The Long GRIND (35 miles) mountain bike race course utilizes the most scenic and challenging terrain in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Expect extremely tough climbs, fast descents, varied terrain with rocks, roots, creeks, & plenty of passing opportunities. The first third of the course sets up with short but steep punchy climbs on some of the most beautiful cross country ski trails in the state. The middle section speeds up on fast gravel roads and snowmobile/ATV trails . The last third will take everything you have to push through several punishing climbs right to the finish. The Long GRIND will test even the strongest riders. Awards provided by Wolftooth Components - Top 5 Overall Male, Top 5 Overall Female, Top Single Speed Male, Top Single Speed Female, Top Fat Bike Male, Top Fat bike Female, Top Tandem.
The Short GRIND (18 miles) mountain bike course shares the first 17 miles of the Long GRIND course. This race will test your skills as you wind through cross country trails, snowmobile/ATV trails, and rugged mining roads. Whether you’re a first timer, a weekend warrior, or a pro racer, you can count on having an amazing experience. The Short GRIND is a super fun and fast race. Awards provided by Wolftooth Components - Top 5 Overall Male, Top 5 Overall Female, Top Single Speed Male, Top Single Speed Female, Top Fat Bike Male, Top Fat bike Female, Top Tandem.
Cyclocross race under the lights is a 45 minute race Saturday evening put on by our friends at OTSO bikes. The course will be incorporating the ski runs, double track, and whatever else we happen to find on the resort. There will be a Lemans start and mix of obstacles and trail set-ups to ensure no one bike has any advantage over other. Any type of bicycle is welcome, but a MTB or CX bike will do best. This is a great race to try the sport as a beginner or an early pre season race for the upcoming season. Hand ups and heckling are strongly encouraged. Awards - PRIDE
Make the GRIND weekend a fun event for the whole family! Miners (12 and under) are invited to participate in the Miners Kid Race for FREE! They will race on the cyclocross loop (approximately 1 mile loop). We will have lots of parents and volunteers throughout the course to ensure everyone has a great time. This race offers a super introduction to mountain biking for young riders.
All Miners will receive a number plate, and tee shirt!
LONG GRIND 35 MILES, SHORT GRIND 18 MILES + NIGHT CROSS (INCLUDED)
$50 – GENERAL PUBLIC
$45 – IRON RANGE / NORTH SHORE RESIDENTS
$40 – NICA COACHES
NICA STUDENT ATHELETES RACE FOR FREE! - EMAIL email@example.com FOR CODE
OTSO NIGHT CROSS ONLY
$15 – 45 MINUTE RACE
“MINERS” KIDS RACE (12 & UNDER) FREE!
LONG AND SHORT GRIND REGISTRATION INCLUDES:
– COMMEMORATIVE T-SHIRT
– 2 FREE CASTLE DANGER BEERS
– 1 BURNT ONION BBQ TICKET
– FREE ENTRY INTO THE NIGHT CROSS
*NICA – NATIONAL INTERSCHOLASTIC CYCLING LEAGUE
The GRIND is proud to donate $1500 to the minnesota high school cycling league
Friday AUGUST 31, 2018
5:00 pm-8:00 pm Check-in/ON-SITE Registration
Saturday September 1, 2018
8:00 am-9:30 am Check-in/ON-SITE Registration
10:00 am MTB Races Start
3:00 pm Kids Race Start
4:00 pm Award Ceremony
7:30 pm CX Race Start
11:00 pm end of festivities
Giants Ridge is a great destination for family outdoor fun! Life is good at Giants Ridge, with blue lakes plentiful with walleye, crappie, bluegills and northern pike. We’ve got acres of forest, and miles of trails. Check out these things to do at Giants Ridge and get out and enjoy the outdoors in the true northwoods!
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