Maplelag is enrolled in the fee based MN DNR Woodland Stewardship Program as part of conservation efforts and forest management. Please consider donating to our Maplelag Conservation Legacy program to help offset these increased costs. Thank you!
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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.
Note: There are no license requirements for any riders including Canadians.
Supper 7:00pm (all meals are served family style, please come to the dining hall at meal time)
Race Registration open 8-9:00pm
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
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
Supper 6:30 pm
Registration for Sunday’s event open at 8:30pm
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)
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.
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 $15 per person. There is a food service option with camping (camping and meal option). The cost will be $59 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 $69 per person. Call or e-mail email@example.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!
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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
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
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Welcome to JunkYard Brewing. A craft brewery located in Moorhead, MN. specializing in new and experimental styles. Tap room is open seven days a week and crowlers are available to go.
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
Richwood General Store is a historic landmark in the small village of Richwood, Minnesota. Conveniently located on the way to Maplelag. The 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
These retailers support our event and are the best place to start when you need the right cycling gear.
For your cycling needs in Detroit Lakes, check out DL Bike Shop. They carry Trek Bicycles and Bontrager parts and accessories. www.dlbikeshop.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
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
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
Maplelag will be operating this summer hosting small groups than serving folks for various events from weddings, retreats, and of course our annual mountain bike event Labor day weekend. We continue to follow guidelines set by the state health department and CDC for operating safely. We are accepting reservations and deposits for the winter season 2021-22.
The trails are currently open for mountain 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.
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 closed for the season late February. We will be opening early July for summer programming than hosting weddings and events in the fall as we constantly prepare for the upcoming winter season.
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 Summer and we can’t wait to host and serve people again!
Thanks to our great staff shown below for the awesome job this past season!
We ask anyone with specific questions outside of this information to reach out. Thank you and be well!