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Festival events

A Mountain biker’s paradise with events for everyone.
Test your skills, ride for fun, spectate but prepared for a weekend full of fun!

Festival and kids activities are FREE to attend!
Registration and signed waivers required for races.

Please Note: All events and races are subject to weather and trail conditions and may be adjusted as needed. Race times to be determined.

 



Friday, August 5th - 2022

Spirit Mountain

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  • Early Registration/Check-in - 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Stop by Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM to check-in, receive your race number or register for the weekend races. Day-of registration is available, but participants are encouraged to pre-register online and to check-in to receive your number on Friday. While you’re there, pre-ride the trails to give you an edge!

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  • Pre-Riding - 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    *Pre-ride the trails from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM for the weekend mountain bike races and enjoy food and beverages at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet.

    *Friday Night Fun

    – Spectate the Chainless Downhill & Costume content event!

    -Participate or witness the Adult Strider Races starting at 7:30 PM ~ Yes Adults on Kids bikes!

    * Lift tickets are available for purchase at the Spirit Mountain Chalet.

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  • Chainless Downhill - 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet location
    Races Start – 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

    *Awards & Customs judging to follow!

    This unique event kicks off racing for the 2022 KA Bike Duluth Festival on Friday night! The course begins using the start gate at the top of the ski hill. The first half of the track consists of creative course taping that will lead riders to the start of Spirit’s blue level trail, Smorgasbord. Track will require no pedaling and allows riders to carry speed all the way down the hill! This course is intermediate rider friendly while challenging even the most skilled rider’s ability to generate and carry speed without the ability to pedal. Quick link removal tools and chain pin removal tools are available for contestants to use at the top of the course. Costumes are highly encouraged, and a panel of esteemed judges will determine who is best dressed! Costume winners will walk away with more than just a medal.

 

Saturday, August 6th - 2022

Spirit Mountain

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  • Opening Ceremony - 8:30 AM

    The Opening Ceremony beginning at 8:30 AM introduces Saturday’s main events and gives further race updates.

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  • Registration - 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Registration for race events.

    Please make sure to register & sign your waivers prior to your event starting (these will be checked). Online registration will be required along with completing electronic waivers prior to receiving your race number. Race registration closes 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.

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  • Vendor Village and Demo Town - 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Booths from Ski Hut, COGGS, Spirit Mountain, Specialized, Smith, Oakley, Yardi, and more.

    Beverages and food available on-site from Spirit Mountain.

    Demos will be available from Specialized and a few others (yet to be finalized). Check out all the new gear, products and local companies. Take a bike out for a test ride in the Skills Park. All at NO COST!  Find the bike you’ve been waiting for, gain advice or ask questions; take advantage of this FREE bike demo and vendor village!

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  • Open Enduro - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Open Enduro Race (Long)

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 8:40 AM (pre-race mtg) 9:00 AM (start)- 4:30 PM
    Please be sure to register prior to your event. Saturday Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:40 AM.

    Awards at the conclusion of race.

    Test your skills on Spirit Mountain’s most technical trails – all rated single or double black diamond! Seven timed downhill stages are followed by pedaling back to the top of the hill. The course is designed for experienced/advanced riders.

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  • Sport Enduro Race (Short) - 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 8:40 AM (pre-race mtg) 9:00 AM (start) – 3:30 PM
    Please be sure to register prior to your event. Saturday Registration: 7:30 AM – 8:40 AM.

    Awards at the conclusion of race.

    Experience the thrill of enduro racing on intermediate rated trails! The race includes four timed downhill stages across select flow and tech trails, with two pedaling ascents and two chairlift rides back to the top of the hill. The course is set up to accommodate riders of intermediate skill level and up. Pre-riding available Friday.

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  • Youth Downhill Race - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 12:40 PM (pre-race mtg) 1:00 PM (start) – 2:00 PM
    Saturday Registration: 7:30 AM – 12:40 PM
    Pre-Ride option: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

    Awards at the conclusion of race.

    The beginners course starts at the lower half of the All Weather trail, beginning in the large parking lot on the north side of Spirit Mountain. The course features a relatively gentle grade with wide open sections, traversing the ski hill on a packed gravel surface with smooth berms and rolls. The track’s length is approximately 1 mile with an expected duration of 3-6 minutes per ride. This course is beginner friendly for participants with basic mountain bike handling skills. We recommend any experienced youth riders who are looking for more advanced downhill riding partake in the Sport Enduro.

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  • Kids Fun Course - 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Ride Start
    – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Kids can test their skills by riding Spirit Mountain’s special kids dirt track course!

    All times may be adjusted to accommodate the number of participants.

    Strider bikes available for use on first-come-basis. Bring your own helmet.

