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RACE # 5 - Bluff Riders Charge July 21, 2019

Race 5 - Bluff Riders Charge - July 21st

Registration is Open

Race Description

The course starts with a nice warm-up climb to the top of the ski area. Once on top, all racers make a large traverse along the front of the ski area. The course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks. The approximate vertical gain per lap is 500 feet. No one will be disappointed with this course!

Online Registration

On line registration ends at 8:00 PM  on Thursday, July 18th. Please click on the link below to register.

On-Site Registration

On-Site registration will open at Mount Kato Sunday, July 21st at 8:00 am.

Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start of each class.

Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre - Registration Day of Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 4 miles 1 $13 $18
Citizen 9:30 AM 9 miles 2 $24 $34
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4hrs $33 $44
Sport 11:00 AM 15 miles 3 $29 $40
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM Free** Free**
Expert & Pro Men 1:10 PM 23 miles 5 $33 $44
Expert & Pro Women 1:12 PM 18 miles 4 $33 $44
Comp SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 18 miles 4 $29 $40
Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 18 miles 4 $29 $40
All riders 18 and under - - - $18 $24
Sport Awards 1:30 PM
Marathon/Comp/SS/Fatbike & Elite Group Awards 3:45 PM

1) **Must Register


Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race

The Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race is designed to give our youngest riders an opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The Race is free to children ages 3 to 12.  Parent cyclists ride and race with the kids, providing motivational and physical support.

Race starts at 12:45 PM! Helmets are required. Register on-site only by 12:30pm. 

General Information

Get ready for an exciting day of mountain bike racing in Southern Minnesota! Mt. Kato has: 7+ miles of well-maintained singletrack, plenty of parking space & a chalet right on the race course. Bluff Rider's Charge offers an event for all ages and all ability levels.

The MMBS & A1 Bike are encouraging participation by offering the following race classes at Bluff Rider's Charge:

Kid's Comp

This event is designed for the 8-14 year old who is ready for a challenge that is more advanced than the youth series event. At Bluff Rider's Charge, Kid's Comp is 1 lap of the same course as the Citizen race.

Citizen Class

A Citizen class competitor is generally a new or recreational racer with limited riding experience.

Sport Class

A Sport class competitor is an experienced rider of average to above average ability.

Comp Class

A Comp class competitor is an experienced racer looking for a challenge in course & distance above Sport.

Marathon, Expert & Pro Class



Race Courses

Map of Mount Kato mtb trails

There are many shared elements of Mt. Kato trails for Kid's Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp & Expert classes.

The trails at Mount Kato run in a clockwise direction only--use the link to the map above with the course descriptions:

Kid's Comp & Citizen:  TBD

Sport, Comp, Expert, Marathon: TBD

*Specific course elements are subject to change based on course conditions on race day and discretion of the race director and property owner.

Pre-Riding: Mount Kato mtb trails are open for riding from dawn until dusk. A trail pass is required & can be purchased on-site at Mount Kato


Medal & award presentation ceremonies will immediately follow the completion of each event. 
Medals will be awarded 3 places deep in each age group for all race classes. Cash payout, up to 15 places deep to Expert Male and Female Overall. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.


Mt. Kato area maps

Mount Kato Ski Area
20461 Hwy 66 | Mankato, MN 56001

Driving Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul and points north:

Take US Hwy 169 South from the Twin Cities to Mankato/North Mankato. Exit at 66/Riverfront Drive. Right at stoplight onto S. Riverfront drive. West 3 blocks to Sibley Ave. Left onto Sibley Ave. (under bridge). South 3 blocks to W. 7th. Right onto W. 7th, 1 block West to Carney Ave/Hwy 66. Left onto Carney Ave/Hwy 66, 1.5 miles South to Mt. Kato.


Driving Directions from points south:

Take US Hwy 169 North/60 East. Exit at Frontage Road. Right at end of off-ramp onto S. Riverfront drive. East 3 blocks to Sibley Ave. Right onto Sibley Ave. (under bridge). South 3 blocks to W. 7th. Right onto W. 7th, 1 block West to Carney Ave/Hwy 66. Left onto Carney Ave/Hwy 66, 1.5 miles South to Mt. Kato.


Other Information

Camping is available at two locations near Mt. Kato:

Land of Memories

382 Hawley Street
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 387-8649

Minneopa State Park

54497 Gadwall Road
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 389-5464

Mount Kato Bluff Rider's Charge 2015: Finally a Kato Race Under 100 degrees!

More than 400 racers turned out for great racing and great day in Mankato.‚Äč

By Troy Melhus

There are many reasons Mount Kato always ranks among my favorite mountain bike trails in Minnesota.

I spent nearly a decade covering the Minnesota Vikings — and their summer training camp practices — after which, each night, I'd ride over to Mount Kato for multiple laps.

I met my wife at Mount Kato. (True story: We met while checking the results posted on the side of the chalet at a Mount Kato race, nearly 10 years ago).

And now I have memories of our 4-year-old helping with handups and racing for her own medal in the series' kids race.

But my affection for Mount Kato goes beyond sentimental. The truth is Mount Kato is one of the best overall singletrack courses in Minnesota, from its lung-busting opening climb to the flowing singletrack on the backsides of this popular winter ski area. With its wooded terrain, quick switchback climbs, and rolling hills, a day at Kato for me is a day of pure joy.

Clearly I'm not alone. More than 400 racers rolled onto Mount Kato on Sun., May 31 to experience this annual rite of joy with me. The day could not have been better.

"These are the best conditions I've ever raced at Mount Kato," said Matt Kirk, a racer for the Bicycle Sports bike shop of Rochester. "First time it hasn't been 100 degrees."

Despite rain the previous day, the weather — and course — were in ideal shape.

"All the riders have been saying the course is great," said Matt Anderson, the Minnesota Series referee. "The riders have been really happy — it's been clean racing all day."

"It was tough but a lot of fun," said Hub Cycling racer Mary Gonzalez. "It's just very nice to have people cheering you on the whole way and have that support."

Troy Melhus is a former expert racer for the Peace Coffee Bicycle Racing Team and former reporter and editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He still occasionally throws his helmet into the ring as a Comp single-speeder. You can reach him at


Jeremiah V

Event Director