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COVID Protocol

Racing is Back in 2021!

In order to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and offer racers a safe and fun experience, we're implementing some changes this year.

We may adjust race and venue guidelines over the course of the season based on state and federal guidelines so check this page before every race and keep an eye on our social media. 

Thanks in advance for doing your part!


Series Guidelines

Race Registration Price Increase

Due to the increased use of trail systems and the need to pre-register for all racers we are increasing each registration by $5. This $5 increase will go directly to the local race organizers. 

 

Race Categories

There will be no marathon class this year to avoid overlapping pods. There will also be no kids fun race. 

 

Race Day Schedule

Race times will be different due to having 3 separate race pods throughout the day. Scroll down on this page to see the race schedule. 

 

Racer Registration Limits 

In order to adhere to state guidelines, we're capping each pod at 175 racers. To see which races are in which pods, scroll down to the race day schedule on this page. 


Venue Guidelines

Face Masks

Face masks must be worn by race attendees who are not actively racing, including while you're waiting for your call up. The only time you're allowed to remove your face mask at the race venue is once you're lined up in the starting grid. 

Additionally, if you're traveling to attend a race, please show respect to that community by masking up when in public and following state and local guidelines. 

 

Spectating 

Maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others who are not a member of your household while not actively racing. Stay at least 12 feet away from the race course while not racing. Avoid congregating in busy areas such as the start/finish line. Do not bring additional non-racing spectators to races. If multiple members of your household are racing in different pods throughout the day, you may remain near the vicinity of your vehicle, but please refrain from waiting around at the race venue between races. Youth racers are allowed one adult guardian with them at the race venue. 

 

Amenities 

We will not be providing water or snacks on the race course. There is no neutral support in the event of mechanical issues. Please plan ahead and bring your own food, water, and tools. We will have hand sanitizer for public use. There will be first aid available. 


Race Guidelines

Registration

This year, to comply with Minnesota Department of Health mandate for sporting events, we are only offering pre-registration for races. That means you cannot register for a race in-person on race day. This will help us avoid crowds and eliminate touch points.

Please maintain at least 6 feet of distance between yourself and others and wear a mask when you're picking up your race plate. You will keep the same race plate for the duration of the season. Do NOT throw it away! You will affix your race plate to the front of your bike.

Once you register for a race, you cannot change classes. You can however register for a different class at the next race. 

 

Arrival and Departure 

We know that spending time with friends is part of what makes the MN Mtb Series so fun, however in order to avoid overlapping pods and event sizes becoming too large, racers are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 1 hour before the start of their race and leave shortly after finishing their race. If multiple members of your household are racing in different pods throughout the day, you may remain near the vicinity of your vehicle, but please refrain from waiting around at the race venue between races. 

 

Race Start

Arrive at the race venue no earlier than 1 hour before the start of your race. Arrive at the race start 10 minutes before your race starts. 

Each field will have multiple age group waves with call ups—same as previous years. We may split or combine waves in order to be compliant with current state guidelines (right now, expect about 25 people per wave) with time gaps between waves.

Wait near the start line and listen for your wave to be called to find out where to line up. Please wear a mask while waiting for your call up. You can stash your mask in your pocket once you're lined up in the starting grid. 

 

Race Results 

Similarly to previous years, your race plate will have a timing chip in it, which is how we will determine your finishing time. Race results will be available on the "2021 Results" tab on this website within 24 hours of the race. The protest period for results is until 11:59 pm on the Tuesday following the race. Results will not be posted in-person at the race venue. 

 

Podium and Awards

In order to avoid crowding and help our promoters break even cost-wise, we will not have podiums or awards for adult racers. That includes race medals and cash prizes. We will still have race medals and podiums for the kids comp class. Kids must wear masks while receiving awards. 

 

Race Day Schedule 

POD 1 : Arrival time 8:00 am

If you arrive before 8:00 please remain near your vehicle or warmup outside of the venue. 

9:00 am - Kids Competitive 

9:30 am - Men's and Women's Citizen 

 

POD 2 : Arrival time 11:00 am

If you arrive before 11:00 please remain near your vehicle or warmup outside of the venue. 

12:00 Noon - Men's and Women's Sport / Women's Comp

 

POD 3 : Arrival time 1:30 pm

If you arrive before 1:30 please remain near your vehicle or warmup outside of the venue. 

2:30 pm - Men's and Women's Elite 

2:40 pm - Men's Comp 

*Note: There is no marathon class this year to avoid overlapping pods.