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 99 & 69er riders turn East (right), the 49ers and 25ers will continue up the Caribou Trail for a few more miles before turning west (left) on Clara Lake Road into the first aid station at mile 12. Three miles down Clara Lake Road turn left at Rice Lake Road and soon thereafter veer right to stay on Rice Lake Road. Rice Lake Road is a fun Forest Service Road that is pretty remote and full of wildlife. At the end of Rice Lake Road, you will turn left on The Grade. You will be on The Grade for 1.5 miles
Riders will turn South (left) on the Sawbill Trail for 6 miles before turning East (left) on the Honeymoon Trail, that is your next Aid Station at approximately mile 29. This is the last good place for spectators/crew until riders get back to the ski hill.
Honeymoon Trail is fast rolling Forest Service Road. From there, riders head south (right) on Barker Lake road for a few miles and run into an aid station at mile 40 before heading into the North end of Lutsen Mountains.
Riders hop onto the old Lutsen Mountain bike trails and traverse Mystery Mountain before descending to the Poplar River. The last mile is a tough climb out of the river valley to the finish!