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Laddies Loppet Mountain Bike Weekend

September 3, 2021 3:00 pmtoSeptember 6, 2021 11:00 am

Laddies Loppet is a mountain bike event we hold every Labor Day weekend at Maplelag. We have been hosting the event since 1990, making it one of the oldest mountain bike races in the Midwest! This year’s dates are September 3rd-September 6th, 2021. The race is named after our former, friendly dog, Laddie. This is a great event for the whole family with races and age categories for every type of rider. Latest course update can be found on the mountain bike trail report page.

This year’s event will once again be part of the Minnesota Mountain Bike Series (click here for more information on registration). Racing action begins on Saturday with the traditional Series Cross Country races including Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp, and Pro/Expert. On Sunday we will hold our traditional Short Track races with Open Men’s and Women’s Classes in Kids Comp, Citizen, Sport, Comp and Pro/Expert. The Short Track racing will be held on a tight course winding through the cabins and trees near the lodge making for great spectating. The cross country races will count for points in the series.

You can expect challenging raw and rooty singletrack, technical decents, and punchy climbs. The Kids Comp and Citizen events will incorporate doubletrack ski trail mixed with fast singletrack.

Follow us on Twitter for course updates and race details @LaddiesLoppet and on Instagram @Laddies Loppet

Latest trail report with photos

Note: There are no license requirements for any riders including Canadians.

Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)
Start of one of the Comp class races. Laddies Loppet 2014. (skinnyski.com photo)


Weekend Schedule:
Friday:
Supper 7:00pm (all meals are served family style, please come to the dining hall at meal time)

Race Registration open 8-9:00pm

Saturday:
Breakfast 8:00am
Race Registration open at 8:00am and closes 30 minutes prior to each event
Cross Country Racing Start Times (Note: See latest updates on MNMBS for times due to COVID protocols)
Kids Comp 9:00am
Citizen 9:30am
Marathon 10:50am
Sport 11:00am
Kids Fun Race 12:45pm
Expert/Pro Women  1:10pm
Comp/Singlespeed Open/Fatbike Open 1:15pm

Expert Pro Men 1:30 Cross Country Awards TBD

Lunch TBD

Supper 6:30 pm

Registration for Sunday’s event open at 8:30pm

Sunday:
Breakfast 8:00am
Race Registration opens at 9am and closes at 9:30am
Short Track Racing Start Times
Kids Comp Open 10:00am
Citizen Open 10:15am
Sport Open 10:45am
Comp Open & Expert/Pro Women 11:15am
Expert/Pro Open 11:45am
Short Track Awards TBD

Lunch served in lodge at 1pm (available for sale for spectators)

Supper 6pm

Bonfire 8:15pm

Monday:
Breakfast 830am

kids racing
Kids Racing at Laddies Loppet 2013. (skinny ski.com photo)


Racing Details:
Laddies Loppet Cross Country (Saturday): The main event will be the cross-country mountain bike race on Saturday. This race will utilize most sections of the famous singletrack at Maplelag including new singletrack built the past few years. Like the first race in 1990, we continue to offer a free shirt with registration for all registrants and our great sponsors are providing many door prizes to give away. Race medals will be  awarded to the top 3 finishers in each age group. To register visit Series Online Registration. Onsite registration will be available Friday evening and Saturday morning.

The citizen and kids comp races run on the cross-country ski trails at Maplelag and include a few small sections of singletrack. Laps will be around 3 miles.

Kids Comp (1 lap) race starts at 9:00am. This race is ideal for kids ready to tackle some singletrack trail on their own, normally ages 10 and up. The race will consist of one lap of the Kids Comp/Citizen course.

Citizen (2 laps) starts at 9:30am. This race is ideal for someone who wants to compete against others on doubletrack (ski) trail and fast singletrack segments.

Marathon (4 hours) starts at 10:50am. This race is ideal for experienced mountain bikers looking for an endurance challenge. Lap is same as sport and comp (does not include lakeside segment)

Sport (1 lap) starts at 11:00am. This race is ideal for more experienced mountain bikers ready to tackle most all of the challenging singletrack trails at Maplelag. (no lakeside drop segment)

Comp (1.75 laps) starts at 1:15pm. This race is a step up from Sport for riders 15 above and will utilize all the challenging singletrack at Maplelag except for the lakeside drop segment.

Expert/Pro (2 laps) starts at 1:30pm. This class is the highest level of competition. First lap same as sport/comp/expert second lap lakeside drop segment added.

Kids race at 12:45pm. The kids race will be a short spectator friendly loop near the start finish area and will include a small section of ski trail suitable for kids 3-9. There is no cost for this event.

