Bluff Riders Charge

Bluff Riders Charge-Minnesota Mountain Bike Series Race #3

Race 3 – Bluff Riders Charge – June 4th

Race Description

Peace Coffee Racing and Mt. Kato have paired up once again to host the Bluff Riders Charge!  This event is run entirely by volunteers from the Peace Coffee Racing team and their family members  with help from MNMBS staff and series volunteers.  This will be the 7th year PRC has hosted this event. 

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 front of the ski area. The course has a good balance of climbs, descents and technical sections with switchbacks. The approximate vertical gain per lap is 500 feet. No one will be disappointed with this course!

Come out and support Bluff Riders! This year the proceeds from this event are going to support the local cycling community. 

The Registration “RACE # 3 – Bluff Riders Charge – June 4” is not currently available.

Online Registration

On line registration will be open soon

Start Times, Distances, Fees

Class Start Time Distance # of Laps Pre – Registration Day of Registration
Kids Comp 9:00 AM 4 miles 1 $11 $16
Citizen 9:30 AM 9 miles 2 $22 $32
Marathon Open 10:50 AM 4hrs $31 $42
Sport 11:00 AM 15 miles 3 $27 $38
Kids Comp, Citizen Awards 11:15 AM
Kids Fun Race** 12:45 PM Free** Free**
Expert & Pro Men 1:10 PM 23 miles 5 $31 $42
Expert & Pro Women 1:12 PM 18 miles 4 $31 $42
Comp SS Open/Fatbike Open 1:15 PM 18 miles 4 $27 $38
Comp Age Groups 1:18 PM 18 miles 4 $27 $38
All riders 18 and under $16 $22
Sport Awards 1:30 PM
Marathon/Comp/SS/Fatbike & Elite Group Awards 3:45 PM

1) **Must Register

Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race

The Minnesota Series Kids Fun Race is designed to give our youngest riders an opportunity to compete like their parents in a positive and fun environment. The Race is free to children ages 3 to 12.  Parent cyclists ride and race with the kids, providing motivational and physical support.

Race starts at 12:45 PM! Helmets are required. Register on-site only by 12:30pm.

General Information

Get ready for an exciting day of mountain bike racing in Southern Minnesota! Mt. Kato has: 7+ miles of well-maintained singletrack, plenty of parking space & a chalet right on the race course. Bluff Rider’s Charge offers an event for all ages and all ability levels.

The MMBS & A1 Bike are encouraging participation by offering the following race classes at Bluff Rider’s Charge:

Kid’s Comp

This event is designed for the 8-14 year old who is ready for a challenge that is more advanced than the youth series event. At Bluff Rider’s Charge, Kid’s Comp is 1 lap of the same course as the Citizen race.

Citizen Class

A Citizen class competitor is generally a new or recreational racer with limited riding experience.

Sport Class

A Sport class competitor is an experienced rider of average to above average ability.

Comp Class

A Comp class competitor is an experienced racer looking for a challenge in course & distance above Sport.

Expert & Pro Class



On-Site Registration

On-Site registration will open at Mount Kato Sunday, June 4th at 8:00 am.

Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start of each class.

Race Courses

map of Mount Kato mtb trails

There are many shared elements of Mt. Kato trails for Kid’s Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp & Expert classes.

The trails at Mount Kato run in a clockwise direction only–use the link to the map above with the course descriptions:

Kid’s Comp & Citizen: Kato Climb – Frog Pond Loop – Outlook Traverse – Back Loop – Gets Tight – Cedar Climb – Killer Toad Loop – Dead Horse – The Maze – Back Home – Cabin Run

Marathon, Sport, Comp, Expert & Pro: Kato Climb – Frog Pond Loop – Outlook Traverse – Back Loop – Gets Tight – Cedar Climb – Mad Squirrel – Killer Toad Loop – Dead Horse – The Maze – To The Top – Staircase – Lookout – Ridge Run – Cabin Run

*Specific course elements are subject to change based on course conditions on race day and discretion of the race director and property owner.

Pre-Riding: Mount Kato mtb trails are open for riding from dawn until dusk. A trail pass is required & can be purchased on-site at Mount Kato. The chalet will be open Saturday, June 26th from 11 am until 5 pm.


Medal & award presentation ceremonies will immediately follow the completion of each event.
Medals will be awarded 3 places deep in each age group for all race classes. Cash payout, up to 15 places deep to Expert Male and Female Overall. See the MNSCS Guidelines for payout details.



Mt. Kato area maps

Mount Kato Ski Area
20461 Hwy 66 | Mankato, MN 56001

Driving Directions from Minneapolis/St. Paul and points north:

Take US Hwy 169 South from the Twin Cities to Mankato/North Mankato. Exit at 66/Riverfront Drive. Right at stoplight onto S. Riverfront drive. West 3 blocks to Sibley Ave. Left onto Sibley Ave. (under bridge). South 3 blocks to W. 7th. Right onto W. 7th, 1 block West to Carney Ave/Hwy 66. Left onto Carney Ave/Hwy 66, 1.5 miles South to Mt. Kato.


Driving Directions from points south:

Take US Hwy 169 North/60 East. Exit at Frontage Road. Right at end of off-ramp onto S. Riverfront drive. East 3 blocks to Sibley Ave. Right onto Sibley Ave. (under bridge). South 3 blocks to W. 7th. Right onto W. 7th, 1 block West to Carney Ave/Hwy 66. Left onto Carney Ave/Hwy 66, 1.5 miles South to Mt. Kato.


Other Information

  • Food & beverage will be available for riders & spectators provided by the Mankato High School Cycling Team.
  • Lunch – Jake’s Stadium Pizza
  • Camping is available at two locations near Mt. Kato:

    Land of Memories

    382 Hawley Street
    Mankato, MN 56001
    (507) 387-8649

    Minneopa State Park

    54497 Gadwall Road
    Mankato, MN 56001
    (507) 389-5464

Photos–Bluff Riders’ Charge

Phil Carlson

Phil Carlson

Event Director

Phone: 651-246-7359

Eric Hathaway

Eric Hathaway

Event Director

Phone: 612-703-1993

Sponsored by Peace Coffee - Title Sponsor

Peace Coffee – Title Sponsor

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We would like to thank all our sponsors!

Peace Coffee, Pizza Luce, Phil Carlson Custom Woodcraft, Top Shelf, Focus Financial, The Fix Studio, Vert Creative Intelligence, Xterra Wet Suits, Tin Whiskers Brewing, Untapped, Erik’s bike shop, and Specialized bikes.