Racers: South Lake Cycle Citizens, Penn Cycle Marathon, Maple Grove Cycling Sport, Michaels Cycles & Behind Bars Expert and Maple Grove Cycling Comp races.

Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre - Registration Day of Registration
Penn Cycle Kids Comp 9:00 AM 4 miles 1 $11 $16
South Lake Cycle Citizen 9:30 AM 8 miles 1 $22 $32
Penn Cycle Marathon 10:50 AM 4 hours $31 $42
Maple Grove Cycling Sport 11:00 AM 14 miles 1 $27 $38
Penn Cycle Kids Comp & South Lake Cycle Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Penn Cycle Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM 1/2 mile 1 Free** Free**
Behind Bars Expert & Pro Men* 1:10 PM 28 miles 2 $31 $42
Michaels Cycles Expert & Pro Women* 1:12 PM 28 miles 2 $31 $42
Maple Grove Cycling Comp/SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 28 miles 2 $27 $38
Maple Grove Cycling Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 28 miles 2 $27 $38
All riders 18 and under - - $16 $22
Maple Grove Cycling Sport Awards 1:30 PM
Maple Grove Cycling Comp, Penn Cycle Marathon & Michaels Cycles & Behind Bars Elite Awards 3:45 PM


Race Options:

For more information on race options, please visit the SERIES RACING INFORMATION page.

Day of Registration:

Race day registration begins at 8:00am Saturday morning.

Pre-Registration: CLICK HERE

Lake Rebecca Park Reserve

For more information about Lake Rebecca Park Reserve, please visit the Three Rivers Park District's website


From Highway 55, go south on County Road 50 and follow to the park entrance on the left. 

From Highway 12, go north on County Road 139, then right on County Road 50 and follow to the park entrance on the right.

Note: if you are relying on a GPS for navigation, there is a known issue with various mapping systems that will bring you to the wrong location. Please use these coordinates if you plan to use a GPS: N 45 04.1770 W 093 45.7332


Lake Rebecca’s single track trail system is a Minnesota Off-Road Cycling (MORC) supported trail system. As such, Three Rivers Park District supports the safeguarding of our network of trails and promotes responsible riding. If the weather and trails are excessively wet on race day and the act of racing would result in irreparable damage to the trails, we would first postpone the race start on Saturday, July 15. If the trail system needs additional time to dry out, we will attempt to move the race to Sunday, July 16. Three Rivers Park District will provide special consideration to run the race on mildly damp and/or wet trail conditions that would lead to minor post-race maintenance and repair. For race updates, notifications and to stay in the loop visit the Three Rivers Signature Races Facebook page. In the event of a race postponement or implementation of the rain date, please refer to the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series weather policy.

Racing with Three Rivers

Three Rivers Park District offers a number of mountain bike races throughout the year at Elm Creek, Murphy Hanrehan and Lake Rebecca Park Reserves. The weekly citizen races are popular for training, competing and socializing. Whether it’s the summer Dirt Cup Sprint Series, Elm Creek Menacing 40, fall nocturnal races or winter’s Frozen Frolic Fat Bike Races, you’re sure to find a race that is perfect for you.


Sponsored by Title Sponsor: Landscape Structures

Title Sponsor: Landscape Structures

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Sponsored by Presenting Sponsor: Flagship Recreation

Presenting Sponsor: Flagship Recreation

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Sponsored by Maple Grove Cycling

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Sponsored by Penn Cycle & Fitness

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Sponsored by South Lake Cycle

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Sponsored by Michael's Cycles

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Sponsored by Behind Bars Bicycle Shop

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Sponsored by Lupine Brewing Company - Official Beer Sponsor

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Sponsored by Framed Bikes

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Sponsored by Rack Attack

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Sponsored by Hammer Nutrition

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Sponsored by Farmers Insurance

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Volunteers are needed at the Big Woods Classic: registration, aid station, family activities, lap sweeping and more. If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering, please contact our volunteer department at #763.559.6706 or email at 

For more information about volunteer opportunities at Three Rivers Park District please click HERE