Various mountain bike and cyclocross events:
Long GRIND: 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.
Short GRIND: 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.
Night CX: 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.
Miners (Kids): 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.