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Border Crossing Canceled.

Thanks to the KORC folks for putting together a really great race. The Kids Comp and Citizen races were fantastic.

The cancelation of the event in the middle of the race day is something we have not had happen and we will work with KORC to see what options are available for us.

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

 

The Registration "2016 MNMBS 5 Border Crossing River Falls WI July 23rd" is not currently available.
This Registration closed on 07/21/2016, 8:00pm CDT (CDT).

Border Crossing! SATURDAY July 23rd

Sign up for the Border Crossing today!  This years race will be better than last year.

  • All classes will be riding the same courses.
  • Sport - Elite will ride the same awesome full trail at White Tail Ridge.  (Some say one of the best MTB trails in the Twin Cities)
  • Concessions provided By St Croix Composite High School Mountain Bike team. 
    • Coffee and Pastry for those early parents and riders.
    • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches - Provided by Bayport BBQ! This stuff is Delicious :)
    • Chips, Rice Krispy Bars, Watermelon, and Drinks available
  • Craft Beers available at Rush River Brewing at the North end of the Trail.  
  • It's Saturday! Stay for a cold one at Rush River.

More Details Including - Click Here 

Border Crossing Mountain Bike Race River Falls WI

Come to the Border Crossing Saturday July 23rd!

Red Wing Classic is calling!

The Red Wing Classic is one of the most iconic races in the series. Why? Because it's one of the oldest Mountain Biking trail systems in the state that we race at. Since the 90s Red Wing has hosted various versions of the Classic.

Who remembers the big sandy drop that was in the course back in '97? I do! There was a slower B line but I still remember taking that big drop off downhill to pass a few competitors. Only to be passed on the way back up to the top.

The modern course brings some of the same classic River Bluff climbs, mixes in new features and of course the side hill home to the finish line. One of the most spectacular views of any race can be seen there.

Take a look at the event page for more details on the race. This race is a great one for beginners to try out. The citizen course is short in length but big on fun! Loads of great single track, some grass roll out and surly a sprint to the finish.

Register Today!


Bluff Riders CHARRRRRRGE!

Register Online for the Bluff Riders Charge

Free Racing for 7th - 12th graders

 

Race #3 in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series presented by title sponsor 401 Manufacturing, will take place this weekend June 12th  in Mankato as racers tackle the hills at Mt. Kato for the Bluff Rider’s Charge (BRC).  Hosted by Peace Coffee Racing, the BRC is a benefit for a local cycling community.  With 100% of the proceeds donated. 
Mt. Kato has played host to several MTB races each season since opening 7+ miles of wooded singletrack trails in 1996. This venue was designed, built & is maintained by riders for riders!

The course starts with a nice warm-up climb to the top of the ski area. Once on top, all racers make a large traverse along the front of the ski area. The course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks. The approximate vertical gain per lap is 500 feet. No one will be disappointed with this course!

Come out and support Bluff Riders!
This year all proceeds for this event are going to support
the local cycling community!

Some Race Details :
  • Road construction on 169, plan and extra 15-20 minutes to your trip.  Here’s the detour.
  • Going to be hot!  We will have a secondary water station at the top of the hill, and have an electrolyte beverage option at both water stations.
  • Top male and female overall finisher from each race category will get a 12 oz. bag of Peace Coffee.
  • There will be Peace Coffee’s Cold Press Yeti iced coffee onsite for everyone to enjoy - free with a donation jar to support the costs of the race. 
  • Breakfast and lunch, complete with breakfast tacos and gourmet burgers served by the Mankato HS team and Mount Kato D-teams.  Proceeds support the local HS cycling team. 
  • There will be a “water fight” with water blasters for the kids.  
  • A skinny/balance beam will be set up for those who want to take the challenge. 

The BRC will also be a “Race 4 Free” event open to middle and high school aged youth interested in trying mountain bike racing.  As a sponsor of the Minnesota High School Cycling League, the MNMBS offers to pay the race fees for any middle or high school aged student athlete who wants to try mountain bike racing. 
 
