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Series Racing Information

Racing Categories 

If you’re switching fields or racing with us for the first time, start by taking a look at the “Course Description” column and select a distance/difficulty that feels right for you, then find the field that corresponds with that. If you’re a cyclocross or road racer, reference the “USA Cycling Equivalency” table near the bottom of this page. 

Race categories and distances have been adjusted for Women’s Sport and Women’s Comp in 2020. 

Course Description

Women’s Field 

Men’s Field 

  • 3–4 miles 
  • 25 mins*
  • beginner course 

Kids Competitive (age 14 & younger girls)

Kids Competitive (age 14 & younger boys)

  • 6–10 miles
  • 45 mins*
  • less technical course

Women’s Citizen

Men’s Citizen 

  • 6–10 miles
  • 55 mins*
  • more technical course

Women’s Sport 

 
  • 12–15 miles
  • 80 mins*
  • more technical course 

Women’s Comp

Men’s Sport 

  • 18–20 miles
  • 110 mins*
  • more technical course 

Women’s Elite

Men’s Comp

  • 20–25 miles
  • 110 mins*
  • more technical course
 

Men’s Elite

  • 4 hours
  • more technical course

Women’s Marathon

Men’s Marathon

*Times are approximate 

Schedule of Events 

Below is the time that the officials will blow their whistle and the race will take off. Get to the start line 10 minutes early to ensure you don’t miss a call-up or the whistle!

Time

Field(s)

9:00 am

Kids Competitive 

9:30 am

Men’s Citizen, Women’s Citizen 

10:50 am

Men’s Marathon, Women’s Marathon 

11:00 am

Men’s Sport, Women’s Comp, Women’s Sport

1:10 pm

Men’s Elite, Women’s Elite

1:20 pm

Men’s Comp

 

Award Categories 

Even if you’re not one of the first three riders to cross the finish line, you might still earn yourself a spot on the podium! Below are age group, bike, and size award categories for each field.

Field

Categories 

Kids Competitive 

Boys: 8 & under, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14

 

Girls: 8 & under, 9–10, 11–12, 13–14

Citizen

Men: 10–12, 13–14, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+, clydesdale (200+ lbs)

 

Women: 10–14, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50+, athena (160+ lbs)

Marathon 

Men: overall, no age group categories

 

Women: overall, no age group categories 

Sport 

Men: 14 & under, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+, clydesdale (200+ lbs)

 

Women: 14 & under, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50+, athena (160+ lbs)

Comp

Men: 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50–59, 60–69, 70+, single speed, fat bike (3.8” tires or wider)

 

Women: 14 & under, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50+, single speed, fat bike (3.8” tires or wider)

Elite 

Men: overall, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40–49, 50+

 

Women: overall, 15–18, 19–29, 30–39, 40+

 

USA Cycling Equivalency 

Road and cyclocross racers—welcome to the wonderful world of mountain biking! If you’re unsure of which category you should sign up for, here’s a chart based on USA Cycling categories. The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series is unsanctioned. 

Field 

USAC Cyclocross or Road Category 

Citizen

Category 5

Sport

Category 4/5

Comp

Category 3

Elite 

Category 1/2

Marathon 

Category 1/2/3/4