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Race #8 - Powder Monkey

2021 Race Information Coming Soon!

Race #7 "The Modern Day Powder Monkey" - August 4th


Come enjoy a bike filled weekend in Duluth!

The MN Series Powder Monkey is once again teaming up with the Kraus Anderson Bike Festival to provide an epic bike filled weekend.  Please refer to for more information.  Saturday events include enduro racing, downhill racing, short track racing, and an adventure ride.  Additionally, loads of bike companies will be present with bike demos and swag galore! Test ride the newest and greatest from all the big name companies!  Come see what the enduro craze is all about and test your technical skills. Or if going fast is the name of the game, Saturday evening is a short track race taking place right through the vendor village.  We highly encourage everyone to come Saturday for the KA Bike Festival, I can guarantee it will be time well spent!

 COGGS and Spirit Mountain are once again 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 6th annual Kraus Anderson Bike Duluth Festival, 'The Return of the Powder Monkey' is a great way to get outside and enjoy testing your limits. Whether you are a 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!

The Citizen (beginner) lap is a combination of fun flowy singletrack and doubletrack.  The Citizen course DOES NOT climb Spirit Mountain. If you are concerned about not being able to hack the course, you can do it!!! Grab your bike and get ready!

The Sport, Comp, Elite, and Marathon classes will all tackle the same course this year.  The course will be run in close to the opposite direction as last year. This will include a grinder of a start up the new “all weather mountain bike trail” to the top.  Your hard work will then be paid back in a fun, fast, and technical descent. New this year will be “A” and “B” lines to help reward those who have the “Send it” spirit in them.  The “A” line will feature a large drop and steep rocky chute where the “B” line will feature a rocky loam decent. Ride around will be available if neither is your cup of tea. From there, we will drop into the a mix of flowly and fun singletrack and double track.  (Sport) will do 2 laps. Comp and Elite Woman will do 3 laps. Elite Men will do 4 laps. And Marathon will do as many laps as they can.

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

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

See you all there!!


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 & Women 12:00 Noon TBD TBD $34
Comp Women 12:00 Noon $34
Elite Men & Women 2:30 PM TBD TBD $38
Comp Men 2:35 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.


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! 

Additionally, check out for hotel and bed and breakfast lodging options.  

Having bike problems or need last second items?  Check out and and they will get everything taken care of!

Wanna celebrate with a cold one after a hard day on the trails?  For the beer drinking types, hit up Bent Paddle Brewery or Ursa Minor Brewery.  For the Cider drinking types, check out Duluth Cider or Wild State Cider.

Hungry?  We recommend crossing the bridge to visit Thirsty Pagen for some of the best pizza you will ever have!  If pizza is not your thing though, check out Duluth Grill, OMC Smokehouse, or Corktown Deli.

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