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RACE #7 - Powder Monkey - August 4, 2019

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Race #7 "The Return of the Powder Monkey" - August 4

New year, new course for 2018!

 COGGS and Spirit Mountain are excited to bring you a race course with unparalleled variety.    This year marks the return of a true test of your grit and stamina, 'The Return of the Powder Monkey' 

An offering of the 5th annual Kraus Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, 'The Return of the Powder Monkey' is a great way to unleash your inner Ferrari F40. Wether you are an spandex wearing carbon fiber riding Elite, or if you are just pulling down the mountain bike from the garage wall for the first time to see what the fuss is all about, this cross country style mountain bike race has something special in store for you. Beginner level riders should register for the 'citizen' category if this is your first race. Get ready to see Spirit Mt. in a new light this year and enjoy COGGS new course for you!

The Citizen (beginner) lap is a combination of fun flowy singletrack and doubletrack for easy passing, 3.5 miles, 249 ft. of elevation. The Citizen course DOES NOT climb 'The Puker'! If you are concerned about not being able to hack the course, you can do it!!! Grab your bike and get ready!

The Sport (Intermediate) will do 1 3/4 laps. The first 3/4 lap will be as shown on the race map above.  THEN Sport will do 1 FULL lap.  

Marathon will also do a 3/4 first lap and then do full laps for the remainder of the race. 

The Expert (you know who you are) lap is 5.9 miles, 791 ft. of elevation. Time to carb up! 2 laps for Comp and Expert Women, 3 for Expert Men.

Marathon heroes, our hats are off to you! If you are looking for a good place for setting up your refueling spot, the upper parking lot along the course is a good choice.

Race spectators on Sunday only can purchase an all day, unlimited lift ticket (no bikes) for $10

For more great enduro, downhill, and general festival information, be sure to check out


Race Day Registration

Race day registration begins 8:00 am Sunday morning, August 12th at Spirit Mountain!

Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre - Registration Day of Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 3.5 1 $13 $18
Citizen 9:30 AM 7 2 $24 $34
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4 hours $33 $44
Sport 11:00 AM 12 2 $29 $40
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM Free** Free**
Expert & Pro Men* 1:10 PM 18 3 $33 $44
Expert & Pro Women* 1:12 PM 12 2 $33 $44
Comp 1:20 PM 12 2 $29 $40
All riders 18 and under - - $18 $24
Sport Awards 1:30 PM
Marathon, Comp & Elite Group Awards 3:45 PM

Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race

The Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race is designed to give younger children an opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The Race is free to children ages 3 to 12.  Parents can run or ride alongside with the kids, providing motivational and physical support.

Race starts at 12:45 pm. Helmets required. Register on-site only by 12:30 pm.


The course map is shown above, if you are in Duluth and the trails are dry, pre-ride to your hearts (and lungs) content! Course is unmarked at the moment, but will be marked prior to race events.

Pre-riding will be available the Saturday prior to the event after 3:00 PM.     Some sections of this race course will be used by other Bike Duluth festival events Saturday morning.   


CASH PRIZES for top Elites, so start shaving those precious ounces now!

Prizes will be provided for 1st - 3rd place in each age class for Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, Expert, & Pro classes. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.     

AWESOME RAFFLE PRIZES provided by local sponsors and series sponsors alike!

General Information

Food and beverage will be available all day at the Grand Avenue Chalet at Spirit Mountain

Portable toilets will be available onsite. Camping is available at Spirit MountainIndian Point Campground, The Buffalo House, or any other place you can find to pitch a tent, get your reservations early! 



Directions from the Twin Cities

Event will be based at the Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet: 8551 Grand Ave, Duluth

From the Twin Cities, take I35 North to Exit 246 (Midway Rd)

Turn Right on to Midway/Cty Hwy 3, and follow it 6.9 miles to Commonwealth Ave (a.k.a. State Highway 23 / Grand Ave).

Turn Left on Commonwealth and go 2 miles to Spirit Mountain (on your left).

Matt Johnsrud