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Volume VII, Race #6 - Spirit Mountain

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Spirit Mountain boasts challenging trails and breathtaking Fall scenery.| Photo credit tmbimages.com

Special supplement to the Singletrack Times, Race Day News issues cover only race details.

* Race #6 Details
* Saturday Night Pasta Feed
* Race Report - Race #5
* Volunteers - We need ya!
* Race Day Communication
* Framed Bike - Skills Challenge Area
* Spectator Guidelines
* MN League Weather Policy
* People for Bikes Survey
* Support our sponsors!

Bye Week Schedule:
Find out which teams will be racing! Bye Week Schedule

No Drones at the Races:
FAA rules do not allow drones.

Be sure to check the MN League website, we have packed it full of information.

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Student athletes will descend Spirit Mountain on the newly completed all weather trail.


Get ready for Spirit Mountain in Duluth MN! With a beautiful view from the top of Spirit Mountain, the race course winds its way down the face of hill to some sweet single track at the bottom. The 3.8 mile course has the view and the trails that the racers will enjoy. To get back to the finish line lots of climbing (the infamous Puker Trail) will be required but not too difficult.

TRAIL ADDRESS: 9500 Spirit Mountain Pl, Duluth, MN 55810

Sat. Oct. 13 - Pre-Ride | Opens at 1pm, Last Rider on at 3:15pm.
Sun. Oct. 14 - Race Day at Spirit Mountain; No Pre-Ride.

View the Spirit Mountain Race Flyer for all the details.

Pre-race pasta feed


Join your fellow MN High school league racers for a Pasta Meal at the Grand Ave Chalet, 8551 Grand Avenue, for a pasta feed. The pasta bar will begin at 4:30 and run until 7:00p. Tickets are $10 + tax and allow a trip through. A selection of spaghetti with red or white sauce, Italian sausage, chicken, bread sticks and a salad.

Total price is $11.06 including tax. This pass meal is open for parents and immediate family members too!

Buy your tickets here.

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JV2 Boys charging up the big, first climb | Whitetail Ridge 2018 | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com


Minneapolis, MN - Oct. 10, 2018 - On Sun. Oct. 7, with temps hovering between 40 and 50 degrees, over 700 mountain bike racers from MN, Western WI, SD and ND converged at Whitetail Ridge in River Falls, WI for Race #5 of a seven-race series. A fan-favorite race venue for the league; racers were thrilled to be back at Whitetail Ridge to take on the 4-mile course of endless climbs and rolling hills.

View Full Race Report for Race #5 at Whitetail Ridge in River Falls, WI.

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We could not stage races without our hearty volunteers | Detroit Mountain | Photo courtesy of tmbimages.com


Why volunteer?

Because without volunteers, we cannot hold the race. For each race, we need about 130-160 people to run a race.

As part of the Race Day Crew, help out with scoring, hand out water, course marshal on the race course, be a crossing guard or choose the popular "sweep" position. All of these positions are important!

Meet other parents, members of the Core Staff, and have fun at the same time. Plus, get the new Volunteer tee from Wolftooth Components! Each volunteer will receive one tee for helping out.

If your son or daughter is racing, volunteer to help when your child is not racing. Be a part of the excitement and still be able to watch your son or daughter race!

Tip: As a course marshal or a crossing guard, you are able to get right on the race course where there is exceptional viewing of the course!

Learn about the needed race day volunteer positions and how to register on our online registration site called Sign Up.




The following communication channels will provide critical race information before, during and after a race. Be sure to review the various options and find the channel or channels which will help keep you up to date for each race day.

Social Media:
We use our social media channels to communicate any immediate non-emergency news, as well photos and videos of your favorite racers.

Facebook: Like our page!

Twitter: Follow us today!

Instagram: Follow us today!

Note: Facebook is our primary social channel for race updates.

Race Day Information Kiosk:
New this year, we will provide an information kiosk near the MN League registration trailer. Stop by to check on the race day schedule, trail map, and race results.

Rained Out App:
To sign up: Text MNMTBLEAGUE to 84483. The MN League will use this service to send alerts regarding the following conditions:
1. Race delay
2. Race cancellation
3. Emergencies

FM Simulcast
Thanks to the efforts of Armstrong High School Cycling Coach Greg Rierson. Once again we will be live broadcasting each race on FM radio. Bring a portable FM receiver to keep up with the racing action and hear announcements (like race call ups) when you are out of range of the PA system. Exact frequencies will be announced at each venue. Thank you Greg!

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Once you install the app, it's easy to find the event and follow your favorite racer.

