Grind

GRIND

Test Your Endurance at the Giants Ridge Iron N Dirt MTB Race

GRIND

GRIND will be held this year on Saturday, August 15th at Giants Ridge, featuring the Long GRIND and Short GRIND mountain bike races. 

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, there will be several changes made to the format of the event.  The Short & Long GRIND will be scheduled with a staggered start time. Every three minutes, a group of 10 riders will be sent out onto the course.

The field size will be limited to 250 participants. There will be two aid stations with limited resources, and there must not be more than 25 participants at an aid station at any time, so please plan accordingly. Spectators must maintain social distancing not exceeding groups of ten. Spectators are encouraged to wear face coverings.

Registration MUST be done online in advance and packet pickup will be done outside under a tent. There will be NO in person registration.

This year’s GRIND will not have the Downhill Race or Cycle Cross.  We expect these events to return in 2021.

The Long GRIND (36 miles) mountain bike race course utilizes the most scenic and challenging terrain in Minnesota’s Iron Range. Expect extremely tough climbs, fast descents, varied terrain with rocks, roots, creeks and plenty of passing opportunities. The first third of the course sets up with the Short GRIND but steep punchy climbs on some of the most beautiful cross country ski trails in the state. The middle section speeds up on fast gravel roads and snowmobile/ATV trails. The last third will take everything you have to push through several punishing climbs right to the finish. The Long GRIND will test even the strongest riders. Awards provided by Wolftooth Components – Top 3 Overall Male. Top 3 Overall Female.

The Short GRIND (19 miles) mountain bike course shares the first 17 miles of the Long GRIND course. This race will test your skills as you wind through cross country trails, snowmobile/ATV trails, and rugged mining roads. Whether you’re a first timer, a weekend warrior, or a pro racer, you can count on having an amazing experience. The Short GRIND is a super fun and fast race. Awards provided by Wolftooth Components. Top 3 Overall Male. Top 3 Overall Female

Friday, August 14th 
Packet Pick Up: 6 PM – 8 PM

Saturday, August 15th
Packet Pick Up: 7 AM – 9 AM 

1st Wave Long GRIND Start:  9 AM 

1st Wave Short GRIND Start: 9:45 AM 

Virtual Awards Ceremony : 4 PM 

Registration MUST be done online in advance and packet pickup will be done outside under a tent. There will be NO in person registration. 

Click Here to Register for The GRIND. 

$50 – General Public

* NICA Athletes: Please email [email protected] to receive a code for 50% off your entry fee that will be applied when registering. 

* Prices go up $10 AFTER AUGUST 9TH 

All GRIND participants are eligible to receive discounts off their stay during the event weekend at local lodging properties including: 

The Lodge at Giants Ridge 
20% off regular rates for participants
Mention “GRIND” upon reservation.
lodgeatgiantsridge.com | 218-865-7170

GreenGate Guest Houses – Biwabik
10% off – must mention the GRIND
greengateguesthouses.com/Reservations: 218-290-2607

Villas at Giants Ridge
10% discount. Two night minimum. Use promo code: GRIND.
VillasatGiantsRidge.com | 218-865-4155, hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Comfort Inn – Mountain Iron
$109+ tax/night + complimentary transportation to Giants Ridge.
https://www.choicehotels.com/minnesota/mountain-iron/comfort-inn-hotels/mn226?source=lb |
218-741-7411

Pine View Motel – Virginia
15% off any directly placed reservation
pineviewinnmotel.com/ | Call: 866-263-3535 or 218-741-8918

Koke’s Motel – Eveleth
Book a double room for two nights and receive a $30 gift certificate for a local restaurant.
Book a single room for two nights and receive a $20 gift certificate for a local restaurant.
Reservations must be made by calling: 218-744-4500.

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