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Race #1 - St. Croix Woolly - July 10 --Rescheduled Date--

***RESCHEDULED TO JULY 10***

 (Race registration has been re-opened)

ON-LINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Early Pre-Registration closes Thursday, July 7 at 8:00 PM 

Late Pre-Registration closes Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 PM



Weather Wonderings for 4/28/2022

POSTED 4/28/2022 9:30PM

 

Hey Woolly Land and MN MTB Series Riders!

I'm sure you are all obsessively hitting refresh on the forecast pages, just like us, hoping to see the rain clouds magically disappear and sunshine and 70's show up.  And instead are worried about a cancelled race.

Here is the TL;DR version: Woolly and the MN MTB Series are very optimistic that we will be racing on Sunday.  It might be damp, and the courses may be slightly modified, but we are going to do everything we can to race.

 

And if you want the long version:

Woolly and the Series have been getting a number of questions about why May 1st, can we reschedule, will we cancel, etc?  We just wanted to lay a few things out there for folks to help you make the best decision possible for yourself and to understand what we are trying to make happen.

Both the Woolly and MN MTB Series are non-profit organizations.  For the Woolly, this is our single biggest source of income each year by a HUGE margin.  The proceeds from the race are what allow us to build, maintain, and groom the trails that you enjoy year round.  So us having an event is hugely important.

It is also a huge production for a handful of dedicated volunteers and a small army of volunteers on race day.  There are a bunch of scheduling, permits, timing company, port-o-potties, food vendors, and other expenses that are put in place several months in advance.

For the series, this is just the first of 10 events they help put on over a limited number of weekends during the summer.  For those folks it can be many weekends away from home all summer long.  Unfortunately someone has to go first and sometimes the weather gets iffy.  Sometimes we have been riding hero dirt for a month.

So to wrap up the story, this is a hugely collaborative effort between multiple sets of volunteers and it is not easy to just move it.  The Woolly folks who build and maintain the trails are pretty darn confident that even though we normally don't want folks riding wet trails, in exchange for our primary source of income, we would rather pick our most durable trails and hold an event than not.

We are going to keep moving forward and expect we can put on a good race that you can enjoy on Sunday.  In the outside chance it becomes an absolute drencher over the course of Saturday and we can't put on a safe race on Sunday we will coordinate with the series to reschedule for later this summer.

 

So we can't guarantee you 100% there will be a race.  And there certainly is the no refund policy.  And we will work to reschedule if we can't do it.  So consider yourself an informed consumer and bike racer and make your choices as you see fit.

 

Cheers from the Woolly Crew!


No Day-Of Registration....Pre-Registration Only

No Day-Of Class Changes

Registration Check-In

ALL racers, please CHECK-IN at Registration at least 30 min before your race.  (If you have your race number, please bring it to check-in.)

Racers who have NOT raced a Series race this year will pick up their race number on race day.

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


Start Times, Distances, Fees : ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY

Class Start Time Approx. Distance # of Laps Early Pre-Registration (closes 7/7 @ 8:00 pm) Late Pre-registration (closes 7/9 @ 8:00 pm)
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 4 miles 1 $18 $28
Citizen Men & Women 9:30 AM 8 miles 2 $29 $39
Marathon 10:50 AM 4 hrs 4 hrs $38 $48
Sport Men 11:00 AM 12 miles 2 $34 $44
Comp Women 11:00 AM 12 miles 2 $34 $44
Sport Women 11:00 AM 7 miles 1 $34 $44
Elite Men 1:10 PM 25 miles 4 $38 $48
Elite Women 1:10 PM 19 miles 3 $38 $48
Comp Men 1:20 PM 20 miles 3 $34 $44
All riders 18 and under $23 $33

Awards

Medal presentation ceremonies will follow each class of racing.


2022 Race Information

Woolly is excited to once again kick off the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

We are working hard to put on the same great race you have come to expect in Woolly Land.  From a race course and start/finish area perspective things will look much like they did last year.

With current COVID restrictions lessening, expect to find Marathon Class back as well as Sir Smokes-a-Lot back to provide you with some post race BBQ.


Free SWAG

Every racer this year is going home with a new Woolly race coffee mug as the free give away.

