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Race #9 - Cuyuna Crusher **TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022**

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2021 Cuyuna Crusher Flyer

2021 Cuyuna Crusher Flyer

2021 Race Information

Join Us in Cuyuna

Photo Courtesy of Randy Harrison

Voted MNMBS 'Best Race' in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019

Cuyuna's World Famous Red Dirt Flow Trails are in great shape!

More than 500 mountain bikers, their friends and families will come to Crosby the weekend of Aug. 21-22 for the Sixth Annual Cuyuna Crusher Race sponsored 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. 

Don't just drive into town for the day on Sunday, Aug. 22—we invite you to the Cuyuna Lakes to make a weekend of it. Bring your family and enjoy swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding in our crystal clear mine lakes.  You will not regret the chance to explore our great town and get a quality pre-ride to prepare for your race. Visit our local businesses that sponsor the Crusher, without them we couldn’t do what we do!


Register to race by Saturday, Aug. 21 at 8:00 PM. Please note: Race numbers will not be available for pick up on Saturday at the Crusher Happy Hour.

Racers who have NOT raced a Series race this year will pick up their race number on Sunday, Aug. 22 before their race.

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

The Registration "Race #9 - Cuyuna Crusher **TO BE UPDATED FOR 2022**" is not currently available.

Start Times, Distances, Fees : ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Class Start Time Approx. Distance # of Laps Early Pre-Registration (closes 8/19 @ 8:00 pm) Late Pre-registration (closes 8/21 @ 8:00 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
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

Race-Day Awards: KIDS COMP ONLY FOR 2021

Presentation ceremony for KIDS COMP awards will begin at approx. 9:45 am.


Cuyuna Crusher Parking

Cuyuna Crusher Parking

Vehicle Permits are Required in the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (including the day of the race)


There are several ways you can get your Event Day Pass:

  • Online registration: Please check the Event Day pass when you fill out your Online Registration. You will then pick up your vehicle pass at the registration table.
  • Crusher Happy Hour in Crosby at Cuyuna Brewing Company on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 4 to 8 p.m.
  • Vehicle permits can also be purchased at the DNR office on 307 3rd Street Ironton, Online or any of our six self-service kiosks. Locations for those kiosks are listed below:
  • Yawkey Unit Parking Lot
  • Portsmouth Campground
  • Portsmouth Boat Access
  • Miners Mountain Rally Center
  • Mahnomen Unit West, entrance off County Road 128
  • Sagamore Boat Access

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

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 Sport, Comp and Elite class

Crusher course for Sport, Comp, Elite

Crusher course for Kids Comp, Citizen


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.)

Crusher Pre-Party, New Connector Trail Tour, & Concessions

Bruce Archer

New Connector Trail Tour
Explore the new green level Connector Trails on a guided tour (approx. 8-mile/ 1.5 hour ride) on Saturday, Aug. 21 at 3 p.m. with SureShift MTB and friends. Riders will begin and end the ride at Cuyuna Brewing Company. Guided Bike Tour space is limited to 12 participants. Please RSVP to by Aug. 18.

Crusher Happy Hour
Join us during the Crusher Happy Hour at Cuyuna Brewing Company from 4-8 p.m. Happy Hour features live music by Bruce Archer.  Concessions will be available. Grab a 2021 Crusher T-shirts ($25) and socks ($12) at the Chamber booth. 

$10 Raffle
To celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the opening of the trail system at Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, you could win an GX Eagle AXS™  component upgrade kit ($600 value) donated by Gear West. Raffles will be for sale during Crusher Happy Hour for $10.

About the Musician
Bruce Archer plays a rollicking combination of blues, bluegrass, country, and folk. His impressive finger-picking and slide guitar display a level of mastery that comes from 40-plus years of playing and sifting through musical styles, keeping the bits that resonate with him. He coaxes from his guitar an instrumental voice that is authentically his own.

Masterful finger-picking and slide guitar punctuate the highly autobiographic lyrics of his album THE HALLOWED LAND. This eclectic, sometimes rollicking, sometimes reflective, genre-bending album is a paean to traditional story-telling.

Archer's career has taken him from open mic nights in college, through forming and writing for bands that regularly played high profile alt-music clubs in Uptown, Downtown and West Bank Minneapolis, to returning to solo gigs in the north woods of Minnesota. He's enjoyed playing with some top-notch musicians, including opening for legendary bass guitarist Ronnie Lane (Small Faces), the Uppity Blues Women, the Jayhawks, the Gear Daddies’ frontman Martin Zellar, the Phones, and Run Westy Run—to name a few.

Through it all, he has relied on his Iowa roots and sense of who he is. Archer brings a raw authenticity to his performances.

