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.
MNMBS 2015 Updates
We’re looking forward to seeing all of you on May 3rd at Buck Hill to get our MNMBS racing season underway. We have several updates for you:
Sign up for the series ASAP to get your plate mailed to you before Buck Hill on May 3.
Race Notifications via SMS / Text Message.
This year we will be using Gather, 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:
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.
To sign up for this for all of the races this year, click http://eepurl.com/bgh-Mf and sign up.
2015 Registration is open for the following:
SuperPass - Register for all Sunday Races (10 regular or 7 marathon) and get one race 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 - 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 allows you to be eligible for and receive the following benefits:
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.
Short Track Racing is coming to select Saturday events this summer! This very short XC style event takes a course roughly .25 to 1 mile and creates a short, exciting milti-lap event that is designed to be spectator friendly. Raced mostly on trails wider than the usual single-track mountain bike trails. Short track mountain bike racing combines elements of a road criterium, cyclo-cross (without dismounts), and BMX, with riders returning to the start/finish line in 1- to 3-minute intervals. This not only keeps the pace high during the entire event, but keeps the crowd excited as they see the race unfold before them. The excitement is additionally primed by the understanding that the pack leading the race is truly the front runners, making Short Track easy to understand, simple to follow, and continuously entertaining. Short track races are fun for new racers due to the open nature of the course. Kids also have fun on these races where mom & dad can see them ride around most of the course, with cheers and encouragement!
Saturday events will also include an XC Time Trial . The time trial is an all out against the clock race set on portions of Sunday's XC course. Generally the Time Trial courses will consist of a modified Sport class loop. The time trial racers start in intervals so that they can ride alone on the single track and go all out without traffic slowing them down. Truly a test of your skills and fitness the TT has a challenge for all riders from Kids Comp to Expert! Watch for more information coming soon on these new Saturday events.
Buck Hill - Burnsville, MN
Woolly Trail Network - St. Croix Falls, WI ---- Includes Marathon
Mount Kato - Mankato, MN ---- Includes Marathon
Hillside Park, Elk River, MN ---- Includes Saturday Time Trial & Short Track
Cuyuna Lakes, Ironton, MN ---- Includes Marathon, Saturday Time Trial & Short Track
Mission Creek - Duluth, MN ---- Includes Marathon
White Tail Ridge Corporate Park - River Falls, WI ---- Includes Marathon, Saturday Time Trial & Short Track
Memorial Park - Red Wing, MN ---- Includes Saturday Time Trial & Short Track
Lester River Park - Duluth, MN ---- Includes Marathon
Jail Trail - St. Cloud, MN ---- Includes Marathon
The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series, recognizing the accomplishments of MNMBS and Minnesota High School Cycling League racer Jordan Horner, is awarding Jordan a $500 scholarship to help defray the expenses to attend the NICA Awards Banquet at Cliff Bar Headquarters in Berkeley, CA, Jan. 24th.
“We are pleased to support Jordan,” said MNMBS Director Gary Sjoquist. “The race fees paid by MNMBS racers helped launch the high school league, so it’s fitting the MNMBS recognizes Jordan as a Class Champion in the MNMBS and a three time class champion in the Varsity Girls class of the high school league.”
Jordan, a senior at Burnsville High School, will receive the NICA All Star Athlete award at the NICA Awards Banquet. Each year, NICA recognizes the accomplishments of racers, volunteers, and coaches at the annual banquet.
“Thank you so very much for your support and making this opportunity possible for Jordan”, said Jordan’s father Matt. “We are humbled by the support from the local mountain bike community! This is a wonderful opportunity for Jordan to represent the Minnesota High School Mountain Bike League, MNMBS, and the strength of the athletes in the mid-west. She will represent not only the tremendous growth of youth in the sport, but also the presence of strong athletic women in mountain biking.”
Also attending the NICA Awards Banquet will be QBP Vice President and NICA Board President Jerry Pomije,, who’s son Nick races on the Prior Lake team. QBP owner and founder Steve Flagg, one of the Minnesota High School Cycling League’s staunchest supporters, will receive the Legacy Award at the NICA Awards Banquet.
For more information on the Minnesota High School Cycling League and The Crank Sister program Click Here!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.