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2017 Proposed Race Schedule!

  1. May 7 - St Croix Woolly, St Croix Falls, WI
  2. May 21 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes
  3. June 4 - Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato
  4. June 11 - Red Wing Classic, Red Wing
  5. June 25 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud
  6. July 9 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI
  7. July 15 - Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca
  8. July 30 - Gamehaven, Rochester NEW!
  9. Aug 13 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth
  10. Aug 20 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton
  11. Sept 3 - Laddies Loppet, Maplelag

Series Awards Party Saturday November 5th!

Hey Racers!

The Series Awards Party has been scheduled for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5 FROM 5:30pm TO 8:00pm!! We will have food, drinks, all of the individual series awards, the race of the year and overall team trophy!

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6400 West 105th Street Minneapolis, MN 55438

You need to RSVP for the party, It's FREE if you RSVP by November 1st. Please do so ASAP though so we can get a count.

Series Champions! 

Text Message Race Notifications

Last season we used SMS/Text messages to communicate with racers when there were major changes or delays at our races.  For 2016 we will again use this system and you will need to sign up again for notifications.  Please follow the link below to sign up.

This year we will be using a new system, an event based text notification solution, to notify racers when a race has a major change.  We will only use this system to tell you if the race has had a change in the following:

  • Cancelation - the race will NOT be held.
  • Change in Race Times - the race will move the race start times, but the race will go on that day.

For all other normal notifications you will want to check our Facebook or Twitter feed.  We also send emails with the latest news and you can signup on the home page of our web site.  If you choose to sign up for this we hope you will never get a text this year, because all of the races are going as planned. 


MNMBS Update on Severe Weather on Race Day

Radar shows that the Border Crossing might be interrupted by rain or heavy weather.  Here’s information about how we’ll proceed:

1.     MNMBS policies regarding severe weather can be found under the Home tab on our web page

2.     Any updates regarding weather or the racing schedule will be posted on social media and at the Registration Tent

3.     Specific instructions about altered race courses or lap counts will be announced before each wave is started

4.     All racing will stop immediately in the presence of lightning as signified by the chief referee. Racers on the race course should proceed carefully to the Start/Finish for further instructions


2016 St Croix Woolly Mountain Bike Race Kids Comp Girls Overall Podium

2016 St Croix Woolly Mountain Bike Race Kids Comp Girls Overall Podium

Women's Q&A at the Woolly

Women's Q&A

@ St Croix Woolly - Sunday May 1st
Organized by Lisa Pugh

Come tell Series organizers what you want to see in racing! What is working? What could we do better? What could we do that would grow the opportunities for women to race, enjoy racing and be successful? 

Series organizers want to talk (Listen) for 15 to 30 minutes at the Wooly race with our women racers about what women racers would like to see the Series do going forward.  Come tell us what you think.  We will meet at the finish area after the Sport Race.  If you are racing Elite or can't make the Woolly, send in your thoughts and we will have them printed out to read.  Please just reply to this email.

Background:  We have a good number of women racers at all levels.  The number and expertise of women racers is increasing every year and, with the explosive growth of the Minnesota high school league, we expect to see even more interest in the next few years--both in number of women racers and the variety (Citizen through Elite) of women racers.   

Series organizers want to talk with our women racers about all aspects of series racing, but here are some ideas:
  • Currently there are age class categories in Citizen, Sport. and Elite, Marathon doesn't have age groups.  There is a woman open category in Comp for Fat Bike & Single Speed.  Is this something that women racers would like to see change?  Are there women in Sport who would race Comp if it was organized differently?
  • How do you feel about automatic advancement in the Series?  WORS (the Wisconsin series) races this way.  If you place high enough in a particular category over a season (or two) would it be fair to automatically advance racers to the next category?
  • Is it the timing of the races that keeps more advanced women racers out of the Comp and Elite categories (basically, do you avoid these races because you finish so late in the day and lose the afternoon for travel, family time, or work)?
  • Is Citizen a welcoming enough race to attract beginning women racers? What keeps the many women who attend the races to see their children race (and husbands too) from racing? What can we do to help them do that first race (after which, we know they'll be hooked)?
  • Is it too great a leap between Citizen and Sport?  
Let's get the conversation started this year, so that any changes or improvements could happen for next season. It's a long planning process so getting started early can greatly help the organizers.  

Any women that are not currently racing but interested PLEASE do attend.  We want to hear from you too.

See you out there

Race for Free Program is back!

The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (MMBS) is offering Race For Free again this year. For those new to the mountain biking scene, MMBS has been operating a state wide series for all ages since 1990 and is a proud sponsor of the Minnesota High School Cycling League. The Race For Free program allows MN League athletes (7th – 12th grade) to race in the Citizen’s class at the following MN MTB series races, for free!

