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Deerwood Country Inn Festival Special

Country Inn DeerwoodDeerwood Country Inn is having a special just for those attending the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival. Deerwood Country Inn is a partner with both the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and the Cuyuna Chamber of Commerce.

If you haven’t registered yet for the Festival, please note there is less than a three weeks left before the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  So register for the Festival then get a great deal on rooms from Deerwood County Inn.


Please call 877-534-3303 for reservations and more information.

June 13-15, 2014

20% Discount for IMBA members and also for the High School team members.  Show your IMBA card or NICA information at the front desk to confirm

Dates limited to June 13-15, 2014.

Poker Ride Map

Poker RideWith 3 weeks to till the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  To help you know where all the fun stuff is happening, we have added the Poke Ride card location map to the Poker Ride page.  The Poker Ride is always a highlight of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.  Even more so this year since the Poker Ride will traverse the Bike Demo area.

Remember to register soon!

Map below:


Lineup Change – Announcing Dead Pigeons

Dead PigeonsWell, we find ourselves here again. The last time, we promise! Due to scheduling conflicts Saint Anyway has to bow out. Replacing them in the lineup is the Dead Pigeons. The Dead Pigeons are a 5 piece Americana/Folk band from Minneapolis/St. Paul. There debut album, Even If I Knew, is now available on iTunes or their site. If you would like to check out their music, their are 3 tracks available for streaming here.

While idea of a band named after deceased sky rats might seem odd, the music of the Dead Pigeons has no hint of decomp to it. Its fresh and foot-stomping fun.

Here is the Dead Pigeon’s bio (yep, this is all of it):
The Dead Pigeons formed on Tuesdays at Palmer’s Bar, on the West Bank in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Drew Peterson – lead singer, songwriter, guitar, banjo
Ryan Douglas Canyon – mandolin and backing vocals
Gretta Hunstiger – fiddle and backing vocals
Andy Carroll – bass
Daryn Christensen – drums and percussion

Unofficial Bio, provided by Matt Taylor of Sunshine Kitchen & Moonshine Lounge:

Drew Peterson, one of Minnesota’s most prolific songwriters, has been making and performing his own
brand of folk music in Minnesota for more than two decades. Drew was one half of the duo that made
up the Silver Creek based band, 40 Watt Bulb, who gained some real momentum in the industry and
threatened a breakthrough in 2006 with their album release Shovel’s Length Short. (Available here.)

But tragedy struck. The duo’s other half BJ Harly, suffered an injury that rendered him unable to play
his banjo.

Drew pressed on alone for a time, writing song after song, playing solo gigs across Minnesota. But
Drew has always been a magnet for talented musicians and soon he started playing with a new group of
outlaw artists.

The beautiful and talented fiddle player Gretta Hunstiger and stand up bassist Andy Carroll were the
fist to join the band, but were soon followed by Ryan Canyon on Mandolin and Daryn Christensen on
percussion. This band become known as The Dead Pigeons.

Quote from the Minnesota Daily: In the cities of noise pollution, The Dead Pigeons bring peace and

Ruttgers Festival Special

Ruttger's Bay Lake LodgeRuttgers Bay Lake Lodge is having a special just for those attending the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.  Ruttgers, a partner with both the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew and the Cuyuna Chamber of Commerce, really pulled out the stops for this.

If you haven’t registered yet for the Festival, please note there is less than a month left before the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  So register for the Festival then get a great deal on rooms from Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge.


Please call 855-726-4237 for reservations and more information.

June 13-15, 2014

$150.00 (Rate based on two adults per room)

The Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival and the famous Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails are just minutes away in Crosby. Enjoy the festival and all the activity and fun, and then get away from it all at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. Enjoy a mocha at Auntie M’s Kaffeehaus, sit on the deck with your favorite beverage, dine at your choice of three restaurants, then relax and regroup for that next day’s ride! Two-night package includes lodging in a Traditional unit, discount breakfast and dinner coupons, and use of pools, hot tub, beach, decks, tennis courts, and resort amenities.

