The Lutsen 99er mountain bike race will roll June 25-26 over and through the North Shore.
“The great thing about the 99er is it is community-based. People got behind it,” said race director Peter Spencer of the volunteers and local connections to the event. “What really makes it successful is the local partnership. It’s really great having those relationships.”
The race includes shorter distances, too: 69 (new this year), 39 and 19 miles, and three free children’s races June 26.
The 99er takes riders up several thousand feet in elevation over its run, which is mainly on forest service roads but also covers ski and snowmobile trails.
Last year there were nearly 1,600 riders. This year’s ridership will cap at about 1,700, Spencer said, including the kids’ races. The 99er began in 2011 with about 100 riders and, while it has increased in popularity, Spencer said he and his staff are committed to managing its growth and its quality. “It’s the small things. It’s also being really organized. And caring — the crew is caring about each and every participant.”
Registration and related information is online at lutsen99er.com.