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Race #7 - Bluff Riders Charge

2021 Course Maps Coming Soon!


Race Description

 

A longtime series favorite race, Bluff Rider's Charge has access to 7+ miles of wooded singletrack to tailor-make courses for all 3 Pods. Your beloved trails will be prepped and ready to shred, courtesy of the Mount Kato Trail Crew!

MNMBS, Mount Kato, and the Mankato Interscholastic Cycling Team are joining forces to re-energize the iconic Bluff Rider's Charge. All proceeds from the race will benefit More Families on Bikes, a Mankato-based organization that cultivates the family cycling culture as an independent activity provider.

NO DAY OF REGISTRATION

Start Times, Distances, Fees : ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Class Start Time Approximate Distance # of Laps Registration
POD 1
Kids Comp 9:00 AM TBD TBD $18
Citizen Men & Women 9:30 AM TBD TBD $29
POD 2
Sport Men & Women 12:00 Noon TBD TBD $34
Comp Women 12:00 Noon $34
POD 3
Elite Men & Women 2:30 PM TBD TBD $38
Comp Men 2:35 PM TBD TBD $34
All riders 18 and under $23

Awards : 2021 KIDS COMP ONLY

Medal & award presentation ceremonies will immediately follow the completion of KIDS COMP.

NO ADULT AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR 2021 TO COMPLY WITH HEALTH GUIDELINES

Race Courses & Pre-Ride-a-Palooza (stay tuned for updated 2021 information!)

The trails at Mount Kato run in a clockwise direction only--use the links to the maps below with the course descriptions (2021 course map revisions are coming soon, please consider 2019 maps as 'reference only' as of 7 Apr 2021).

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

Awards : 2021 KIDS COMP ONLY

Medal & award presentation ceremonies will immediately follow the completion of KIDS COMP.

NO ADULT AWARDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR 2021 TO COMPLY WITH HEALTH GUIDELINES


Directions

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 right onto Riverfront Dr. and go about 8 blocks--turn left onto Sibley (under the overpass) and continue six blocks to right turn onto Blue Earth Street. Left at the stop sign onto Hwy 1 (old Hwy 66), follow for 1.5 miles to Mount Kato on your left.

Driving Directions from points south:

Take US Hwy 169 North/60 East. Turn left onto Hawthorn Road/Hwy 90 and go about 2.5 miles. Turn left onto Hawthorn Road/Hwy 90 and go about 2.5 miles. Turn left on Hwy 66 (south of Mt Kato) and less than a mile from there Mt. Kato will be on the right.

 

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

 

Lodging is available at:

Hilton Garden Inn

20 Civic Center Plaza
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 344-1111

AmericInn Hotel & Conference Center

240 Stadium Road
Mankato, MN 56001
(507) 345-8011

 

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 troy.melhus@gmail.com.

 

Mike Busch

Event Director

Phone: (507) 351-0781