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 then start the Caribou Trail Climb, heading up 1,000 feet in about 5 miles. From there you will jump onto a series of forest roads and snowmobile trails, including a really fun ride down the Muelberg Trail, where you really start to get an appreciation of the landscape and vastness of the area. Another few miles of Forest Service Roads will bring you to the first aid station at mile 24. The next 18 miles are a blast! A series of ski trail, snowmobile trail and forest road roads will bring riders back to the aid station at mile 41.
For the next 10 miles, riders will be traveling west along Mark Lake Road making a left turn onto the Caribou Trail. After one mile the riders will take a hard right onto Clara Lake Road where the mile 70 aid station will be located. Follow Clara Lake for three miles then take a left on Rice Lake Road and soon thereafter take another left onto Pancore Lake Road.
Follow Pancore Lake Road winding through the forest until you come to Sawbill Trail Aid Station at approximately mile 80. This is the last good place for spectators/crew until riders get back to the ski hill. A brief ride on the Sawbill Trail brings you to Honeymoon trail a fun, fast rolling road that will bring riders to a right on to Barker Lake Road. Follow Barker Lake Road to an aid station at mile 93, riders will then travel south into the North end of Lutsen Mountain.
You are not done when you get to Lutsen Mountains; Riders will jump onto the new IMBA built single track, where the last 4 miles will take you on Lutsen Moutains. The last mile climb to the finish is 250ft alone, which will create an exciting, dramatic finish!
Bag drop will be available at the aid stations at mile 42 and 59.
There will be six aid stations located at miles 24, 42 (drop bag location), 59 (drop bag location), 70, 81 and 93. Aid station 81 will be accessible for crew and spectators.
At each aid stations there will be peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, GU Energy gels, chews and stroopwafel, Fig Newtons, granola bars, water and Gatorade.
There will be H-frames with a white background, black print and directional arrows along the 99er course. Pink ribbons will be visible along the course for reference.
Aid station #4: Mile 70 – 7 hours and 20 minutes – 2:50 p.m.
Aid station #5: Mile 81 – 8 hours 30 minutes – 4:00 p.m.
11 hours for the full 99er
Outside help will only be available at designated spectator locations. No mobile support, including motorized vehicles, are allowed on course.