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 start the Caribou Trail Climb, heading up 1,000ft. in about 5 miles. As the 99er and 69er riders turn East (right), the 39ers and 19ers will continue up the Caribou Trail. 19ers will head West (left) on Honeymoon trail for about a mile. Then head South (left) on Barker Lake Road for a few miles and run into an aid station at mile 16. Finally head back into the North end of Lutsen Mountains with several miles of double –track prior to crossing the finish line.
There will be an aid station located at miles 15.
At the aid station there will be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, GU Energy gels, chews and stroopwafel, Fig Newtons, granola bars, water and Gatorade.
There will be H-frames with a white background, black print and directional arrows OR orange signs with black arrows along the 19er course.
Outside help will only be available at designated spectator locations. No mobile support, including motorized vehicles, are allowed on course.
Preparing for the Course
Have your bike checked over before the ride. Make sure everything is tight and properly adjusted, or take it to a trained Erik’s mechanic. They’ll gladly look it over and make sure everything is safe.
Remember to plan for the unexpected. Erik’s recommends on every ride that you keep the following in your hydration pack or seat bag:
- Spare tube
- Patch kit
- CO2 inflator with multiple cartridges or pump.
- Tire levers
For a long ride or race, you should add the following if you don’t already carry it:
- Tire boot for patching large cuts in tires
- Chain “quick” link to make field repairs
- Chain tool
- Back up energy food as a reserve tank