Race-day Concessions
Concessions by MAUCIERI'S ITALIAN BISTRO, BAR & DELI & Mixed Company --A Kava House available on race day, Sunday, August 22 in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area. 

Check out the selection of 2021 Crusher T-shirts. Get yours at the Crusher Happy Hour on Saturday, Aug. 21 at Cuyuna Brewing Company, or at the Race on Sunday, Aug. 22.

Crusher Socks are $12. Get yours at the Crusher Happy Hour or on Race Day!

Local Lodging

IMPORTANT INFORMATION! YOU WILL WANT TO BOOK LODGING EARLY!  There is another large event happening in the lakes area and lodging may be hard to come by, book early at any of the locations listed below!

Premier Cuyuna Crusher Lodging Partners:

Crosby Lofts: Eight guest rooms, each a little different, with maximum accommodation for four to six adults.

Book :

Red Rider Resort: Red Rider is a year-round resort that includes eight cabins 2 with a ¾ bath, 10 tent sites and four RV sites. There is a shared bath house and kitchen. 


True North Basecamp: Waterfront cabins, furnished cabin tents and campsites with sweeping views in the heart of Cuyuna Lakes.

Book: 218-833-2267 or

Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge: Ruttger’s has been welcoming families to the shores of Bay Lake since 1898. It is a truly classic, traditional Minnesota up north vacation destination with rustic cabins, great food and bonfires with s’more.

Book: 855-557-3237 or

Deerwood Motel: Great Rooms at Great Prices! 

Book: 218-534-3163 or 

City of Crosby Memorial Park: Call 218-546-5021 for reservations.

City of Cuyuna: several sites for pitching a tent or parking an RV; along with the shower/bathroom facility at the track.


Grand Casino Mille Lacs: The largest casino hotel resort in the Lake Country with 494 rooms. 


Book: or call 800-468- 3517


Cuyuna Lakes Chamber lodging: 

Directories – Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce


Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Camping:

Other Area Weekend Activities

Heritage Days Aug. 19-22

Heritage Days is Thursday, Aug. 19 through Sunday, Aug. 22. Events include a medallion hunt, 10th anniversary of Backstreet Books at the Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library, customer appreciation luncheon at Cuyuna Lakes Part City on Thursday, Night to Unite on Thursday evening, Heritage Walk and Steak or Shrimp dinner at the Ironton American Legion on Friday, Author Alley, loon calling contest, story hour, C-I Ranger Great Get-Together breakfast, arts and craft show and Lions car show, all on Saturday and the Cuyuna Crusher Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race on Sunday and so much more!

Contact Information

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber/Promoter

Brielle Bredsten

218-546-8131 Office

Volunteer Sign-up

Interested in Volunteering? 
We appreciate your willingness to help with this great community event. 

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, and we thank you in advance for signing up!

No experience with bike races? That's okay! We have lots of positions that require zero knowledge of the sport. Positions include check-in, trail stewards, directing traffic, packet pick-up, kids race, etc. 

In exchange for your time, we'll be providing volunteers with a free T-shirt and a free meal and/or refreshments during your shift! Please join us at the Cuyuna Brewing Company during the Crusher Happy Hour on Saturday, Aug. 21 from 4-8 p.m. to pick up your shirt, instructions, and goodie bag! 

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

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

Volunteers will receive a free lunch and T-shirt (please sign up by Aug. 1 so we can order the correct T-shirt size). 

Cuyuna Miner's Mountain - MAJOR SPONSORS

Sponsored by City of Crosby

City of Crosby

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Welcome to Crosby where small town friendliness and service are a tradition. Built around Serpent Lake  in the heart of Cuyuna Country, the Crosby area offers dozens of beautiful natural lakes and  Minnesota's newest lakes. Today, the mines have closed and are filled with crystal-clear water, and the hills of overburden are covered in poplar and spruce. More than half our city is located within the 5,000 acre Cuyuna  State Recreation Area, which has more than 24 miles of natural shoreline, seven miles of paved bike trail, and  nearly 25 miles of world-class, IMBA certified mountain bike trails.

Sponsored by City of Cuyuna

City of Cuyuna

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Strategically placed among the clear lakes and lush woodlands of central Minnesota, Cuyuna is among Minnesota's finest vacation destinations but it is also a wonderful place to call home or start a business. An area rich in history, Cuyuna was once a bustling center for iron ore mining. With the miners long gone, former excavation areas now sparkle with crystal clear water and deep-water trout. We now proudly host the beautiful 5,000 acre Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area and the Cuyuna Lakes State Trail system - each providing a wealth of activities from hiking to mountain biking.

Sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

Cuyuna Regional Medical Center

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A community-built facility, Cuyuna Regional Medical Center serves approximately 30,000 people in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area. Our experienced physicians and staff bring a progressive, “can-do” approach to rural healthcare, delivering a wide range high-quality services through one convenient continuum of care. Over the years, strategic local partnerships and strong community support have enabled CRMC to evolve into a state-of-the-art medical campus that offers an array of services to residents throughout the region. In addition to a critical-access hospital, CRMC manages three physician clinics and a senior living community consisting of a care center, assisted living and memory care.

Cuyuna Man High Sponsor

Sponsored by Cuyuna Adventure Town U.S.A.

Cuyuna Adventure Town U.S.A.

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Welcome home. Welcome to Cuyuna Adventure Town USA®. is the lifestyle and outdoor brand of this human-powered outdoor recreation destination—purposefully set out to position our region as not only a top destination within the state, but the nation and the globe.

Cuyuna Hopper Sponsor 

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AutoSmith Service Group

Located in Ironton, AutoSmith Service Group offers many services from automotive repair to heavy equipment and truck repair. They are ASE certified in automotive and diesel and offer DOT inspection and service for fleets offsite. In addition, they offer 24/7 towing, recovery, and road-side service such as tire change, lock out service and fuel delivery

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Crosby Lofts

The eight guest rooms at Crosby Lofts are forged on Main Street on the top floor of a beautifully restored 120 year-old brick building with secure bike storage and easy access to mountain bike trails. On the ground floor you'll find great wood-fired and original pizzas at Raffertys. A remarkable inn that’s perfect for small groups, and a favorite of cyclists, paddlers, and visitors looking for a modest, yet elegant, Main Street Crosby lodging adventure.

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Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew

Riders from all over the world are flocking to the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails because of the variety of terrain, trails, and experiences. From simple repair, to full re-building, to building new trail, the Trail Care Crew is making sure your ride on the red gold of Cuyuna is best you've ever had. Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew makes giving back to the trails easy. Whatever time and skills you have are always appreciated.

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Mid Minnesota Federal Credit Union

What sets Mid Minnesota apart from other financial institutions is that YOU, our member owner, has a vested interest in our success. Any profits are returned to our membership in the form of higher dividend rates, lower interest rates on loans, additional technology, and growth in services. Minnesota Federal Credit Union (MMFCU) serves all of Becker, Cass, Crow Wing, Douglas, Morrison, Norman, Otter Tail, Todd, and Wadena Counties as well as the Cities of Aitkin, McGregor, and Palisade, in addition to various townships* in Aitkin County.

Bootcamp Sponsors

Anderson Brothers Construction

Anderson Brothers is a multi-disciplined contractor specializing in municipal, commercial and residential infrastructure. Anderson Brothers has earned a reputation as an industry leader and the Contractor of Choice for municipal, commercial and private infrastructure. With over 75 years of proven experience in design-build, material resource management, quality control and product performance to ensure the highest possible level of construction craftsmanship.

City of Deerwood

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The City of Deerwood Minnesota is situated among the lakes and hardwood forests of the Cuyuna Range.  It is noted for its heritage and rural charm. Cuyler Adams of Deerwood discovered the iron ore that started the mining boom. We invite you to see what Deerwood has to offer for your next vacation, business trip or new place to call home. We have a playground, swimming beach, ball field, Depot picnic area and the Deerwood Auditorium.

City of Ironton

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The City of Ironton, Minnesota is in the midst of the Cuyuna Iron Range and was established in 1911. The rich history of mining manganese-rich iron ore is what the town was built on when immigrants from northern and southern Europe settled in the area looking for jobs in the mines. With the closing of mining operations in the area around the 1980’s, the community has since enjoyed the beautiful scenery that now is part of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

Culligan Water Conditioning

Your local Culligan Water Expert doesn’t just know Culligan products--they know water. They have the knowledge and know-how to service and repair ANY type of water treatment and ANY brand of water softener, water filtration system or drinking water system. They also know how to make sure you’re getting the best possible water by performing basic water quality testing in your home.

Cuyuna Brewing Company

Made on the Range in Crosby, MN! It’s not just about the beer. It’s about the people, the camaraderie, the community. It’s about sipping a beer steeped in Cuyuna’s industrial roots. It’s about embracing our world-renowned red dirt trails and deep-blue, crystal-clear mine lakes. Not only do we want our patrons to enjoy the beer, we want them to love and learn more about this place we call Cuyuna.

