Thursday, December 18, 2008

2009 Schedule Posted

What do you think of the new look?!

MNSCS Announces Eleven Races for 2009

Hillside Park in Elk River is added to the schedule.

5/17/2009 Erik's Spring Cup, Inver Grove Heights, MN

5/31/2009 Afton Avalanche, Afton Alps, Hastings, MN

6/14/2009 Dirt Spanker, MT Du Lac, Duluth, MN

6/28/2009 Bluff Riders Charge - Mt Kato, Mankato, MN

7/12/2009 Memorial Classic, Red Wing, MN

7/26/2009 Hillside Park SingleTrack Attack

8/09/2009 Buck Hill Birch Bump, Burnsville, MN

8/16/2009 MNSCS/WORS Border Battle,
White Tail Ridge - River Falls, WI

9/06/2009 Laddie's Loppet Stage Race, Maplelag Resort, Callaway, MN

9/13/2009 Powder Monkey, Spirit Mountain, Duluth, MN

9/26/2009 Revolution's Single - Track Escape, St Cloud, MN

Old news I know, but I'm using it as an excuse to get back to posting here.
The biggest news however is the addition of Hillside Park. I've done that race several times, albeit on a smaller scale, and it's fun. The course is tough; Almost all singletrack, hills, and some technical sections that you wouldn't expect at first glance. It will be interesting however, to see how the venue handles the numbers that MNSCS draws to a race. We all know that our numbers pale when compared to WORS, but 250+ at Hillside? Can you say hole-shot? It should be a great event though. The guy putting it on knows how to promote/run an event (and he's fast) so I'm looking forward to good things.

It also sounds like the minimum number of races will remain the same.

I'm also getting the ski bug. It might due to the fact that I left my gloves and hat at my in-laws and have had to use my ski gloves for everyday use. The thing about them that's weird is they need the ski poles to work. The gloves have a piece of strap that sticks out about 1/2" right between your thumb and pointer fingers. That nub then has a small hole in the end. The poles have no strap for your hand. Instead, there's a pin at the top of the pole and an access slot on the grip for the nub on the glove. You lift the pin, insert the nub and drop the pin into the hole on the nub. Viola! Tighten the integrated wrist strap on the glove and you're good to go skiing.

Since I've had to wear these for the last week, my mind has been on skiing. Well, that and the fact that I'm slide-skiing in the parking lot at work whenever I leave/go to the MINI.

So - if any of you out there want to go skiing, get in touch with me and let's make something happen.


  1. New look = no more cutoff pictures. Yeah!

    I'm game for ski. I've hit up Hyland a few times already. It's looking good right now. I'll be taking some time off the next couple weeks, so let's do it! Night skiing at Battle Creek (hilly), Cleary (flat), Hyland (only 3K lit), French (5K+ with good hills), or Elm Creek of course. What's your favorites?

  2. I noticed the picture thing right away - woohoo!

    For sure it would have to be night for me. I've been to Murphy, Hyland and somewhere kinda by Scott's place. I'm game for anything, classic or skate. BRING IT! Oh wait....are you nationally ranked in skiing too??

  3. I suck at it as much as you, I'm sure. :)

    A daylight ski on the weekend could be good too. 95% of my skiing is skate. Terrace Oaks has a fun 5K loop. Lebanon has skiing too (although I've never skied their skate trails). Murphy's great if you want nuthin' but hills. One of my favorites is Carver (out by the MN Landscape Arboretum). More snow is a comin!


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