Race results are posted near the finish line toward the end of the race. You have 15 minutes after the complete results are posted to report any issues to a race official. Once medals have been awarded, results are final and cannot be changed. However, we do reserve the right to make later adjustments in the results and standings due to registration/timing issues that cannot be resolved prior to awards.

Short Track (Sunday): The short track criterium will be Sunday. The laps will be 1-2 minutes in length and run in between the cabins and lodge making for a great spectator event. Total race time is around 10-20 minutes. There will be prizes awarded to the Top 3 Men and Women in each race.  There will be an equal cash payout for Top 5 Pro Men and Top 5 Pro Women. Cost of the Short Track event is $15 in advance online and $20 onsite.

We will not have a Time Trial event this year and will not be following the stage race format. Each event will be award individually.

What a great chance to experience Maplelag, other than during the winter season, at a very reasonable rate! For those of you not interested in racing, please consider hiking, canoeing, fishing, or bird watching as other activities to enjoy during the weekend including the bonfire on Sunday night.

Lodging:
Call 1-800-654-7711 or e-mail us for more information on lodging. The special rate of $98 per adult per night includes at least two meals and use of Maplelag amenities. The rate for children ages 10-15 is $39, ages 6-9 is $19. Children ages 5 and under are free. We will also have a limited number of camping spots available. Cost of camping is $10 per person. There is a food service option with camping (camping and meal option). The cost will be $54 per person and include at least two meals.  We will also reduce the cost on the Tier 1 units (rooms without a bath) for this weekend at a rate of $64 per person. Call or e-mail maplelag@tvutel.com to make reservations. A two night minimum. With Labor Day on Monday, why not stay Sunday night and relax at Maplelag before heading back home!

Note: You must pre-register for camping. Please do not show up and camp without registering. Please register by phone or e-mail for camping at least 7 days before the event!

Our Sponsors:

Premier:

fredlaw189

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.  Thanks to Fredrikson & Byron for their longtime support.  www.fredlaw.com

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We love helping our customers build their ultimate mountain, road, CX, TT or fat bike. Choose your groupset, components, wheelset spex, and as much as you want to specify….and we’re here to help you choose the parts you’re not an expert on or don’t have a strong opinion about. Supply some of your own equipment if you have it, whatever works to get you on the best bike for the money. Call us any time to start customizing.  www.lamerecycles.com

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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.   http://fa.ml.com/el_group

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.”  Thank you to Midwest Bank for their support again this year.  www.midwestbank.net

wolf300

Wolf Tooth is a company that 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 have their support.  www.wolftoothcycling.com

absolute insure

Absolute Insurance Agency, LLC is a full-service, independent insurance agency located in West Fargo, North Dakota.  We focus on and serve the insurance needs of North Dakota, Minnesota, and South Dakota individuals, businesses, and farms.  We are licensed in a handful of other states as well.  We represent many different insurance companies and take pride in being an independent insurance agency giving us a competitive advantage.  We understand that each customer is different.  We are able to match the needs and wants of our customers with competitive premiums and comprehensive coverage’s from one of the many financially sound insurance companies we do business with.  www.absoluteinsure.com

foltz

Foltz Buildings has been a long time partner and constructed the lodge at Maplelag Resort.  For more than 35 years, Foltz Buildings has been the leader in the area for custom built post frame buildings.  Their construction crews are experienced professionals who build year-round.  They have built thousands of buildings thoughout the years and have thousands of satisfied customers.  www.foltzbuildings.com

foltz trucking

Foltz Trucking is one of the largest over-the-road carriers operating in the Upper Midwest and Canada who specialize in bulk hopper bottom freight. With experienced management, dispatch and drivers, Foltz Trucking has built a reputation for service unsurpassed in the industry.  www.foltztrucking.com

richwood

Richwood General Store is a historic landmark in the small village of Richwood, Minnesota. Conveniently located on the way to Maplelag. Pete and his staff offer superior service providing gas, basic groceries and also deli meats and cheeses including some of the best fresh cut bacon found in Minnesota. You can also pick up bait featuring minnows, leeches and night crawlers. Be sure to stop at Richwood on your way to or from Maplelag to fill up on gas and experience a piece of Americana. 218-847-9092

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

DL Bike Shop

For your cycling needs in Detroit Lakes, check out DL Bike Shop.  They carry Trek Bicycles and Bontrager parts and accessories.  www.dlbikeshop.com

freewheel logo

Freewheel Bike offers 3 Twin Cities locations catering to all types of cyclists and supports multiple events including the Murphy Mountain Bike events.  www.freewheelbike.com

