49ER COURSE DESCRIPTION
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!
There will be three aid stations located at miles 12, 29 and 40. Aid station at mile 29 will be accessible for crew and spectators.
At each aid stations there will be Gedney dill pickles, GU Energy gels, chews and stroopwafel, Fig Newtons, granola bars, water and GU hydration.
There will be H-frames with a white background, black print and directional arrows OR orange signs with black arrows along the 49er 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