You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.
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, XC races, a casual adventure ride, product demos, and an evening celebration with family-fun bike events, off-beat competitions (think a klunker bike toss), an awards ceremony, a beer tent, food, music, and silent auctions. New this year we have added an Adventure Ride for those of you who might be interested in biking but want something tame with a little site seeing. This is the ride for you! Proceeds benefit COGGS and the Gary New Duluth Development Alliance (GNDDA).
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 short-track race?
Similar to cyclocross, but on a mountain bike. It’s a short loop of around five minutes that riders will race around in circles/laps. Race times are pre-determined and usually about 30-60 minutes. They are very fun to watch. Spectators and participants are welcome. These races are suited for all levels of riders.
What is the adventure ride? – NEW for 2018!
The adventure ride is a casual, untimed ride through the St. Louis River valley. Take your pick between a guided short or long 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.
How do I sign up?
You can register for races online, or in person on the day of the race. Registration for bike events at the evening party will take place on site. Click Register now to get signed up prior to the next event, even all the way up until 20 minutes before your race time Saturday, August 11th, 2018.
How are the races timed?
The enduro, downhill, youth downhill and Sunday cross-country races will be chip timed. The kids downhill, short-track cross-country pro, short-track cross-country sport and the adventure ride 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. If you still have more questions feel free to send us an email from our volunteer page. Stay tuned and watch for more detail and how to register starting in June.
Are you planning on coming to watch the events?
If you are are interested in coming to spectate and need a ride up the hill, lift tickets will be available for purchase at the Spirit Mountain Chalet. Spectators are also welcomed to walk up.