It's Your Race App
Follow your favorite racer by seeing their lap splits as well as race position. Download the app from the App Store, find "Minnesota MTB" and then, select a race category.

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Cooper rising to the challenge of the FRAMED BIKE Skills Course


Sponsored by Framed Bikes

In between races, stop by and check out the Framed Bikes Skills Challenge Course and test your bike handling skills!

New this year, we are giving out hardware and swag to the top 5 male and female participants. Medals and Swag are made possibly by contributions from Framed Bikes and Wolftooth. Thank you!

Skills Challenge Course will be open each Sunday on a race weekend. The course will open Sunday at 9am and close when the last race lines up for the day. (Around 3pm). Medals and prizes will be handed out with race day awards.

Take the challenge, because there is more to racing than just speed.

This skills course is built to challenge a rider’s stability and handling on the bike. It offers tight corners and log hops, as examples - two skills that are commonly used on the trail while riding and racing. New and experienced riders can take the challenge and test their bike handling skills.

Other riding skills put to the test include: balance, tight turns, breaks control, ratcheting, range of motion on the bike, wheel lifts, focus and concentration.

Remember, more highly-skilled riders are safer riders.

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It's a MN League "thang": we cheer, LOUDLY, for every racer! | Photo credit tmbimages.com



We have set up these rules to keep our racers and spectators safe. Just as at a football or baseball game, walking onto the course is not allowed. IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ!

The course is taped off in many areas. But in non-taped areas, the course officially does include the single track plus 3 feet on both sides.

You can cross the course where there is an opening in the tape and when permission is given by the volunteer crossing marshal. Going under the tape is not allowed at any time on Saturday or Sunday!

Do not walk, run or ride on course. Follow side paths or off course trails to gain access to viewing areas. Some remote areas of the course simply may not be accessible to spectators.

When in remote areas, cross the course only prior to and upon completion of each race. It’s a silent sport and often racers and spectators lose track of each other in the heat of the race. We have had several close calls.

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Racing with a smile no matter the conditions! | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com


In the event of challenging weather, review our Weather Policy and Guidelines.

Our primary consideration is the safety of racers, race support staff, race visitors, and potential damage to the race course site.

Any decisions regarding cancellation or altering race start times, lap lengths, or number of laps, etc. will be made jointly by the MN League Director, the Land Manager, and the MN League Chief Referee. Often, this decision cannot be made until the morning of the race due to the unpredictable nature of wet or stormy weather.

The MN League will make every attempt to notify people via two of our race communication channels: Rained Out text app, PA Announcements at the race and on Facebook and Twitter.

Review the MN League weather policy and guidelines.

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Please complete the survey for the Whitetail Ridge race

This season, NICA has partnered with People for Bikes to study the economic impact NICA races have on our community and we need YOUR help! After each race this season, we ask that you please take 5 minutes to complete the following short survey about the prior weekend’s race. Your participation will provide valuable information that will enable NICA to share the positive impact league events have on our state and within our communities. Please also feel free to distribute this to your teams!

Survey participants will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win cool prizes! You can access the survey HERE.



Spend your hard earned bike money with them!

Please take a minute to review our list of local and national sponsors. When considering a purchase, be sure to visit and thank our sponsors for their support. Please encourage them to continue to support our student athletes as they learn life lessons about being part of something as special as cycling.



▪ Race #1 – Aug. 26 – Schindler's Way Trail, Austin, MN
▪ Race #2 – Sept. 9 - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN
▪ Race #3 – Sept.16 – Gamehaven Scout Trail, Rochester, MN
▪ Race #4 – Sept. 30 – Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes MN
▪ Race #5 – Oct. 7 – Whitetail Ridge, River Falls, WI
▪ Race # 6 – Oct.14 – Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN
▪ Race # 7 - Oct. 27-28 - State Championship Weekend - Mt. Kato, Mankato MN
▪ Season Ending Celebration – Fri. Nov. 9 at Northrup Auditorium
Race #1 – Aug. 26 – Schindler's Way Trail, Austin, MN
Race #2 – Sept. 9 - Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN
Race #3 – Sept.16 – Gamehaven Scout Trail, Rochester, MN
Race #4 – Sept. 30 – Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes MN
Race #5 – Oct. 7 – Whitetail Ridge, River Falls, WI
Race # 6 – Oct.14 – Spirit Mountain, Duluth MN
Race # 7 - Oct. 27-28 - State Championship Weekend - Mt. Kato, Mankato MN
Season Ending Celebration – Fri. Nov. 9 at Northrup Auditorium


Send us an email!
General questions: info@minnesotamtb.org
Registration questions: registration@minnesotamtb.org


Check the MN League web site for information: www.minnesotamtb.org.

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