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Cuyuna Crusher race to welcome hundreds

Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race, Cuyuna Crusher Voted MNMBS 'Best Race' in 2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019

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Hundreds of mountain bikers, along with family members and friends, are expected to join the Cuyuna lakes area for the sixth annual Cuyuna Crusher Race for the weekend of Aug. 21-22. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch file photo

More than 500 mountain bikers, their friends and families are expected to arrive in Crosby the weekend of Aug. 21-22 for the Sixth Annual Cuyuna Crusher Race sponsored by the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber and the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series.

The Cuyuna Crusher takes place in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.

“Don't just drive into town for the day on Sunday, Aug. 22 — we invite you to the Cuyuna Lakes to make a weekend of it. Bring your family and enjoy swimming, diving, fishing, kayaking and paddle boarding in our crystal clear mine lakes. You will not regret the chance to explore our great town and get a quality pre-ride to prepare for your race. Visit our local businesses that sponsor the Crusher, without them we couldn’t do what we do!” said Brielle Bredsten, chamber executive director, in a news release.

The event has online registration only.

Visit Race No. 9 — Cuyuna Lakes Crusher ( mnmtbseries.com ) for complete event details, maps, and register to race by 8 p.m. Aug. 21.

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Riders are invited to explore the new green level Connector Trails on a guided tour (about an 8-mile / 1.5 hour ride) at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, with SureShift MTB and friends. Riders will begin and end the ride at Cuyuna Brewing Co. Guided Bike Tour space is limited to 12 participants. RSVP to brielle@cuyunalakes.com by Aug. 18.

RELATED: How a weekend mountain biking tour to Duluth and Cuyuna changed my summer

Live music will be provided during the Crusher Happy Hour at Cuyuna Brewing Co. from 4-8 p.m. Happy Hour features live music by Bruce Archer playing a combination of blues, bluegrass, country, and folk. Concessions will be available, along with merchandise for purchase and a raffle.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of the trail system at Cuyuna Country State Recreational Area, participants could win an GX Eagle AXS component upgrade kit ($600 value) donated by Gear West. Raffles will be for sale during Crusher Happy Hour for $10 each.

RELATED: Advanced and expert Mountain Bike Trail expansion now open at Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area On the northern edge of the recreation area, the North Mahnomen Unit expansion features four new trails ranging in skill level from more difficult to experts only. “This expansion officially doubles our total trail mileage from the existing 25 miles of 2011 to 50 plus miles now a perfect 10 years later, unlocking our master vision providing expert riders trails to challenge and reward their efforts,” said Aaron Hautala, president emeritus of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew.
Organizers reported volunteers are needed for many different positions to help make the event a success.

To view volunteer spots, details and sign up, go to https://signup.com/go/rADrPjg .

Large group help is an option for community groups, scout troops or sports teams. Organizers noted they cannot host this event without volunteers and no experience is needed as there are many positions that require zero knowledge of the sport. Positions include check-in, trail stewards, directing traffic, packet pick-up, kids’ race, etc.

In exchange for their time, volunteers will be provided with a free T-shirt and a free meal and/or refreshments during their shift. Instructions, shirt and goodie bag may be picked up at Cuyuna Brewing Company during the Crusher Happy Hour from 4-8 p.m. Aug. 21.

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Contact the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber 218-546-8131 or info@cuyunalakes.com for more information.

Renee Richardson is managing editor at the Brainerd Dispatch. She joined the Brainerd Dispatch in 1996 after earning her bachelor's degree in mass communications at St. Cloud State University.
Renee Richardson can be reached at renee.richardson@brainerddispatch.com or by calling 218-855-5852 or follow her on Twitter @dispatchbizbuzz or Facebook.
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