Dates limited to June 13-15, 2014.

Bike Demos – Niner

niner_logoWe are pleased to announce that Niner Bikes will be providing product demos for Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival participates!

The bike demos area will be in the Yawkey Unit (Insert D) of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.  This area provides several unique features for bike demos.  First, its easily accessed from the Crosby Memorial Park, where most of the post-race activities are occurring.  Second, the Yawkey Unit has a large number of relative short (>1 mile) trails with varying levels of difficulty.  This will allow you to flog a bike and still have time to get another to flog.

The Poker Ride card points will also be within the Yawkey Unit, allowing those doing the Poker Ride to also demo bikes.  Get a card, test a bike.  Can’t beat that.

The Bike Demos will be going on from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on June 14th, 2014.  Map below.

Here is a bit more about Niner:

Niner Jet9 RDOIt’s more than just a name. It’s our passion.

The 29” wheeled bike isn’t just a token in our line-up. It is our one and only love, our heart and soul out there on the trail.

It’s 100% commitment to a wheel size we believe in, to impeccable designs & exquisite ride quality. It’s a dedication we want to share with you on every ride.

At Niner we are excited about the buzz – The good feelings we get when we sell products that we love to people that love our products. Being a part of the Niner community doesn’t start at the cash register and doesn’t end when you walk out the bike shop door.

On the trail, the Niner community is diverse and friendly. Whether you are on your local singletrack or in the middle of an epic journey, don’t be surprised to receive a ton of comments, questions and smiles – Niner bikes tend to generate conversations. Off the trail, you can count on Niner for great customer service. Once you’ve found the bike of your dreams, we back it with a solid warranty and a wealth of information to improve your experience and make you feel at home.

Don’t be shy if you see NINER at races or festivals because we enjoy talking about bike stuff as much as you do. We strongly believe that the way to improve our bikes is through listening to the people that know them best – the Niner Community.


Lineup Change – Announcing Saint Anyway

Saint AnywayDue to some conflicts Tin Can Gin will have to bow out of the lineup for the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival.  Filling their position is the Duluth-based trio Saint Anyway.  Saint Anyway are purveyors of some hard chargin’ bluegrass.  While they haven’t quite been canonized yet, they will be at the Crosby Memorial bandshell from 6:15pm to 7:45pm.

Official bio from Saint Anywhere:

Saint Anyway is a “stomp-grass” trio comprised of Tony Petersen, Jamie Kallestad, and Dane Levinski. Originally from Northland region, the band honed their chops in the tightly knit (and lately renowned) indie music incubator of Duluth,  Minnesota but are frequently touring farther from home these days.  Now four albums and one EP deep into a promising career,  Saint Anyway is poised to strike out into the nation’s exploding roots/folk scene at large, with their muscular new 2013 release Live In Duluth pulling the wagon train.

Check out some of their music here:

Announcing Jackson & the Roosters

Jackson & the RoostersThe musical entertainment continues to build for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Fest, presented by the Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.  For those attending the FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT, we have a special treat for you: Jackson & the Roosters.  These lively lands will surely put a spring in your step and have you crowing the night away.

If you will be having the FRIDAY EVENING DINNER or just checking in for the festivities, come and check them out as play at the Crosby Memorial Park bandshell between 6:00pm & 9:00pm, Friday, June 13th, 2014.

Official bio from Jackson & the Roosters:

Jackson & The Roosters incorporate a musical mix of Folk, Americana, Blues, Oldies and Soul to satisfy just about anyone’s musical bones. The band spontaneously formed in early October, 2013 to help Jackson honor a commitment to a show, but once the melodic chemistry manifested itself, Jackson & The Roosters have been set into full swing with performing and songwriting. Two band members, local graduates of the Cuyuna Lakes area, and two others from the sprawling Minneapolis suburbs, Jackson & The Roosters bring to the table a variety of musical tastes and styles that will surely entertain!