Gear West started 20 years ago because of their passion for cross country skiing. Since then, through that same passion and the support of their loyal customers they have grown into one of Minnesota’s premier independently owned specialty sports businesses. www.gearwest.com

Great Northern is a natural fit for the Laddies Loppet with their railroad theme.  Check out their group ride schedule when you are in Fargo.  www.gncycles.com

hollywood logo

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

jakes100

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

outdoor100

Outdoor Motion is based in Hutchinson, MN.  They have an exerienced staff that owns an extensive collection of bikes so they are well qualified to help you find your next ride.  www.outdoormotionbikes.com 

paramount

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

penn cycle logo

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

revolution

Revolution Cycle and Ski is dedicated to providing each of their clients with professional service in every aspect of their visit to their store in St. Cloud.  Their staff are experienced cyclists so they are ready to help you preapre for your next event.  www.revolutioncycleandski.com

Supporting:

1up USA is a Wisconsin company 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 are excited to partner with them.  www.1upusa.com

arvig logo

Established in 1950, Arvig has grown from the small, family-owned East Ottertail Telephone Company to one of the largest independent telecommunications providers in the nation. Like many family-owned businesses in Minnesota, an entrepreneurial spirit has driven the growth of the company.  www.arvig.com

bontrager

At Bontrager our existence is intimately linked to the exploration and enjoyment of playground earth while riding on two wheels. We make bicycle components, accessories and apparel, all firmly grounded in no-nonsense design philosophy, valuing performance and usability, not fads and gimmicks.  We are pleased to have them on board this year.  www.bontrager.com

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. Midwestern work ethic maintained a path, through thick and thin, to see an idea through and bring as fine a product as we can to our home. Sounds like a great fit for the Laddies Loppet!  www.fargobrewing.com

kuhl100

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 supporter.  www.kuhl.com

planet bike

At Planet Bike we dream about bikes. We dream about people riding bikes: riding to work, riding to school, riding bikes to the grocery store, concerts, sporting events, coffee shops and grandma’s house, too. We also dream about the day when all cities and towns are safe and convenient places for cyclists.  The active cyclists at Planet Bike are a great match for Laddies Loppet.  www.planetbike.com

Peace Coffee

Peace Coffee is on a mission to craft a delicious coffee experience in collaboration with communities around the globe. We strive to make the world a better place one cup at a time and have fun while doing it! Proudly roasting, pedaling & brewing outstanding fair trade & organic coffee from the heart of Minneapolis since 1996.  We are excited to have Peace Coffee back as a supporter.  www.peacecoffee.com

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 and they have produced jerseys for many teams including the Maplelag squad.  www.podiumwear.com

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

Virtual Lotvola Cup 2021

January 4, 2021 6:00 pmtoMarch 7, 2021 6:00 pm
January 4, 2021 6:00 pmtoMarch 7, 2021 6:00 pm

Nice job to everyone who completed the Virtual Lotvola Cup this ski season. A wide range of conditions made for memorable skiing. Below are the participants from Strava recording and submitted times/completions. Anyone that is missed, please let us know so we can update the page and photo! We plan to do the virtual option again next season along with a mass timed event. A date will be posted in the fall.

The Lotvola Cup was one of the oldest cross country ski races in Minnesota, starting in 1977, and had grown to be popular among not only local skiers but enthusiasts from around the country.

Start of Lotvola Cup on Little Sugarbush lake in front of the original main lodge, 1980.

We have established a new course for classic only technique. We are not able to host a mass start race but will have the virtual race now open through the remainder of the 2020-2021 ski season. A 14km course has been set using Strava to track skiers. If you are not on Strava, we suggest loading the app. If not using Strava, you may submit your time and we will add all the skiers on a final spreadsheet. In keeping with the spirit of the original Lotvola Cup, the idea is not to be the fastest skier but “simply” complete the challenge. Partnering with ski shops, we will provide random awards to skiers upon completion of the Cup.

There is no entry fee to participate but a season or day pass is required to ski the trails.

Start of the 2021 Lotvola Cup challenge. Sukkerbusk ski trail, just across the parking lot near the legendary orange tractor!

The course starts on Sukkerbusk ski trail at the “orange tractor”. Continue on Sukkerbusk until Twin Lakes trail. Left on Twin Lakes. Upon completion of Twin Lakes, continue back up to Sukkerbusk. Take a left on Sukkerbusk to North Loup. Left on access to North Loup. Upon completion of North Loup, take left on Sukkerbusk and finish out Sukkerbusk back to the start area. Continue on through and finish out on Sap Run trail to the right. The finish is back at the flag pole.

