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Race #9- Cuyuna Lakes Crusher

2021 Cuyuna Crusher


2021 Race Information

Join Us in Cuyuna

Don't just drive into town for the day on Sunday—be sure to come to the Cuyuna Lakes and make a weekend of it. 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!

The Minnesota Series Race takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area on Sunday, Aug. 22.  Voted Best Race in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019! Cuyuna's World Famous Red Dirt Flow Trails are in great shape! Bring your family and enjoy swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding in our crystal clear mine lakes.

Start Times, Distances, Fees : ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Class Start Time Approximate Distance # of Laps Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM TBD TBD $18
Citizen Men & Women 9:30 AM TBD TBD $29
Sport Men 12:00 Noon TBD TBD $34
Comp Women 12:00 Noon TBD TBD $34
Sport Women 12:00 Noon TBD TBD $34
Elite Men 2:30 PM TBD TBD $38
Elite Women 2:32 PM TBD TBD $38
Comp Men 2:40 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.


Vehicle Permits are Required in the CCSRA: EVENT DAY PASS WITH DISCOUNT IS $5 (Instead of $7)

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

Map for Citizen, Sport, Comp and Elite class

Crusher course for Citizen, Sport, Comp, Elite and Marathon

Crusher course for Citizen, Sport, Comp, Elite and Marathon

Starting at the Rally Center going south Turn right (West) onto Cuyuna Lakes State Trail Enter New Easy Street on the Right. Continue onto Bootcamp/new Easy Street At exit of Bootcamp take gravel road to Easy Street Mucker mountain climb near the bottom of Mucker take a right onto the mine road for a passing lane before entering back onto the singletrack on the right. When the Singletrack crosses the main gravel road, take a left on the road for additional passing opportunity. Enter back onto the Easy Street singletrack on the right where Sandhog entrance is (not doing sandhog however). Take Easy Street to Trammer on left. Climb Miners Mountain Overburden road all the way to where Miner's Mountain Downhill trail crosses. Take a left onto that trail (same as the start to Oremageddon) Straight ahead to Ferrous Wheel. Take a hard left to Roly Poly down to Rally Center. (Note: Where the trail hits the road at the bottom, shoot straight to the Start/finish line rather than doing that short segment where Switchback entrance starts) Total of 7.4 miles. Slightly above average time for Sport class racer will be 35 minutes per lap, 70 minutes total. Comp and Elite will be around 30 minutes per lap or 90 minutes comp/120 Elite totals.


Download the STRAVA map (link above under course maps) and pre-ride the course. Course will be marked race day morning.


Late Registration Packet Pickup/ Concessions

Bruce Archer

New Connector Trail Tour
Meet at Cuyuna Brewing Company in Crosby at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 for a guided tour of the new green level Connector Trail (approx. 8 miles/1.5 hour ride). Guided by Sureshift MTB & Friends. Space limited to two groups of six riders. Please RSVP to

Crusher Happy Hour
Enjoy music by Bruce Archer during the Crusher Happy Hour at Cuyuna Brewing Company on Saturday, August 21 from 4-8 p.m.

The event will also have concessions available. Pick up your Crusher t-shirt and sock orders here and snag some 2021 Crusher merchandise. This is the location for race packet pickup for late registrants. 

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 available on race day, Sunday, August 22 in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Rec Area. 




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:

Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Camping:


Other Area Weekend Activities

Contact Information

Cuyuna Lakes Chamber/Promoter

Brielle Bredsten

218-546-8131 Office

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.

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 SponsorĀ 

Bootcamp Sponsors

Sponsored by Deerwood Bank

Deerwood Bank

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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."

Sponsored by Graphic Packaging International

Graphic Packaging International

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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.

Sponsored by City of Ironton

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.

Sponsored by City of Deerwood

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.