Join the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew / IMBA (CREW/IMBA) on Thursday, January 11th, 7pm, at Heartwood Senior Living in Crosby for their annual meeting celebrating 6 years of success, recognition, and the reveal of the bold 2020 vision.
Be a part of history as the CREW/IMBA recognizes the Red Dirt Family for their advocacy and volunteerism these past six years in raising the necessary and needed dollars to fulfill the Cuyuna Master Vision for Trails as created in collaboration between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Crow Wing County, IMBA Trail Solutions and the CREW/IMBA.
Then, the CREW/IMBA will look forward as we together approach 2020 in terms of mountain bicycle trail expansion and maintenance.
Lastly, be a part of electing the new CREW/IMBA board leadership as volunteer president Aaron Hautala and Treasurer Dan Brown pass the leadership torch to president-elect Meredith Novak and treasurer-elect Dave Rahrman.
The entire regional community is invited, need not be a CREW/IMBA member or cyclists to attend. However, if you’d like to join the CREW/IMBA prior to the annual meeting, please visit http://www.joinimba.com/
As in years past, we recommend arriving early as attendance is high and the amount of seating surfaces are quickly consumed.
This event will replace the Crew's January monthly meeting normally held at the Hallett Community Center.
The Crew is pleased to announce the 2017 Gratitude, Appreciation & Respect Awards. The awards were presented at the G-A-R Event held at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge on the evening of December 7.
50+ Crew members were on hand to celebrate 2017's exceptional volunteer efforts. Crew volunteers supported all aspects of Cuyuna's trail maintenance, training, skills coaching, three major events, and everything that goes into assisting the MN DNR in the operations and expansion of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area.
This year's recipients exemplify the Crew's values:
We think positively. We respect others. We value safety. We work hard.
2017 recipients include:
Randy Stanfield - In Appreciation of many hours of trail maintenance and dedication to training & DNR certification.
Laurie & Greg Meller - In Gratitude for their years of Co-Chairing the Whiteout, extensive trail maintenance & more.
Dave Rahrman - In Gratitude for years of Chairing the Oremageddon, Pump Track and trail maintenance & more.
Dan Brown - In Respect for years of volunteer service as the Crew's Treasurer and so much more!
The Crew would also like to Thank:
Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge - For the awesome space, service, food, hospitality, coffee cake & so much more!
Surly Brewing - For all the volunteer care packages.
45NRTH - For the set of Wrathchilds Studded FatBike Tires won by Kelly Ziegler!
Joel Hartman & Exit Realty - For the gift certificates & hats. . . super generous!
True North Base Camp - For the Certificate for Lodging.
Ron & LeAnn @TouchtheSkyBlue - For all our event photography.
And last but not least:
Aaron Hautala, Bruce Swanson, Meredith Novak, Chuck Carlson & Teri Fabian for their unending and professional leadership of the Red Dirt Family!
Join us for the Crew's annual Gratitude-Appreciation-Respect Event
December 7th, 2017 / 7;00 PM at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge, Deerwood.
If you volunteered at a Crew event or worked on Cuyuna Trails in 2017, you're invited!!
This event replaces the Crew's normal December meeting. Please RSVP via text 218-821-2139
You will receive a chance to win 1 pair 45NRTH Studded Wrathchild Fatbike Tires/ $500 value!
The Cuyuna Mahnomen Unit mountain bicycling trail construction is underway. What you see from the
Miner's Mountain Rally Center parking lot is just a sampling of what's to come.
In support of Cuyuna's Master Vision for one-way, one-direction trails, construction will begin starting Monday 10/16/17 rerouting trails in the Mahnomen Unit of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA).
A few highlights of the Mahnomen construction project include:
The MN DNR reminds everyone to observe and respect the construction barriers that will be in place in the coming weeks.
The trail construction crews have been progressing and you'll likely encounter changes from one day to the next. Cyclists please keep a safe distance from the trail construction crews and equipment. And please, no walking beyond the construction barriers.
We will keep you posted as the progress continues.
Are you registered for the 2017 Teravail Oremageddon?
Here’s a complete list of your registered racer activities and benefits:
1) Teravail Oremageddon Event Shirt (For registrations received by midnight on 9/04/17)
2) Teravail Oremageddon Event Digital Racer Bag – More details soon!
3) Pre-Race Friday Night Registration Party at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge. Ruttger's will feature live music, bonfire with S'mores, Surly Brewing, and appetizers on the shore of beautiful Bay Lake.
4) An awesome Red Dirt Race Course utilizing most of Cuyuna’s Single-track goodness. The only Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area event offering the most Red Dirt!
5) A Teravail's Jolly Ranger Bacon Station (on race course bacon-fueled experience)
6) FINISHER medals for ALL participants in all race lengths and age classes.
7) A SURLY Brewing Event, stay tuned for more details to follow!
8) A Post-Race Party at True North Basecamp, including Maucieri’s mobile culinary experts.
9) Registered Racer Door Prize Drawings. Winners must be present at the True North Post-Race Party to win one of these valuable prizes;
11) Last but not least; all race proceeds go directly to the maintenance of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails. As you know, the Crew has successfully raised the funds (with your help) to complete the master vision for trails in Cuyuna. Our dedicated volunteer maintenance teams will utilize these funds for equipment, informational signage, training and expenses incurred while maintaining the expanding Cuyuna trail system. THANK YOU!!
