Welcome to the Gamehaven Lakeside Grind – the Minnesota Series newest race. This race is held at the Gamehaven Scout Reservation – a beautiful 265 acre camp and the Gamehaven Sports and Activities Park – Rochester’s newest 460 acre regional park with a 42 acre lake. Gamehaven has been a popular site for Minnesota High School races the past 4 years. Trails are built and maintained by volunteer members of the Rochester Active Sports Club. New trails are being added each year.
Last year's race was an awesome event. While it was a hot day the racers were treated to some sweet packed in singletrack. The new Lakeside Kicker Climb was a dealmaker for those that had the energy to fly up it. For the rest, well there's always more training right!
See you SUNDAY!
POLITE - both passing rider and to-be-passed rider should be respectful and courteous
ANNOUNCE - passing rider make your presence known (for ex, "RIDER BACK")
SET IT UP - passing rider communicate with to-be-passed rider to determine:
when to pass (for ex, "WHEN IT'S SAFE", "WHEN CLEAR", "AFTER THIS CORNER", "GO NOW") and
where to pass (for ex, "ON YOUR LEFT/RIGHT", "PASSING LEFT/RIGHT", "GO LEFT/RIGHT")
SAFELY - execute the pass in a safe manner
IF you are pre-Registered online:
That's it! You now have your permanent number plate and are ready to RACE!
A big change for the 2018 MNMBS is that all racers will be part of the overall points tracking/standings for the entire season. In years past, racers had the option of paying to be part of the “Series,” or just racing in individual races (no tracking of points / overall standings/overall awards). For 2018, the MNMBS has become more inclusive; all racers at all events are part of the Series.
What does this mean?
This change will make the races, points, awards, etc more inclusive. We want everyone to feel that they belong to our GREAT mountain bike family. To facilitate this change we have increased our race fees by $2 per registration.
Register online for individual races until 8PM CST the Thursday prior to the race. To register, click on the Register tab.
To ensure you are signed up for the race series and have your number plate for the season sign up for the Woolly today!
Register the day of the race. Please arrive at least one hour before your event. Race registration closes a half hour prior to each race.
Register once for all 10 events. You pay for 9 races and get 1 race free! (plus save approximately one half of the transaction fees.) You must register for the SuperPass online! No SuperPass registration is available after May 3rd.
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|May 20||Sunday||MNMBS #1 - St Croix Woolly, St Croix Falls, WI|
|June 3||Sunday||MNMBS #2 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud, MN|
|June 10||Sunday||MNMBS #3 - Detroit Mountain Shakedown, Detroit Lakes, MN|
|June 24||Sunday||MNMBS #4 - *NEW* Theodore Wirth Park, Golden Valley, MN|
|July 8||Sunday||MNMBS #5 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI|
|July 14||Saturday||MNMBS #6 - Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN|
|July 29||Sunday||MNMBS #7 - Gamehaven Lakeside Grind, Rochester MN|
|Aug 12||Sunday||MNMBS #8 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN|
|Aug 19||Sunday||MNMBS #9 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN|
|Sept 1-2||Saturday XC||MNMBS #10 - Laddies Loppet, Maplelag|
Get your team signed up now. What a great way to get together with friends and family! Get on a TEAM! This season you can race 1 or 3 or even all 10 races for your team and they will get the points. Nothing extra to pay to have a great time.
So gather up your friends or Fiends as it were and get your team signed up to race the series. It's free to create a team, just make sure your team members put down your team name when registering online or on race day.
We love to see the teams, cool jersies, tents with food, drinks, family, kids, grandma and grandpas watching. That's what makes our races so much fun!
Sign your team up today! Click Here to go to the signup form.
When creating you sweet team jerseys feel free to include the Series logo on them. Click the link below to download the logo file.
Last season we used SMS/Text messages to communicate with racers when there were major changes or delays at our races. For 2018 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:
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.
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When weather does not cooperate the MN Series has procedures in place. 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 : Click Here
2. Any updates regarding weather or the racing schedule will be posted on social media, Text Msg and at the Registration Tent. Sign up for Text Msg notification - Click Here
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
There is some road construction on highway 55. Do not take the detour drive straight to the park.
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!