  • May 1 – Woolly Bike Race – St Croix Falls, WI – Race Site
  • June 12 – Bluff Riders Charge – Mankato, MN – Race Site
  • July 23 – Border Crossing – River Falls, WI – Race Site
  • August 14 – Great Hawk Chase – Duluth, MN – Race Site

Registration is FREE for registered MN League racers. 


prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration is allowed if you wish to take part in the Race for Free program. Helmets are required.

All student-athletes must bring a signed form and waiver to the race and present at the MN League tent prior to participating in the event.  Be sure to check CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL on this form and waiver. DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM & WAIVER

How will they know who is a registered MN League racer? 
CHECK “CITIZEN HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL box on the form. In addition, the MN League will provide a list of all registered MN League racers to the MN MTB Series prior to each race.

Student-athletes participating in the Race For Free program will have their own wave in the Citizen’s class. This class is comparable in length and technical difficulty to the MN League Freshman class, however, several of these races are at ski hills and have a considerable amount of climbing. The free entry does not apply to student athletes racing in other divisions within the MN MTB Series.

Disclaimer – the Race for Free Program is not a NICA-sanctioned event, nor a Minnesota High School Cycling League event.

Racers must be registered as MN League racers to be eligible to participate. So, Team Directors and Coaches – get busy and register your team at the Pit Zone, found on our Home Page, upper right.

Program Summary:

  • Qualifying teams will be allowed to race in the Citizen category in a separate high school wave start.
  • The Race for Free Program is for MN League student-athlete racers who are registered with a MN League Team.
  • Registration for FREE must take place on race day only, prior to the beginning of the Citizen race. No mail or online registration allowed.


MNMBS Final Schedule


2016 MNMBS Race Schedule


Date Race Day  
May 1 Sunday MNMBS #1 - St Croix Woolly, St Croix Falls, WI

June 4

Saturday MNMBS #2 - Detroit Mountain, Detroit Lakes, MN
June 12 Sunday MNMBS #3 - Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato, MN
July 10 Sunday MNMBS #4 - Red Wing Classic, Red Wing, MN
July 23 Saturday MNMBS #5 - Border Crossing, River Falls, WI
August 7 Sunday MNMBS #6 - Single Track Escape, St Cloud, MN
August 14 Sunday MNMBS #7 - Great Hawk Chase, Duluth, MN
August 27 Saturday MNMBS #8 - Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby-Ironton, MN
September 3 Saturday MNMBS #9 – Laddie’s Loppet, Maplelag Resort, Callaway, MN
September 24 Saturday MNMBS #10- Big Woods Classic, Lake Rebecca, Rockford, MN


Festival Weekends

Race dates June 4th, July 23rd, Aug. 27th, and Sept. 3rd are Festival Weekends. This means after the XC program on Saturday, the race promoters will be hosting other activities for participating racers.  Short Track and Time Trials may be added for Sundays on these Festival Weekend dates. Promoters Sunday events/activities will be posted soon.

Marathon Race Schedule

5/1                 St. Croix Woolly
6/4                 Detroit Mountain
6/12               Bluff Riders Charge, Mankato
7/23               Border Crossing, River Falls
8/7                 Singletrack Escape, St. Cloud
8/14               Great Hawk Chase, Duluth
8/27               Cuyuna Crusher, Crosby

9/3                  Laddie's Loppet, Maplelag Resort

9/24               Big Woods Classic

Registration to Open March 25th

2016 Registration will be available on March 25th.  Sign up for our email list to make sure that you get notified. 

You will be able to sign up for Series Points Registration, SuperPass, and individual races.  See the race schedule below for dates. 

MNMBS Title Sponsor 401 Manufacturing - 2016

The MNMBS is happy to announce that 401 Manufacturing will return as the Title Sponsor for the 2015 MNMBS season.  In fact, look for the 401 Manufacturing display at Series races once the racing season gets underway.  The 401 Manufacturing logo will also be on Series number plates this year.

Signed as the Title Sponsor last year, 401 Manufacturing had an excellent year of growth in 2014.  The company moved to a new location in Anoka, doubling the square footage of the old location.  Now up to 20 employees, 401 Manufacturing also doubled in sales revenue this past year.  The quickly growing company is on pace to do more than $2.75 million in sales for 2015.   

"Series racers might be using parts right off our CNC machines, "said Mike.  "We serve the biking industry, including Wolf Tooth, with a variety of parts - sprockets, Gogs, bike tools, stem caps, etc.  In fact, we just starting making stem caps for NICA as part of an awareness campaign to build high school mountain biking."

Another aspect of 401 Manufacturing, and one of the reasons Mike wanted to sponsor the MNMBS, is their training capacity and need for entry-level employees.   401 offers class room and real world training for people looking to start a career in the machining industry, and can help place potential employees in jobs paying over $15 as a starting wage with less than a year's training.