Most intersections take left except near the end of Sukkerbusk stay right to finish out the course on Sap Run trail. Most intersections will be marked with the original signs like above that read “Maplelag Ski Tur”.

The original Lotvola Cup course was 12 kilometers. The 2021 version will be around 14km, classic only technique.

The 12 KM classic technique only race was named in honor of Elias Lotvola. A Finnish pioneer in the local Sugarbush township who was famous for his skiing abilities as well making classic wooden skis in the Finnish tradition by hand.   Even is his 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 fire of December 1999.  However, many examples of similar wooden skis made by Elias Lotvola, are on display in the lodge.

Newspaper article by local paper Detroit Lakes Newspapers of first Lotvola Cup in 1977.

The race honors 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 biathlete Wynn Roberts of Battle Lake area who competed in the Vancover Winter Olympics in 2010. 

Old school and new school, US Olympian Wynn Robert competing in the Lotvola Cup 2009 with wood skis.

Maplelag has always promoted a healthy and environmental friendly use of the land with a minimal footprint to conserve and promote our wonderful natural resources.

Snowy start to Lotvola Cup 2010.

Newspaper article from early Lotvola Cup.

Archived results and photos on skinnyski.com

Covid-19 Update at Maplelag

After successfully operating for 8 weeks of the winter season with no COVID positives among staff or any positive tests tracing back to Maplelag, we are now closed for the season for lodging and meals.

The trails remain open for day use including skiing, snow shoeing and fat biking. Please park in far parking lot near the “blue recycling bins”. There are porta bathrooms located in the far parking lot. All day and season passes must be purchased online.There is no ski rental available for day skiers at this time. There is no cookie bar service available for day users

Thank you to all that visited Maplelag this season. It was a honor to serve everyone and great to have people! Huge shut out to our amazing staff that were flexible and accommodating to keep everyone safe and healthy.

This page will be updated to relevant information as we move closer to reopening late summer. Happy Spring!

There are a lot of signs at Maplelag but we ask you respect these!

The coffee bar has all the cookies individually wrapped. Coffee, tea and hot chocolate is available.

No cookie jars but Maplelag’s infamous cookies will be available!

We ask anyone with specific questions outside of this information to reach out. Thank you and be well!  

Laddies Loppet Decision

We have made the decision to cancel this years 30th Laddies Loppet mountain bike race weekend and postpone the 30th celebration until next year. The health, comfort, and safety of our staff and guests has always been our number one priority.

The Laddies Loppet weekend is a very special event to us as we have been hosting for 30 year, meeting so many wonderful people along the way and forging life long friendships and meeting new people each year. We look forward to the same for our 31st year of mountain biking at Maplelag in 2021 hosting the 30th Laddies Loppet!

We continue to have the “LagChilada” challenge in place and the mountain bike trails remain open daily for riding until early November. More details on the LagChilda can be found here. As we enter some of the best months of the season to ride, stay tuned for information on group rides, tech lessons and feel free to reach out if interested in a guided ride. 218-849-7669.

Thank you to everyone that has supported the Laddies Loppet and mountain biking at Maplelag. Keep the wheels moving!

26th DL Invite Ski Meet

January 9, 2020
10:00 amto4:00 pm

One of the longest running HS Nordic ski races in the country featuring a continuous pursuit for varsity on Skaters Waltz for skate and Sap Run and Mother North Star for classic. The skate course will be the same as the Section course, utilizing Suicide Hill by going down than up on Single Green. JV classic on Varsity classic course and JR race on modified Skaters Waltz. Trails used for racing will be closed Wednesday afternoon for grooming and on race day. All other 55km of trail open for day skiers.

Lunch will be available for sale for spectators, provided for bus drivers, coaches and media personnel. All sales proceed the Maplelag High School Skiing scholarship program.

**The race will be a continuous pursuit, starting with classic style and a quick change to skate at the halfway point of the race.  

**The skiers may have assistance in the change over process.  

**If skiers use the same set of skis for both the classic and skate race, the skier must step completely out of the ski binding in the ski transition area before they will be allowed to continue the next leg of the race. 

Each leg of the race will be roughly 4.5 km in length.

***Varsity skiers will ski the pursuit format (limit 10 per school) Wave Start depending on numbers

***Jr. Varsity skiers will ski only a Classic race.  Mass Start

***Jr. High skiers will ski a Skate race.  Mass Start

10:00am Coaches meeting

10:30am Boys Varsity 

11:30am Girls Varsity

12:30pm Boys JV

1:00pm Girls JV

1:45pm Boys JH

2:15pm Girls JH