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TIMES SUBJECT TO CHANGE. RACE TIMES TO BE DETERMINED.



Friday, August 6, 2021

Spirit Mountain

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  • Early Registration - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Stop by Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM to pick up your race packet or to register for Saturday’s races. Day-of registration and packet pickup are available, but participants are encouraged to pick up packets on Friday. While you’re there, pre-ride the trails to give you an edge on Saturday.

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  • Pre-Riding - 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

    Pre-ride the trails from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM for Saturday’s mountain bike races and enjoy food and drink at Spirit Mountain’s Grand Avenue Chalet.

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

 

Saturday, August 7, 2021

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

    Booths from Trek Bikes, Ski Hut, St. Luke’s Orthopedic & Sports Medicine, COGGS, Spirit Mountain, and more.

    Beverages from local craft breweries and food from Spirit Mountain.

    Product demos from Trek, Specialized, and more. Check out all the new gear and products. 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 advise or ask questions; take advantage of this FREE bike demo and vendor village!

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  • Sport Enduro Race - Time TBD

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain.
    Start – TBD
    Please be sure to register prior to your event.

    Experience the thrill of enduro racing on green and blue rated trails. Timed downhill stages are followed by both chairlift rides and pedaling back to the top of the hill. The course will be set up to accommodate riders of all skill levels. Please stay tuned for a detailed course map. The Sport Enduro race will consist of 2-3 timed stages taking place across select ultimate flow and intermediate tech trails.

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  • Open Enduro Race - Time TBD

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain
    Start – PM Time TBD

    Test your skills on Spirit Mountain’s most technical trails all rated single or double black diamond! Timed downhill stages are followed by both chairlift rides and pedaling back to the top of the hill. The course is designed for experienced/advanced riders. Please stay tuned for a detailed course map. The Open Enduro race will consist of 5 timed stages taking place on some of Duluth’s most technical downhills.

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  • Short-Track Cross Country Recreational Race (Partial Northern Exposure) - Time TBD

    Location – Starts at Spirit Mountain
    Start – PM Time TBD

    Enjoy some of Duluth’s best flow trails in a 15-mile single loop course. The route takes place exclusively on the green and blue rated Duluth Traverse trails. The course will be 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 into the Duluth Traverse. The course climbs up to the top of the Piedmont trail system and traverses over to Brewer Park. The highlight will be 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 course will have markings, but if you are not paying attention, you may get off course. A .gpx file of the race will be made available before the race. “Tokens” will be collected during the race to verify that a rider has completed all the necessary trails.

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  • Advanced Northern Exposure Cross Country Race (PRO) - Time TBD

    Location – Spirit Mountain
    Start – Time TBD

    Take off at the bottom of the hill at TBD. Long Enduro stages will begin at TBD AM from the top of the hill. 

    Enduro Stage 1 – AM Time TBD

    Enduro Stage 2 – AM Time TBD

    Enduro Stage 3 – PM Time TBD

    Enduro Stage 4 –  PM Time TBD
    Start Times May Flex.

    Get ready to test yourself on Duluth’s most technical trails! Every bit of travel will be used to complete this 30-mile course. The route will cover 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, we head up Lincoln Park Drive and onto the Duluth Traverse. The course climbs up 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 heads over 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 will 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 will race it while others will ride it simply for the challenge. This route will put your stamina and technical skills to the test! Although a GPS unit is not mandatory, it will greatly assist during the race. The course will have markings, but if you are not paying attention, you may get off course. A .gpx file of the race will be made available before the race. “Tokens” will be collected during the race to verify that a rider has completed all the necessary trails.

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  • Downhill Race - Advanced and Intermediate - Time TBD

    Location – Spirit Mountain
    Start – Time TBD

    The Open/Expert downhill will send 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 (if Covid-acceptable), the opportunity to watch racers sail down a steep rocky face culminating in a 5-foot drop at the bottom, with an 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.

    The intermediate downhill will send riders down Spirit’s blue rated Smorgasbord trail. This course consists of sweeping berms, rollers, tabletop jumps, and a rock garden with multiple line options. The course is fully rollable but will introduce challenges for even the most skilled riders as speed increases.

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  • Youth Downhill Race - Time TBD

    Location – Spirit Mountain
    Start – Time TBD

    The kids and beginner course will start at the lower half of the All-Weather trail, beginning in the large parking lot on the north side of Spirit Mountain. The course will feature a relatively gentle grade with wide open sections, traversing the ski hill on a packed gravel surface with smooth berms and rolls. The track length will be approximately 1 mile with an expected duration of 3-6 minutes. This course is beginner friendly for participants with basic mountain bike handling skills.

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  • Kids Downhill - All Day

    Location – Spirit Mountain
    Ride Start
    – All Day

    The kids downhill will take place on a mellow downhill path at the base of Spirit Mountain.  Aimed towards the youngest of riders, this course is about having fun and developing bike handling skills. Check out more kids’ events below for information on all the fun, family-friendly events happening all day!

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  • Chainless Downhill - Time TBD

    Location – Spirit Mountain
    Start – Time TBD

    This unique style event will kick off racing for the 2021 KA Bike Festival on Friday night. The course will begin using the start gate at the top of the ski hill. The first half of the track will consist of creative course taping that will lead riders to the start of Spirit’s blue level trail, Smorgasbord. The track will require no pedaling and allow riders to carry speed all the way down the hill! This course will be 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 will be available for contestants to use at the top of the course.

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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) – 10:00-4:00 PM
    The ongoing events include yard games, bounce house, tile painting, chalking the boulder, [NEW] mountain bike run for beginners.
    Bike Decorations – 10:00 AM -12:15 PM* – Stop by to decorate your bike w/ craft materials!
    Bike Parade – 12:30 PM – 12:45 PM* – A chance for kids to show off their newly designed bikes with a short walk through the vendor village.
    Water Balloons – 1:00 PM* – Group games with water balloons.
    Kids Strider Bike Race – 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM* – Short races around a relatively flat course. Strider bikes are great for absolute beginners as kids use their legs to push themselves forward and stay balanced.
    Timed Kids Course Race – 2:00-2:30* – Weave your way through a slightly downhill course drawn out with hay bales!
    Fire Department Water Truck – 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Get a break from the heat by getting doused from a firetruck! The truck will show up in this time window when the fire department is available.

    *Times may be adjusted to accommodate the number of participants.

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  • Closing Ceremony & Awards - 6:00 PM

    Join the Kraus-Anderson Bike Duluth Festival committee in celebrating and recognizing this year’s race winners. Also raffle tickets drawn and words from our beneficiaries!

 

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Spirit Mountain