Race - Jun 23, 2018
The Lutsen 99'er is the largest mountain biking (MTB) race in MN. This featured ride represents the shorter 39'er course. The race starts at Lutsen Ski Resort, in Minnesota’s Sawtooth Mountains overlooking Lake Superior. The course takes advantage of the glacially sculpted terrain, rolling hills, and numerous lakes and streams at the southern range of the Boreal Forest. The course contains sections of road and trail that see as much moose traffic as people traffic at any given time!
Need to Know
Make sure to bring spare tube(s), pump, patch kit, tools etc. Some sections of the course have no cell service. There is a nice muddy bog section leading into the singletrack before reaching the river and the final climb to the finish.
Starting out at Lutsen Mountain, riders are escorted down to Highway 61, where we’ll open the flood gates. Riding through the town of Lutsen, racers will start the Caribou Trail Climb, heading up 1,000 ft. in about five miles. The 39'ers continue up the Caribou Trail for a few more miles before turning west (left) on Clara Lake Road. Three miles down Clara Lake Road, turn left at Rice Lake Road and soon thereafter take another left onto Pancore Lake Road, a fun Forest Service Road that is pretty remote and full of wildlife.
The course turns south (left) on the Sawbill Trail for a mile before turning east (left) on the Honeymoon Trail, a rolling Forest Service Road. From there, head south (right) on Barker Lake Road for a few miles before heading into the north end of the Lutsen Mountains.
The course continues onto the old Lutsen Mountain bike trails and traverses Mystery Mountain before descending to the Poplar River. The last mile is a tough climb out of the river valley to the finish!