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What’s this shindig all about?
The Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival is a high-energy, family-oriented biking event in Duluth, Minnesota. Events include enduro, downhill and XC races, an casual road bike tour, product demos, and an evening celebration with family-fun bike events, offbeat competitions (think a klunker bike toss), an awards ceremony, a beer tent, food, music, and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit COGGS and the Duluth Area Family YMCA.
Why was the event started?
The nonprofit Kraus-Anderson Foundation has been established to support and sponsor events and activities that benefit communities in which the Kraus-Anderson family of companies reside and work. Working collaboratively with charities, community groups, area businesses and individual volunteers, we’re building stronger communities.
Through the festival, the Kraus-Anderson Community Foundation desires to give back to the community and support Duluth’s outstanding trail system. Read more about why the event was started and what organizations it benefits.
Why Duluth/Spirit Mountain?
With more than 85 miles of urban mountain bike trails and plans for the Duluth traverse, a 100-mile, city-spanning trail, Duluth is poised to become a national mountain biking city and destination. In fact, Chris Bernhardt, a director of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), compares Duluth to mountain biking towns in places like Aspen, Colo.; Sun Valley, Idaho; or Park City, Utah. Duluth also boasts an active road biking community.
Spirit Mountain is the city’s hub for outstanding, gravity-fed bike trails. Aaron Rogers, the IMBA Midwest trail specialist, officially declared that Spirit Mountain has “the best flow trail in the Midwest.”
What is the enduro race?
Any rider with some experience and a mountain bike of any type can compete in the enduro. The race comprises three to four timed stages, which are mostly downhill or flat, with transitions between each stage. Riders have a set amount of time to transition between stages. There is no benefit to reaching the next stage faster than other competitors, but the rider must complete the transition within the set window of time. The shortest combined time of all stages wins.
What is the downhill race?
The downhill race on Spirit Mountain’s ‘Calculated Risk’ is for advanced riders only. A double-black-diamond downhill trail, ‘Calculated Risk’ is Spirit Mountain’s newest and most advanced trail. It has very technical rock sections and large jumps and drops. A full-face helmet is required.
What is the bike tour?
The bike tour is a casual, untimed ride through the St. Louis River valley. Take your pick between a guided 25 or 50 mile ride, with rest stations along the way. The tour will start and finish at Spirit Mountain, bringing you back in time for the closing ceremonies. A road bike is recommended but not required.
How do I sign up?
You can register for races online or the day of. Registration for bike events at the evening party will take place on site.
How are the races timed?
The enduro, downhill, youth downhill and XC races will be chip timed. The kids downhill and road tour are untimed.
Do you need volunteers?
We thought you’d never ask! We need volunteers for a variety of tasks. Visit our volunteer page to get involved.
How much are lift tickets?
Discounted lift tickets will be available for Festival participants and spectators. Racers can lift their bikes up the hill for $10. To take demo bikes up the lift, participants will need to pay the standard $29 lift price.