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Race #9 - Cuyuna Crusher - TO BE UPDATED FOR 2024


Early Pre-Registration closes DAY, MONTH DATE at TIME PM

<< Register HERE for Early Pre-Registration >>

Late Pre-Registration closes DAY, MONTH DATE at TIME PM

<< Register HERE for Late Pre-Registration >>

No Day-Of Registration....Pre-Registration Only

No Day-Of or Day-Before Class Changes

Race Numbers:

Racers who have NOT raced a Series race this year will pick up their race number on race day.

Racers who HAVE raced a Series race this year will use their existing race number and will NOT pick up a new race number.

(Note that if you have raced a Series race this year, but have now registered for a DIFFERENT class, you will pick up a NEW race number for your NEW class on race day).

Start Times, Distances, Fees : ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Class Start Time Approx. Distance # of Laps Early Pre-Reg (closes Tuesday @ 11:59 pm) Late Pre-Reg (closes Friday @ 11:59 pm)
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 4.2 miles 1 $18 $28
Citizen Men & Women 9:30 AM 8.4 miles 2 $29 $39
Marathon 10:50 AM 4 hrs 4 hrs $38 $48
Sport Men 11:00 AM 16.2 miles P+2 $34 $44
Comp Women 11:00 AM 16.2 miles P+2 $34 $44
Sport Women 11:00 AM 8.8 miles P+1 $34 $44
Elite Men 1:10 PM 31 miles P+4 $38 $48
Elite Women 1:10 PM 23.6 miles P+3 $38 $48
Comp Men 1:20 PM 23.6 miles P+3 $34 $44
All riders 18 and under $23 $33


Award ceremonies will follow each class of racing.  Medals (1st, 2nd, 3rd) will be awarded for all classes/subcategories as follows:

Kids Comp (Age Group)
Citizen (Age Group, Clydesdale/Athena)
Sport (Age Group, Clydesdale/Athena)
Comp (Age Group, Single Speed, Fat Bike)
Marathon (Overall)
Elite (Age Group, Overall)

2023 Race Information

Welcome to the Cuyuna Crusher! Home of Cuyuna's famous iron ore trails!

Voted MNMBS 'Best Race' in 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2021 and record setting participation in 2022, the Cuyuna Crusher is an experience like none other. Mountain bikers of all ages and skill levels along with friends and families are invited to the Cuyuna Lakes Area for the Annual Cuyuna Crusher Hosted by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series. The Cuyuna Crusher takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area. 

Bring your family and enjoy all that the Cuyuna Lakes Area has to offer! Enjoy the many lakes and mine pits the area has to offer, do some shopping, have some delectable bites and beverages, rest your heads in one of our many great lodging options and enjoy the scenery of the Cuyuna Lakes! You will not regret the chance to explore the great Cuyuna Lakes Area while enjoying some of the best mountain bike trails in Minnesota! 

Willing to help us keep things going smoothly and safely on Crusher day? Please visit our sign up page at: Thank you for being willing to help! We truly appreciate your commitment and time! Event Volunteers will receive a free event t-shirt to wear during their shift as well as a meal and beverage at any of the on site food trucks. 


Interested in becoming a sponsor of the 2023 Cuyuna Crusher? 

Please visit us << HERE >> or contact the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber office with questions by emailing us at or calling 218-546-8131.


Pictures from 2018-2022 Cuyuna Crusher can be found at: Thanks to Photographers Randy Harrison and Perry Smith.

Countdown to the Cuyuna Crusher


Volunteer Sign-up

Volunteers are needed for many different positions to help make the event a success. Large group help is an option for community groups, scout troop or sports teams. We can't host this event without volunteers, thank you in advance for signing up and helping us out!

No experience with bike races? That's okay! We have lots of positions that require zero knowledge of the sport. Positions include trail stewards, first aid, floaters, water station, traffic support, parking and clean up crew.  

In exchange for your time, we'll be providing volunteers with a free T-shirt to wear during the event, as well as a free meal and refreshments.

We appreciate your willingness to help with this great community event. 


Click below to view available volunteer spots, details and Sign Up:

 Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on

Please contact the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber 218-546-8131 or for more information.


The Cuyuna Crusher is held within the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area in Ironton, MN. Those that park within the CCSRA are required to get a parking permit.

Please note: CCSRA on-site parking permit process has changed this year! If you plan to park on-site you will be required to purchase your parking pass online ahead of time ($7 daily or $35 annually). 