"A career in the machining industry is a great way for young adults, both male and female, to make decent money in a stable, growing industry," said Mike.  "You can begin a career right away, without racking up a lot of debt for a college education that might not get used even if you do find a job."

Be sure to stop by the 401 Manufacturing display at MNMBS races and thank Mike and his company for stepping up to become the Series Title Sponsor.  You might also see him out on the course; he's also a competitor in the MNMBS, racing in the Comp class.


New to racing?

Tips for Race Day

Mountain bike racing is not just for the highly trained. It is an exhilarating physical activity that can add to your health and quality of life. Racing is as much about fun, shared experiences and making new friends as it is about competition. The Minnesota Mountain Bike Series is open to all and welcomes new female and male participants of all ages and athletic abilities.



The Series has various classes to accommodate racers of all abilities and ages. A beginner may want to participate in the "Citizen Class" or "Kids Comp Class" if they have any questions regarding their fitness or skill levels.

Riding with more experienced cyclists can help develop your technical skills.  Riding a variety of terrain/courses can assist with technical abilities.  Avoid spending all of your time on trails with features that are above your riding abilities.

Be sure to warm up well before your event. A good warm up ride will greatly improve your race and you will feel better and be faster on the trail.

All racers can benefit from pre-riding the race course. Pre-riding the course consists of riding the designated race course prior to the day of the event. if it is not an open trail, pre riding information can be found on the events page. Pre-riding the course gives you the opportunity to learn the terrain and boost your confidence for your first race.



At least a day in advance, check over your bike to make sure everything is in good working order: check your wheels, drive train (chain, crank set, cogs, shifters, derailleurs) and brakes.

Refrain from making any significant changes affecting the fit of the bike within a week of the race, such as changing your seat or handle bar positioning or replacing or upgrading components.

If you have questions about the proper bike for a course we recommend contacting one of the local retailers who support our Series.



Get plenty of rest, nutrition, and hydration the night before your race.

Eat a good breakfast 3-4 hours before your start time 

About an hour before your race, have a light snack (power bar, fig cookies, etc.), to give your body a little energy boost.

Drink plenty of water leading up to your race but you should stop 30 minutes before the race. This will give you time to use the bathroom just prior to the race start.

For a race under 60 minutes, you may not need food. However, some people use GU energy gels to keep up there energy up during a race.

During longer races, it is recommended to ingest the gels every 20 minutes with fluid to maintain hydration and a steady energy flow.

Continue drinking during your race to remain hydrated. 



We recommend registering in advance online whenever possible.  This will save you money and speed up your registration experience at the race.  Arrive at the race an hour or two prior to your start so you can get registered, change clothes, and get in a good warm up ride.

When you register, the race registrar will direct you to fill out forms and pay your entry fee. If you have registered online, you should still visit the registration table to sign a release form and pick up your race number.

After registration, change into your race clothing and prep your bike. Final bike prep includes putting your race number on your handlebar, checking tires and suspension for proper air pressure, checking for clean shifting, and checking your brakes.

If you have any questions please ask for the race official.


The Race:

It may be beneficial to carry a multitool with you during the race.

You should arrive at the starting area 15 minutes prior to the start. Usually there is a scheduled racers meeting just prior to the start, so listen for instructions given at the registrars table.

Mountain bike races start fast, so be ready to work hard after the countdown. Usually the hard initial pace slows a bit and the riders find their comfort zone.

Beginner races are usually short enough that you can maintain hard work for the duration depending on your fitness.

Most importantly, have fun. Mountain bike racing is a great way to spend a day and the people you meet along the way make it even more rewarding.


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“We’re really pleased to have 401 Manufacturing as our Title Sponsor,” said MNMBS Series Director Gary Sjoquist. “They have a reputation as a high quality, precision machine shop producing products for both bicycles and motocross bikes, so it’s a great fit for our Series.”

Elite Class Sponsor LaMere Cycles

LaMere Cycles imports the best frames and rims direct from the top factories in Asia and builds up custom bikes just the way you want at an unbeatable price. Using both open mould frames and some of their own like their famous lightest-in-the-world carbon hardtail fat bike and their new full suspension carbon do everything fat bike the Dopamine which runs fat bike wheels, 650b plus, 29er, or 29 plus....check out LaMere Cycles bikes today!

High School Race for Free

*This is a High School Race for free race.  Open to 7th -12th graders.  NO ONLINE REGISTRATION for these kids.  Simply show up for the race and register on the day of.  You will get a race plate and race in the CITIZEN class. at 9:30AM start time.  There is a special wave for all of these riders.  Please be at the venue by 8:30 to register for this race.