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2020 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT

We are saddened to announce that, due to the pandemic, all 2020 MN Mountain Bike Series races are canceled. This is a decision we didn't make lightly, and only came after many committee meetings, communications with local officials, and conversations with our race promoters. As always, we appreciate your understanding and patience as we've worked to figure this season out. We truly have a wonderful community and will miss seeing all of you on the singletrack this year.

Finally, we hope our racers are able to use this time to enter our 2020 Season Challenge! Ride at any four 2020 race venues before September 30 to be entered to win a 2021 SuperPass. The first 100 entries will also receive a commemorative patch. See Below!


MN Mountain Bike Series 2020 Season Challenge

Since racing is canceled, we wanted to find a way to connect with the mountain bike community and give riders something to look forward to for next season. That’s why we’re rolling out the 2020 Season Challenge. 

Between June 15–October 31, 2020, ride at any four 2020 MN Mtb Series race venues to get a commemorative patch and enter to win a 2021 SuperPass. 

 

Prizes

  • Three randomly selected riders will win a SuperPass for the 2021 season.
  • The first 100 entries will receive a commemorative patch for their efforts. 

 

Submit Your Entry

  • Submit photo documentation of your four rides by October 31 via email (email@minnesotamountainbikeseries.com), or post on Instagram or Facebook and tag the MN Mountain Bike Series. 
  • We’ll email you back or message you directly on social media for your address so we can send you a commemorative patch.

 

Eligible Race Venues

  • Woolly Mtb Trails – St. Croix Falls, WI
  • Mount Kato – Mankato, MN
  • Detroit Mountain – Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Whitetail Ridge – River Falls, WI
  • Lester Park – Duluth, MN
  • Tioga – Grand Rapids, MN
  • Gamehaven – Rochester, MN
  • Spirit Mountain XC Trails – Duluth, MN
  • Cuyuna – Crosby-Ironton, MN
  • Maplelag Resort – Callaway, MN

 

Q: What if I rode at a race venue last weekend? Does that count?

A: We’ll allow it. Just be sure to include it in your entry.

Q: Can I enter on behalf of multiple people?

A: If you’re entering on behalf of multiple people (kids, partner, spouse, roommates without social media, etc.) just be sure to specify that in your entry so we know how many patches to send you and so that we can enter each individual in the drawing for the SuperPasses. 

Q: What is the MN Mtb Series working on in the meantime since there aren’t any races? 

A: We’re in regular contact with race promoters and currently meet as a committee every two weeks to discuss updates. 

We’re also using this time to work on big picture projects like:

  • Brainstorming/implementing ideas that will help foster a community and a race series that is more welcoming and inclusive of POC mountain bikers (How we can use our seat at the table to create positive change)
  • Moving forward with ideas/feedback gathered from our Women’s Field Q&A Night this past March
  • Researching race options for adaptive athletes within the series 
  • Working on a logo redesign and possibly merch for 2021 

2020 Final Schedule - 10 Races

 

**All races are canceled 

May 3 - St Croix Falls Woolly, WI Canceled

May 31 - Mt Kato, Mankato, MN Canceled

June 7 - Detroit Mountain Shakedown, Detroit Lakes, MN Canceled

June 14 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI Canceled

June 28 - Lester Park! Duluth, MN POSTPONED

July 12 - Tioga, Grand Rapids, MN Canceled

July 26 - Gamehaven Lakeside Grind, Rochester, MN

August 9 - Powder Monkey, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN Canceled

August 23 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN

Sept 5/6 - Laddies Loppet, Maplelag Resort, MN

Race With Us!

Welcome to the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series! With roots going all the way back to 1990, the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series features some of the best singletrack -- and racing -- that the Midwest has to offer. We strive to make all of our events fun and competitive for every kind of racer from weekend warriors to elite athletes. Join us just for the day, or bring the family along and make a weekend out of our destination races. We look forward to seeing you at the start line!


More Women’s Fields Added for 2020!

In order to welcome more riders to the MN Mountain Bike Series and improve the experience of transitioning between fields, we’re piloting a new Women’s Comp option for 2020 and adjusting Women’s Sport. 

 

Here’s what you can expect: 

Women’s Citizen – Less technical course, 6–10 miles, 45 mins*

Adjusted! Women’s Sport – More technical course, 6­–10 miles, 55 mins*

NEW! Women’s Comp – More technical course, 12­–15 miles, 80 mins* 

Women’s Elite – More technical course, 18–20 miles, 110 mins* 

Women’s Marathon – More technical course, 4-hour long race 

*times are approximate 

 

FAQ

Why was the Women’s Sport course adjusted?

  • We shortened the Sport course to empower more riders to move up from the Citizen field and make transitioning from Citizen to Sport more feasible—that is, adding in the more technical riding and climbing, without adding the extra distance at the same time. 

I liked Women’s Sport the way it was.

  • Great! You should race Comp now. The previous Sport class is now the Comp class—only the name changed. 

Women’s Sport and Women’s Citizen are the same distance now—are they basically the same race? 

  • Nope! While these two fields are similar in distance, they are very different in terms of course difficulty—giving riders a great opportunity to hone their technical skills without adding additional mileage until they upgrade to comp. For certain venues, the amount of climbing DOUBLES from Women’s Citizen to Women’s Sport! 

What’s the starting order and who races with who?

  • The Citizen and Elite fields will stay the same. Women’s Comp and Women’s Sport will start together in the same wave. On some courses where a “prologue” or half lap are included, Women’s Sport riders will always get to ride the full, technical, challenging course. 

What do you mean by “more technical” and “less technical” courses?

  • The more technical courses include roots, rock gardens, logs, small drops, berms, steep hills, and other features that the less technical courses don’t have. That being said, we recommend pre-riding the course so you know what to expect before racing no matter what field you’re in. 

Why wasn’t there a Women’s Comp field until now?

  • To explain this, we need to start with the Elite fields. Due to race speed, Men’s Elite usually races 1 more lap than Women’s Elite in the same amount of time. The logic was that, since Women’s Elite already does the same distance as Men’s Comp, racers who would otherwise choose Women’s Comp might as well sign up for Women’s Elite. Plus they’d have a chance at winning money! However, as fields sizes and interest in the series has grown, we realized that it made sense to pilot this program in 2020 so that racers in the women’s fields could feel empowered to pick a field that suits their ability level best and confidently upgrade from Citizen, Sport, and Comp. 

I’m a visual person and this is confusing.

Course 

Women’s Field 

Men’s Field 

6–10 miles, 45 mins*, less technical course

Women’s Citizen

Men’s Citizen 

6–10 miles, 55 mins*, more technical course

Women’s Sport 

 

12–15 miles, 80 mins*, more technical course 

Women’s Comp

Men’s Sport 

18–20 miles, 110 mins*, more technical course 

Women’s Elite

Men’s Comp

20–25 miles, 110 mins*, more technical course

 

Men’s Elite

4 hours, more technical course

Women’s Marathon

Men’s Marathon

*Times are approximate 


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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 2019 we will again use this system and you will need to sign up again for notifications.  Please follow the link below to sign up.

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. 

 

2020 Signup coming soon