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Beginner mountain biking classes to be held June 9

CROSBY — Learn the tips and tricks of the trade from experienced mountain bikers during free skills camps June 9 at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.

At 11 a.m., there will be beginners’ skills camps for adults — a men’s course and a women’s course — and a youth skills camp for younger riders (old enough to confidently ride a two-wheeled bike). Lessons will include turning, pedal placement, position on the bicycle, proper breaking techniques and the importance of looking ahead while riding on a trail.

Once riders have brushed up on their skills, they can attend a group ride at 12:30 p.m., where guides will lead them to some of the most scenic places on the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails. Groups will be divided by skill level.

“The events at this year’s festival are approachable for everyone, no matter how experienced they are at mountain biking,” said Johnna Johnson, event coordinator and executive director of the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber of Commerce. “This is the perfect opportunity for riders to go out in a group and have fun together.”

Other classes are planned throughout the festival, including a basic maintenance clinic, where riders will learn to change a tire, oil a chain and the like, and a trail preparedness class, which will teach how to prepare for a bike ride depending on the location, duration and weather.

For more details on the classes being offered at the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival and a schedule of events, visit

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