Students from 7th grade through 12th grade can race for free as long as they register for the Citizen class and complete a signed liability waiver (if under 18, the waiver must be signed by a parent).  Registration for the Race 4 Free event can only be done at the race (no online registration allowed) prior to the 9:30 start for the Citizen race.
 
More information about the Minnesota High School Cycling League can be found at www.minnesotamtb.org

Online Registration Ends at 8:00pm on June 9th.
Race Day Registration Opens at 7:30am

 

 

Next Race Detroit Mountain Shakedown

Detroit Mountain Shakedown
Saturday June 4th

   
The Trail Maps for the courses are online now for Detroit Mountain Shakedown.  There is a great lineup for food and drinks at the race.  Food will be provided by Lush Lola's catering. From the looks of their web site they serve some great BBQ!  We all know that MTB Riders love BBQ and Beer!   Well if you are thirsty after your race stop in at the Lodge Horse's Neck Saloon for a cold one. 

Detroit Mountain will have post race celebration on site until 7pm when we close our bar.  We also have a great deck and fire pit outside.  Just when our celebration will be wrapping up Zorbaz has an awesome band and is just 4 miles away on Detroit Lake. Take advantage of the whole weekend!
 
Camping

Come up for the whole weekend!  We have thirteen 30' x 30' spaces for one vehicle and two tents and some additional walk in sites. (parking in the lot)  Cost is $30 for the weekend.
 
The camping site is at the base of our tubing area and will have access to the tubing warming house with running water and toilet.  There is a group fire ring and fire wood which I'm sure will be a blazing good time.  The lodge is will be open until 10am-10pm Friday night, 7am-8pm Saturday night, 7am-6pm Sunday.  The lodge offers toilet facilities, food and beverage including beer and wine and retail.  To reserve a campsite please call 218-844-7669.   


Details:
  • The Series Race is on SATURDAY
  • It's at least 3.5 hours from the cities. Think about heading up Friday.  See Lodging link and Camping information below. (limited amount of on-site camping)
  • Pre-Ride Memorial Day Weekend & Friday
  • There will be a Time Trial on Sunday morning (Short & Long course options)
  • For the older kids - The SKILLS Course
  • Post race fun at the lodge!
  • Lodging, Food & Camping - Click Here

Rental Bikes and Lift Service

Detroit Mountain offers many options for people to ride at their mountain bike park.  They offer full suspension rental bikes and lift service.  Check out the options Here

Race Courses

Here is what the promoters have to say about this new course built especially with our series in mind. 

Come experience the variety that is Detroit Mountain for the debut of the "Detroit Mountain Shakedown" Mountain Bike Race!  A mix of old, new and the future of what mountain biking in the Midwest is becoming.

Our race course will be a mix of classic tight, twisty and rooty handcut singletrack, doubletrack, new mountain bike optimized flow trails, along with switchback climbs that lead to flowy fast descents, mixing in our gravity trails and teasers of our custom built wood features to provide a unique race course to test and entertain all levels of riders.

COURSE DESCRIPTION (check out the trail Map Here)

Kids Comp and Citizen will be a mix of our Freshly Built West Side Singletrack along with doubletrack/ski trails and a few sections of our bermy and fast East Side Flow Trails.
 
Sport Race will start out with a fast roll out around the west side of the ski hill and a climb up the north side before entering all of our East Side Flow Trails and finish up the lap with our freshly built West Side Singletrack. (2 laps)

Marathon - Won't be climbing the Switchback long uphill Sasquatch with the comp/elite.  Still have a long climb but not the "Face" of the mountain.

**Comp/Elite/Expert - Same as Sport Race With addition of Mountain View's tight and twisty singletrack, and adds the switchback climb up Sasquatch (up the face of Bad Medicine Ski Run ) and leads to a fast decent down Peek-a-Boo before dumping  back into the East Side Flow Trails for lap 2.   (**Comp only does 1 lap at Mountain View)  You will recognize the old style tight, rooty, rocky, twisty singletrack with short steep climbs.  Similar to Mapleag.