For complete 2017 Teravail Oremageddon event information;
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2017 Surly Bikes Red Dirt Fest – Presented by the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Crew/IMBA
Saturday, August 5th, 2017 - Volunteers from the Cuyuna Lakes MTB Crew/IMBA gathered early to set up at their newest venue. The expanse of Morningside Park in Ironton, MN allowed a large Vendor Village anchored by the event's main sponsor, Surly Bikes. Also onsite, Freewheel Bikes as well as area bicycle shops; Easy Riders Sport Shop, Lifecycle of Baxter, Muddy Bikes (w/ OTSO Cycles) and Crow Wing Cycle works. Red Dirt Fest attendees were able to test ride a huge selection of styles and sizes of bicycles, perfectly designed for the Red Dirt of Cuyuna.
By 11:00 AM crowds were checking out all the bicycles and visiting the Crew’s tent. The Red Dirt Fest emcee, Jason C. welcomed the crowd and interviewed some of the younger Red Dirt Fest attendees, all ready to ride the red dirt of Cuyuna. At the main Crew tent, volunteers offered riders descriptions for one of ten different rides to be held later in the day. The group rides were well attended and lead by experienced Crew members, offering a variety of Cuyuna tours. From Cuyuna’s State (paved) trail to Cuyuna’s Expert level Red Dirt, all riders had a custom-tailored ride experience.
Throughout the day, the Red Dirt fest held bicycle games including; Bicycle Jousting, Bicycle Limbo, a Bicycle Log Pull that tested the strength of many, a PixieCrit (big kids on little bikes), a Dunk Tank and a fantastic Striderbike course setup by Mitch H. of the Cuyuna Crew. Mitch’s Striderbike course included ramps and obstacles of various shapes and even some of Cuyuna’s Red Dirt for the little tykes to shred. Three Striderbikes were raffled to lucky racers to take home along with helmets and race swag. Closing out the days games was the “Best Calves Contest” juried by notable judges.
Also entertaining the crowds; RideMN put on three incredible bicycle jump shows. All eyes were glued on RideMN’s 8ft tall ramp has their team of riders flew tens of feet in the air, spinning and twisting their BMX bicycles and themselves as the huge crowd watched in amazement.
Red Dirt Fest goers were kept hydrated and fueled by Maucieri’s Bistro on Wheels serving delicious options and dispensing SURLY Brewing’s best selection of Minnesota’s finest craft beers. Also onsite; Cuyuna Brewing offered their one-time, special brew of “Hoppy Yawkey” Red Dirt exclusive Red IPA. Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge hosted the “Ruttger’s Lounge” where folks gathered in a comfortable setting, sipping lemonade and snacking on S’mores . . . mmmm, good! Kakookies was also on hand sharing their delicious energy products with riders of all ages.
Always a highlight of Red Dirt Fest, the Crew assembled a stellar lineup of talented musicians to entertain everyone throughout the day while enjoying the bicycle festivities. Opening the music festivities was Judd Hailey, followed by The Thirsty River Band, The High Chair Kings and the Red Dirt Fest headliner; The Last Revel. The Last Revel closed the event with an acoustic jam session, dancing with the crowd and bringing down the curtain on the 2017 Surly Red Dirt Fest.
A final note: The Crew wishes to thank the Red Dirt Fest Chairperson; Teri Fabian for her tireless efforts in organizing this year’s fest. Teri along with her team raised the bar, heck, they smashed it! The 2017 Red Dirt Fest was perhaps the best celebration the Red Dirt of Cuyuna has ever seen . . . that is . . . until 2018!!
Get ready for fall cycling with our new women’s and men’s Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails high-vis, sport cut, long sleeve raglan jersey rated for 45-75 degrees.
The Primal online team store is now open and will close at midnight on Thursday, July 20th. All jersey’s are $80/per and will be shipped direct to you with a delivery date of no later than September 8th, 2017.
For each jersey purchased Primal will donate $10 back to the CREW/IMBA to assist with our continued maintenance efforts in Cuyuna.
Order at this link:
Governor Dayton has signed the bonding bill which now officially appropriates $3.6 million to move forward the Cuyuna Master Vision for Trails. Full story to follow in the upcoming days, or join the Crew/IMBA at our monthly meeting this Thursday, 7p, at the Hallett Center in Crosby for the full story. This is a day to celebrate and to thank our elected, our State, our region, and our movement. #Cuyuna #ForCuyuna
State funds Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails Expansion
St. Paul—The Minnesota Legislature passed a $988 million bonding bill earlier today, including $3.6 million for the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area Mountain Bicycling Trails (CCSRA). Governor Mark Dayton is expected to sign the bill in the next week.
“We are thrilled with this result,” said Aaron Hautala, volunteer president of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew (CREW) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). “Our regional chambers, economic development organizations, businesses and citizens made this a top priority for funding last year and again this year. Your emails, letters, and phone calls helped get this project across the finish line in St. Paul.”
“We appreciate the leadership of Representatives Dale Lueck, John Poston, Josh Heintzeman and the critical support of Senator Carrie Ruud and Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka. They fought hard to make sure CCSRA was included in this year’s bonding bill. We are grateful for their advocacy.”
“With state bonding dollars, we will be able to implement the Master Vision for Trails,” Hautala added. “And look forward to a growing dynamic economy based in Cuyuna.”
In partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Master Vision expands the trail system from 27.5 miles to 75 miles, adds true expert trails, increases capacity to host major events and races, and creates easier access to the trail system from surrounding communities.
CCSRA was established in 1993 and contains pristine mine lakes and overburden hills, supporting a variety of vegetation. It offers 21st century human powered outdoor recreation opportunities, including scuba diving, kayaking, paddle boarding, paved trail cycling, mountain bicycling, and winter fat bicyling.
Cuyuna is known for its growing status as an international destination for tourism and its role in the regional economy of Crow Wing County. The mountain bicycling system was developed and opened in 2011 with a combination of federal and state dollars, and the surrounding communities have recognized the opportunities and economic benefits that the CCSRA has created for the region.