Announcing Tin Can Gin

Tin Can GinThe awesome music selection at the 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center continues.  Adding to the already weapons grade bluegrass that is Hans Blix & The Weapon Inspectors, comes Tin Can Gin to give you a ‘grass hangover.  The alt-bluegrass ensemble from Duluth, MN will be playing the Crosby Memorial Park bandshell from 6:15pm to 7:45pm.

Tin Can Gin are have just released (04/20/14) their first, self-titled, album.  You can listen to the first single off it here:

See the Schedule of Events for a listing of all the events of the Mountain Bike Festival.

Here is the official bio from Tin Can Gin:

In the summer of 2011, childhood friends Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin formed a folk band. Alongside, Bryan Nelson, they wrote songs and built up a very respectable repertoire. In September of 2011, they performed for their first time, proclaiming themselves as Tin Can Gin. Later on, fiddle virtuoso Nori Perrine joined on and expert musician, Mark Glen was soon to follow on bass. Over the next year, Tin Can Gin held gigs in various venues across the Midwest including performances at the Porcupine Mountain’s Music Festival, Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth, The Fine Line Music Café in Minneapolis, and Stage North in Washburn, WI. 

Tin Can Gin’s unique sound draws from each member’s personal music backgrounds. From Harrison’s traditional bluegrass upbringing, Bryan’s folk background, Nori’s Celtic melodies and the sultry rhythm of Mark’s bass lines, you’re sure to find a sound emitted that tickles your musical palate. This hurricane stew of influence brings out a style of music that is as bitter and sweet as the best IPA’s out there. 

Tin Can Gin just released their first self-titled studio album recorded at Sacred Heart Studios in Duluth, MN. 

Annoucing Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors

We are happy to announce that Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors will be playing at the Crosby Memorial Park band shell from 3:45pm to 5:15pm as part of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival, presented by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center.

Hans Blix & the Weapons InspectorsFor those that are not familiar with Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors, prepare for some pickin’ of mass destruction.

See the Schedule of Events for a listing of all the events of the Mountain Bike Festival.

Here is the official bio from Hans Blix & the Weapon Inspectors:

Hans Blix and the Weapons Inspectors is a 5-piece acoustic string band that plays an eclectic mix of music ranging from bluegrass to old-timey to folk to Irish fiddle tunes and more.  There’s something for almost every taste.  The band expresses its regrets to disco and hip-hop enthusiasts.
The band is named after a Swedish diplomat and his team of United Nations weapons inspectors who were kicked out of Iraq in the early 2000’s.  This led to the beginning of the Iraq war and a band name too good to pass up.
Hans Blix is made up of five good friends who share an appreciation for traditional music and pie, which they serve with coffee at weekly practice sessions.  Four of the five have day jobs in the field of conservation, so not only are they proficient with their musical instruments, but they also know their way around a wetland, a hardwood forest and a sensitive shoreland.  The fifth member is an attorney, which the band felt was a good strategic move should they ever need legal representation.  Plus, the guy plays a mean bass.  Other interests of band members include raising sheep, horses, chickens and kids, brewing beer, maple syruping, bicycling, taking on massive home-remodeling projects, coaching cross-country skiing, throwing great parties, and writing the next great American novel. 
Kristen Blann sings and plays fiddle, flute and accordion.  Mike Duval sings and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and zither.  Kent Montgomery sings and plays mandolin.  Laurie Chamberlain sings and plays stand-up bass.  Phil Hunsicker sings and plays lead flatpick guitar.  When they all sing together, their harmonies are as tight as their friendship and as tasty as their weekly pies.

Slushtime Pricing Ends at Midnight

CLMTBF - Cross County Mountain Bike RiceGet it while its here! Slushtime pricing for the the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Festival ends today, March 31st, 2014 at Midnight.

With the snow melting and the temperatures warming, its time to think about the the summer and mountain biking at the wonderful Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails.  For 2014 the Miner’s Mountain Cross Country Race, which is part of the Festival,  is the only opportunity you will have to race the rusty hills of Cuyuna.

So register today for a weekend of fun, friends, and a little racing!