Elite Payout

The City of St. Croix Falls Tourism Board has donated cash for prizes in the elite race.  Men's and Women's payouts as follows:

1st - $100

2nd - $75

3rd - $50

4th - $40

5th - $35


Race Course Description and Maps

*Courses are subject to change based on trail conditions and discretion of the race director and property owner.

 

2022 - Course Maps 

Courses are planned to be the same as 2021.

**UPDATED 4/29**  In anticipation of some precipitation on Saturday and potentially into Sunday morning, Woolly has made a few initial modifications to the course to avoid some of our most vulnerable trails and have a few contingencies in place for the planned moderate rain on Saturday.  If there is even more rain than anticipated the course may be modified a little further, but we don't anticipate doing that at this time.


See the updated maps below.

**UPDATED 4/24** Woolly was out walking the trails on 4/24.  We are going to let the weekend rain soak in, a few more frosty mornings pass, cut up a few more downed trees, then we should be ready to open mid-week.

Marathon/Sport/Comp/Elite

Kids Comp and Citizen

Start/Finish Details

Please note that the portion of the trail behind the school on the community walking trail will only be open for riding on race day.  Please help us be good trail stewards and do not ride the walking trail prior to race day.  You can enter West Ridge near the normal entrance to the south side of the school and construction area.

Parking Details

With the construction at the high school this year we are down a few parking spots.  We should still be good, but the map below will help you in case we do start to fill up.  Please note that there are a few of the access roads to the school that there is no parking on.


Sponsored by Trap Rock Brewing

Trap Rock Brewing

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Woolly is excited for Trap Rock Brewing to be the presenting sponsor of the 2021 Woolly Race.  Not only are they the top sponsor, they will also be our next door neighbor to the race venue where you will find food trucks and recovery beverages.  Located just two blocks from the race venue you won't have a hard time finding them.

Trap Rock Brewing Company is a production microbrewery based in Saint Croix Falls, WI that uses mostly locally sourced ingredients to produce a variety of classic and cutting-edge beer styles. The recipe for a great tasting beer starts and ends with people. At Trap Rock, this philosophy is reflected in the way we treat our employees, patrons, and community. Trap Rock found its origins in the love of a craft. The product of that craft fosters an environment where people just flat out enjoy being together. Every member of Trap Rock's team is passionate about the beer that we make and the people we serve. When people think about Trap Rock's beers, we want them to think good people, good beer, and good life.

Sponsored by Maklin Bike Shop

Maklin Bike Shop

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Maklin Bike Shop is a Trek, Niner, Salsa and Electra bikes dealer located along the Swedish Immigrant Trail in the small town of Shafer, MN between the Chisago Lakes Area and the St. Croix River Valley. Maklin is about 7 miles from the Woolly Bike Club Trails in St. Croix Falls, WI and easy to get to, only a half mile off Highway 8.

Sponsored by Due North Homes

Due North Homes

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Now more than ever, it will take a custom home to meet your needs.

From dedicated home offices, flexible "school" space, or an activity room for workouts & entertainment, a new Due North Home will be tailored to your specific demands (and the demands of your loved ones.)

Whether we start with a blank sheet of paper, an existing plan you've found elsewhere, or one of our many varied stock plans, we efficiently build our homes with a focus on sustainability. But our goal is to bring your ideas to life, and deliver on your vision. Along with our key supplier, Amwood Homes, we say, "If you can dream it, we can build it!"

If you are interested in building in Polk, Burnett, St. Croix, Chisago, or Washington counties, call or email Due North Homes and let us show you how, from our first contact, we are "the builder who listens."

Sponsored by City of St. Croix Falls

City of St. Croix Falls

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The bluffs and dalles of the wild and scenic St. Croix River form the backdrop of the City of St. Croix Falls. Located just an hour northeast of Minneapolis/St. Paul, St. Croix Falls is an ideal place to live, work and play.

The City of St Croix Falls, Wisconsin, population 2100, is a historic River Town located along the St Croix River at the junctions of US Hwy 8 with State Hwys 35 and 87 in western Wisconsin.  St Croix Falls is known as the City of Trails with access to the Gandy Dancer Trail, the Ice Age Trail, Woolly Mountain Bike Trail and a number of hiking trails through local parks, Wisconsin Interstate Park and the St Croix National Scenic River Way.

