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2014 Laddies Loppet MTB Stage Race Weekend

August 30, 2014 2:00 pmtoSeptember 1, 2014 2:00 pm



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Riders competing in the exciting short track during the Laddies Loppet weekend. Labor Day weekend 2013. ( photo)
Riders competing in the exciting short track during the Laddies Loppet weekend. Labor Day weekend 2011. ( photo)


Our Sponsors:


At Fredrikson & Byron, we’ve built a reputation as the firm “where law and business meet” by bringing business acumen and entrepreneurial thinking to our work with clients, and by operating as business advisors and strategic partners as well as legal counselors. Our lawyers blend a common sense approach with in-the-field experience, and we utilize our firm’s strong reputation and our lawyers’ broad networks of business and industry contacts to get things done for clients. Clients have relied on us since 1948 for great solutions that help them minimize legal risks and maximize business benefits. We look forward to an opportunity to show you what it is like where law and business meet.





Matt Engen is a Wealth Management Advisor and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certificant, a designation awarded by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. and has been in the financial services industry since 1991 and with Merrill Lynch since 1999. In 2009, 2011 and 2012, Matt was included among an elite group of Financial Advisors ranked in Barron’s magazine’s “The Top 1,000 Advisors”, “The Top Ranked Advisors in America State-by-State.” Matt’s experience and intimate knowledge of wealth management enables him to establish objectives, develop an appropriate strategy and recommendations that draw upon the breadth and depth of Total Merrill™ to connect all the pieces of your financial life.  We appreciate Matt’s support of the Laddies Loppet.

Midwest Bank is a rapidly-growing, locally-owned, independent bank with offices located in West Central Minnesota. Through our rapid growth, we have developed the financial and technological resources to meet the needs of our small and large customers alike. Being locally-owned, we have a vested interest in seeing our communities thrive. Being independent allows us to provide a banking atmosphere that our customers appreciate — a responsiveness not matched by our competition, decisions made by the people you talk to rather than a committee in a distant city, and fees that are considerably below our competition. These items, combined with top-notch customer service, make us believe that we offer banking the way you want it — “Banking Your Way.”

At Wolf Tooth Components, we are a group of hardcore cyclists that found ourselves spending a lot of time talking about bike components.  Like most racers we were always looking for new products that could make our bikes lighter, faster, or more reliable.  Since we all come from engineering and manufacturing backgrounds our conversations often focused on how we could make the products on the market today even better.  The company was founded to design and manufacture unique cycling components that emphasize function, performance, and reliability to meet the needs of fellow racers and riders.  We are excited to support the Laddies Loppet.


1up USA is a small company in Wisconsin that manufactures and sells quality products directly to the customer. They guarantee everything they sell, and want all of their customers to be completely satisfied.  We were so impressed with their receiver bike rack design we wanted to partner with them for the Laddies Loppet.


Fargo Brewing: From a garage to a full fledged brewery in five short years sums up a dream come true for us Fargo natives with our heart set on bringing craft brewing to the heartland. It was a like-mindedness that brought our paths together, and a Midwestern work ethic that maintained that path, through thick and thin, to see an idea through and bring as fine a product as we can to our home. Ah hell, it’s just beer, chief. Bottoms up.  Sounds like a great fit for the Laddies Loppet to us!



At Kühl, the passion remains to get outdoors and have fun. Kühl® is what it means to be comfortable and relaxed in the challenging environment of life and sport. Kühl® means creating the best environment for you and knowing the importance of following your own beliefs and desires. We are excited to welcome them as a sponsor of the Laddies Loppet.

We are excited to working with Podiumwear on some exiting gear for the Laddies Loppet.  St. Paul based Podiumwear creates custom quality made sublimated athletic apparel based on their clients specific design.  All of their clothing is made right here in Minnesota.

Our long time partner is back again this year providing media coverage all weekend.  Watch for outstanding photos from across all classes posted on their site.



These retailers support our event and are the best place to start when you need the right cycling gear.

Freewheel Bike offers 3 Twin Cities locations catering to all types of cyclists and supports multiple events including the Murphy Mountain Bike Time Trial Series.


Hollywood Cycles offers up front service, custom fitting, and racing experience across virtually every cycling discipline at their Minneapolis location.


Jakes Bikes offers friendly knowledgeable service in Alexandria, MN.  Whether you are buying bikes for the first time or just need a tired pumped up.


We are exited to welcome back this long time sponsor.  If you are in the Fargo Moorhead area please stop into see them, they will be sure you are ready for the race.


Penn Cycle has 7 Twin Cities locations and promotes a Thursday Night Mountain Bike racing series at Buck Hill in Burnsville, a great way to get ready for the Laddies Loppet.


Lotvola Cup

March 1, 2014 2:00 amtoSeptember 1, 2014 2:00 am

We’ve had another great season of events at Maplelag, kicking off with our annual Laddies Loppet mountain bike races in early September, which drew hundreds of riders, families and friends to enjoy a great fall weekend and the Maplelag hospitality.  The event brings a lot of new friends to Maplelag and a chance to explore our trail system and dip in the lake, all without the usual cover of winter.

Once the snow started flying, nearly 2500 high school kids from 25 schools participated in ski clinics in, time trials and ski technique. Maplelag was a major sponsor of the ski camps which allowed the teams that may not otherwise have the opportunity to train in a stress-free environment in a resort atmosphere. Maplelag will continue to promote and support healthy active lifestyles in the beauty of nature while trying to leave as little of an imprint on the environment as possible.

It is with fond memories and some sense of loss that we announce the end of the Lotvola Cup.  The timing of the event, as well as some issues with land access, have led us to the difficult decision to no longer continue this race. The Lotvola Cup was one of the oldest cross country ski races in Minnesota, started back in 1978, and has grown to be popular among not only local skiers but enthusiasts from around the country.

The 12 KM classic technique only race was named in honor of Elias Lotvola, an early Finnish pioneer in the local Sugarbush who was famous for his skiing abilities and for making of the classic wooden skis in the Finnish tradition by hand.   Even when he was in 80’s Elias would ski thru the bush and woods checking his trapline of over 30 miles in length. His skis and poles were on display  in the lodge, but sadly they were lost in the total destruction of the lodge in the fire of December of 1999.  However, many examples of homemade Finnish wooden skis in the lodge which are most similar to those made by Elias Lotvola, are on display in the new lodge. The race honored the tradition of Nordic skiing in Minnesota and up to the most recent race, had a wood ski division. Past Lotvola Cup participants included not only recreational skiers but Olympic athletes including biathelte Wynn Roberts of Battle Lake area who competed in Vancover in 2010.  Maplelag has always promoted a healthy and environmental friendly use of the land with a minimal footprint so as to conserve and promote our wonderful natural resources.

We will continue to offer a number of great special events at Maplelag, and hope to see all of you