Race Results are Posted for the Woolly

Woolly Race Results!  Click Here to View the 2016 Woolly Results

What a fantastic race - 560 registered riders, tons of new families and old friends taking to the woods. 

 

2016 St Croix Woolly Mountain Bike Race Kids Comp Girls Overall Podium

2016 St Croix Woolly Mountain Bike Race Kids Comp Girls Overall Podium

The Registration "2016 MNMBS - Series Registration" is not currently available.
This Registration closed on 06/09/2016, 8:00pm CDT (CDT).

The Registration "2016 MNMBS - SuperPass Registration" is not currently available.
This Registration closed on 04/30/2016, 8:00pm CDT (CDT).

Women's Q&A at the Woolly

Women's Q&A

@ St Croix Woolly - Sunday May 1st
Organized by Lisa Pugh

Come tell Series organizers what you want to see in racing! What is working? What could we do better? What could we do that would grow the opportunities for women to race, enjoy racing and be successful? 

Series organizers want to talk (Listen) for 15 to 30 minutes at the Wooly race with our women racers about what women racers would like to see the Series do going forward.  Come tell us what you think.  We will meet at the finish area after the Sport Race.  If you are racing Elite or can't make the Woolly, send in your thoughts and we will have them printed out to read.  Please just reply to this email.

Background:  We have a good number of women racers at all levels.  The number and expertise of women racers is increasing every year and, with the explosive growth of the Minnesota high school league, we expect to see even more interest in the next few years--both in number of women racers and the variety (Citizen through Elite) of women racers.   

Series organizers want to talk with our women racers about all aspects of series racing, but here are some ideas:
  • Currently there are age class categories in Citizen, Sport. and Elite, Marathon doesn't have age groups.  There is a woman open category in Comp for Fat Bike & Single Speed.  Is this something that women racers would like to see change?  Are there women in Sport who would race Comp if it was organized differently?
  • How do you feel about automatic advancement in the Series?  WORS (the Wisconsin series) races this way.  If you place high enough in a particular category over a season (or two) would it be fair to automatically advance racers to the next category?
  • Is it the timing of the races that keeps more advanced women racers out of the Comp and Elite categories (basically, do you avoid these races because you finish so late in the day and lose the afternoon for travel, family time, or work)?
  • Is Citizen a welcoming enough race to attract beginning women racers? What keeps the many women who attend the races to see their children race (and husbands too) from racing? What can we do to help them do that first race (after which, we know they'll be hooked)?
  • Is it too great a leap between Citizen and Sport?  
Let's get the conversation started this year, so that any changes or improvements could happen for next season. It's a long planning process so getting started early can greatly help the organizers.  

Any women that are not currently racing but interested PLEASE do attend.  We want to hear from you too.

See you out there
Lisa

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!

  • May 1 – Woolly Bike Race – St Croix Falls, WI – Race Site
  • June 12 – Bluff Riders Charge – Mankato, MN – Race Site
  • July 23 – Border Crossing – River Falls, WI – Race Site
  • August 14 – Great Hawk Chase – Duluth, MN – Race Site

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.

 

Series Registration is OPEN!


We are pumped up to announce another series of mountain bike races in the best league in the country! 

It's time to start planning those weekends of fun with family and friends. Get your team back together, if you don't have a current team, make one up! Ask a few buddies, pick a name, Like "The Full Boingers" and sign your team up. It's Free to make a team and you just have to register for the series to build points.  Click Here to find out how. 

The series has added a few races for the season. Detroit Mountain Shakedown is a new race at a new venue.  With "a mix of classic tight, twisty and rooty handcut singletrack, doubletrack... and more," this should be a very exciting race course.  Lake Rebecca Big Woods Classic is a great effort of Three Rivers Parks to bring even more trail to the great Minnesota trail systems.  They expect to have 12 MILES of trails by August to ride!  And Maplelag's Laddies Loppet is back for another weekend of the best and toughest natural singletrack in the US.

Series Registration.  It's only $15 and you will be able to see your points in the standings, compete against your fellow age class riders and be eligible for an award at the end of season party.

