Putting Together a Mountain Bike Season

5:46 AM


The official 2013 Minnesota Mountain Bike Series schedule was posted earlier this month; while it is similar to years past, it does contain some disappointing changes.  Gone are Hillside (no disappointment there) and Afton (serious disappointment there), and it looks like they got our hopes up for a MN MTB Series race at Cuyuna for no reason.  The good news?  Stupid Buck Hill is first, and scheduled so early (May 5) that it will be easy to skip.

The bummer?  If I take out Buck Hill and the Single Track Escape (hey, it is set for late September – that’s cross season!) that leaves me with only seven races.  Blerg. 

It appears I’ve been relying on the MN MTB Series to serve as my easy buffet line for summer racing.  Now it is time to go out and find some other races to try.  A few contenders…


Iola Bump & Jump (05/05/2013)  Just because I don’t want to participate in Buck Hill, doesn’t mean I can’t do a race that weekend.  It might be a bit tricky with the 4-hour travel time and early May weather uncertainty, but WORS always puts on a good race, and why not take advantage of our neighbor’s hospitality?

Cable Off-Road Classic (05/18/2013)  There is great mountain biking around Cable, and unlike Chequamegon (which sticks to gravel and ski trails) the Cable Classic puts you out on the single-track for a 20 or 25 mile race.  Again, it involves travel and uncertain weather, but the awesome single-track might be enough of a draw…

Subaru Cup (07/13 & 07/14/2013)  It is nine degrees out as I sit here typing this post, so the Subaru Cup certainly looks great.  I’m picturing a warm summer weekend, a challenging but fun course, and the added interest of watching the pros race…and did I mention summer?

Minnesota Rusty Ride (08/10/2013)  The placement isn’t ideal (smack between two MN MTB Series events), but the Rusty Ride is at Cuyuna.  I’ve been to Cuyuna once, and desperately want to go back there to race.  Red dirt, beautiful kettle lakes, and the largest network of trails in Minnesota?  Yes!  Plus, maybe the Lee Likes Bikes designed pump track will be ready by then…

Oh, it is a bit cruel to be sitting here writing about summer racing (seriously, one series race would probably give me a heart attack right now), but maybe by planning some races I can gain the necessary motivation to get off the couch and back on to the trainer…

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