For online parking permit information please visit:


Be sure your permit confirmation number is visible in your windshield when you park.

Your purchased permit helps maintain and improve the natural resources, facilities, education and outreach programs that make Minnesota's state parks and recreation areas among the best in the nation.

Cuyuna Crusher Parking

Cuyuna Crusher Parking

Course Maps

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

Map for Marathon, Sport, Comp and Elite class

Crusher course for Marathon, Sport, Comp, Elite

Crusher course for Kids Comp, Citizen


Start/Lap/Finish Area


Download or follow the course maps above for pre-riding PRIOR TO race day. (Note that courses will be taped-off only on race day and courses are NOT open for pre-riding on race day.)

Stay tuned for more pre-ride details!

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Info

The best kept secret in Minnesota!  Abandoned by mining companies more than 30 years ago, this area now boasts 5,000 acres of regenerated vegetation.  Offering a variety of recreation opportunities including biking (paved and mountain bike trails), snowmobiling, fishing, boating, hiking, wildlife-watching, scuba diving, camping and more.  Over 70 miles of mountain bike trail systems cover nearly 800 acres of regenerated vegetation, 27 miles of natural shoreline, six mine lakes connecting to create 267 acres of continuous water, perfect for exploring by boat or canoe. Anglers can cast a line for trout (with a trout stamp), northern, bass, crappie, or sunfish.. Check out the Yawkey Mine Lake, or for a great view go west through the Miner's Mountain Rally Center to see the Miner's Mountain Overlook and the Huntington Mine Lake.  

Divers will find clear water with sheer walls and flat terraces, characteristic of the mine roads, railroads and other remnants of the mining industry.  

To learn more about the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area please visit:

2023 Crusher Festival

1st Annual Crushing on Curtis Ave

Crusher Weekend Festival Details


Friday Events

1st Annual Crushing on Curtis Ave

Street Dance with Live Music by Mason Dixon Line from 8:00 pm to Midnight, Food, Beverages & More! Friday August 25, 2023. Located on Curtis Ave Ironton, MN between Taconite Canteen & Event Center & The Hudson

More information to follow.



Saturday Events:

Ironton Kids Fest

Saturday August 26th 

11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Ironton Fire Department

Free food, games, water slide and more! 


Fat Tire Pints for a Purpose 

At Trailside Tavern 

Saturday August 26, 2023.

5:00 pm to Midnight

Food, Drinks, Live Music and Bike Raffle Drawing.

Funds raised will be donated to the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails Crew to help with ongoing trail maintenance needs.


Post Crusher

Crusher Cool Down

Sunday August 27, 2023

Meet us at The Hudson after Crusher for live music, food, specialty drinks and more! Starting immediately after awards. Hot food will be served starting at 3:00 pm with live music starting at 4:30 pm.


Come back soon for more details!








From the Twin Cities:  Click << HERE >> for directions

From Rochester:  Click << HERE >> for directions

From Wisconsin:  Click << HERE >> for directions

Local Lodging


The Cuyuna Lakes Area has lots of lodging options available to choose from!

For area lodging opportunities, including places to eat, shop and visit please see

Local Race Director

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce/Promoter

Located within Deerwood Bank at:

21236 Archibald Rd

Deerwood, MN 56444


Office: 218-546-8131

Thank you to our 2023 Crusher Roadway Partners

Sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Visit Website

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center consists of a 25-bed critical access hospital; five physician clinics located in Crosby, Baxter, Breezy Point, Longville, and Super One in Crosby; a 48-bed nursing home; and is a partner with Presbyterian Homes and Services in operating a senior living community with 50 independent living apartments, 36 assisted living apartments, 12 memory care apartments, and 16 memory care suites. A locally governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, CRMC is the second largest employer in Crow Wing County.

A community-built facility, CRMC serves more than 60,000 people in the Brainerd Lakes, an area known as Minnesota’s vacation destination because of its beautiful lakes and woodlands offering a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. With an average daily census of 18 patients, CRMC serves approximately 2,200 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients annually and has nearly 10,000 ER visits and about 260 births. The majority of CRMC’s patients, 65 percent, reside in Brainerd, Baxter, Longville, Aitkin, Onamia, and their surrounding areas. Another 35 percent of its patients live in the Hospital Districts of Bay Lake, Crosby, Cuyuna, Dean Lake, Deerwood, Emily, Fairfield, Fifty Lakes, Irondale, Ironton, Little Pine, Perry Lake, Rabbit Lake, Riverton, Trommald, and Wolford.