Lutsen 99er brings over 1,200 mountain bikers to the Northland

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2014 Updated Jun 28, 2014 at 6:50 PM CDT

Lutsen, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- More than 600 mountain bikers took off on a nearly 100-mile race Saturday morning through the mountains, overlooking Lake Superior and nearby rivers and streams, at the annual Lutsen 99er bike race.

In addition to the 99 mile race for hard-core mountain bikers, there was also a 39 and 19 mile long race, as well as some fun events for kids.

The three races have grown from 80 participants to over 1,200 in just four years.

"Biking as a whole has grown all over the nation. But I also think the enthusiastic part of mountain biking is a challenge that brings out that elite athlete. Takes you through some of the most majestic and rugged trails and roads in the boreal forest," said Linda Kratt, executive director of Visit Cook County.

Racers say it's an amazing course that includes double and single tracks, fast gravel roads, and long-sustained climbs.

The event was sold out this year.