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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 - 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
9/24               Big Woods Classic
 

MNMBS Final Schedule & Fee Increase

Wow the weather is getting nicer and the dirt is showing through the snow.  Many of us have been out on fat bikes through the winter enjoying the fantastic groomed trails throughout the state.  We are super excited to have our summer race schedule finalized and only weeks away our series will be open for registration. 

With the exception of a couple of individual class race fee increases, the MNMBS has not implemented an across-the-board race fee increase since 2009.  But for 2016, we’re increasing race fees by a modest amount.
 
Why are race fees going up?  Simply put, the expenses to host the Series have increased over the past several years.  Race day medals and end of the year trophy costs have increased.  Our web site and promotional costs have also increased, and we’re likely going to move our annual awards party to a different venue.  

Anyway, here’s what the increased fees look like on a per class basis:


Race Fee Increases

Class Online Registration Increase Race Day Registration Increase
Elite From $29 to $31 From $39 to $42
Marathon From $29 to $31 From $39 to $42
Comp From $25 to $27 From $35 to $38
Sport From $25 to $27 From $35 to $38
Citizen From $20 to $22 From $30 to $32
Kids Comp From $10 to $11 From $15 to $16
18  & Under From $15 to $16 From $20 to $22
 
Series Registration – remains the same as 2015
 
SuperPass Fee Structure (1 free race)
  • Elite  $279
  • Marathon  $186 (8 races, 2 free)
  • Comp  $243
  • Sport  $243
  • Citizen  $198
  • Kids Comp  $99
  • 18 & Under  $144


2016 MNMBS Race Schedule
Due to circumstances beyond the MNMBS or the promoters control, we will be unable to hold a race at Elk River in 2016. The promoters of the Dirt Wirx Bike Week races will release more details to the public about this shortly. Any inquiries in the meantime can directed to Dave Slovick at slovickd@gmail.com.

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
9/24               Big Woods Classic
 

Marathon Start Times

To reduce rider interaction we have adjusted the Marathon scheduled from a 10:50 AM start to a 10:40 AM start for all races except for the Mankato race which will be 10:45 AM.

We look forward to a great summer of racing. See you out there.

MNMBS Executive Committee


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.


Registration - 2016

2016 Registration is not yet open.  Sign up for our emails to get notified when our online registration is open.  

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 -

Series Registration allows you to be eligible for and receive the following benefits:

  • Points tracked within the Series Standings (Only participants that are Series registrants will have their points tracked)
  • Permanent Number plate - Use the same number at each race
  • Team Competition eligibility
  • End of year series awards  

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. 


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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What's New for 2015

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:

  1. Welcome Sam Oftedahl to the Executive Committee – Sam, who used to race in the MNMBS, is joining the MNMBS team to help with Race Support and Series Administration duties.  
  2. Online Registration – please register online by April 17.  Early registration really helps us get ready for the first race.  It also means you’ll get your number plate before the first race.
  3. SuperPass Info:
    • Remember that you can register for all Sunday Races (10 regular or 7 marathon) and get one race for free and your $15 series registration fee included. 
    • 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.
  4. Marathon Class Updates:
    • New Length - now 4 hours instead of 3.5 hours
    • New Start Time – Marathon class will start at 10:50 for all 7 events. Marathon racers will need to start their last lap before four hours are up, so cut-off for last lap is 2:50 pm. 
    • Marathon Class results now count toward Team Racing totals
  5. Time Trial (TT) and Short Track (ST) Races Added on Selected Saturdays – at 4 events, on Saturdays, we’ll be offering a TT race at 11:00 am and a Short Track race at 2:00pm. One price for one or both races. Registration is available online for $15 and on race day for $20.  
  6. Hillside is Back – we’re racing at Hillside once again.  TT and ST will be on Saturday, XC on Sunday
  7. Cuyuna Lakes Crusher – New race June 27/28.  We’ll run a full program of TT and ST on Saturday, with an outdoor Awards/Cuyuna Lakes Crusher Happy Hour in Crosby Saturday night, and XC race including Marathon class on Sunday.  XC course will not be the same as prior races at Cuyuna as we’ll use all singletrack and interior service roads for passing zones.  All classes will climb the Overlook Road to top prior to diving into singletrack.
    • Citizen course – includes Sand Hog and Sidewinder
    • Sport course – includes Ferrous Wheel, Mucker Mountain, Sand Hog
    • Comp/Elite – includes Ferrous Wheel, Screamer, Endo Alley
  8. Afton Avalanche Cancelled – site not available for mountain biking in 2015
  9. Beginner’s Open wave added – we’ve added a new beginner’s wave to the Citizen’s class for any and all ages to give racing a try. They will be the last of the Citizen class waves to start.  No awards and the course is basically half of the Citizen race.
  10. Race Fees Update – here are some updated race fees:
    • Marathon - $29 (online), $39 (race day)
    • Elite - $29 (online), $39 (race day)
  11. Permanent Number Plates Will Now Include Year – this will make a great souvenir of the season.
  12. New Registration/PreRegistration Tent at MNMBS events – look for our new MNMBS Registration Tent at all our races.  
  13. Permanent Number Plates To Be Mailed 4/19/15 – we’ll be mailing out permanent number plates on Monday, April 19th to all those racers who register for the Series or purchase a Superpass by April 17.  If you registered by April 17 and haven’t received your number plate by Monday, April 27th, please email Series Administrator Sam Oftedahl (softedahl81@gmail.com). If you register after April 17, you can pick up your number plate at the first race.
  14. Race Notification Due to Weather Available via SMS / Text message – go to our web site to sign up.

 

Sponsored by 401 Manufacturing

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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.”


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.