Amidst rain and snow, mountain bikers tackled the hills at Spirit Mountain for Race #6 of a seven-race series

2018: Race #6: MN High School Cycling League Race Report

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Brett Buckman, Elk River Composite, Freshman Boys D2 | Spirit Mountain 2018 | Photo Credit:

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Minneapolis, MN - Oct. 17, 2018 - On Sun. Oct. 14, over 800 mountain bike racers arrived in Duluth, MN to take on the hills at the legendary Spirit Mountain; known for its technical challenges and steep climbs.

Race day held an added twist for racers, coaches and spectators; freezing temperatures brought cold rain and a smattering of snow. But the chill in the air, did not dampen the energy, instead, it fueled the excitement.

Against a backdrop of spectacular fall foliage, racers wound their way down the mountain, and then climbed back up along the legendary "Puker Hill", to complete a lap in the just under 4-mile course. Based on a rider's skill level, the number of laps increases, with varsity riders completing four laps or 16 miles.

Although the course and the weather were challenging, student athletes finished the course, tired, spent and cold, but wearing exhausted smiles. Spirit Mountain did not disappoint; it delivered.

Thank you to the folks at Spirit Mountain and COGGS for their support before and during the race. With heavy rain, days before the race, their hard work ensured the trail was ready to go for the race.

Big thanks to the team members and volunteers from the Duluth Composite Team, and the CEC Composite team (Cloquet, Esko, Carlton) for their volunteer effort before the race to ensure the course and the infield were ready for the race.

In Duluth, a number of local residents stopped out at the race to help and volunteer because they love the sport and are thrilled to see this sport happening in the Duluth area. Thank you Duluth, we will be back.


With the bye week schedule in place, the number of racers on the course is reduced from 1,600 to 800. In addition, with a different mix of teams at each race, students get to compete against different racers, and a variety of racers are on on the podiums.

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View Race Photos. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer - MN League Official Photographer.

Jimmy Lovrian, covered the event for Duluth News Tribune. View News Story

WDIO, a local Duluth television station covered the event. View News Story

In the Middle School D1 competition, Edina Cycling Team decisively took the first place finish. Duluth East beat out Minnetonka for second place by two points.

In the D2 Middle School Team competition, Rochester claimed the the first place trophy over Alexandria Area with New Prague taking third place.

In the High School Team Competition, Division 1: Hopkins High School took home the first place trophy, with Edina High School securing second place. Duluth East High School was close behind to take third place. Division 2: Crosby-Ironton High School beat out Highland Park for the first place trophy. Chaska took the 3rd place trophy.

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Varsity Girls | Meryl Sudeith, Edina | Spirit Mountain 2018 | Photo Credit:

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JV2 Boys D2 | Caleb Kittleson, Rochester Composite | Spirit Mountain 2018 | Photo Credit:

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JV2 Boys D1, Lincoln Bailey, Duluth East | Spirit Mountain 2018 | Photo Credit:

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Get ready for Mankato! | 8th Grade Girls, Brynn Bohlke, Mankato Composite | Spirit Mountain 2018 | Photo Credit:

Race #7: Sat. Oct. 27 and Sun. Oct. 28, 2018 - Mt. Kato, Mankato, MN - State Championship Race

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About the Minnesota High School Cycling League
The Minnesota High School Cycling League is a state-wide independent activity provider for student-athletes in 7th to 12th grade. Our mission is to build strong bodies, strong minds and strong character through cycling, regardless of ability level. Each MN League season includes summer programs, a seven-race series, wilderness first aid certification courses and a Spring Leaders’ Summit for training and certification of coaches. The MN League exists by virtue of a range of fundraising activities, as well as generous donors, and MN League and NICA national sponsors. For more information on the MN League, visit

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