Venue and Parking Information:
Mount Kato Ski Area is just south of Mankato, MN, off Hwy 1. There is plenty of parking in the facility parking lot. Do not park on the road leading up to the ski area. Volunteers will be onsite during the morning hours to assist with parking, please follow their directions and parking signs. Teams may leave their trailers overnight. Camping reservations must be made in advance.
Race Course Description:
There are many spectator-friendly spots at Mount Kato to watch the races, and cheer the riders on. The course starts with a nice warm-up climb to the top of the ski area. Once on top, all racers make a large traverse along the back of the ski area. This is a new course and is not the same course as the all-team finale! The course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks. The approximate vertical gain per lap is 350 feet; each lap is 3.7-miles. NOTE: This trail is NOT open to the public. All other bike trails are closed to riders for the weekend. The only time to preview the actual course is during the pre-ride prior to the race.
Prior to each race, the MN League offers a set time period for racers to preview the course. We recommend that all racers take advantage of this time and pre-ride the course. Any rider or coach with a number plate can participate in pre-ride. See the Race Day Schedule for dates and times of pre-ride.
There will be a food truck offering food and beverages.