Sponsored by Edward Jones - Matt Fisk

Edward Jones - Matt Fisk

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I have been an Edward Jones financial advisor since 2015. My wife, Alicia (Brace) Fisk, and I are currently living in the house that I was raised in with our five children: Sage (9), Jude (8), Foreman (6) and Teal and Tate (3). Alicia teaches piano, guitar and voice lessons from our home and is on the steering team of the St. Croix Valley MOPS group. We are active members of the Woolly Bike Club, where I was a former chair. I am an elder at Hope Church in Osceola and a member of the St Croix Falls-Taylors Falls Rotary Club.

As a lifelong resident of St. Croix Falls, having the opportunity to work and truly make a difference in the lives of the people in the community where I grew up is important to me.

Sponsored by Linda Shober Marketing and Design

Linda Shober Marketing and Design

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We specialize in small and mid-size business marketing and advertising services. In a fragmented marketplace with so many options for product and media, it becomes a challenge to capture and motivate an audience. Connecting with your customers funnels your audience into qualified leads and buyers. We want your customers to have the moment where they “click” and take action toward your product or service.

Sponsored by Osceola Autobody

Osceola Autobody

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Osceola Auto Body was founded in 1975 and has been growing ever since. Brian and Barb Johnson established the business and successfully owned it until 2004. Dan Tronrud, who was the manager at Osceola Auto Body at the time, along with his wife Kierstin, became the new owners and continue to run the business today. It is our privilege to serve you, and we appreciate your business!

Sponsored by Bike Jacket

Bike Jacket

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Protect your two-wheeled investment

Corroded chains, stuck cables, and pitted disc brakes wreck your ride and your bike. Bike Jacket is an easy, simple way to protect your bike from the elements that could damage it.

Avoid road crud

Bikes are often on the back of a vehicle being transported somewhere. Driving along the road less traveled can be great—but what dirt and gravel do to bike components is no good.

No more hassling with offhand solutions

Hey, we’ve been there and done that. We’ve messed with plastic bags that flew off on the road and other crazy mishaps. You want to spend your time biking and not hassling with protecting your bike on the road. That’s why we created Bike Jacket! Easy, fast and effective.


DIRECTIONS

 Driving Directions from the Twin Cities

 Take I-35 North out of the Metro to Hwy 8 (Exit 132) in Forest Lake.  East on Hwy 8 ( about 23 miles) to Wisconsin.  After you cross the bridge into God's Country, you will proceed about 1 mile and turn left onto Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left onto Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right. 

Driving Directions from the North (Minnesota)

South on I-35 to North Branch.  In North Branch go East on  Hwy 95 (exit 147) for about 20 miles into Taylors Falls.  At the stop light you will go right onto Hwy 8 into Wisconsin.  Proceed about 1 mile east on Hwy 8.  Left on Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left onto Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right. 

 Driving Directions from the East 

 Take US-8 into St. Croix Falls.  Right on Industrial Pkwy (opposite KFC) for 2 blocks.  Left on Maple Drive for 2 blocks.  St Croix Falls High School will be on the right.

(FYI - If you are coming to pre-ride or anytime other than race weekend, you will probably want to park at the Woolly Trailhead.  Instead of turning left on Maple Drive, you would turn right.   You will see the Woolly Trailhead directly ahead of you after driving 2 blocks.)

If you are going to use a maping program, here is the physical address for the St Croix Falls High School:

740 Maple Drive St. Croix Falls, WI 54024


CAMPING and HOTELS

Please plan to make a great weekend of the race and head up Saturday...or even Friday.  Our first choice for your stay would be one of our past Race Sponsors at the Holiday Inn Express or the Dalles House Motel.  Be sure to tell them you are in town for the race!

We DO NOT have camping available at the race.  The high school will not allow it.  We have several great options within minutes of the race.

Wisconsin Interstate Park  715-483-3747

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Minnesota Interstate Park  651-465-5711

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Wildwood Campground  651-465-6315

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Ben Mullin

Ben Mullin

Woolly Bike Club

Phone: 651-261-9649

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WOLLY BIKE CLUB - Your source for everything WOOLLY!!

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