The new Marathon class in the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, which has proven to be extremely successful, has been added to the list of events for the Laddie’s Loppet mountain bike race at Maplelag, Aug 30/31st.
Run as a pilot program this year at 4 of the MNMBS events, the Marathon Class is a 3.5 hour race continuously run while other MNMBS classes such as Citizen and Sport classes are being held. As many as 48 racers have participated in the Marathon class and it has become a favorite for Series participants. Due to the popularity of the Marathon Class, Laddie's Loppet promoter Jay Richard's decided to offer the Marathon Class to what is already a great weekend of family friendly racing.
“We’ve heard that racers really enjoy the Marathon class,” said MNMBS Series Director Gary Sjoquist. “You’re not really concerned about points and getting into the singletrack first like you are in the other classes. You get a good pace going and you can keep going – it’s a great long workout instead of a sprint, basically.”
Laddie's Loppet will be the 9th race in the 2014 season. Held at Maplelag Resort in Western MN, the two-day event includes a time trial and short track race on Saturday, as well as the cross country race on Sunday. Please note that for the Laddie's Loppet Marathon Class event, the start time has been changed from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Go to the Results page for Age Group, Overall, and Lap Split times!
Race results are now posted. Click here
Under brilliant sunshine, the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, presented by 401 Manufacturing, opened the racing season with 450 racers attacking the rolling hills and tacky singletrack near St. Criox Falls.
In the new Marathon class, 44 racers came to the starting grid. Both Kyia Anderson and Ridge Pidde were able to complete 5 laps to take first and second in Women’s Open. In the Men’s Open, Brendan Moore completed 7 laps in 3:38, with Nicolai Anikin coming in second with 6 laps at 3:38.
38 racers took part in the Quantified Mechanix Kids Comp event, with a couple of 12-year olds putting down the fastest times. Andrew Shuros posted a 34:46 in the Male class. In the Female class, it was Zoe Camp who came in at 35:49.
In the Quantified Mechanix Citizen division, in Women’s, Lydia Anikin posted the fastest 2 lap time of 56:04. Really impressive was the second fastest time turned in by 13-year old Kasia Bednarski at 56:44. In the Men’s class, the quickest laps were turned by 16-year old Eli Markworth and 46-year old Tim Swanson. Eli posted the fastest 2 lap time of 53:12, with Tim right behind at 53:13. Another Bednarski, Stas, who is 11, came in with the third fastest lap at 54:01. In Clydesdale, it was Nate Edin coming in first.
In the Whiskey Parts Sports Division, in Women’s, Leslie Hale posted the fastest 2 laps at 1:21, followed by 14-year old Josie Welsh at 1:26. Laura Bednarski (there’s that name again) was third fastest at just under 1:27. Men’s featured 98 racers spread through all classes, from 14-year old Campbell Karjala (1:16) through 65-year old Roddy West (1:33). 19-year old Logan Grace was the fastest through 2 laps at 1:12. Al Shuros and Andrew Urban came in at 1:13 and 1:14 respectively. In Sport Clydesdale, Brian Benson came in first.
The SR Suntour Comp Division featured 70 racers. The fastest 3 lap time was 45-year old Daniel Logan at 1:39. Ryan Guy was second fastest at 1:40, and Kurt Penno third fastest at 1:41.
In Singlespeed Female, Nicole Eikenberry was fastest at 1:59. In the Men’s Singlespeed, it was Brant Elson fastest at 1:44, with Mick Carlson at 1:47 and Rodney Moon at 1:48 for second and third fastest. In Fat Bike, 50-year old Pete Schow was fastest, posting a 3 lap time of 2:00.
In the Elite Female Division, Corey Coogan Cisek posted the fastest 3 lap time of 1:46, followed by Eleanor Bacso at 1:51:11 and 19-year old Sophia Marchiando just 3 tenths behind at 1:51:14. Jack Hinkens turned the fastest 4 lap time of 1:56 in the Elite Men’s division, with Dominic Talerico (1:58) and Jeff Hall (1:59) second and third fastest. Notable Elite performances were 19-year old Andris Delins (2:05) and 16-year old Samuel Olson at 2:08. Some 69 racers took part in the Male and Female Elite division race.
“It was a great day of racing,” said Series Director Gary Sjoquist. “It was cool to see our Title Sponsor 401 Manufacturing’s owner Mike Anderson racing in the Comp class. We’d also like to thank our racers for their patience with us in resolving our timing and scoring problems. We’ve been hard at work straightening things out, so are determined to have no issues at the Bluff Rider’s Charge on June 1st.”
Thank you to all of the racers that came out to race. It was a great showing for the first race of the season. We realize that there were some issues with the timing and results. Our team is working hard on getting this figured out and making sure that the Mt. Kato race is improved for this.
We will post results ASAP, send out an email with links, and post on Facebook and Twitter when they are ready.
If you have any pictures of the event post them on our Facebook page!
MN Series Team.
401 Manufacturing, a small but growing CNC machining shop based in Blaine, has agreed to become the Title Sponsor for the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
“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.”
Mike Anderson, the owner of 401 Manufacturing, is also pleased with the agreement. “I’m a rider, too,” said Mike. “I just got a fat bike and rediscovered riding down on the River Bottom Trail in Bloomington. We’re happy to sponsor the Series; mountain biking is a great family activity that we support.”
More information about 401 Manufacturing can be found at www.401mfg.com
Online Registration closes on the 15th for the Woolly.
05/18/14 St. Croix Woolly - includes Marathon Class
06/01/14 Bluff Riders Charge (Mankato) - includes Marathon Class
06/22/14 Red Wing Classic
06/29/14 Buck Hill
07/13/14 Great Hawk Chase (Duluth) - includes Marathon Class
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) - includes Marathon Class
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:
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
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.
The Series Standings for all ten races have been posted. Please review the results. If you have any questions regarding the results, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.