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Battling high temps and dusty wind gusts, mountain bike racers from across the state arrived in Gamehaven to test their skills in the third race of a seven-race series.

2018: Race #3: MN High School Cycling League Race Report

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Varsity Boys, Gamehaven 2018 | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

Contact: Libby Hurley libby@minnesotamtb.org,
651-249-5033

Minneapolis, MN - Sept. 20, 2018 - The MN League headed to Southern MN for the third race of the season. Racers from across the state gathered at the Gamehaven Trail on the Boy Scout Reservation just south of Rochester. Open to the public, this trail offers a mix of singletrack and rolling hills; with a bit more elevation, increasing the level of trail difficulty as the season progresses.

Race Day: On Sun. Sept. 16, over 700 student racers gathered at Gamehaven in Rochester, MN for the third race in a seven-race series.

With the bye week schedule in place, the number of racers on the course drops from 1,500 to 700. In addition, with a different mix of teams at each race, students get to compete against different racers, and we are seeing a variety of racers on the podiums.

RACE #3 - RACE RESULTS AND PHOTOS

RACE RESULTS
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PHOTOS
View Race Photos. Photo Credit: Todd Bauer and David Markman - MN League Official Photographers.

With temperatures over 90 degrees at the height of the day, many of the racers were not only challenged by the trail, but by the heat. Each racer gave it everything to cross the line.

In Middle School competition, there are two teams which dominated the podium. Stillwater and Prior Lake. 8th Grade Boys D1, Stillwater had the top 6 spots and in 7th Grade Boys D1, Prior Lake took 4 of the top slots. However, with strong finishes in other MS categories, Prior Lake edged out Stillwater to take home the first place team trophy.

In High School competition, Division 1: Stillwater took the first place trophy with Duluth East and Prior Lake, not far behind in points. Division 2: Highland Park, St. Paul beat out Crosby-Ironton for first place in the team competition. Alexandria Area took home the 3rd place trophy.

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Gamehaven - Greta Pipkin, #1024, Osseo | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

BEYOND THE PODIUM

At the MN League, we not only recognize the race winners, but leaders who set examples of courage and determination. At Gamehaven, Greta Pipkin #1024 from Osseo Composite Team gave a performance to inspire others. With a broken bike, she did not give up, under 90 degree weather, she threw the bike on her back and walked her bike for the majority of the race.

If you have a story to share, send it to Libby Hurley at libby@minnesotamtb.org.

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7th Grade Girls | Gamehaven | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

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8th Grade Boys D2 | Gamehaven | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

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Fresh Boys D2 - Gamehaven | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

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7th Grade Boys D1 | Gamehaven 2018 | Photo Credit: tmbimages.com

Race #4: Sun. Sept. 30 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN

Get ready for our next race!
View Race Flyer for full details.

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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 minnesotamtb.org.

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