SuperPass.   Race them all!  Buy the superpass for the season and race all the races at a nice discount. AND I heard that SuperPass holders get special treatment at the registration tent. (well at least it will be easier than standing in line to pay more and wait longer :)

Those who sign up for the Series or SuperPass by Friday April 22rd will get their plates mailed to them prior to the first race.  This will save you time waiting in line at the Woolly.  So don't wait, signup today.  
 

2016 MNMBS Race Schedule


Sign up for individual Race on our website CLICK HERE to go to the registration page.
 

May 1 Sunday MNMBS #1 - St Croix Woolly, St Croix Falls, WI
June 4 Saturday MNMBS #2 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN
June 12 Sunday MNMBS #3 - Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato, MN
July 10 Sunday MNMBS #4 - Red Wing Classic, Red Wing, MN
July 23 Saturday MNMBS #5 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI
August 7 Sunday MNMBS #6 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud, MN
August 14 Sunday MNMBS #7 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN
August 27 Saturday MNMBS #8 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN
September 3 Saturday MNMBS #9 – Laddie’s Loppet, Maplelag Resort, Callaway, MN
September 24 Saturday MNMBS #10- Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN

  


Marathon Race Schedule


5/1                 St. Croix Woolly
6/4                 Detroit Mountain
6/12               Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato
7/23               Border Crossing, River Falls
8/7                 Singletrack Escape, St. Cloud
8/14               Great Hawk Chase, Duluth
8/27               Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby
9/24               Big Woods Classic

 

 

MNMBS Final Schedule

 

2016 MNMBS Race Schedule
 

 

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

June 4

Saturday MNMBS #2 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN
June 12 Sunday MNMBS #3 - Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato, MN
July 10 Sunday MNMBS #4 - Red Wing Classic, Red Wing, MN
July 23 Saturday MNMBS #5 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI
August 7 Sunday MNMBS #6 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud, MN
August 14 Sunday MNMBS #7 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN
August 27 Saturday MNMBS #8 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN
September 3 Saturday MNMBS #9 – Laddie’s Loppet, Maplelag Resort, Callaway, MN
September 24 Saturday MNMBS #10- Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN

 

Festival Weekends

Race dates June 4th, July 23rd, Aug. 27th, and Sept. 3rd are Festival Weekends. This means after the XC program on Saturday, the race promoters will be hosting other activities for participating racers.  Short Track and Time Trials may be added for Sundays on these Festival Weekend dates. Promoters Sunday events/activities will be posted soon.


Marathon Race Schedule

5/1                 St. Croix Woolly
6/4                 Detroit Mountain
6/12               Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato
7/23               Border Crossing, River Falls
8/7                 Singletrack Escape, St. Cloud
8/14               Great Hawk Chase, Duluth
8/27               Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby

9/3                  Laddie's Loppet, Maplelag Resort

9/24               Big Woods Classic


Registration to Open March 25th

2016 Registration will be available on March 25th.  Sign up for our email list to make sure that you get notified. 

You will be able to sign up for Series Points Registration, SuperPass, and individual races.  See the race schedule below for dates. 



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.

 


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 2016 we will again use this system and you will need to sign up again for notifications.  Please follow the link below to sign up.

This year we will be using a new system, an event based text notification solution, to notify racers when a race has a major change.  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. 

Signup for TXT will be available soon.



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.

 


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“We’re really pleased to have 401 Manufacturing as our Title Sponsor,” said MNMBS Series Director Gary Sjoquist. “They have a reputation as a high quality, precision machine shop producing products for both bicycles and motocross bikes, so it’s a great fit for our Series.”

Elite Class Sponsor LaMere Cycles

LaMere Cycles imports the best frames and rims direct from the top factories in Asia and builds up custom bikes just the way you want at an unbeatable price. Using both open mould frames and some of their own like their famous lightest-in-the-world carbon hardtail fat bike and their new full suspension carbon do everything fat bike the Dopamine which runs fat bike wheels, 650b plus, 29er, or 29 plus....check out LaMere Cycles bikes today! www.lamerecycles.com/


High School Race for Free

*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.