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  • Silent Auction - 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Location – Inside Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet

    Items provided by our sponsors and local businesses, from bike gear to brewery swag. Browse at your leisure and be sure to check back in case you get outbid!

    Bidding takes place on Clickbid!

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  • Kids/Youth Activities - 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain Grand Avenue Chalet

    Kids Activities Area Open (ongoing activities): 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Ongoing events include short obstacle courses and bike game activities. Kids can time themselves or just run the courses for fun! 

    Bike and Helmet Decorating: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Kids will be provided fun supplied and have the opportunity to decorate their bikes and/or helmets!

    Fire Department Water Truck: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Beat the heat with a spray from a fire truck! The fire truck is scheduled within this time period as available.

    Bike Parade: 1:15 PM
    A chance for kids to show off their craftiness on their bikes and helmets.

    Kids “Downhill” Race: 1:30 PM
    Kids will test their skills by riding Spirit Mountain’s special kids dirt track  course!

    Kids Strider Race: 2:00 PM
    Short races on a relatively flat course. Strider bikes are great for basic bike beginners as kids use their little legs to push forward and stay balanced!

    All times may be adjusted to accommodate the number of participants.

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  • Awards Ceremonies - All Day / Beneficiary Comments

    Join the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival committee in celebrating and recognizing this year’s race winners.

    • Awards following the closing of each race.
    • 6:30 PM Beneficiary Comments (A word of THANKS, from COGGS & Harbortown Rotary)
 

Sunday, August 7th - 2022

Spirit Mountain

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  • Partial Exposure Trail Race (All Levels) - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 8:00 AM Start
    -Please be sure to register prior to your event. -Registration open until 8:00 AM.

    Enjoy some of Duluth’s best flow trails in a 15-mile single loop course. The route takes place exclusively on green and blue rated Duluth Traverse trails and is set up to accommodate riders of all skill levels. The race begins at the Grand Avenue Chalet located at the base of Spirit Mountain. After a 5 mile roll out through west Duluth, the race shoots up Lincoln Park Drive and onto the Duluth Traverse. The course climbs up to the top of the Piedmont trail system and traverses over to Brewer Park. The highlight is the descent down the Keene Creek trail, one of Duluth’s premier flow trails. Still smiling, finish up the race on the Kingsbury Traverse back to the base of Spirit Mountain for some food, cold beverages, and live music! Although a GPS unit is not mandatory, it will greatly assist during the race. The racecourse is marker, but if you are not paying attention, you may get off course. A .gpx file of the race can be found on the Registration page. “Tokens” are collected during the race to verify a rider has completed all the necessary trails.

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  • Northern Exposure Trail Race - 8:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 8:00 AM Start
    -Please be sure to register prior to your event. Registration open until 8:00 AM.

    Get ready to test yourself on Duluth’s most technical trails! This 30-mile route covers every type of trail. From flowy single track to steep rock slabs, this course is designed for experienced riders looking for a challenge. After a 5 mile roll out through west Duluth, head up Lincoln Park Drive and onto the Duluth Traverse. The course climbs to the top of the Piedmont trail system, and this is where the fun begins – highlighting all of the most technical trails in the Piedmont area including DM, Skyline, Admiral Rockbar, and Merrit Creek! The course then heads to Brewer Park and touches on highlights like Kissing Booth and Casket Quarry trail. A flowing descent down Keene Creek and final push up and down Spirit Mountain bring you to the finish line. Make sure to stick around for the food, cold beverages, and live music! Pre-Riding the Piedmont area is recommended. This course is intended to be extremely challenging. Some riders race it while others ride it simply for the challenge. This route tests both your stamina and technical skills! Although a GPS unit is not mandatory, it will greatly assist during the race. The racecourse is marked, but if you are not paying attention, you may get off course. A .gpx file of the race can be found on the Registration page. “Tokens” are collected during the race to verify a rider has completed all the necessary trails.

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  • Downhill Race (Advanced) - 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

    Location – Spirit Mountain (Grand Ave location)
    Start – 11:40 AM (pre-race mtg) 12:00 PM Start
    Sunday Registration: 7:30 AM – 11:40 PM
    Practice Run: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Seeding Run: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
    Finals: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

    The Advanced Downhill sends racers down Calculated Risk – one of the premier gravity trails in Minnesota. This high-speed competition course features numerous table-top jumps, rock gardens, gap-jumps (with optional B-lines), wide sweeping berms, and the flagship feature “The Terrarium” which offers spectators (COVID Dependent) the opportunity to watch racers sail down a steep rocky face culminating in a 5-foot drop at the bottom (optional B-line around the drop). The course is fully rollable, but rewards riders willing to take to the air over some of the obstacles and rock gardens. Finish times generally range from 2-3 minutes for the 3,500-foot track. Full face helmets are required.