Deerwood Bank

To this day, Deerwood Bank continues to be a community-based bank. Their expansions and growth represent their desire to broaden their services and convenience to their customers throughout Minnesota. Their business philosophies are based on the belief that “to be a successful community bank, we must be committed to our communities and have a unique ability to know and serve our markets."

Deerwood Motel

Deerwood Motel has served the Brainerd, Crosby, and Bay Lake areas since 1954. We are known as an economical, clean and comfortable destination for sportsman, seniors and area travelers. The best known area lakes are Serpent Lake bordering Crosby-Deerwood, and Bay Lake, just minutes south of the Deerwood Motel. We are close, yet far enough away from the frenzy you wish to leave behind. You are always welcome at the Deerwood Motel.

Deerwood Technologies

With a depth and breadth of expertise in cybersecurity and regulatory compliance, we deploy a comprehensive approach to proactively protect our clients from increasingly advanced cyberthreats and complex regulatory requirements. We work as your IT department or with your existing internal IT team, so you can leverage our depth and breadth of expertise and get proactive, consistent, affordable and, reliable IT technology solutions from us, every time. 

Graphic Packaging International

Graphic Packaging International is a leader in the packaging industry, serving hundreds of the world’s most recognized brands.  You’ve probably purchased food, beverages or other consumer products sold in their packaging.

KK Advertising

Graphic Design Marketing Advertising & Media Advertising/Promotions Public Relations Signs & Banners

Lakes Printing

Advertising/Promotions, Business & Professional Services, Printing & Typesetting Services

Maucieri's Italian Bistro, Bar & Deli

Food and Beverage Catering located in Crosslake, MN. 

Mixed Company --A Kava House

Located in a 100-year-old building on Main Street, our cafe and gift shop offers tasty coffee, espresso, tea, and smoothies as well as delicious sandwiches, wraps, soup, pastries, and sweets. Stop by and try our scrumptious scones! We have also have gifts, accessories, vintage home décor, and one-of-a-kind items.

Mixed Company is "the coffee house that community built." Located on Main Street in Crosby, Minnesota. Whether you live in the Cuyuna area or are passing through Crosby, we invite you to stop by. All our food is made fresh in front of your eyes, is easily customizable, and can be taken to-go. 


North Country Cafe

Open daily from 6am-3pm serving breakfast all day with homemade soups and lunch specials! We have recently remodeled and expanded! Our new expansion allows for more space between tables, two additional restrooms and larger booths to seat big families all together.

R.P.M. of Emily

R.P.M. is located just a few blocks west of Highway 6 on County Road 1 in Emily, Minnesota. For anglers, we offer the best in fishing boats. If you just love being on the water with friends and family, we offer Suncatcher pontoons. If you are in the mood for quiet solitude, choose a canoe or kayak as you enjoy the unspoiled waters.  If you prefer fast and furious fun, we've got you covered with Suncatcher pontoons powered by the best in Yamaha Outboards. 

Range Disposal

Business & Professional Services, Garbage Disposal Services

SuperOne Foods

The Miner's family original business was a small tavern started in 1943 by Tony and Ida Miner that offered local residents ice-cold beer. When Tony Miner noticed that many customers left early in the evening so they could buy their bread and milk before their nearby grocery store closed for the day, he added a milk cooler and bread to the items he sold. And that simple, yet insightful decision based on Tony and Ida's customer's needs is the foundation of what you will still find today when you visit a Super One Foods, County Market or Woodland Marketplace Foods store.

True North Basecamp

Waterfront cabins rentals and campsites with sweeping views in the heart of Cuyuna Lakes. True North Basecamp is only ~100 miles from Minneapolis St. Paul metro area, 99 miles from Duluth Minnesota, 80 miles from St. Cloud, Minnesota. Please contact us with questions about Cuyuna Mountain Bike Races, Paddle Board and Kayak rentals or any other questions.

Unbound Adventures

Owners Ashley and Andrew Gustafson love the outdoors and trying new things, but know that can be difficult when you aren't sure where or how to start. Plus, the gear required can be a big investment. They started Unbound Adventures hoping to share their passions with you, without any of the hassle!

Unbound Adventures will meet you at the trailhead, set you up with a bike and gear, and provide some basic riding instruction. They will guide you throughout your ride or just for a few trails, whichever you are most comfortable with. They take care of everything but the pedaling!

Mucker Mountain Sponsor

Ruttger's Bay Lake Resort

Ruttger’s has grown over the years, adding Minnesota’s first resort golf course in 1921, and then a second 18-hole championship course, but the essence of Ruttger’s remains the same as the day Joseph first opened his home to fishermen.

The peace of a northern Minnesota lake, time spent with the ones you love, a good meal, and a warm and welcoming smile.