Lutsen 99 Mountain bike Event 2012 June 23rd, 2012
Both the 39 and 99 mile race courses take advantage of the scenery and topography of Minnesota’s North Shore. The Sawtooth Mountains slope up from the shores of Lake Superior providing a fantastic Category 3 climb near the beginning of the race. Once over the ridgeline, the course takes advantage of the glacially sculpted terrain, rolling hills, and numerous lakes and streams. This area is the southern range of the Boreal Forest. You will be riding on sections of road and trail that see as much moose traffic as people traffic at any given time! Check out the links below for detailed elevations and course maps.
Starting out at Lutsen Mountain, riders will be escorted down to Highway 61, where we’ll open the flood gates. Riding through the town of Lutsen, racers will then start the Caribou Trail Climb. The climb will take you up 1,000ft. in about 5 miles. From there you will jump onto a series of forest roads and snowmobile trails, including a really fun ride down the Muelberg Trail, where you really start to get an appreciation of the landscape and vastness of the area. Another few miles of Forest Service Roads will bring you to the first aid station at mile 23. This will be a great area for spectators and crew as riders will be traveling through this station twice. The next 18 miles are a blast! A series of ski trail, snowmobile trail and forest road roads will bring riders back to the aid station at mile 41. Crew and spectators will also be able to see riders at mile 30.
The next 10 miles riders will be traveling west along Mark Lake Road, this will be familiar to riders that were in the race last year. Emerging onto the Caribou Trail for a mile, riders will continue west on Clara Lake Road and Pancore Lake Road, also familiar to last year’s riders. There will be an aid station where Pancore Lake Road meets the Sawbill Trail, this is about mile 62. This is also a good spot for crew.
Crossing the Sawbill Trail riders will work their way South and join the Sawbill Trail at mile 75, which is also the next aid station. This is the last good place for spectators/crew until riders get back to the ski hill. A tough 10 miles of snowmobile trail will bring riders to Barker Lake Road, stopping at an aid station at mile 87, riders will then travel south into the North end of Lutsen Mountain.
This year, you are not done when you get to Lutsen Mountain. Riders will jump onto the old Lutsen Mountain bike trail system, the last 4 miles will take you on Lutsen Moutain, the last ½ mile climb to the finish is 250ft alone which will create an exciting, dramtic finish!
Recap: 99miles, about 7,000ft of climbing, 7% single track, 10% pavement, 40% snowmobile/ski trail, 43% Forest Service Road. 100% FUN!
Drop bags (99er course only)
Bags will be collected near the start/finish outside of Rosie’s Chalet
You will provide your own bag with name and race# attached
Bags will be available at Mile 60
After event bags will be available outside of Rosie’s Chalet
Starting out at Lutsen Mountain, riders will be escorted down to Highway 61, where we’ll open the flood gates. Riding through the town of Lutsen, racers will then start the Caribou Trail Climb. The climb will take you up 1,000ft. in about 5 miles. As the 99er riders turn East, the 39ers will continue up the Caribou Trail for a few more miles before turning west on Clara Lake Road. Last year’s riders will recognize this road, but will be doing it in reverse from last year. Clara Lake Road turns into Pancore Lake Road, a fun Forest Service Road that is pretty remote and full of wildlife. At the end of Pancore Lake Road, there will be an aid station at about mile 22.
Riders will turn South on the Sawbill Trail for a mile before turning East on the Honeymoon Trail, a rolling Forest Service Road. Riders will then turn south on Barker Lake road for a few miles, run into an aid station at mile 35 before making their way into the North end of Lutsen Mountains.
Riders will hop onto the old Lutsen Mountain bike trails and traverse Mystery Mountain before descending to the Poplar River. The last ½ mile is a tough climb out of the river valley to the finish!